ADL Condemns Anti-Semitic, Homophobic, E-mail from Boulder Talk Show Host
Update: The talk-show host subsequently apologized for his remarks, calling them "callous and destructive."
Denver, March 29, 2005 ... The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League today condemned a Boulder talk-show host's anti-Semitic and homophobic email, and, in an apparently unrelated incident, the placing of anti-Semitic stickers on cars in the Palo Park subdivision of Boulder.
In an e-mail he entitled "City Jews persecute Christ," CATV Talk Show Host Jann Scott called the mayor of Boulder "Big Jew Mayor Ruzzin," and he attacked a council member for her work with AIDS patients.
"While Scott may attempt to justify his comments as merely 'racial humor,' there is absolutely no excuse for statements that are anti-Semitic, homophobic and hateful," said Bruce H. DeBoskey, ADL Mountain States Regional Director.
"It is the community's responsibility to stand up and tell Scott, 'Your hateful speech is not welcome here and we stand together to reject your ideas that perpetuate destructive, hurtful stereotypes about Jews and homosexuals," DeBoskey said.
Additionally, ADL condemned the posting of hand-written stickers in the Palo Park subdivision featuring swastikas, white power slogans and racial epithets.
"ADL denounces the use of one of history's most hateful symbols – the swastika – and its combination with the phrases 'White Power' and 'I Love Hitler,' " DeBoskey continued. "The intent of these disturbing, disgusting stickers is to spread hate. By shining the light on such acts, all Coloradoans can join together to send the clear message that they are not acceptable in our communities."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.