Melissa released the following statement regarding the resignation of Kobbo Santarrosa from the WAPA-TV program SuperXclusivo. Santarrosa’s character on the show, La Comay, had inspired a grassroots boycott of the show, after a history of homophobic comments and recent remarks about the brutal murder of publicist José Enrique Gómez.
“On Wednesday, Puerto Rico rejoiced at the resignation of Kobbo Santarrosa from the widely-watched WAPA-TV program SuperXclusivo. Santarrosa’s resignation followed a massive grassroots campaign and boycott targeted at his character, a puppet named La Comay, who consistently spewed hateful, homophobic rhetoric on air. Most recently, La Comay made remarks in response to the brutal murder of José Enrique Gómez that he “looked for” his own death because he was in a particular neighborhood.
“I am truly moved and encouraged by this incredible victory, and congratulate all my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters who united so forcefully in this campaign, which linked our demands for an end to the horrific violence on the island and for an end to hate speech on our airwaves.
“In the context of the major electoral victories of Governor Alejandro García Padilla and soon-to-be-inaugurated Carmen Yulín Cruz, we are in the midst of a transformative moment on the island, where people at the grassroots are really driving incredible change at all levels and demanding that their government truly represent the needs of the majority and not that of a small sector of interests. Let’s not forget that a grassroots movement also defeated two harmful propositions that would have shrunk the legislature and given judges the right to deny bail in certain cases.
“I thank and congratulate Pedro Julio Serrano, a friend and longtime leader in the struggle to get La Comay off the air, for this victory, as well as all others who led and participated in this campaign.”