“You Support Gays, So I Don’t Support You” – Richmond Business Owner Cancels Radio Interview
When I decided to write posts for this website, I didn’t think past my own ambitions of displaying my love for creativity, individuality and promoting a message of support to others. I didn’t imagine having to defend going to this year’s VA PrideFest or my support of the LGBT community to a prospective guest on my radio show. I was shocked by the whole ordeal. I was surprisingly hurt by it too. I feel so passionately about my efforts to open the minds and hearts of everyone I encounter.
Tuesday night’s GaptoothDiva Radio Show was supposed to be about computer repair and troubleshooting, as well as internet safety and etiquette. It was a topic from which so many people I know could have benefitted. A member of my team had suggested including a woman he knew, as he felt she would be a perfect fit for our discussion. He explained that she was interested on promoting her business and called her to schedule an interview for our Tuesday night show. All of my information was provided to her, including links and addresses to websites and social networking sites. When she called back and agreed to do the interview, her business information as well as her name was promoted on my site, my profiles, and everywhere else I could think of. I was excited to have a professional on the show to provide our listeners with some insight on how to troubleshoot common PC issues, how to do simple repairs themselves, and how to use social networking sites. Suffice it to say I was dismayed when I received a phone call from our guest an hour before my show was scheduled to broadcast. She indicated she would not be doing the interview.
After reading the first paragraph of this post, it will come as no surprise that her cancellation was based on my last post about the VA PrideFest (showcasing my latest fashion finds). The guest said she did not want her business affiliated with a show that supports what she called “gay and lesbianism”. I explained that my goals were to support all individuals, whether businesses, nonprofit charities, music, artists, or just ordinary people with unique perspectives. I also told her that if she had perused the website thoroughly, she would also see writers, daycares, and religious figures being promoted. She insisted that she did not want her business promoted by someone who supported “those groups of people”. It took a great effort to thank her for her time and wish her luck before hanging up the phone.
There was no way to avoid discussing it on the show. I had to explain to those who tuned in the reason why our promoted guest was not available for questions. I even mentioned that although it hurt me to hear that certain business owners in the city still will not promote their businesses in an arena that also supports gay and lesbians, I would continue with my movement to support all individuals.
I was livid.
During the show my co-host, Boonie’ Villa, repeatedly asked me not to get into the situation any further. However, I feel strongly that I will always be 100% honest and up-front. I felt that my listeners deserved an explanation as to why the show’s format was not as advertised. I even offered an opportunity for listeners to call and weigh in. My opinion will always be that we must fight this kind of small mindedness. We can fight it by focusing on education awareness of diversity and support.
How can promoting a computer business on my radio show automatically affiliate you with the gay community, when that event was attended by me two days prior to the interview? Are you afraid a homosexual individual will call you and inquire about your services? Do gay people have a different currency when it comes to paying for those services? If a potential guest is afraid to appear on my show, these are questions I have for anyone who approaches me with that type of ignorance.
I’m still learning about the industry and I understand that certain people are concerned with their image and the image of their company. I would in no way want to intentionally be detrimental to the growth of anyone’s business and my only intention is to promote and support. Furthermore, although I am outspoken and highly opinionated, I do give people the chance to voice their opinions and views on any particular subject whether on my show or not. This woman was given the chance to still promote her business and discuss her trepidations on air; she was even given a chance to comment during the on air broadcast. She opted not to make an appearance at all – which to me was nothing less than cowardly. When you make judgments about a certain group of people or you throw out opportunities based on prejudice, please be a man/woman enough to stand behind it. Don’t hide behind your ignorance, because I will call you out on it. That’s not for an “OMG” moment; it’s for your own good. I fully support the gay community and no amount of fame or fortune will deter me from that.
As mentioned before, I will continue to support all individuals who are creative, positive, and unique. I may even have people on the show that do not hold the same beliefs I do, and they will be given the chance to voice their opinions like everyone else. If you expect me to stop, you are sadly mistaken. This is just more fuel to motivate me to go harder and stronger in my journey to open minds. I may not open them all, but let’s just pray those that don’t open… will at least be ajar.
To listen to that particular episode go to…http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gaptoothdivaradio/2010/09/29/find-help-with-pc-issues-928-at-9pm
I'esha GaptoothDiva is a twenty-something chick promoting Love, Life, Art, and Culture in the Cap City one smart ass comment at a time. Check her out at GaptoothDiva.com or follow her on Twitter.
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