A new anonymous Change.org campaign is asking Alex and Ani, the “lifestyle brand” that markets jewelry to young women and girls, to stop advertising on WPRO until “as long as habitual misogynist John DePetro remains on the air,” according to the petition that you can sign here.
After teachers and other union members protested a Gina Raimondo fundraiser, the infamous shock jock called them “union hags” and spelled out the word “whore” on the air.
DePetro’s often derogatory rhetoric is clearly at odds with how Alex and Ani markets itself as a “lifestyle brand.”
“Companies that advertise with WPRO must understand they are empowering a misogynist to continue attacking women,” according to the video. Alex and Ani’s “self-proclaimed mission is to spread love and positive energy. So why are they supporting hate speech by advertising on WPRO’s John DePetro Show?”
Off air, DePetro has worked closely with Alex and Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce. In May, DePetro hosted a talk series at a local theater featuring Feroce (as well as former governor Don Carcieri and Catholic priest Father Bernard Healey).
DePetro has been plagued by his misogynistic conduct throughout his career. He was fired from a Boston radio station for calling a female candidate for governor a “fat lesbian.” After being fired for the comments, he was by WPRO. In 2012, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female co-worker at WPRO.