By now, you've heard of the situation with Dana Jacobson on ESPN. The American Family Association sent this email out to its supporters Thursday evening.
ABC fired an actor because of an anti-gay comment, but gave anchorwoman who told an audience 'F---Jesus' what amounted to a one-week vacation.
Last June, when actor Isaiah Washington, star of ABC's show Grey's Anatomy, made an anti-gay slur in reference to openly homosexual T.R. Knight, the network immediately fired Washington.
But when ESPN (owned by ABC) anchorwoman Dana Jacobson publicly said "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus," the network gave her a one week suspension. In essence, ABC gave Jacobson a one week vacation.
ABC has two standards, one for anti-gay comments and one for anti-Christian comments. Those who use anti-gay comments are punished. Those who use anti-Christian comments are supported.
If ABC refuses to fire Jacobson, would you be willing to support a one-year boycott of the sponsor of her program?
Here's how the voting is going so far:
Yes, I would be willing to support a one-year boycott of the sponsor of Dana Jacobson's show if ABC refuses to fire her. 52,334
No, I would not be willing to boycott the sponsor. 388
It's gonna be easy for me and so many others to boycott the show, because we ALREADY don't watch it! But seriously, my opinion is I think Jacobson crossed a line, and should be more than suspended for just a week. I know some bloggers and writers have said it's a roast, therefore it should be understandable. There are somethings that shouldn't be said, and if you're one to compare Jacobson to Kathy Griffith or Lisa Lampenelli - well, I wouldn't watch them either. I'm happy Jacobson is at least reprimanded, but it's interesting to know that saying anti-homosexual and/or "racial" comments will get you fired or killed by the media (Isaiah Washington, Tim Hardaway, Imus) - which I support completely by the way - but when someone makes an Anti-Christian, Anti-Jesus comment, we turn our head to the comments, chalk it up as a roast and accept it, and try and move on.
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Update... Via sportsmediawatch. The Christian Defense Counsel is also taking aim at Jacobson:
The Christian Defense Coalition will hold a public demonstration and prayer vigil outside ESPN Headquarters tomorrow, in response to the drunken ramblings of suspended ESPN First Take anchor Dana Jacobson.
The CDC demands that ESPN release a tape of Jacobson making her comments, an action that seems wholly unnecessary, considering her comments have already been well circulated. An ESPN executive confirmed the existence of the tape to the director of the Christian organization.
In addition to the release of the tape, the Christian Defense Coalition will also demand that Jacobson is fired.
I appreciate this approach. While I hate to see anyone get fired or lose their job - it was an offensive comment made to a group of people (whom I am apart of) and to the group's Savior whom we worship and adore daily. When you upset Christians - they are not going to take it anymore they are going to fight back. I just pray that Americans will be educated through this and realize that they can't say these things and get away with it by getting a little slap on the wrist.
As for the blogosphere's reaction, I'm predicting the AFA and the CDC will be ridiculed which is unfortunate considering the loud outcry in the blogosphere against Tim Hardaway and Imus when they made their comments. Sports media watch called it an "outstanding overreaction".