Detroit, Michigan-- Detroit radio station WKRK's (97.1 FM) new radio program Deminski
and Doyle, on the air less than two weeks, has made anti-gay epithets part of its daily format.
The Triangle Foundation has challenged the program's blatant show of bigotry, asking that
the two radio personalities be fired.
Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle take the microphone every weekday from 2-6pm
and have lately been featuring a regular segment on "faggy songs" in which
they discuss and encourage callers to suggest songs that men "shouldn't be
caught dead singing." They don't stop there.
They don't merely suggest that men singing certain songs may make them
appear less masculine or less macho. Instead they systematically refer to
such songs as "faggy songs."
Such instigation has encouraged numerous callers, who, on the air, say things like,
"I have a faggy song for you guys," and "I know a fag song." Deminski and Doyle
also use the term "homo" and "fudgepacker" on their show.
"This is an example of outrageous bigotry and overt homophobia," said Sean
Kosofsky, Director of Policy and Victim Services for the Triangle
Foundation, a statewide civil rights, advocacy and anti-violence
organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Michigan.
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"If these radio personalities would have made disparaging epithets toward
racial, religious or ethnic minorities, they would have been forced by the
station to apologize and would probably lose their jobs. We are calling for
the station to fire these men for their unabashed and offensive references
to gay men.
"It is precisely this type of cavalier insensitivity and instigation that
marginalizes gays and fuels the atmosphere that leads to anti-gay violence,"
Call Station Manager Steve Sinicropi: 248-395-9797
Demand an end to anti-gay bigotry and request that
Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle be fired.