Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dog The Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter was at one time the highest rated show on A&E. That is of course before its star Duane Chapman was recorded in a racist diatribe by his son. It seems Chapman took issue to his dating a black female. He felt that she might for some bizzare reason take issue with his frequent use of the word nigger. Of course it did not occur to him to stop using the word because it is racist and offensive....Oh no the solution he proffered was the dissolution of his sons relationship.

After the tape was made public A&E canceled the program. It seems however, that the network has had a change of heart. After all the show is about "second chances", they claim, so why not give one to their beloved racist Duane Chapman? According to an A&E spokesman as reported on CNN

"Over the last few months, Duane "Dog" Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps in reaching out to several African American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son which were released publicly," said a statement from the network.

"Since the premise of "Dog The Bounty Hunter" is about second chances - we have decided to give him one." I am sick of these types of incidents occurring. Whether it is Imus with his nappy headed whores commentary, or the Dog with his nigger commentary, networks have got to stop giving second chances. A slap on the wrist only encourages this kind of behavior. This is more of the "good ole boys club" protecting itself. Clearly, this is language that Chapman used daily and was comfortable with. In fact, his only remorse came when he realized that such language could threaten his career.

Shame on A&E for allowing this man back on the air. Making a profit clearly outstrips making a stand about racism.

1 comment:

Andie said...

I believe all people have the potential to change, but Chapman's a grown man who's lived with such strong racist thoughts for all his life. Just because he's mouthing the right words doesn't mean he's actually living them in his heart. I just don't buy the hype, sorry A&E.