Dean Blundell Show Suspended
Well, well, the show that started SGAA has finally been suspended! I have written many articles about the Dean Blundell Show sanctions, and the hatred that Blundell and his entourage has shown Michael Jackson, his children and his fans. Corus Entertainment the owner of The Edge 102.1 has finally said enough (for now). The statement from Corus Entertainment says “they are reviewing their practices to ensure that their programing is compliant with our broadcasting standards.”
Here’s the scoop. The Toronto Star reported that Dean Blundell and Derek Welsman the show’s producer and on-air personality ridiculed several gay men involved in a criminal trial right on the airwaves. A jury had just convicted a man for sexually assaulting three men he met in a bathhouse. The interesting part of this story is that Welsman was the jury foreman and spoke these slurs after the trial and after he put his hand on the bible saying that he had no bias towards homosexuals.
His on-air commentary may have jeopardized the conviction of the accused, whom the jury unanimously decided was guilty on nearly all counts. “The man’s lawyer is seeking a judicial inquiry into the juror’s conduct, saying Welsman’s comments show that he’s biased against gay men and prejudged the case. If the judge orders an inquiry, depending on its result, the lawyer may then seek a mistrial. Welsman ignored the judge’s instructions not to discuss the case with friends, family or colleagues during the trial.” However, three days after the Sept 27th verdict, Welsman talked on the air about what jurors had to decide before making their guilty finding. It is against the law for jurors to disclose details of their deliberations.
In March, Blundell’s co-host of 12 years Tod Shapiro who wrote a scathing blog post about Michael that I wrote about here was terminated after the CBSC (Canadian Broadcast Standards Council) for his slanderous remarks. Perhaps that was the beginning of the end. If your read the articles I have posted about this show you can see the horrific comments that were made by these two “people” and their mostly 18-year-old male listeners.
Blundell attempted to apologize for his behaviour something he rarely if ever, has done but the chop was made. Let’s hope this show is finally cancelled and not just suspended because Michael and the rest of the voiceless needs some justice!