FCC Complaint Filed Against Hispanic Talkshow

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) filed a joint complaint with the Federal Communications Commission today against Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. and KRCA, a Los Angeles-based TV station, for the “indecent, profane, and obscene material, offensive language, nudity, and on-air verbal and physical attacks against women as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people,” featured on the popular Spanish-language talk show José Luis Sin Censura.

In over twenty episodes that aired between June 18 and December 7, 2010, the program contained 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 “maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and anti-Latino slurs, such as “mojado” (“wetback”).  The program frequently featured blatant nudity and female guests have been shown in violent fights. Hypersexualized images of women’s breasts and genitals while stripping for male guests and audience members also make up routine offerings. Guests and audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and even physical attacks, especially against people perceived to be LGBT. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests.

A press release issued today by the NHMC states.

It’s not the first time that the show—a perfect candidate for our Tales From Copyright Infringement series thanks to its clear Jerry Springer ripoff attempt (slow-mo industrial fan and all), has come under public scrutiny.

In 2005, GLAAD led protests against the talkshow which prompted KFC, Chevrolet and Nissan to pull advertising.

This program is WAY overboard, and goes far beyond a fleeting moment of expletives or nudity.  This is pre-taped, pre-meditated smut, designed to do nothing more than titillate and shock the audience.  I have never seen anything like this on English-language television – José Luis makes Jerry Springer look like Mr. Rogers.

NHMC’s President and CEO, Alex Nogales says.

To take a peek at what’s going on at José Luis’ neighborhood, click on the video bellow:

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