Skip to comments.We ought to give Dog a second chance (Daily Trojan)
Posted on 11/13/2007 12:30:44 AM PST by panther33
We ought to give Dog a second chance
By: Joshua Sharp
Tuesday Opinion Columnist
It's always a good day when "Dog: The Bounty Hunter" is on TV. Bored by the prostitutes and stab victims on "Cops," I enjoy watching Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family hunting down meth-crazed fugitives on the Hawaiian Islands.
The long-haired strongman, accompanied by his trademark sunglasses and busty wife, usually ends each arrest by giving fatherly advice to his capture and offering a cigarette - if that's his or her thing.
But production of the show is now suspended indefinitely after the bounty hunter's estranged son, Tucker, recorded a private phone call where Dog repeatedly used racially charged language. Tucker then sold the tape to the National Enquirer for a reported $15,000.
In the call, Dog was chewing out his son for his relationship with a black woman whom Dog suspected was leading recently paroled Tucker back into trouble.
"I heard this girl was maybe not being the best for Tucker - and I'll leave it like that - so I tried to interfere," Dog explained on "Larry King Live." "I don't care if she is black at all. He's on parole for a 20-year sentence, and if he messes up, he goes back."
Dog's recorded rant was an angry, obscenity-laced tirade. But what's worse, Dog used the n-word to refer to the girlfriend.
Over the past two weeks, Dog has been rightfully vilified in the public sphere for using such indefensible language. But knowing Dog's track record of compassionate public service, and after his repeated, presumably sincere apologies, we need to forgive and move forward. ...
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So in that sense, he owes no apology. He is what he is. His pandering to the media just makes him seem weak.
I’d agree with you, in fact, I hope Dog continues to do his bounty hunting regardless of whether it’s on t.v. or not. He is a good guy who has always been hated by leftist, Cop hating, liberals, they just had a chance to exploit his language etiquette weakness, Senator Byrd got a pass.
The thing about name calling, the more they know it bothers you, the more they will use it.
Dog shuld be forgiven.
Its the Liberal socialist aristocracy who have taken Dogs use of the "n" word oout of context , and they brand him for the use of the word, when in fact it is an everyday word to the neighborhood from which Dog sprang.
Dog's sidling up to the liberals does make him look weak, but it goes to show you who has the cultural power these days.That has to change ASAP!
I agree with your analysis of the conversation, but disagree with your conclusion that he shouldn't apologize.
He used a term he shouldn't have, and his use of it has hurt many people. Even though he could have never anticipated that his son would betray him to the National Enquirer, he ultimately said those words and therefore does owe an apology to those he hurt. However, as I wrote in my column, the condemnation should end there.
Btw, I don't think an apology makes him weak at all.
I love the Dog. It was wrong of Dog to say what he said; however; it was a private conversation. Now tell me a fairytale about alledged minorities not saying really nasty things about whites or other races or each other. Dog’s opinions are not the point in this case. The point is his son sold him out. And his girlfriend planned it. Dog is the wrong person to be held accountable here. His son and girlfriend should be. Just like that case in Boulder where that couple’s land was taken. They say ignorance of the law is no excuse. Well, there is no excuse for judges and lawyers, politicians, big business; etc to steal from the public either. These people should be held accountable too. We meed to make the real culprits responsible.
Thank you. Like you, I hope Dog is back in action soon. Get those fugitives shakin’ in their boots again. :)
Well said. Thanks for sharing.
I hear you. As a Communication major, I'm worried to see us shift to a "sound bite society." Context is almost always lost in translation.
If you look back, Mark Furman lost his career and probably the case against OJ over something this stupid.
Get rid of Chris Mathews, or Oberman if you want to clean up TV. And for God's sake, don't bring back Rosie.
Good comment. I found it interesting, though, how Dog responded to that thought on Larry King Live. He said regardless of whether the law was broken in obtaining the conversation, and regardless of whether it was a private call, he said it and that’s that.
I was happy to hear Dog respond that way. As they say in the military: “No excuse, sir!”
Yes, I didn't find the conversation particularly offensive in light of far harsher statements said by others.
But in today's media, you're one statement away from "career suicide." Sad.
If you heard the language I use at white people who don't signal and cut people off in traffic, you'd never worry about what dog said about black people. Then again, I'll never get that reality show on A&E.
In perspective: Dog said a dirty word. N-word, I don't give a hoot. Really don't care. If Rap and Hip-Hop can gain such a foothold in black culture, considering the extent of the verbal abuse that comes out of it, then Dog didn't do anything wrong by their own standards.
Bad Dog. No biscuit.
Never got a reply, if more were sent who knows?
Wonder when gangsta rap tunes will not include ‘Offing You White MF’s’.
Great idea. Can you post the e-mail, or a link?
You're absolutely right. Thanks for posting.
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