After an 18 month-long campaign by GLAAD and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), the organizations announced “José Luis Sin Censura" – a far worse Spanish-language version of Jerry Springer that for several years aired virulent anti-gay, anti-Latino and anti-female content -- has been permanently removed from the network's broadcast schedule.
The removal of the show comes after a campaign that included 18 months of sustained effort from GLAAD and NHMC, during which dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals were mobilized, many via a petition at Change.org. At the outset of the campaign, GLAAD and NHMC filed a nearly 200-page formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and contacted dozens of major advertisers whose ads appeared during the program. The campaign resulted in an ongoing investigation by the FCC and a number of advertisers withdrawing their support of the show including AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Western Dental.
Most recently, in June 2012, delivered a petition with over 3,800 signatures to Liberman Broadcasting, Inc (LBI), the show's producing and distributing company. For photos, please visit http://www.flickr.com/glaad
Watch the latest video – and remember that these episodes aired in the middle of the day, reached millions and are rated 'TV-14.'
WARNING – Offensive, lewd content, NSFW
An overview of the year-plus long campaign by GLAAD and NHMC:
- July 2012, Western Dental pulled advertising from José Luis Sin Censura.
- On June 21, 2012, GLAAD and NHMC announced a campaign to contact national advertisers in a joint press conference at LBI headquarters in Burbank, CA. During the press conference, the organizations also delivered a petition with over 3,800 signatures to LBI.
- Between October 2011 and June 2012, GLAAD and NHMC participated in a dialogue with Rocky Delgadillo, the attorney representing LBI on this matter. GLAAD and NHMC attempted to resolve the matter despite the limited engagement from LBI. In June 2012, Mr. Delgadillo revealed that LBI would stop airing the show on owned and operated stations in late September if GLAAD and NHMC would agree cease their campaign. GLAAD and NHMC declined this offer due to the harm that the continued broadcast of the show was causing to the communities in which it aired.
- On June 17, 2011, GLAAD and NHMC met with the principals of Liberman Broadcasting, Inc.: Chair José Liberman; his son, President and CEO Lenard Liberman; and Chief Operating Officer, Winter Horton. The Libermans own EstrellaTV Network and a number of broadcast stations across the country that air EstrellaTV, including its Los Angeles-based flagship KRCA. While representatives from LBI offered an apology for anti-LGBT content that aired on the show, they did not take immediate action, had no response to other issues raised by GLAAD and NHMC concerning the use of anti-Latino slurs or misogynistic content, and offered no proposals for how to rectify this situation.
- In June 2011, national advertisers including AT&T and Time Warner Cable as well as affiliate stations in Miami, Florida and Wichita, Kansas pulled support for the program.
- In April 2011, more than 30 organizations including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Southern Poverty Law Center, United Church of Christ, and the Women’s Media Center, sent a letter to the FCC, urging swift action.
- On February 28, 2011, GLAAD and NHMC filed the original FCC complaint demonstrating that KRCA (and all of the stations that air "José Luis Sin Censura") are in violation of federal law. The complaint documented over twenty episodes that aired between June 18 and December 7, 2010, which contains images and language of the nature that is never displayed or is bleeped out of pre-taped English-language programs of the same nature, including the words "pinche" ("f*cking" in English) and "culero" ("assf*cker"), anti-gay language, including epithets such as "puto," "maricón," "joto" and "puñal" (or "f*ggot"), anti-Latino slurs, such as "mojado" ("wetback"), and anti-female terms such as "piruja" and "puta" ("whore"). The program frequently features blatant nudity and female guests have been shown in violent fights. Guests and audience members are often incited to engage in verbal and physical attacks. Many episodes show the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests.
Director of Spanish Language Media
Vice President of Communications