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Univision’s Falco calls on CEOs to stop “spread of hate and bigotry”

Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to speak out following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an open letter, written in both English ...
August 21, 2017

Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to speak out following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In an open letter, written in both English and Spanish, Falco called upon leaders from corporate America to “protect the communities we serve, as so many leaders in our nation’s Capital are failing to speak out forcefully and clearly against the spread of hate and bigotry.”

He added that as CEO of the leading media company serving Hispanic America and the rising diverse American mainstream, he has and will continue to speak up against inaccurate portrayals of immigrants, the “misguided and mean-spirited” efforts to break apart immigrant families, the efforts to demonize LGBT communities, and attack the media.

While Falco did not name President Donald Trump by name, the leader of the Spanish-language media conglomerate did note he would speak up against “the abject failure to clearly and forcefully denounce the¬†actions of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others who espouse racist and hateful views.”

In the past, Falco has spoken out against President Trump following his derogatory marks towards Mexican immigrants during a campaign speech in 2015. Univision also dropped Trump’s Miss USA beauty pageant in 2015, months after signing a deal to carry the event.

Falco’s letter is one of many corporate responses to the events of August 12 and the days following. James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, wrote an email to employees in which he stated: “I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.” He also stated that he and his wife would be donating US$1 million to the Anti-Defamation League and called on others to “be generous too.”

Meanwhile, two business councils established by President Trump folded after CEOs from various companies withdrew their participation, following remarks made by the American president during a press conference that placed blame for violence between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville on both sides.

(With files from Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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