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Puerto Rican TV Show Faces Boycott After Repeated Anti-LGBT Commentary

December 18, 2012 11:12 am ET by Carlos Maza

The popular Puerto Rican television show “SuperXclusivo” is facing a boycott after its hosts suggested that a recently slain publicist brought violence on himself by being in an area known for “prostitution and homosexuality.”

The Facebook page promoting a boycott of SuperXclusivo has received more than 70,000 “likes” after the show’s hosts – including a “gossipy, big-haired crone puppet” named La Comay – commented on the murder of publicist Jose Enrique Gomez Saladin. La Comay noted that Saladin’s attack took place in an area frequented by gay people and prostitutes, wondering if he was “asking for this”:

The comments have drawn outrage from a number of national Hispanic organizations and sparked a social media campaign against the show. A number of the show’s advertisers have also dropped the program in the wake of the controversy.

This isn’t the first time the show has come under fire for its offensive commentary. According to ABC News:

Critics of SuperXclusivo, including spokesperson for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Pedro Julio Serrano, say that "bullying and hate" have long been the "trademarks of SuperXclusivo." Serrano says that the show has had anti-gay and racist undertones for many years, and that Puerto Ricans are sick of it.

Jose E. Ramos, the president of WAPA Television (which broadcasts SuperXclusivo), said the network would more closely scrutinize La Comay’s comments in the future. In the past, however, the show has repeatedly broken promises to respect the LGBT community.