Dominic Dieter, a radio personality at
Cleveland's WMMS, has apologized for suggesting to a father he should
arrange to have his gay daughter raped to turn her straight.
Dieter doled out the advice during
Friday morning's Rover's Morning Glory show.
Responding to a father who happened upon his teenage daughter
kissing another girl, Dieter said, “You should get one of your
friends to screw your daughter straight.”
“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,” Dieter told listeners on Monday.
WMMS has also said
it would run public service announcements in support of gay teens and
has invited Equality Ohio, the state's largest gay rights advocate,
to join its community advisory board.
and the station's actions come after the Gay and Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on Clear Channel, parent company of
WMMS, to suspend Dieter over his comments.