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host suspended for homophobic comments

Spanish radio
host suspended for homophobic comments

Univision Radio, part of the Spanish-media division of Telemundo, suspended a host after he uttered antigay slurs on the air May 1.

Luis Jimenez has been barred from the airwaves for one month after he and his cohosts performed a song titled "Las Patas" ("The Dykes"). The song included several gay slurs and ridiculed lesbians. Later in the broadcast Jimenez introduced a stereotypical gay character, whom he ridiculed and told, "Callate, pato" ("Shut up, faggot").

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation president Neil G. Giuliano said May 4 that the actions taken against Jimenez were timely and appreciated.

"GLAAD applauds Univision Radio for doing the right thing and taking responsible action against Jimenez's vulgar and bigoted comments," Giuliano said in a statement. "We call on all Spanish-language broadcasters to require the same accountability from all their on-air talent."

GLAAD plans to meet with Univision Radio and Jimenez's production team on May 17.

Prior to his stint for Univision Radio, Jimenez spent 13 years as a DJ for New York City station WSKQ-FM, where he was well known for making homophobic comments.

The Luis Jimenez Show airs on Univision Radio in markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Chicago. (The Advocate)

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