Long-time broadcaster suspended from Seattle Seahawks’ radio shows over a tweet

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A Seattle talk show host has been suspended following allegations that he made transphobic comments on social media.

Broadcaster Dori Monson, who hosts the Seattle Seahawks’ pregame and postgame shows, was indefinitely suspended after a tweet about transgender people which he sent out Wednesday during the gubernatorial debate between Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger, Loren Culp.

Monson was not on the air Friday after being suspended by Bonneville Seattle and the Seahawks for the remarks which sparked a backlash on Twitter Wednesday.

“Inslee: we follow science in WA. The state where I could go to Olympia tomorrow and change my birth cert to say I was a girl on 10/2/61 HAHAHAHAHA,” Monson wrote in the since-deleted tweet which was captured in screenshots.

Bonneville Seattle owns the Seahawks’ flagship station, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, where Monson hosted a daily show. When reached by The Seattle Times for comment on Friday, KIRO Radio program director Bryan Buckalew declined, saying they do not comment on personnel matters.

Monson was slammed for the tweet by many who saw it as opposed to the Seahawks’ platform on social issues.

“Dori Monson’s blatant transphobic remarks in his Tweet during the gubernatorial debate mocking the very real issue of gender identity are insensitive, irresponsible and unacceptable for anyone – and especially inappropriate for the public face of KIRO 97.3 FM and the Seattle Seahawks, whose own value statements herald ‘integrity in word & action’ as well as ‘weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of everything we do,'” the group Seattle Pride said in a statement demanding Monson’s immediate termination.

The organization’s executive director Krystal Marx later expressed appreciation for the suspension, calling it a “good first step.”

“We appreciate the actions taken today by KIRO 97.3 FM and the Seattle Seahawks, and believe that suspending Dori Monson is a good first step, though we also ask Mr. Monson to issue a sincere apology and take actions to build empathy and understanding toward our transgender community — and that he realizes the harmful impact of his words by taking actionable steps towards addressing his history of homophobic and transphobic remarks,” Marx said in a statement, according to the Seattle Times.

“If he is unwilling to take these important actions, Seattle Pride will continue to call for his immediate termination,” Marx added. “Numerous studies have shown that trans people are at a significantly greater risk of depression, fear, isolation and suicide, largely due to ridicule, discrimination and violence. Seeing gender identity openly mocked in public only increases that stigmatization and puts transgender lives at further risk.”

Monson’s tweet set off a wave of outrage on Twitter and news of his suspension was celebrated by critics.

But there were plenty of others on social media who came to the defense of the 59-year-old who has frequently voiced his conservative views.

 

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