After watching your press conference yesterday, I arrived to a conclusion, the problem is Joe Ramos.
There is no shortcut around it, Joe Ramos does not get it. The staunchest defender of Kobbo Santarrosa, the man that has defended and protected Kobbo Santarrosa while continuously raising his hefty salary, does not get the boycott. It was very sad to watch his press conference. Joe Ramos announced that the program will be “supervised” and pre-recorded, and then demanded that the boycott stops. Joe Ramos, claimed he can’t take it any longer after two weeks, and demands that “enough is enough.” However, he did not apologize or even acknowledge that he sicked that misogynistic, racist, homophobic puppet on us for more than 14 years. Yes, Joe Ramos, enough is enough. Unfortunately, your aim is not to make amends, but to stop the boycott. Too little, also too late. More of the same, slap on the wrist while continuing to raise Kobbo’s millionaire salary. How much more will you pay Kobbo Santarrosa and Héctor Travieso this year to peddle racism, homophobia, and misogyny to our children and adolescents? To continue ruining reputations and passing judgment of private citizens who do not have the resources to fight WAPA’s lawyers?
Joe Ramos, also does not get what causes the hurt, the pain, and rage, of the people working tirelessly in the boycott (almost 75,000.) He continuously attempts to avoid and minimize our arguments. We are emotional, we are protagonists, we like the media attention, etc.
Mr. Ramos, I will give you unrequested advise, I can’t stand to watch another conference and watch you look like someone that does not know which truck hit him. You must look into the cameras and say:
“WAPA is committed to respect all human beings and has ZERO TOLERANCE for racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia in its programming. WAPA is determined to provide quality entertainment to all people that live in Puerto Rico and wherever we are watched, and promote peace and solidarity among its audience.” It is a new beginning, let’s do it together.”
Of course, it would be nice of you also say that black people are not monkeys, and that fat women deserve respect, and that gay people are not to be called faggots, and mature women are not mummies, and that HIV will not be used as an epithet. You see, all those have been trademark of the program you so stubbornly defend. But you do not talk about those things, you want us to talk about the good things. Should we also talk about the good things in the Ku Klux Klan, the good things in the Westboro Baptist Church?
See? The problem is that Joe Ramos cannot even, bring himself to say the words: RACISM, SEXISM, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA. I’ve never heard him say them, not once. He rather talks about not offending ‘certain groups’, or he mumbles “Kobbo does not do that” but he can’t even bring himself to talk about the same things we speak about. He is not even comfortable speaking the language that the boycott is speaking. How can we know he is really listening to us?
We need a clear statement that talks about WAPA’s commitment to Puerto Rico, WAPA’s commitment to stop filling our (not Joe Ramos’) airwaves with RACISM, SEXISM, XENOPHOBIA, and HOMOPHOBIA, talk about it, name it, face it and work to eradicate it. If Joe Ramos can’t commit WAPA to honor this, and rather just offer to continue to slap Kobbo’s wrist, at the same time he continues to raise his salary, then it is Joe Ramos, and only Joe Ramos, at this point, the responsible for the boycott.