Guy Marlette Addresses the Saviola Hitler Show

1 May

I did two posts on the Robert Saviola show, highlighting particularly the opening sequence, which splices images of President Barack Obama, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the man who ran Germany between 1933 – 1945, one Adolf Hitler. In one shot, you see the Nazi battle flag superimposed over Obama’s face and the word “Change”. Then Hitler, a Hitler speech, Hitler saluting, Obama waving, a line-up of SS troops, etc.

Saviola has an absolute right to have whatever ignorant and offensive opening sequence he wants. I have an absolute right to ridicule and condemn him and it. Frankly, at this point anyone and everyone invited on his radio or TV shows should refuse until that opening sequence is changed, or otherwise condemn it. Otherwise, I’m going to assume that, by their silence and presence there, they condone it. Simple as that.

Amherst Town Board member Guy Marlette’s statement follows

I was a guest on his show. It was taped months ago at a small studio in Orchard Park. It was a typical political show taped before hand and broadcast later.

The only show I saw of Saviola was months prior to this taping and the opening of that show was entirely different. Absolutely NOTHING like he used on the show in which I appeared. In fact he never mentioned anything of such disgusting proportions as is depicted in his opening.

I am not a Time Warner subscriber so until I received an email about this I had no idea about the opening footage.

First of all I would never, ever take such a reprehensible low road against anyone. But more important I believe the office of the President is beyond such comparisons, regardless who holds the office.

I’m not sure I can express clearly enough my disgust with the opening. When I heard about this I immediately called and emailed Saviola. When he called me back I told him, that in no way did I condone this type of thing, would never support such an opening, and would have nothing to do with it. I requested that he immediately pull me or the entire show off the air. He did agree to have it immediately pulled.

For there to be any connection with me and this racist portrayal is not only hurtful personally and to my family, but entirely off course. The simple fact that I am a minority makes the whole thing even more offensive.

This really transcends politics and is more about basic human values and respect. I want to express my deep regrets from any association that is made with me and the opening footage of the show.

2 Responses to “Guy Marlette Addresses the Saviola Hitler Show”

  1. Brian May 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    If I’m not mistaken, this introduction is the same one used (audio-wise) on his WBEN broadcast. And they’ve been running this for months.

    Where’s the outrage?

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