Dominic Dieter’s Rape-The-Lesbian-Straight Remark Should Come As No Surprise

Dominic DieterThe ever eloquent Dominic Dieter expresses his attitude in sign language. Unpixelated photo (where you can judge the quality of his “friends” for yourself)

Claims to fame: Disc jockey, WMMS 107.7 FM, Cleveland, Ohio; “low-rent Jackass” who’s now “truly, truly sorry” for promoting rape as a method to turn a teenage lesbian straight

Moral apex: We’ll let this guy tell you about Dieter‘s advocacy of corrective rape for a teenage lesbian — “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight”:

What you can do:

• Care2 Petition: Fire (WMMS) Cleveland DJ Dominic Dieter

• Change.org Petition: Clear Channel Communications: Fire DJ who advised a man to have someone ‘screw [his] daughter straight’

• SignOn.org Petition: Fire Dominic Dieter For Encouraging Rape
 


 
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Utterly inexcusable — but, sadly, not surprising from “a low-rent Jackass” who snorted human cremains, put his hand in a bear trap, danced around a restaurant in a jock strap, and put himself in the hospital after rolling downhill in a barrel. (And then there’s that’s that little assault charge from 2008…)

Sayen CroWolf writes that the Internet “is rightfully exploding over” Dieter’s rape advocacy, but this is hardly unusual behavior for the 31-year-old man-child who describes his drinking habits as “All the time”:

“Dieter’s comments are absolutely appalling and he should be hung out to dry for them. And on RMG [Dieter's show, "Rover's Morning Glory"], they happen all the time. I’ve personally listened to them making fun of gays a dozen times, as well as obese people, old people, illiterate people, MRDD [Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities] and it’s the mainstay of their programming.”

However, Sayen adds: “In the course of six months, I personally put four different anti-gay comments made by the RMG crew on GLAAD’s radar. The result? Nothing. No return contact of any kind.” In fairness, that may be because not everybody lives in Cleveland, has heard Dieter’s show, or knew who he was before now. What’s more, the potential number of people who have actually heard Dieter’s filth is cut down to the type of people — a certain demographic — who willingly subject themselves to this swill. Sayen’s assessment: “White, blue collar males — 20 to 29. The f—in’ A, chest bumping, fist knocking, have-another-Bud crowd. And Dieter panders to them perfectly, as well as all the rest of the RMG crew.”

Nevertheless, there is no excuse for Dieter’s behavior, which, Sayen writes, “is far from isolated, it’s just the first time anyone’s really paid attention.”

But it should not take a media blitz by GLAAD, or any other organization, to correct this sort of behavior. As “rrico777″ says in his video above: “In fact, if the management of that radio station had an ounce of decency, they would have bolted into that DJ booth, jerked him out of the chair, and fired him on live air within seconds of him making that comment.”

So, what did happen? On Monday, April 30, 2012, Dieter apologized: “‘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. … 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. … 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.”

Our question: What provoked such an epiphany in Dieter between the moment he uttered those reckless words and now? Oh, right — he was suspended from his job. Loss of a steady paycheck usually prompts a quick and “sincere” mea culpa from anyone.

We’re not the only ones only marginally impressed by Dieter’s apology. Jessica Wakeman, for one, puts it plainly: “It’s a decent apology in the age of ‘I’m sorry you were offended’ non-apologies, but it doesn’t go far enough. This joke, if you could even call it that — jokes were funny, I thought? — is particularly horrific considering the very real, very f—ed up, widespread practice of ‘corrective rape’ in South Africa. Women and girls are targeted for being gay or even for being perceived as being gay; being raped by a man is seen as a hybrid punishment for gayness but also an attempt at making their sexuality more normative. Separate to ‘corrective rape,’ South Africa in particular has its own terrible problem with widespread sexual assault. Yet the fact remains that women are targeted because their sexuality is seen as ‘different’ or ‘wrong.’

“Which is exactly the same reason DJ Dominic Dieter said what he said — and why he deserves to lose his job.”

We are impressed by the stated intentions of WMMS, which, GLAAD reports, “has pledged to run public service announcements about the dangers of parental rejection, and the importance of giving LGBT young people a safe learning environment. …

“WMMS has also invited LGBT advocacy group Equality Ohio to join its community advisory board, to help ensure that LGBT issues are covered accurately and inclusively, and that incidents like this do not happen again.

“While the disciplinary action is important, it’s more important that WMMS’s audience understand why this issue needs to be taken so seriously. Over the last few years we’ve seen a national conversation take place about the bullying that young people are subjected to in our schools, especially youth who are (or are perceived to be) LGBT. But that conversation has only scratched the surface of the need for LGBT youth to feel welcome not just at their schools, but at their home as well.”

So maybe some good has come out of Dieter’s ugliness — we’ll see. In the meantime, we’d be much more impressed by Dieter himself if he had never uttered that vile statement in the first place. And we’re not buying into the idea that Dieter has experienced such a life-changing point of view, nor developed true understanding of the impact of his words — not over the course of two days — nor sincere regret for anything other than the (temporary) loss of his job.

In the meantime, remember Sayen CroWolf’s words, that “comments like Dieter’s are a near-daily occurrence.” This is nothing new for Dieter — just the first time anyone outside his usual audience has noticed. That’s why we think Dieter still needs to be sacked, permanently: If he’s so sincere in his regret, he can find some much more productive uses for his free time. We suggest he start by volunteering with Equality Ohio, or, better yet, The Trevor Project. Then he’ll get it — and then maybe he can return to the airwaves a truly changed man.

But after years of this sort of behavior, in no way will we believe that a single weekend — and the loss of his job — has truly changed what is in his heart.

More reading (note how the mainstream media didn’t pick up the story until Monday morning):

Dominic Dieter Should Read This Book
Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price

• “GLAAD Calling for Suspension After Horrific Anti-Gay Remark on Cleveland’s WMMS,” Justin Ward, GLAAD, April 27, 2012

• “Ohio DJ Says Man’s Gay Daughter Should Be Raped,” Neal Broverman, The Advocate, April 27, 2012

• “Radio Personality To Father: Have Your Daughter Raped Straight,” Brandon K. Thorp, Towleroad, April 28, 2012

• “Rape Away The Gay? Radio Personality Tells Father To Get A Man To Rape His Daughter Until She Turns Straight,” Stephen D. Foster, Jr., Addicting Info, April 28, 2012

• “TWO Condemns Cleveland Radio Host For Urging The Rape of Lesbian Daughter to Make Her Straight,” Truth Wins Out, April 28, 2012

• “Radio Host to Father: Have Your Lesbian Teenage Daughter Raped Straight,” Chrislove, Daily Kos, April 28, 2012

• “Morning Radio Host’s Anti-Gay Comments Spark Outrage,” Elisa Amigo, Fox 8 Cleveland, April 30, 2012

• “Radio DJ’s sex advice to father of gay daughter sparks controversy,” Courtney Garcia, MSNBC, April 30, 2012

• “WMMS disciplines ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ cast member Dieter for suggesting worried dad get male friend to have sex with teen daughter,” Chuck Yarborough, Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 30, 2012

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