Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dog the Bounty Hunter, Part 3



Last month, I blogged here and here in solidarity with the Afrosphere Action Coalition's campaign to stop "Dog" Chapman from returning to the tv screen after his refusal to address his openly racist past(?) attitudes and behaviors.

Now, the AAC has issued the following statement:

After contacting the A&E Network and some of its advertisers about the return of Duane “Dog” Chapman’s show “Dog The Bounty Hunter” to the air waves, the Afrosphere Action Coalition released a statement on June 17th “expressing our dissatisfaction with the network’s decision." In anticipation of the planned return of the show, we also hosted the Day of Blogging for Respect in Media.

A&E’s regrettable reply was predictable and dismissive. Nonetheless, the AAC and our constituents remain undeterred in our opposition to the show's return as “Dog” has never owned up to what he actually said, nor demonstrated any change or shown action to make amends; but instead simply put on a PR show with the desire of maintaining commercial viability.

As the new season of “Dog The Bounty Hunter” airs Wednesday, July 16th, the AAC will be monitoring the program for those advertisers who have chosen to put their brands at unnecessary risk by propping up the position of a public figure who engages in racial denigration; after which we will continue to alert the broader public about those who choose to stand for respect of all peoples in media, versus those corporations standing simply for what they perceive will advantage the bottom line, above all else.

The AAC has and continues to “urge A&E in the strongest terms to reverse course and withdraw their support for Duane Chapman and the 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' show. Until A&E does so, we have no alternative but to inform the viewing public and urge them to withdraw support from A&E and its advertisers. If Duane Chapman had come clean about his racially demeaning behavior and attitudes, thereby demonstrating real sincerity towards actual change, perhaps there may have been a place for him again in the public square. But on the record A&E has set before us, he has simply gotten a vacation and we cannot accept that he is again receiving a platform and further financial reward.”

It was pointed out to me about another matter in Louisiana recently that one of the problems those of us who push for social change have is that we often quit pushing when we don't win. Unlike our opponents who never sit down, no matter how badly they lose. It's a tactic we need to learn. Slow and steady wins the course.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

For a guy who calls himself "Dog" and claims to know Jesus, he sure is a "dog." Keep him off the air...out of sight..hopefully out of mind by the public (though we'll be watching for his next move).

Sawtooth said...

This is a test...as I enter the Blogging World (like the Twilight Zone) but here we can make a difference...God I hope so!

Changeseeker said...

You are SO right, Anonymous. Keeping an eye on this type (and the advertisers that support him) is precisely what we need to do.

Welcome to the blogoshere, Sawtooth. It can be rather like the Twilight Zone, but yes, yes, yes, we can make a difference. Not only here, but FROM here, we can make a difference in the whole, wide world. Yay!!

Yobachi said...

Thanks for posting this and working with us on the issue.

Changeseeker said...

The way I see it, Yobachi, we stand together or we all go down. Whatever opportunities I'm given, I try to do whatever seems right to me. And this definitely seems right. Besides, I'm only following the lead of you and the AAC. You've made it easy. Thank YOU for organizing the effort. :^)

Sawtooth said...

Dog's back on A&E (the "all new"...). A few advertisers I saw, before I had to change the channel, were 20th Century Fox Movies, mesorc.com (?) which is an attorney's plea for litigants re: a cancer-related class-action lawsuit, Orange Glow floor cleaner, Sleep Number (re: a certain kind of bed 800-270-2600) and Senokot-S sleep aid pills.