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Veterans: Marine Corps must cut ties with UFC

Veterans: Marine Corps must cut ties with UFC

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In a letter to the top general of the U.S. Marine Corps, military veterans of UNITE HERE call on the Marine Corps to renounce its support of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and commit not to use taxpayer money to sponsor the UFC.

The UFC is an organization that has tolerated people associated with it making jokes about rape, homophobic slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women. These statements are deeply at odds with the culture, mission and values of the Marine Corps, and the values of the people the Marines are trying to recruit.

Military veterans who are members of UNITE HERE are offended by commercials that juxtapose images of Marine Corps soldiers training and fighting for our country with UFC fighters.

The Marine Corps should not trivialize service to our country by comparing military service with cage fighting for money.

UNITE HERE is a union that represents more than 250,000 workers in the hotel, food service and restaurant, textile, industrial laundry, and gaming industries in North America.
In a letter to the top general of the U.S. Marine Corps, military veterans of UNITE HERE call on the Marine Corps to renounce its support of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and commit not to use taxpayer money to sponsor the UFC.

The UFC is an organization that has tolerated people associated with it making jokes about rape, homophobic slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women. These statements are deeply at odds with the culture, mission and values of the Marine Corps, and the values of the people the Marines are trying to recruit.

Military veterans who are members of UNITE HERE are offended by commercials that juxtapose images of Marine Corps soldiers training and fighting for our country with UFC fighters.

The Marine Corps should not trivialize service to our country by comparing military service with cage fighting for money.

UNITE HERE is a union that represents more than 250,000 workers in the hotel, food service and restaurant, textile, industrial laundry, and gaming industries in North America.

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July 6, 2012General James F. AmosCommandant of the U.S. Marine Corps3000 Marine CorpsPentagon, Room 4E734Washington, D.C. 20350-3000
RE: U.S. Marine Corps aligned with the socially irresponsible Ultimate Fighting Championship
Dear General Amos:We, military veterans who are members of UNITE HERE, are writing to request the opportunity to meeton July 12
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to share our concerns about the sponsorship relationship between the U.S. Marine Corps andthe Ultimate Fighting Championsh
ip (UFC), the nation’s largest promoter of professional cage fighting
events.We would also like the opportunity to submit a petition with more than 4,000 signatures calling on theMarine Corps to renounce its support of the UFC immediately and commit not to use taxpayer money tosponsor the UFC. You can read the petition at 
. UNITE HERE is a union that represents more than 250,000 workers in the hotel, food service andrestaurant, textile, industrial laundry, and gaming industries in North America. We, the VeteransCommittee of UNITE HERE, are deeply offended by statements made by people associated with theUFC. We believe these statements are deeply at odds with the culture, mission and values of the MarineCorps, and the values of the people you are trying to recruit.The UFC is an organization that has tolerated people associated with it making jokes about rape,homophobic slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women. The following aresome recent examples:
In a video, UFC president Dana White told a female sports journalist, “Whoever gave you thatquote is a pussy and a fucking faggot.” White also called the journalist a “fucking moron” and a“fucking dumb bitch.”
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UFC fighter Forrest Griffin tweeted “rape is the new missionary.” When a woman objected,Griffin tweeted back, “Keep it to yourself nobody cares.”
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Griffin apologized for the rape tweetand made a donation to a rape crisis center.
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 UFC fi
ghter Rashad Evans taunted his opponent by saying, “I’m gonna put those hands on youworse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State.”
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UFC fighter Michael Bisping is captured on video screaming, “faggot motherfucker” at his
 opponent.
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UFC president Dana White then posted footage of Bisping making the homophobicslur on his video blog.
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UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly urged fans in Japan to say, “I am a faggot,”“I suck dick,” and “I have big tits,” among other offensive co
mments.
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Even after LGBTorganizations and members of the media last fall called attention to these slurs,
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the UFC stillallowed Jackson to compete in a televised UFC event in Tokyo, Japan.
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 UFC fighter Chael Sonnen appeared in an online video giving advice to young people on fighting."If he slaps you, punch him. If he punches you, kick him. If he kicks you, stab him. If he stabs
you, shoot him. If he shoots you, you go kill his family.”
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 We believe that, by aligning with the UFC, an organization that has tolerated homophobia, misogyny and
hate speech, the Marine Corps is violating its stated commitment of “maintaining dignity and respect for one another.”
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Homophobia and hatred, in any form, are not consistent with the values that make theMarines an elite fighting force.We, the Veterans Committee of UNITE HERE, are also offended by commercials that juxtapose imagesof Marine Corps soldiers training and fighting for our country with UFC fighters.
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You can find anexample of such a commercial here:
 The Marine Corps should not trivialize service to our country, which entails tremendous sacrifice, bycomparing military service with cage fighting for money.We ask you to contact us as soon as possible to let us know of your availability on July 12
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. For moreinformation, please call Chris Serres at
 
(702)-386-5231 or send an e-mail tocserres@culinaryunion226.org Sincerely,Albert Bolduc, U.S. Army veteranJim DuPont, U.S. Marine Corps veteranRyan Hand, U.S. Marine Corps (Honorably discharged)Vincent
O’Brien, U.S. Marine Corps (Honorably discharged)
 Jose Pichardo, U.S. Navy veteranBeatriz Topete, U.S. Army veteran
Veterans Committee of UNITE HERE

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