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Cleveland DJ to parent: ‘Get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight’

Friday, April 27, 2012

Update: Deiter issues on-air apology.
Story here.

GLAAD is calling on Clear Channel Communications and Cleveland radio station WMMS to suspend radio personality Dominic Dieter for telling a father to essentially arrange for his daughter to be raped if he suspects she’s gay.

Earlier Friday, GLAAD received several incident reports that alerted us to a horrific anti-gay remark that was made on today’s episode of “Rover’s Morning Glory,” a popular morning show that airs on Cleveland’s WMMS 100.7 FM radio (The Buzzard).  Throughout the history of FM broadcasting, WMMS has been widely regarded as one of the most influential rock stations in America.

Dominic Dieter

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.

“It was appalling and dangerous for this show to tell a father that he should have one of his friends rape his daughter” said Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s Director of News & Field Media.

“That’s essentially how Dieter responded to this listener, and this is no laughing matter in a world where people are too often the victims of violence and sexual assault based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. And Dieter gave this vile advice to everyone who was listening, including educators, parents and children – sending the message that it’s okay to physically or sexually abuse people who are perceived to be gay,” said McQuade.

No one should be let off the hook for saying what Dieter said, especially media personalities who are often revered by their impressionable young listeners.  Though Dieter’s castmates called him out for his remark, that’s not nearly enough.  Because this remark is so severe, it is Dieter and WMMS/Clear Channel’s obligation to take responsbility for this awful mistake.

To that end, GLAAD has reached out to Clear Channel executives and asked for Dieter to be suspended. We would also like a sincere apology, and for the show to devote a segment to speaking about the real harms that can come from parental rejection, even if they aren’t as repulsive as the method suggested on-air this morning.

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117 more reader comments:

  1. Screw suspension. He needs to be FIRED!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  2. what the &%#*?

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  3. i disapprove of what he said D:<

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  4. Somebody needs to screw him gay then.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  5. He should be fired right AFTER he is arrested for conspiracy to commit rape on a minor.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  6. Get him fired, asap.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  7. sick

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  8. Maybe someone should screw him gay. It only seems fair.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  9. This is disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:11pm
  10. >:/

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:12pm
  11. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:12pm
  12. Insane.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:12pm
  13. just gross

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:13pm
  14. sick fucker

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:15pm
  15. Does anyone realize that Dieter is advocating a violent felony, and should be arrested for that?

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:15pm
  16. its 2012 and people are still so ignorant and stupid ????

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:15pm
  17. this man is a disgrace to the human race

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:15pm
  18. That is a verbal assault on a minor. Not only he should be fired but also be called in for an accessory of coerced sexual violation of a minor. As well as the father to be called up by CPS and have his rights taken away and have the daughter in protective custody. Plus it violates the Hate Crimes Act. Which is punishable by law in a federal court.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:16pm
  19. Its so sad that people are so close minded…and even sadder that these people are allowed to influence society.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:16pm
  20. This is the world we live in sick and dilluted

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:17pm
  21. I believe child protection should be alerted to this man’s stupidity. Isn’t there a law against promoting violence???

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:17pm
  22. appalling!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:19pm
  23. This is sick! What is wrong with people?? “Rape is ok if it’s to change someone’s sexual orientation”????? This is seriously unacceptable! It’s really not even a big deal! So what if a girl likes other girls!?

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:20pm
  24. Things like this really piss me off!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:20pm
  25. that DJ needs a lead injection .44 calibre would suffice grrrr

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:21pm
  26. They should pack rape him and see what he thinks after that?, most likely like it being a closet homo.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:22pm
  27. I wish they wouldn’t give creeps like this free publicity. Report the hate speech to the authorities and then ignore him like you would a flatulent boor.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:26pm
  28. What a douche.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:28pm
  29. Some people are way too stupid for me. I bet he wouldn’t like it if a group of guys raped him. Ugh, I can’t with some people.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:29pm
  30. Disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:30pm
  31. Dumb or just stupid!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:32pm
  32. Karma is a bitch !!!!! and I hope that prick meets her VERY SOON !!!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:35pm
  33. If anyone said that about my kid i would most likely be burning down a radio station or a dj’s house………. Just sayin

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:39pm
  34. That is utterly horrendous! This is what is wrong with the world…

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:44pm
  35. Beyond sick!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:47pm
  36. Violence isn’t the answer. He’s the one advocating violence. We need to advocate justice, real justice, not a simple beating. GLAAD will fix his wagon.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:48pm
  37. Let’s stop pretending that these forced apologies actually matter.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:48pm
  38. Forced apology nothing. Even if he actually believes this kind of drivel, the gesture would make him see that he can’t go around just spouting these things off.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:52pm
  39. wtf

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:59pm
  40. thats so fucked up and sick who the fuck would tell someone that what a sick bastard.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00pm
  41. he will answer to a higher power for what he said!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:16pm
  42. That is egregious!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:19pm
  43. That makes me want to puke.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:22pm
  44. That makes me sick to my stomach.

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:39pm
  45. What a piece of shit!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:45pm
  46. It seems like Ohio has been in the news a lot for anti-gay this and that lately!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:46pm
  47. what an asshole!

    Posted on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:57pm
  48. This guys got to go now

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:23am
  49. Suspend??? Fire him now! What he said is absolutely unconscionable. A suspension doesn’t come close to dealing with this.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:27am
  50. O MY GOD THIS IS MESSED UP

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:40am
  51. That is the single most fucking disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on FB, and that’s saying a LOT!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:49am
  52. It’s a good thing liberals are fighting for tolerance and acceptance by trying to get people fired for saying things they don’t like.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:20am
  53. See what happens when relatives marry!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:26am
  54. Outraged beyond words, sad beyond tears.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 3:30am
  55. Sorry Kyle Ray Spier, I don’t tolerate this kind of behavior. This is not free speech, There is no right to hate speech, which is what this is. I would go a bit farther with scum like this then merely firing him.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:10am
  56. the saddest thing about this is that it would be no surprise if Dieter was in the closet

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:40am
  57. Sadly, stupidity & ignorance result in hate & comments like the one made by this radio host. It makes me wonder if he has children & if so, how isolated they must feel. I hope the father who wrote in for this alleged advice realizes what an idiotic response it was, ignores & instead tries to educate himself on how to speak to his daughter & accept her lesbian, bi or straight.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:40am
  58. Sick people. So proud of my gay sons and their friends. So sad that people can’t accept people for who they are not who they choose.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:19am
  59. It’s Clear Channel. Another Texas based corporation with money for morals. They’ve had DJs on other stations who stated people should be killed, bicyclists should be knocked off the road, and now rape. FCC complaints could bring it to their attention where it matters – in their wallet.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:25am
  60. Threatening rape is disgusting, and also a tactic to keep women in line. He should be fired for condoning violence.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:26am
  61. Wtf

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:27am
  62. Total ignorance…and he thinks that will make her straight….I don’t think so….some people open their mouth and show everyone who they really are….he needs some counseling on a lot of things…especially how to hot put both boots in his mouth!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:05am
  63. great….

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:06am
  64. Just like in the Bible

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:18am
  65. What A Sick Asshole!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:59am
  66. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:04am
  67. Fire the homophobe, the apology is NOT accepted, because it wasn’t meant.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:05am
  68. lots of assholes out there, sometimes if you ignore something it goes away………

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:09am
  69. No one should hire this JERK!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:10am
  70. And this guy has a history…
    Radio and Records adds some more information to the initial report by CBS affiliate WOIO/19′s “19 Action News”. Quoting R&R here, apparently going off an earlier WOIO report with more details than the one linked on the station’s website this evening:

    Dieter (…) was charged on Wednesday (Sept. 24) with three counts of assault for allegedly throwing a beer bottle from the stage and into the crowd at last June’s “RoverFest.” The bottle struck 29-year-old Tiffany Yuhasz, who needed 12 stitches to close wounds on her forehead and under one of her eyes. The victim claims to still be suffering from “nerve damage.”

    “Action News” reports today that Dieter will be arraigned on October 3rd…

    Posted by Ohio Media Watch at 7:02 PM

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:15am
  71. Sick, sick, sick! Fire his ass.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:22am
  72. Fucking asshole.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:11am
  73. Can’t mince words this guy’s a jerk! Using homophobia to advocate rape is despicable.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:21am
  74. Someday I will live in a world where, when some idiot says something like this, people will laugh in his face and say, “You know that doesn’t work, right?” and then call CPS.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00am
  75. stuff s gun up his a’hole. and see how many clicks it takes to see him start crying. my guess is 1.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:33am
  76. This guy should be kicked not only off the air for suggesting such a thing but he should have to apologize for his anti-homophobic comments

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:43am
  77. What a horrible way to make a statement to his daughter.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:16am
  78. How offensive, hateful, and immoral can u get. this is so sick.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:46am
  79. This is so sick!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:47am
  80. maybe one of us should ‘beat him queer’!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:47am
  81. WOOOOOOW… WTF.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:49am
  82. The above comments say it all.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:50am
  83. what a idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:52am
  84. Have this idiot fired and make sure that other stations won’t hire him. I’m so disgusted what this jerk said.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:53am
  85. Kick him off the air and have him get unemployment.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:53am
  86. Sounds Pre- meditated,as well as sick,not to mention stupid

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:54am
  87. SUSPEND??? FIRE HIS PSYCHO ASS RIGHT NOW

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:55am
  88. Re-posted. This is NOT okay.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:57am
  89. I agree with Suzanne… I
    Mediate termination! How could MMS ( a station I grew up with) allow this? How could they stoop so low as to allow a-holes like this to represent them on the air!?!?

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:58am
  90. Damn are you serious?! Yep fire him now!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:58am
  91. This just makes me ill.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:02am
  92. He deserves to get fired!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:15am
  93. *sarcasm* Yes, because rape so totally wouldn’t traumatize the poor girl and make her dislike men even more. Seriously what the fuck is wrong with society? Why is it that men, particulary homophobic men, always see rape as the cure for lesbianism (as if being a lesbian needed a cure in the first place)? What is the logic behind forcing a woman to have sex with a man (a traumatic and life altering experience no matter what your sexual orientation) in attempts to make that woman heterosexual? Do these men know a damn thing about the psychology of rape victims? Do they really, honestly think that that women (girl) is going to have any kind of romantic or sexual attraction to men after something like that happens to her? Jeez! This is another prime example of why I am proud to be a lesbian and proud to be a lesbian parent!! No man is going to force his idea of right and wrong on me or my daughter!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:18am
  94. Can’t wait to send this person a letter explaining a few things…especially since I sent some great time here and will be spending a lot of this summer here…

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:20am
  95. SICKENING!! Wonder if he would think different if it were his daughter! He really needs to lose his job and be prosecuted for saying this!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:23am
  96. And another reason Cleveland sucks!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:34am
  97. By logical extension, is he saying he could be “screwed gay”?

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:36am
  98. I’m disgusted with his comment, this guy shiuld be fired. He suggested rape as a cure for Lesbianism. First of all, it’s not a disease & there’s nothing wrong with it. Second, he is reinforcing this father’s fears that something is wrong with his daughter and he should do something about it. The only thing that is wrong is that this sick, ignorant homophobe wasn’t FIRED IMMEDIATLY!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:37am
  99. This is appalling. He needs to go on air, apologize, talk about how harmful that is to lgbt youth, and then be fired.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:09pm
  100. Utterly disgusting!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:25pm
  101. feedback@wmms.com write the station and explain to them why this is unacceptable.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 12:30pm
  102. That is fucking disturbing. I don’t say this often, but that is REALLY offensive…

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:07pm
  103. I believe that’s called rape

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:53pm
  104. He should get his parents to teach him to respect and accept those who are different as well as educating himself before verbally Bullying others specially a public figure like he is……….Ignoramus bully……..To get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight is equivalent to RAPE………May be he should try it first for himself to know and understand the feeling before giving that kind of crazy, unintelligible advice.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 2:08pm
  105. I told my Daddy about this and he was so mad he made a video about it. Go check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVAV64jwfns&feature=g-u-u

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 3:16pm
  106. Seriously? This is nausiating.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 5:16pm
  107. Hey, Erica, it IS called rape! Guys like this are dangerous to me, and to the whole human race!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 6:08pm
  108. someone could screwed him GAY…butt he may like to much…

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8:06pm
  109. I just signed the petitition that Natasha Ressler’s dad posted on his video post. I hope you will too.

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:08pm
  110. I told my Daddy about this and he was so mad he made a video about it. Go check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVAV64jwfns&feature=g-u-u

    Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:46pm
  111. Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:13am
  112. Hes a sick Human being. and people wonder why they loose their voicebox.

    Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:18am
  113. Shut him down. And Everyone stop listening to his station!

    Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:18am
  114. Advocating rape?? WHY can’t some hetro people stop being so hateful. What’s next for him to say, “Hitler was right??”

    Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 10:40am
  115. This is a group that was set up to hold Rush Limbaugh accountable. We are very active, and are having a lot of success on what we consider to be a long term project.

    Some of us were also in the successful fight to get Glenn Beck off of Fox News. That fight took 20 months, but we eventually won.

    The method is simple: we track advertisers, then contact them, inquiring whether advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show is good for their brand. Many advertisers have bought package ads, and have no idea that they are sponsoring hate speech with their advertising dollars.

    If you want these anti-gay Clear Channel radio personalities held accountable, then please consider joining us!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/341981989181110/

    Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 8:39pm
  116. what a ignorant loser! if he likes dick so much why dosent he get screwed!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:04am
  117. promoting rape on the air should be automatic jail time, no if’s, and’s or but’s!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:46am