GLAAD Claims KDOC-TV Aired Anti-Gay Infomercial
OCProgressive.com gets the credit for catching this first, but the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says it received complaints about the re-emergence of an anti-gay infomercial titled Speechless: Silencing the Christians--and among the stations around the country that just showed it apparently was Santa Ana-based KDOC-TV/Channel 56.
According to glaadBLOG, a West Hollywood resident contacted the alliance after seeing Speechless on KDOC from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Other viewers informed GLADD it aired over the same weekend in Fresno and Charlotte, North Carolina.
KDOC's online programming schedule only goes back as far as Monday, but individual infomercials are not listed by title anyway. An infomercial is slated to air in that same time slot next Sunday. Station managers have been contacted for confirmation and comments, and this post will be updated should they respond.
Ironically, among the gay-embraced attractions shown daily on KDOC are Magnum, P.I.'s moustache, James "Wild, Wild" West's tight slacks and brother Niles on Fraser. Meanwhile, the station's iconic image is called "The Woodie."
Produced by the American Family Association, Speechless "features interviews with anti-gay activists who make a series of predictable, breathless, fear-mongering claims about LGBT people and equality," Rashad Robinson, GLAAD's senior director of media programs, wrote in a Huffington Post opinion piece in February as the informercial was appearing elsewhere around the country. "As you would expect, the video is propaganda, pure and simple--manufactured to perpetuate a climate of hostility toward our community and to create a culture where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are less safe, less secure, and where our families are put in harm's way."
According to glaadBLOG, stations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio, either declined to air the infomercial or postponed it indefinitely after receiving local complaints in February. The alliance suggests that Southern California viewers who were offended by the program--or the very idea of KDOC showing it--should contact the station and "please use a respectful, approachable tone and appropriate language when voicing your concerns." The following contact information was supplied:
KDOC-TV, Santa Ana
Janice Mansfield, Program Director
John Manzi, General Manager