GLAAD is (understandably) upset with an Ohio radio station after one its employees, Dominic Dieter advised a listener who had written in to the show to have his daughter raped.
The girl in question had been spotted by her father kissing another girl, so Dieter suggested that the father get one of his friends to, ahem, “screw your daughter straight” like any sane and responsible adult would.
According to the incident reports (and later confirmed to us by an executive for Clear Channel, the station’s parent company), the anti-gay remark was made by Dominic Dieter, one of the “Rover’s Morning Glory” cast members. Responding to an e-mail from a father who (for reasons unknown) wrote to the station to say that he’d happened upon his teenage daughter kissing another girl. Deiter responded to the father, on-air, by saying:
“You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”
This is not okay. Not on any level, and not in any context. We trust that the majority of fair-minded Americans will agree. Make no mistake, if this young woman is, in fact, gay – or if she’s simply not interested in having sex with any of her father’s friends, then what Dieter is suggesting is rape.
After calls for Dieter’s termination began to pour in from around the country via GLAAD, Clear Channel put out a statement saying blah blah blah he’s not fired blah blah but he’s totally sorry blah. Dieter was back on the air this morning and told listeners:
“I just wanted to say that, I know on the show this past Friday I made some comments that people found….. considered to be offensive. And I just wanted to say, I understand why people are angry. I want to genuinely apologize to anyone who may have been offended by what I said. I regret what I did say. My comments were inappropriate. They were inexcusable, and just downright stupid. And I want to make it clear; there was absolutely no intention to promote physical or sexual violence. And I’m truly; truly sorry by my poor choice of words that led people to believe otherwise. Again, Rover… I just want to apologize for any pain I might have caused. (…) I ask people to find it in their hearts to forgive me. I am sorry for the words that I did say. “
A few things: Corrective rape is real and horrible and forced upon innumerable lesbian women around the world. And no, it never works because that’s not how sexuality works and rape is the cure for exactly nothing at all. Secondly, even taking the issue of the daughter’s potential homosexuality out of the equation here, we’re still talking about a grown man advising another grown man to arrange for the rape of a presumably underage girl.
You know, like fathers do when they are unhappy with their children. Bad grade on the report card? RAPE! Forgot to unload the dishwasher for the third time this week? RAPE! Refused to eat your veggies? RAPE!
The fact that Dieter wasn’t fired on the spot speaks more to Clear Channel’s corporate culture and character than the fact that he was still there this morning to deliver his apology.
When I went to bed last night, I was thinking, “There is no way in the world that Dieter didn’t commit a crime here.” So I took a look-see at the Ohio Revised Code, and it looks like that at the very least, that broadcast may have violated section 2917.01 of the Ohio criminal code, “inciting violence.” Unless I’m very wrong here, calling for a person to be raped over the airwaves more than fits that bill. And under that law, since Dieter was encouraging the commission of a felony, he may have committed a felony himself. Somebody needs to get ahold of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason to see if charges can be filed against Dieter for this. Contact him here, especially if you’re in the Cleveland area. If there is any justice at all, Dieter should be frogmarched out of the studio, or at the very least have police waiting for him when he comes to work or ends his shift.