The problem is Joe Ramos

 

 

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.

 

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8 comments

  1. Eric says:

    Good article.

    I complained to the FCC when the severed heads were shown, and to WAPA when the show thought it was funny to intersperse photos of some black people in PR with photos of monkeys at a local zoo. I never got a response from the FCC nor from WAPA.

    Throughout, we have also seen constant homophobia, and an underlying and ugly right-wing political agenda, with Mr. Santarrosa invoking the name of Pinochet, berating Hugo Chavez, and always attacking Calle 13, among other things.

    This show is toxic.

    • Phil says:

      When I wrote to WAPA TV about these very issues, I got the following response from WAPA TV: “PHIL: CREO QUE ESTAS HABLANDO DE PROGRAMAS MUY VIEJOS. LA PALABRA “PATO” HACE CERCA DE 2 AÑOS QUE NO SE USA EN EL PROGRAMA DE SXC. PARECE QUE ESTAS MUY INFLUENCIADO POR PERSONAS DEL MUNDO “GAY”. DESCONOCEMOS SI ERES “GAY” O NO, PERO NOS DA LA IMPRESION DE QUE SI. PARECE QUE NO VES TELEVISION DE ESTADOS UNIDOS, DONDE VACILAN A TODO EL MUNDO POR IGUAL. HASTA A OBAMA LE HAN DICHO BARBARIDADES. NO VES ESOS PROGRAMAS PERO DA LA IMPRESION DE QUE ESTAS “SUPER PEGADO” AL TELEVISOR VIENDO A LA COMAY. SI NO ES ASI, PUES ENTONCES TE LLENARON LA CABEZA CON UN MONTON DE COSAS. EN TORNO AL SR. PUBLICISTA QUE MATARON, LA COMAY DIJO LO QUE LOS PERIODICOS YA HABIAN DICHO. PERO PARECE QUE NO HAY PEOR CIEGO QUE EL QUE NO QUIERE VER. PENSABAMOS QUE TENIAS UNOS ARGUMENTOS VALIDOS PERO YA HEMOS VISTO QUE NO ES ASI. DE TODAS MANERAS, GRACIAS POR TU COMUNICACION. FELIZ NAVIDAD.”

      I received a personal apology from Joe Ramos for the tone of this email, but no response to the actual questions that I raised. I filed a complaint with the FCC but have received no response yet. WAPA TV’s broadcast license expires February 1, 2013. I hope that the FCC requires WAPA TV to formally respond to the complaints they have received about SuperXclusivo, and that the FCC requires SuperXclusivo to be taken off the air in order for a license renewal to be granted.

      • Blogging Cyborg says:

        Thanks Phil, I saw the letter you received in a very good article by Ricardo Varela (Latino Rebels). I was appalled at such response, classic textbook gay-baiting worthy of the 90s. Ramos’ response is vintage Ramos, he avoided the real issues you raised and issued a general apology. How sincere can his apologies be when he continuous to raise Santarrosa’s salary with every contract renewal?

    • Blogging Cyborg says:

      Thanks Eric, it baffles me how the show hos gotten away with so much for so long. The more I learn about the show, the more convinced I am that it does not belong in regular TV. There are so many and diverse instances in which this show should’ve been canceled that is absurd nothing has been done. WAPA is indeed responsible for supporting it so stubbornly all these years.

  2. shepita says:

    porque se esconde de tras de una falda. ninguno de los 2 tiene orgullo de hombre.

  3. Jorge Felix says:

    I congratulate you for this intelligent piece of writing. Many commentaries fall into emotional quick responses. Like you said Kobo has been long apologizing but the real problem is Joe Ramos, manager of WAPA-TV who supports the format of SuperXclusivo and manipulates the response of the public when the program crosses the line. Years back when Ramos and Santarosa apologized for other rampage of hateful insults to a private citizen that was victim of a criminal act I stated to fellow activists that we should not settle for apologies but for real change and actions. Now years after we are still confronting the same or even worst situations. Ramos knows how to profit from manipulating this TV program as well as the response of the public and has depended on that to do his work. Ramos is not a savvy media entrepreneur and this is what he has been doing for many years to maintain WAPA-TV. He thinks that Puerto Rico is full of uneducated people that does not deserve better. Worst than that Ramos does not understand that entertainment can be fulfilling and change lives. Ramos does not understand that when receiving an FCC license he assumed a great deal of responsibilities. Ramos history of programing is narcissistic and irresponsible. Ramos and WAPA-TV does not respond to Puerto Rico’s needs and certainly he does not understand his role as a communicator in today’s society. Its time to end Ramos and his irresponsible administration and if WAPA-TV does not get rid of the root of the problem it is time to end the station’s license as well.

    • Blogging Cyborg says:

      Jorge Felix, I agree 100% with all your assessments above. I do think Ramos may indeed have some real contempt for the people living in Puerto Rico and believes that Puerto Rico does not deserve better programming and real quality entertainment.

  4. Luis says:

    Please post about how one can complain to the FCC

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