In the middle of the racial slur controversy, an unexpected source stretches out his hand to help Dog Chapman in his time of grief. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, the president and founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), a group dedicated to promoting responsible fatherhood amongst African-Americans, is willing to give the star of Dog the Bounty Hunter a second chance after a taped phone conversation in which he repeatedly used the N-word was released online.
Chapman’s racial slur angered many civil rights groups and prompted them to call for the cancellation of his weekly reality series on A&E, Dog the Bounty Hunter, which chronicles the bail bondsman and his team in pursuit against actual criminals who violated the conditions of their bail. Shortly after, the network suspended the production of the series pending an investigation. And despite several tearful public apologies for his “regrettable use of very inappropriate language,” the network still removed the show from its schedule for an indefinite period of time, along with the withdrawal of support from advertisers for the series.
However, Petersen explains that after hearing Chapman’s apology and after meeting with him and his family, he saw Chapman’s sincerity and a side of him that is different than what the general public perceives.
“We don’t condone racial slurs, but upon hearing Dog’s apology and after meeting with him and his family, we don’t believe he’s a racist. We also believe that Duane “Dog” Chapman sincerely wants to make amends to the black community, and deserves a second chance,” Rev. Peterson said.
Seeing this, Petersen, along with his organization BOND, has decided to host a book-signing event for the bounty hunter’s book You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, as well as a Christmas toy giveaway for kids on Saturday, December 15 at 11:30am PST at the group’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Standard Newswire
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