In a Puerto Rican news and gossip commentary show in the Univision Channel, Ruben & Co., Luis Vigoreaux mocked Orlando Cruz, local feather weight boxer who recently came out publicly. The homophobic comments were as follow, as quoted in El Nuevo Día.
“But, is he going to compete in the feminine or masculine category? How is he not a woman? Until he gets a sex change he’s not a women? Can you imagine fighting with him? Its pitiful. They’re going to think I’m going to punch this girl, that’s harsh”, Vigoreaux said.
“¿Pero él va a competir en la categoría femenina o masculina? ¿Cómo que no es mujer? ¿Hasta que no se haga el cambio de sexo no es mujer? ¿Se imaginan peleando con él? Da pena. Van a decir a esta nenita le voy a dar un puño, eso está brutal”, dijo Vigoreaux.
The reaction from the production staff at the channel was even worst. They refused to take any kind of measure, downplayed the issue as to just being the style of the show, and just expressed that he’s on his right to do so, ignoring any kind of social responsibility, and the fact of how he disrespected the boxer and all those who identify with him. Malule González, station manager of Univisión said:
“We all have the right to an opinion. There are people that are racist, and I may think that that’s not correct, but there are people that are and they have the right of being so because that’s what freedom of expression is about. It’s not a matter of we restraining Luis’ commentary, that’s somewhat what the show is about, of that diversity of opinion where some are more extreme, others more conservative, and others more liberal.”
“Todos tenemos derecho a una opinión. Hay gente que es racista y a mí me puede parecer que no está correcto, pero hay gente que lo es y tienen derecho a serlo porque de eso se trata la libertad de expresión. No es cuestión de que vayamos a contener los comentarios de Luis, de eso se trata un poco el programa, de esa diversidad de opinión donde unas son más extremas, otras más conservadoras y otras más liberales.”
Do you think that if the commentary had been against women or of an ethnic type they wouldn’t make him apologize? They just don’t care about respecting the lgbt demographic.