Women's Advocates and UNITE HERE Deliver a Petition to the UFC and FOX Sports Demanding a Zero Toler
Women's Advocates and UNITE HERE Deliver a Petition to the UFC and FOX Sports Demanding a Zero Tolerance Policy for Rape Jokes, Misogyny and Sexism
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Women's advocates delivered a petition on Friday to the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) parent company Zuffa LLC in Las Vegas, NV and to UFC broadcaster FOX Sports Media Group in Playa Vista, CA. The petition was signed by individuals from 78 women's organizations and supporters from 47 U.S. states and 24 countries and called on the UFC to "adopt, enforce, and make publicly available a code of conduct that holds UFC fighters and company representatives accountable for actions or remarks against women."
In Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, PhD student and sociology instructor Jennifer Reed, led the delegation. She said "We don't want our brothers, boyfriends, partners, husbands, sons believing that the abusive comments that company representatives and fighters have made against women are acceptable." Petition supporters were met at the Zuffa offices by a security guard who refused to allow the delegation to speak with an executive of the company. The security guard accepted the petition and said that it would be delivered to company executives.
In Playa Vista, supporters delivered the petition to FOX Sports Media Group, where security would not allow them to speak to an executive. The delegation expressed concern with the denigration of women that has been "tolerated by the UFC for far too long." When the delegation presented the petition to an individual who appeared to be a security guard, he told another security guard to "throw it in the trash."
Supporters of the petition include the National Organization for Women and nine of their chapters, three YWCAs, seven state coalitions against domestic violence, the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, End Violence Against Women International, the National Council of Women's Organizations, and The National Organization for Men Against Sexism. Complete list here.
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