Producer and on-air personality Derek Welsman still faces possible legal action for offensive comments he made about a court case...while serving as jury foreman.
Shock jocks are pretty much paid to be the trolls of radio—to make offensive or controversial or graphic comments that will delight some listeners and disgust others. But some radio trolls are worse than others, and Blundell and Derek Welsman, of 102.1 the Edge’s Dean Blundell Show, have been leading a race to the bottom. Their shock-jock shenanigans have in the past involved repeated derogatory remarks about homosexuals, but they’ve come under increased scrutiny recently for making offensive comments about a court case involving sex assaults and a Carlton Street bathhouse—a court case that featured Welsman in the role of jury foreman.
Blundell and Welsman, who swore in court that he was not prejudiced against homosexuals, proceeded to make hateful and graphic comments about the case both while it was before the court and after the verdict was handed down. The Star reports that in one broadcast, Blundell referred to evidence in the case as involving “a few guys, some aggravated sexual assault, a couple of bathhouses…some lube, four Dutch clogs, a stuffed Buffalo…a metre stick. Stigmata of the anus.” Welsman—again, the jury foreman—then said, “Well put, well put.” And what did Blundell offer up when the accused was found guilty? “All I know is that you have damned a man to five of the greatest years of his life.”
A judge has decided not to order a inquiry, but the convicted man’s lawyer has indicated he plans to appeal.
So Welsman isn’t saying anything about the matter publicly, because of possible legal developments, but Blundell, feeling either some hint of remorse or some pressure to appear to feel such a hint, has now issued an apology on the station’s website: “We both made rude, homophobic and inappropriate remarks, which were offensive and unacceptable. We offended a lot of listeners, our families and our friends,” he said. “Those conversations were not entertaining. They were plain and simply wrong. For this, I sincerely apologize.” Perhaps this will signal the beginning of a new and less odious era of the Dean Blundell Show; perhaps the fact that these people have been repeatedly sanctioned for such odiousness in the past is no indication that they’ll soon pick up right where they left off. We can hope.
The Dean Blundell Show has been cancelled, effective January 6, 2014.