The Spanish-language talk show José Luis Sin Censura has been taken off of the air after more than a year of pressure from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
Many episodes of the program showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests. Among the slurs hurled were ‘puto! puto! puto!’ (or "f*ggot’) at a man they thought to be gay as well as ‘culero’ (‘assf*cker’). Audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and physical attacks.
‘Content that appeared on this show fueled violence against our community, which is growing and impacting so many families. Thanks to thousands of LGBT, Latino Americans and allies, [producer and distributor Liberman Broadcasting] took action,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. ‘The company should now join so many other Spanish-language broadcasters in presenting stories that inspire and create change, not fuel a climate of intolerance and violence.’
GLAAD and NHMC received a letter this week about the fate of the show from Liberman Broadcasting.
‘Can you please contact those clients with whom you have previously spoken and let them know that Liberman Broadcasting is no longer airing any programming that GLAAD or NHMC finds objectionable,’ Chief Operating Officer Winter W. Horton wrote.’We are confident that we can build upon this experience and work together to create positive experiences for the LGBT, Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.’