National Hispanic Organizations join boycott of WAPA-TV/WAPA America gossip show La Comay.
November 17, 2012
The National Puerto Rican Coalition Inc. (NPRC), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW), and The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) join the Puerto Rican community on the Island and the mainland in support of a boycott against WAPA TV/WAPA America’s gossip show SuperXclusivo. The show is the target of a community boycott ignited by the most recent defamatory comments made by its main character La Comay (gossip guru Antulio “Kobbo” Santarrosa) regarding the brutal killing of publicist José Enrique Gómez Saladín. The main character hides behind the disguise of a female doll which stereotypes women as gossipers in order to defame his targets by framing guilt or fault, his typical strategy of character assassination. A social media-based campaign against the program (#BoicotLaComay) has led several national and local advertisers to drop support for the program and the station.
“We add our name to the many other organizations, businesses and individuals that repudiate the show SuperXclusivo and the so-called ‘La Comay,'” said Representative Minnie Gonzalez, President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures. “There is no room for malicious and offensive programming that tarnishes the image of Latinos in general and specifically in this case Puerto Ricans, and especially when it comes from within our own community.”
“Entertainment television has the business responsibility to respect its audience. The show SuperXclusivo historically corrodes the air waves with undertones of hate speech and discrimination by consistently defaming individuals without any regard to their well-being or that of their families. NPRC commends national corporations like AT&T, Wal-Mart, and others for adhering to their core values of responsible advertising by pulling their advertisements from the program,” declared Rafael A. Fantauzzi, President and CEO, National Puerto Rican Coalition.
“The show SuperXclusivo damages LULAC’s efforts to ensure the Latino community is accurately perceived as the positive influence that we are. We encourage WAPA TV/WAPA America to join us in ensuring that programming is both accurate and inspirational in that it personifies Latino characters fairly,” said Margaret Moran, National President, League of United Latin American Citizens.
“This latest incident on La Comay demonstrates the need for local and mainland based advertisers to better monitor the programming they support. WAPA station executives should also take note that they have a moral and FCC trusteeship broadcasting model obligation to act in the public’s interest. La Comay’s pattern of behavior of demonizing homosexuality is unacceptable hate speech.” said Alex Nogales, President, CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition.
“As the premier organization that represent the values and power of the Puerto Rican women on the mainland and the Island, NACOPRW calls upon Puerto Rican women to have a conversation with their families about the need to stop viewing this injudicious show,” said Vilma Colom, National President, National Conference of Puerto Rican Women.
“As civil rights leaders we will always defend freedom of speech but we will also condemn irresponsible hate speech rhetoric. Hate is not a family value and our community needs to stop watching shows that expose and promote hate speech or incite hate crimes. We encourage the community to turn-off SuperXclusivo and use that time to engage family members or help someone in need.” said Fantauzzi.