<![CDATA[November 4, 2015 Mr. Stephen Burke Chief Executive Officer NBCUniversal 1701 JFK Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19103 Mr. Lorne Michaels Executive Producer Saturday Night Live Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Center New York, NY 10112 Gentlemen, The organizations below respectfully request that another host substitute Donald Trump on your November 7th Saturday Night Live broadcast. Saturday Night Live has rarely invited someone to host who so blatantly spews racist and prejudicial ideologies to appeal to a bigoted subsection of the American electorate. He has always been an unsavory character, but he has now emerged as a passionate racist and that is no laughing matter. A few months ago the Latino community applauded NBC for cutting ties with Donald Trump. Why then would we ever be okay with Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night live? There is a precedent for an extremist to be excluded from appearing on Saturday Night Live. Sinead O’Connor tore a picture of the Pope to protest abuses by the Vatican and was banned forever for being so offensive. Andrew Dice Clay’s anti-women comedy was so widely controversial that some SNL players refused to perform. The show was boycotted and he was not invited back. We are asking NBC and its executive producer to do the same with Donald Trump. In the long run, ratings will not help you with the Latino community. As it has been widely reported, Mr. Trump has consistently offended and marginalized the Latino population by calling us rapists and criminals, insulted the leaders of Mexico and the rest of Latin America, and by threatening to deport by force all Latinos residing in the country without documentation. His bigoted words have consequences. Prejudicial Americans have jumped on his bandwagon and some have assaulted immigrants they’ve seen on the street simply because of the way they look. Recently two brothers in Boston attacked a Latino and as they beat him with a metal pipe, they urinated on him. When apprehended they said, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” Racist taunts and actions against Latinos have become commonplace. Bigots, spewing hatred and racist remarks, are spitting and, in more extreme cases, assaulting Latinos. This is not funny. There is a place for people and politicians with racist viewpoints to express their opinions in news programs and interviews. Saturday Night Live is not a news entity, it is a pop culture giant, and should not be in the business of giving acceptance and legitimacy to the views of a racist extremist by having him host a program. To do so is insensitive and will contribute to the wave of bigotry he is creating. Gentlemen, pull Trump from the show. Sincerely, Alex Nogales President & CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition Angelo Falcon, National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) Antonio R. Flores, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Axel Caballero, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Brent Wilkes, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Bruce Goldstein, Farmworker Justice Elena Rios, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Congressman Esteban Torres (Ret.), Chair, National Latino Media Council (NLMC) Felix Sanchez, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) Frank Sharry, America’s Voice Guy Aoki, Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) Hector E. Sanchez, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Ignacio Salazar, SER- Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Jose Calderon, Hispanic Federation Juan Cartagena, LatinoJustice PRLDEF Kirk Whisler, Latino Literacy Now Maria López De León, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Matt Nelson, Presente.org Moctesuma Esparza, Maya Cinemas Oscar Chacón, Alianza Americas Sonny Skyhawk, American Indians in Film and Television (AIFT) Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Additional supporters: Al Gallegos, National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives (NAHFE) Dr. Juan Andrade, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Robert T. Maldonado, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)]]>
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
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