Long-time Seattle radio host Dori Monson has been suspended from his radio programs after he made comments about Washington State’s transgender laws that have offended various progressive groups.
The controversial comments were made via Twitter while Monson was live-streaming the Washington gubernatorial debate on Wednesday. The tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots have been widely spread around social media:
Monson’s tweet read: “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 has been hosting a political talk show on KIRO Radio since 1995, and the pre- and post-game shows for the Seattle Seahawks since 2002. Both KIRO and the Seattle Seahawks suspended him following Wednesday’s tweet.
Before his suspension, Monson apologized to his audience during his Thursday show. He said that making fun of transgender people hadn’t even crossed his mind when he made the comment. His intention, he said, had been to poke fun at Governor Jay Inslee and the laws of the state that he disagrees with.
“Cancel culture across the country has been validated far too many times. And I don’t have any control over that. I only have control over what’s in my heart. And so, they’re saying, ‘You’re laughing at transgender people.’ No, I was laughing at Jay Inslee saying we are a science-based state. But, I heard a couple people I care about deeply, and I personally called them this morning and I said, ‘I’m sorry. That was not where I was going. That was not my intent on that.’ And I’ll tell you the same thing: If you were hurt by that, I’m sorry. Not where I was going, not my intent, but I’m sorry. Unequivocally, no qualifications.”
You can listen to his entire apology by clicking here. It begins around the 9-minute mark.
On Saturday, the Seattle Out & Proud Foundation demanded Monson’s immediate termination if he does not offer a sincere apology and “meaningful actions that show empathy and a willingness to understand the trans community.”
“…while free speech is a right afforded to all in our society,” the statement reads, “it does go both ways; Mr. Monson is free to make members of the LGBTQIA+ community the butt of his jokes, just as the community is free to call for him to be removed.”
KIRO-FM and the Seattle Seahawks have declined to comment thus far on the matter.
“So – if Dori goes, who is next?” asked Q13 host Brandi Kruse in a Facebook post earlier today. “Where does the mob focus its attention? On another KIRO Radio host? On anyone who dissents from the prevailing political ideology of the market?”
Kruse came to Monson’s defense in her post, which is well worth the full read: about:blankFacebook URL
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Monson has not been back on the radio or hosted any of his regular programs since Thursday.