Photo: Jose Luis Sin Censura Cancelled
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) today announced that “José Luis Sin Censura,” produced and broadcast by Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI) on the EstrellaTV network, has been permanently removed from the 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.
Recent episodes featured audiences chanting “puta” (“Whore! Whore! Whore!”) at a female guest. In addition, audience members were allowed to chant “puto! puto! puto!” (or “f*ggot”) at a man they thought to be gay. In the past, the show often included 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”).
“Content that appeared on this show fueled violence against our community, which is growing and impacting so many families. Thanks to thousands of LGBT, Latino Americans and allies, LBI took action,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “The company should now join so many other Spanish-language broadcasters in presenting stories that inspire and create change, not fuel a climate of intolerance and violence.”