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Cleveland radio host who suggested ‘corrective rape’ issues on-air apology

Monday, April 30, 2012

A Cleveland, Ohio, radio personality who, on his radio broadcast last week told a parent to essentially arrange for his daughter to be raped if he suspects she’s gay, has been been disciplined by the station and issued an on-air apology Monday.

Dominic Dieter

Dominic Dieter, a host on WMMS Radio’s popular “Rover’s Morning Glory” show, was responding to an e-mail from a father who allegedly wrote to the station to say that he’d happened upon his teenage daughter kissing another girl.

Dieter replied that “you should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight,” a not uncommon occurrence in many parts of the world, that is in fact referred to as “corrective rape.”

The response outraged parents and community members, and prompted GLAAD — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — to call on parent company Clear Channel Communications to take immediate action against Dieter.

Earier today, GLAAD said it was notified that disciplinary action has been taken against Dieter, though management would not be specific as to what, and that a pre-recorded apology aired from Dieter this morning.

According to a transcript sent by WMMS, Dieter 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. “

WMMS also pledged to air public service announcements about the dangers of parental rejection, and the importance of giving LGBT young people a safe learning environment.

The radio station said it 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.

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40 more reader comments:

  1. Fuckstump. I got your apology here, asshole.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:25pm
  2. this guy is a douchenozzle…..he only apologizd to keep his job

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:27pm
  3. His apology is meaningless, he should be fired.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:27pm
  4. its a start, next step, resignation!!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:27pm
  5. Here’s my apology that you’re a douchebag… and some things can’t be unsaid

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
  6. This is fucking horrifying!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:29pm
  7. he just apologized to keep his job

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:29pm
  8. What he’s actually saying they said they would fire me if I didn’t apologize the sad thing is there are people out there who actually do this

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:30pm
  9. Should be fired and never allowed to work in on air media again. F’n slap on the wrist and idiots will go out there and do what he suggested and nothing will happen to him.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:31pm
  10. Sick son of a bitch…

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:31pm
  11. Apology not accepted.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:32pm
  12. Is an apology enough? The apology came from “higher up” and not from the DJ, although the words came from his mouth. Would he have apologized if not told to? Of course not, because he’s homophobic.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:32pm
  13. RESIGN BAG O DOUCHE!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:33pm
  14. Son of a bitch needs his ass raped

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:33pm
  15. HOW CAN YOU “LIKE” A GUY WHO PROMOTES RAPE????????

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:34pm
  16. Not enough. Suggesting sexual assault is just so wrong.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:35pm
  17. should lose his job –the man is an idiot

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:36pm
  18. Fire him!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:36pm
  19. still don’tthink it’s enough…he needs to be fired. Look how we attacked Rush Limbaugh for what he said to Sandra Fluke and HIS apology was rejected and so should this one be rejected. FIRE HIM! I AM NOT A RUSH LIMBAUGH FAN…I DON’T think his consequences were severe enough either. But to promote rape or sexual assault is despicable and SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED!!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:38pm
  20. and that makes everythintg all better.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:40pm
  21. Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:42pm
  22. He should be fired.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:52pm
  23. Again another station owned by clear channel who lets rush spew…

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:53pm
  24. Find his e-mail and spam it with gay porn! Better yet, pay someone to “screw him GAY!” …perverted asshole.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:03pm
  25. It is precisely because of people like this that I say people ought to stop being so worried about two men or two women raising a child when we have idiots like THIS one responsible for a kid.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:05pm
  26. What in the hell. Lynch him! Maim him! The fact that it does go on in some places, only makes it worse.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:05pm
  27. *curb stombs his face in*

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:06pm
  28. Um, that’s a bit much.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 9:53pm
  29. It was pre recorded but you know because he apologized its obviously ok now right?!……..

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:05pm
  30. Its not enuf……fire him

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:18pm
  31. This guy needs to be fired ASAP. Even if it was a joke, or if it was sarcasm, or if he didn’t ‘mean’ for it to be taken that way…it was WAY out of line and disgusting. You do not tell a parent, no matter what the concern, gender, race, ect is, to have a pal screw your child. Totally out of line. An apology isn’t enough.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 10:28pm
  32. Ignorant idiot to say the least.

    Posted on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:46pm
  33. Absolutely not enough – I think he’s in need of corrective…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 2:21am
  34. too little too late

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 2:38am
  35. not enough, he should be held accountable, apology doesn’t take it back, and you think someone who said somehting like this to begin with all of a sudden changed and is sincere in his apology? no, he is just doing it because the station made him. BOGUS!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 3:17am
  36. Fire him!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:27am
  37. What’s up with people doing the most outragios and hateful things, then thinking they can just appologize and it goes away.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:45am
  38. Don’t care to hear his apology. There was no excuse for his actions. He should be fired.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:37am
  39. Not a valid excuse! This JERK should be taken off the air or given some serious sensitivity training by the LGBTQ Nation ASAP!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:56am
  40. I meant “…AND given…”

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:07am