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is a blatant, flagrant and outrageous form of
discrimination, and as such, perpetuates
negative gay stereotypes and encourages
Why was it necessary to use a lisp to de-
scribe the conversation that you overheard
while waiting to speak with the police officer?
Did the man actually speak with a lisp? Or
was this simply added for (negative) effect
and to spice up your tale?
What you assert was being asked by the
man to the police officer regarding the legal
status of his attire was minimally amusing and
could have stood on its own merits in your
story without the lisp factor.
But the story, unfortunately, does not end
here. As your telling of this story continued,
you felt the need to further perpetuate preju-
dice and negative stereotypes, by lashing out
at the female officer by stating that "She obvi-
ously had a horse in the parade," implying
that she was a lesbian. Do you not see how
making this sort of a comment is prejudicial?
If you were in a situation that required a po-
lice: officer's assistance, my guess is that the
fact of whether or not she was a lesbian would
be 100 percent irrelevant. So why is it impor-
tant to render an opinion as to whether or not
the female police in your story was a. lesbian?
What did she say or do that would lead you
to that conclusion, and why was it important?
You are obviously an educated and worldly
individual. So it's mind boggling to me that,
here in 2011, you are continuing what I believe
to be a longstanding practice of making fun of
and discriminating against gays and lesbians.
Although cloaked in what you most likely
consider "light-hearted" humor, the message
is still there, loud and clear.
You have a longstanding negative view to-
wards the gay and lesbian community, and
this is not simply conjecture on my part. You
have demonstrated this for years.
My first recollection of your anti-gay and
-lesbian agenda goes way back to 1992. When
it became public knowledge that the actor
who played Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch,
Robert Reed, died of AIDS, you ridiculed and
made fun of him for being gay and made
countless jokes about how the father on the
Brady Bunch was gay and died of AIDS.
Where was your compassion and empathy?
Who would have ever thought that this pre-
sumably long-forgotten rant of yours from
1992 would come back to haunt you?
Mr. Kraddick, this was nearly two decades
ago, and even today,you continue to show your
prejudice towards the gay and lesbian commu-
nity with your not-so-subtle jabs and jokes.
I am calling on you to: 1. Publicly apologize
for the disparaging remarks and innuendoes
you made Monday morning on your radio
show and countless times in the past; 2. Come
to terms with your negativity and bias to-
wards the gay and lesbian community and ei-
ther out yourself as a bigot or strive to gain
acceptance and tolerance towards gays and
lesbians. The latter will most likely require in-
tense, long-term therapy; 3. Refrain from mak-
ing gay jokes and perpetuating stereotypes on
your radio show. While as an American citi-
zen, you are certainly entitled to your personal
views and opinions, as a public figure and
someone in the radio in industry, you have a
moral obligation to refrain from making pub-
lic comments that are hurtful, offensive and
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derogatory towards any group of people. I'm
actually surprised that KISS-FM has allowed
you to get away with this for decades?
Please do not try and pacify me or others
who are insulted by your comments by pre-
dictable and lame reasoning such as* "I have
some gay acquaintances that I tolerate, there-
fore I am not prejudiced," or "I work with
gays and lesbians that I get along with, so this
makes me gay-friendly,"
These outdated excuses don't cut it any-
more. Although it may be Somewhat of a trite
statement, actions do indeed speak louder
than words. Either admit publicly that you are
prejudiced against gays and lesbians, or
change your ways once and for all.
Don Anderson, Dallas, via email
Targeting gay Pride
I visited Dallas last weekend for the gay Pride
festivities, I live in the Chicago now, but I grew
up in Dallas. I have parked on Rawlins between
Throckmorton and Reagan every time I have
ever visited the Oak Lawn neighborhood.
On the day of the Al an Ross Texas Freedom Pa-
rade, not any other day, the city of Dallas felt the
need to give every person parking on the street a
parking ticket. And it is not illegal to park there.
It would appear, from my point of view, the
city of Dallas felt the need to target the gay com-
munity for revenue because they knew it was
Pride. I would not be as appalled by this if the
city hadn't also charged the gay community for
I try to defend Dallas but I would have to
agree, this time, Dallas was very anti-gay on
Pride weekend. I and every car on this block was
parked legally. I am not upset about the money;
I will even pay the ticket. I am upset because I
spend countless hours defending Dallas only to
feel discriminated against on gay Pride weekend,
of all the weekends.
Kathy Hoffmann, Oak Park, III., via email
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