Radio shock jocks - they are nothing new. In fact, they have their huge audiences precisely because they spout their "shock." They sing to a choir of equally shallow, sophomoric - actually sophomoronic - listeners who relish their every word, guffawing and knee slapping on their drive to work.
And that's ok. As long as the humor stays in the realm of the bathroom, go for it. I'm all for a good, cheap laugh. Our drive to the school each morning is usually with the gang on Sirius Hits 1 - although sometimes I have to change the channel. Not because of the humor, but because of the stupidity. Yes, I am being age-ist, but seriously guys, crack a book, read some news sometime. Your ignorance about world events is shameful.
But I digress...
The danger and responsibility of having access to the ears of millions is that they are listening. You have influence. And depending on what you allow to come out of your mouth, you are reinforcing some heinous ideas some of those listeners already have swirling in their small, bigoted, ignorant heads. (Rush Limbaugh being the textbook example.)
This past week a radio jock in Cleveland dangerously allowed his mouth to run and the words that so easily came out are as heinous as they are unforgiveable.
In reading an email from a listener about finding his daughter kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter suggested the man "get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight."
Yeah. Let that one sink in.
Nothing like a little rape to make a girl want men, huh?
Of course, the fallout was immediate and the nonapology predictable - "apologizing" to those he may have offended. After all, regardless of how stupid, dangerous, and ignorant Dominic may be, he doesn't want to lose his job. God forbid he lose his power to incite.
News flash to Dominic and all those equally wetbrained individuals: Being a lesbian is not a virus. It is not a disease. It is not something you can medicate, rehabilitate, or treat by shoving some manhood up it.
A person is born that way. It is normal. It is as natural as eye color, hair color.
But let's use Dominic's logic, shall we? If one can screw the lesbian out of a woman, I suppose we could advocate having Dom held down and assraped to screw the gay into him, right? Surely if it works one way, it must work the other? See if when he finally pulls his pants back up he now likes show tunes and has an affinity for decorating. See how funny that is?
Rape is not fodder for comedy. It is the ultimate violation of a human being. Rape is not consensual, it is not overenthusiastic lovemaking. It is violence.
Perhaps Dominic should book a trip to South Africa and see just how his counsel of "corrective rape" is used daily against lesbian women. See firsthand the violence, the ignorance, the shameful treatment of human beings at the hands of cowardly, stupid, fearful men.
My advice to the man who "caught" his daughter kissing another girl? Pull your head out of your ass and love your daughter. She was no different in the moment after the kiss than in the moment before. SHE. IS. YOUR. DAUGHTER.
Her kissing a girl is not your problem. Your problem stares back at you every time you look in the mirror.
As for Dominic and all the DJs like him? As opposed to what we learned in grade school, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." - words ARE powerful. Because violent words and rhetoric lead to people picking up sticks and stones and inflicting pain upon others.
Be a disc jockey, not a dickhead jockey like Dominic.