Close the WIN A WIFE contest and publicly acknowledge its inappropriateness
  • Petitioned Stewart Myers

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General Manager, The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Stewart Myers
Brand Manager , The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Rob Vavrek
General Sales Manager, The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Susan Reade
Promotions Director
Karen Paulgaard

Close the WIN A WIFE contest and publicly acknowledge its inappropriateness

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100.3 The Bear in Edmonton, Alberta has launched a 'Win a Russian Wife' contest that offers an area man a trip to Russia to pick a bride. The contest is in partnership with Volga Girl, a US-based site that features the profiles of Russian women from which clients can choose to marry. To imply that women can be "won" in a radio show is to imply that they're less than human. And these "buy a bride" services often prey on women who have few resources or options besides marrying a foreigner. Regional immigration minister Thomas Lukaszuk said it best when he pulled his ads from the station due to the contest. He said, "In some parts of the world where women make themselves available to be Internet brides or through international dating agencies ... they very seldom have that choice. They are either coerced into that position by despairing economic circumstances or they are coaxed into it by illegal elements."

Women aren't teddy bears won at carnivals. Tell The Bear to stop the contest immediately and apologize for putting it on in the first place!

To:
Stewart Myers, General Manager, The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Rob Vavrek, Brand Manager , The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Susan Reade, General Sales Manager, The Bear 100.3FM Edmonton
Karen Paulgaard, Promotions Director
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Bear 100.3 FM (Edmonton).

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Close the WIN A WIFE contest and publicly acknowledge its inappropriateness

The Bear's contest is inappropriate, as it objectifies non-Canadians as "hot foreign chicks" and commodities to be won in a contest.
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Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Women are people, not prizes! The 'Win a Russian Romance' contest is little more than giving away a coupon to redeem for a person. Stop the contest now!

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. Radio Station Tells Men: Win a Russian Wife!

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Everyone is familiar with radio station contests. You know, the kind where if you are caller number 100, you are entered into a drawing to win concert tickets, backstage passes, and weekend getaways. An Edmonton station is taking this promotional...

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures

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    • Renata Kirindas TEL-AVIV, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      stop the human trafficking!!!!!

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    • Stephanie Studer LEWISVILLE, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because women Are. Not. Property.

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    • Deborah Muir FORT MCMURRAY, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is dead wrong and you know it. Not even funny!

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    • Lisa Guenther BRIGHT SAND, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Hey The Bear - you have female listeners too. Or you did, until you ran this terrible contest. What a bunch of stupid losers you must have running this station.

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    • Pst Prudence Bekee JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's so shocking, is it not illegal? how do they get visas to enter the country?

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