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Carlsbad city councilor's Facebook post about women draws criticism

Leonard Tapia
January 24, 2017 06:36 AM

CARLSBAD -- How far is too far when it comes to expressing yourself on social media? Some say a Carlsbad city councilor crossed the line.

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This weekend, Councilor J.R. Doporto got a lot of attention with a Facebook post about women's rights, specifically a “right to get slapped.”

The comments came a day after millions of women in Albuquerque, Washington, Denver, Paris and communities all around the world participated in one of the largest movements to date.

However, Doporto said he was only joking.

“I like to joke around a lot. It’s my personal page, you know?” Doporto said. “It was taken out of context. It was a joke by saying you know a woman should be slapped.”

But many say as an elected official like Doporto should be held accountable for his words, joking or not.

“They need to be held to a higher standard and for crying out loud, that’s not accepted among general circles of the population nowadays,” said Jennifer Ashbaugh, who lives in Carlsbad.  “It’s pretty disgusting to see an elected official saying something like that, about women in 2017.”

Others said Doporto’s comments target and affect women across the board.

“We all have mothers. Would you do that to your own mother?” said Marsha Sanders, a resident of Carlsbad.  “It’s sadness that this day in age someone would act like that.”

Doporto said anyone who personally knows him knows he was only joking and has a suggestion for those who do not like what he has to say.

“People know who I am and they know what I’m about,” he said. “If I offended somebody I’m sorry. You uh, maybe shouldn’t uh, read my posts, just scroll on, everybody has that right.”

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway released a statement to KOB saying Doporto has his right to freedom of speech, but neither Janway nor the City of Carlsbad condones domestic violence in any way.

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