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
Even after LGBTorganizations and members of the media last fall called attention to these slurs,
the UFC stillallowed Jackson to compete in a televised UFC event in Tokyo, Japan.
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.”
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.”
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.
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
. For moreinformation, please call Chris Serres at
(702)-386-5231 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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