The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), organization that, among many other things, keeps an eye out so that the media does not offend anyone because of their sexual orientation, weighed in on Luisa Fernanda’s dismissal as co-host of the show Cotorreando (Telemundo).
The former 36-year old Garibaldi was fired for using the word “cherna”, a derogatory term used to refer to gays in some Latin American countries.
In a press release, Telemundo confirmed that the cause of her dismissal was for “conducting [herself] in a manner that is not consistent with our company culture, including our respect for diversity.”
“Luisa Fernanda has always collaborated with the Latin lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community”, GLAAD’s Mónica Taher told Peopleenespañol.com. “She has been present in many GLAAD events. However, we’re seeing a radical cultural shift in Spanish-language media, which makes us feel happy and proud.”
However, the GLAAD media director adds: Derogatory [terms] – independent of the country they come from –, only help to increase homophobia and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT). It’s time that the Spanish-language media becomes responsible and educates its artists about the need to respect its public, without regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.”