Dog the Bounty Hunter fans will rally outside the A&E studios building in New York City this Thursday in a show of support for their favorite TV show and personality, Duane "Dog" Chapman.
Organizers are expecting a good turnout of fans in what they bill as a "Peace, rather than a protest type of rally".
A spokesman for one of the organizing groups, Dog's Angels,"We've gotten feedback from people in the NYC area. We have some groups showing up, as well as organized fans, but we still are looking for people to show up and support Dog and his family."
We received the following release from Dog's Angels just a bit ago.
Here is the story of Duane "Dog" Chapman, The Greatest Bounty Hunter in The World.
Mr. Chapman and his family, starred in a reality show on A&E Network's known as Dog The Bounty Hunter--hereafter referred to as DTBH.
He gained fame when he captured the Monster-Predator, one, Andrew Luster, thus propelling him into the limelight of instant Stardom.
This past summer, his book, "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" debuted the New York Times Best Sellers List at #1! Unexpected thousands upon thousands jammed his book signings, only to be turned away, not because Mr. Chapman could sign no more, but because there were no more books left to be sold!
His show was an enormous success,combining the rough and tumble world of bounty hunting, with the home life of The Chapman Family, and bringing to the fore, their deep faith in God, and their unselfish Christian Spirit.
As well as providing compassion and advice to the fugitives they captured, The Chapmans allowed us to view a truly unique family going about their day to day life.
Mr. Chapman has a great appeal to the children. He genuinely cares about their well being and he, along with all the Chapmans, give with their whole heart to such wonderful organizations as "Make a Wish".
Below is a synopsis of what occurred to bring about the demise of DTBH.
Last month, in a PRIVATE telephone conversation with one of his sons, Mr. Chapman used the "N" word in anger and frustration. Little did he know eight months ago, that his own son had taped this conversation and would sell out his own father to the National Enquirer for $15,000! A father, betrayed by his own son!
The National Enquirer posted a partial, edited version of the conversation on the internet, which was taken out of context and, which write-ups were twisted, convoluted and blown completely out of proportion. As a result, Mr. Chapman's show and A&E's #1 program has been halted until further notice.
Mr. Chapman repeatedly publicly apologized on national television on Larry King Live, The Fox News Channel's Hannity and Colmes, amongst others. He has promised to mend his ways. He has met with several black leaders and continues counseling with his black preacher and spiritual adviser, Tim Storey. The fallout continues.
In the meantime, A&E's action against Mr. Chapman has had traumatic effects not only on himself, but on his entire family. Not only has the network taken away Mr. Chapman's livelihood, but also that of his children, who are also bounty hunters in the show, that have mouths to feed of their own. It also has besmirched the Chapman name.
Thus we are deeply saddened at the loss of DTBH on A&E. We, Dogs' Angels, are trying, with the myriad of other fans, to return Mr. Chapman and his family to Tuesday nights on A&E, where they belong. We have been on an email crusade jamming the Inboxes of A&E's and their sponsors'. Also, we have been boycotting the television network and their sponsors as well, specifically YUM! foods which include Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, A&W, Long John Silvers and Wingstreet. We have also been involved in "The Pineapple Campaign".
We along with other fans are sending pineapples (Mr. Chapman lives in and the show is filmed in Hawaii.) to A&E headquarters in New York City, at times, cases to Abbe Raven, CEO. More recently, we are boycotting The National Enquirer as well. Also, there are petitions with tens of thousands of signatures, requesting A&E to please bring the show back on the air. (One of the major ones is The Keep Dog On TV Petition, http://www.petitiononline.com/
Also, and most importantly, we are holding a rally on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at The A&E Building - 235 East 45th St., New York, from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM. We believe Mr. Chapman deserves a second chance, as he has given so many chances to others.
Below is a view which all Mr. Chapmans' fans hold to be true and honest.
It is my firm belief that the conversation between Dog and his son should have remained a private conversation. Additionally, I believe that by so many people adding hype to this inappropriate comment they are literally making a mountain out of a mole hill. Not to undermine the emotion millions of people feel associated with this word. To condemn him for a comment made in private and then publicly display it for national critics is nothing short of wrong, wrong, wrong. If there is to be criticism it should be directed to at his son. It seems to me that America is condoning the betrayal of a son to his father. That is where all the publicity should fall. Having watched "Dogs" show for years and following his response to this issue it is obvious that "Dog" himself has and is sufficiently punishing himself for letting his guard down and making a comment that was made in anger to his son. I honestly do not believe that it was the intent of "Dog" to hurt anyone with the use of t he "N" word. By publicly deciding the outcome of the future for "Dog" and his entire family over one inappropriate word seems so wrong. To quote scripture "Those among you who are WITHOUT sin cast the first stone". Perhaps you haven't used the "N" word however, the word Jew, Wetback, Whitie along with hundreds of other scenarios are every bit as hurtful to those it is applicable to. Dog does not fit the profile acceptable to mainstream America by presenting his personal taste, methods, expressions etc… Those who enjoy his program have known simply for those reasons that it was only a matter of time before something of this nature devastated his career. Why can't America simply accept his apology and move past this. If all of our conversations were put on public display how many of us would be standing in similar shoes? He was provoked by his son when this comment was made. How many of us say things in anger or when provoked that we would give anything to take back? The attention to all the counseling, guidance and respect he gives to those individuals he brings to justice has not been mentioned once. How many of us are the proverbial "Pot calling the kettle black"? We each have one judge in this life and that is GOD ALMIGHTY, I believe He has the judgment issue under control without our help. I say "Forgive" and move on.
Any and all fans who miss watching Dog The Bounty Hunter are invited to the rally. And please, bring a lot of love!
Our website is: Dogsupporter
Contact email - DogsAngels@gmail.com
Interested in the rally? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO: Dog's Angels
WHAT: Rally for Duane "Dog" Chapman
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 13th, 12PM - 6PM
WHERE: A&E Building
235 East 45th St
New York, NY
We'll have a report from the rally itself on Thursday as well as some follow-up from some of the supporters on the scene.
Dog the Bounty Hunter fans in the New York City metro area may be busy with Christmas shopping and everyday affairs, but this is one chance to help the cause of returning the Dog to the airwaves.
Arts and Entertainment officials will be watching.
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