Advertisers Pull Support From Sacramento Radio Program

Sonic, Chipotle and Snapple pull advertisements in response to “Rob, Arnie &
Dawn Show” transgender comments

By: Matthew Keys Reporting for the Sacramento Press

Three companies have decided to pull their advertisement support from KRXQ 98.5, better known on-air as “98Rock,” following a controversial discussion about transgendered children on the station’s breakfast show “Rob, Arnie & Dawn.”

During the May 28th discussion, show presenters Rob Williams and Arnie States read from a news article describing a male child in another state as being permitted to enroll in school as a female.

“God forbid if my son put on a pair of high heels, I would probably hit him with one of my shoes,” States quipped.

Williams and States then took turns receiving listener phone calls, during which they called transgendered people “freaks,” “fruits” and claimed that transgendered people suffered from “medical conditions” in which they felt the need to “bring attention to themselves.” The shows third presenter, Dawn Rossi, appeared distressed during the segment.

“Those that really have this, it is a struggle for them! It is heart-wrenching for them! They have always felt like a different sex! And they’ve never felt like themselves.”

In response to the May 28th discussion, the organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued a statement on its blog, saying it was working with the organization Trans Youth Family Allies to bring attention to the segment and solicit a response and apology from station management.

“GLAAD has reached out to KRXQ management to communicate our serious concerns and demand an apology. We are waiting for their reply,” the blog read on June 1st.

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