So, who won?
"This corporation has zero tolerance for this type of nonsense," George Regan, spokesman for the station, said last night. "It will not be tolerated. We are now in the process of an investigation. Mr. DePetro will not be heard on the airwaves of WRKO-AM tomorrow morning."Ouch, score one for Grace Ross! When the Green Party candidate says, 'Hey, look, he's just not that important,' it's got to hurt. How's little DePetro's ego holding up? Regardless of whether or not DePetro's fired, he's lost this battle. It wasn't even close.
For her part, Ross laughed when she heard about DePetro's remark. "That's my honest response," she said, chuckling. "First of all, this is not news to folks that I'm a lesbian. It's on my website. Big, fat? I guess that's supposed to be his way of saying he doesn't like somebody. The real issue here is that we have a whole subculture of right-wing talk show hosts who think they're more important than they are."
If he isn't fired, however, WRKO loses too. It isn't his first gay slur on air. Ironically, he scolded a caller for using the word "bitch" on air on the same show that he called Grace Ross a "fat lesbian." "Bitch," he said, 'would be bad for the kiddies' who are listening in. Hypocrisy much? Then again, any parents who make their kids listen to talk radio already lost a long, long time ago - lost their minds, that is.
Update: WKRO did the right thing. DePetro has been fired. It is not okay to use gay slurs, especially on the public airwaves. DePetro did it on two seperate occasions. WKRO made the right call.