UPDATE #2: JULY 6th 2014:
So I wanted to throw in a little update on this post. Nothing happened between Anthony & Sirius, other than a bunch of fans claiming they were cancelling their subscriptions. This is more me clarifying some things, and adding some thoughts.
First off, the headline. I think it's kind of humorous how many people who support Anthony die hard like, and yet they are RT'ing my link. It makes me think they read the headline, and that's it, thinking it's a huge defense of Anthony's incredible racism. I have to admit that is kind of funny.
Secondly, I think it's clear from what I wrote below, that I'm not a fan of Opie & Anthony. Not a big fan of them or Howard Stern or any of those shock jock type guys. I think they simply traffic in the worst of humanity for the sake of shocking people. They get off on that type of "Oh my God, what did he just say???" type of reactions from people that don't listen to the show regularly, and to try to one up what they've said before in order to try to shock even the hardcore listeners.
That's not my thing. There is enough negativity and evil bullshit in the world, that I don't need more of it in the way of my entertainment. There are many who like that stuff though, and hey, more power to ya folks. If that's what you like, go for it. I'm not downing you for that. I have a lot of friends who are huge Stern fans, and I think he is a bit less of an asshole than the O&A guys, but not by much.
Just my thoughts there.
As for Anthony being fired, I didn't really get into it below because that wasn't the point of me writing that. I was mainly responding to the idiots who think this is somehow a free speech issue, which it is not. His free speech was not infringed in the least. He was able to say what he said and no one stopped him. He's the one who eventually deleted them (and every other tweet save a few from MLK day, oddly), nobody forced him to delete those.
His employer has the right to fire him if they feel he is a liability. He has the right to speak, they have the right to fire him for what he said. That's the way the world goes, my friends. You may not like it, but that's the way it is, and the 1st amendment has jack shit to do with it. Until the day the government comes in, in the form of the police, or whatever, to arrest him or fine him or whatever, this is not a 1st amendment/free speech issue. People need to understand that.
Now SHOULD they have fired him? That's not as clean cut, to me. While I have no qualms about their right to fire him, I think they absolutely jumped the gun on deciding to fire him. The thing is, he's known for being a racist asshole. Everyone knows that about him, who knows anything about him and the show. The show traffics in shit like that.
For years they've been hired and fired multiple times off the backs of publicity stunts and outrageous things they've said or did or encouraged others to say or do. So what makes this different that suddenly SiriusXM, who was paying him a reported 3 million dollars a year, would just jump out in front of this and fire him?
Well, I think Social Media plays a major role in this happening. We've seen how people on twitter can mount a protest against those they feel are causing damage to the discourse of society, whether it's attacking those such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, over their disgusting rhetoric, or it's defending those being attacked, such as the various Black women who were disparaged and denigrated by asshole "Men's Rights Activists" on Twitter.
I think SiriusXM realized that this was going to be a thing, and decided to preempt that by firing him and being done with it.
I don't think they should have fired him though, although as I said they had the right to do so. I think that as disgusting and distasteful as that type of thing is, I don't think that everyone needs to be on the same page as far as what is "Acceptable". I despise the Duck Dynasty people, and disagree vehemently with what they stand for, but you know what? They should not be forced off the air. Let them air what they want, and that way people see them for who they are. Call them out on their bullshit, but let them speak.
Anthony should not have been fired because being an asshole should not be enough to lose your job, no matter what despicable things he said. Especially since it didn't happen on the job, it was his own twitter account.
As the saying goes, I disagree with what you say, but defend your right to say it. I just won't agree with your words or think they are in any way, shape or form acceptable.
But you have to be willing to accept the consequences for what you say.
UPDATE: JULY 5th 2014:
It appears Anthony Cumia has gone and deleted virtually every tweet that he's sent in his short history on Twitter. When you view his account now, it only has two tweets, both from Martin Luther King Jr. day in which he speaks about how Blacks should not get a "govt. handout" but work for a living. That's not intentional at all, no.
Original post below.
Okay so since I can sense that there may be an outpouring of comments heading in my direction over my previous tweets in relation to Anthony Cumia (of Opie & Anthony fame) and his fairly shocking and racist tweets (in my opinion, and that of many others) I felt I would simply write up this piece, and then anyone that feels like taking issue with something I tweeted earlier, I will simply point them in the direction of THIS, and hopefully that will satisfy them.
Yeah, I know, I know, and I expect the Sun is made of Cotton Candy.
So as many people know Anthony wrote some insanely racist shit on twitter the other day. Now whether you think he was in the right in being upset at what allegedly happened, that he was attacked randomly by an African American woman who walked into the frame as he was taking photos in Time Square, and he refused to fight back (the gentleman that he is), that's debatable.
You can defend him on his right to take issue with what happened, providing what happened was as he described it. I'm not 100% certain I believe what he says, but I am entirely ready to be proven wrong in that situation. However, I think most people would recognize that if they were just randomly attacked on the street by someone, regardless of the race or gender of said person, then someone would be rightly expected to be upset at that.
MORE AFTER THE BREAK:
Where I think that the train goes off the tracks here is in HOW he took issue. He didn't simply react like "What the fuck? This crazy woman just attacked me in Times Square, and I didn't do shit. I was taking a picture and she walked into the frame, and before I could apologize she just went off on me."
That would have been fine. Even if he had gone the extra step and called her a bitch, or EVEN going and putting some extra mustard on it and dropped the C-word, even THEN I think a lot of people might have been like "well...you might not wanna use some of those words, but I can feel ya."
Where he loses credibility and becomes indefensible, in my opinion, is when he just goes OD with the racist rhetoric. And this isn't simply a case of him using the N word, which shockingly to me he didn't use. That almost makes me think this was a premeditated situation that backfired on him (since he got fired by Sirius XM -- more on that later).
As angry as he seemed, and the vicious rhetoric that he used, it makes me think he's not the kind of person that has qualms about dropping an N bomb or two with that hard "ER" on the end, if ya know what I mean.
So it was odd that he went to such lengths as to avoid using that word, while simultaneously making references to "Savages" and "Animal" and "Pig" and "Dog" and of course the old standby "Cunt", referenced the "animal" and "Savage" nature of the Black community, and seemed to paint present day Times Square like it was an old 70's Exploitation film where any minute some saintly White couple might get knifed by some savage Black dude who was of course a pimp. Because of course he was.
The weird thing is that usually someone would realize they fucked up here. They'd wake up the next day with a hangover and be like "oh shit, what did I write?" and they'd feel something about it, you know? Instead so many of his supporters, as well as Anthony himself, seems to not even remotely understand why those words were repulsive and reprehensible.
That there is a whole history in this country of painting African Americans as "Savages" and unable to control their "Animalistic" nature, whether physically in the sense of committing violence against Whites as well as "Their own kind" or sexually, in the old "preying on White women" trope.
They don't get it. They're stuck on this outrage over his being fired by SiriusXM and are screaming at the top of their lungs (or ...the equivalent on twitter with a keyboard. All caps, perhaps?) about how this is a violation of Cumia's 1st amendment rights, and that free speech has been violated.
A number of people have posted up cancellation screenshots showing they are fedup with SiriusXM and are cancelling their subscription all because one guy was fired for making abhorrently racist remarks that are so far beyond the pale that there's very little that could have been said that was worse.
And there is where we get to the point of this whole thing I'm writing. For the love of everything Holy, people, this is not a first amendment issue. No one is locking him up. No police are showing up at his door and saying "alright buddy, you said some hurtful things online, we're gonna take you downtown, bub."
He got fired. From a company that employed him. That's allowed, you know. He has the free speech rights to say the most viciously racist bullshit he can think of. And you know what? Everyone ELSE has the free speech rights to tell him he's a viciously racist asshole that should go get fucked.
His employer has the right to say "Wow, this guy's making us look bad, and now we're gonna have to deal with boycotts and the backlash that comes with employing a vicious misogynistic racist prick." and then make the decision to fire him.
That's how life works, folks. You may not like it when you're on the wrong end of it, but it's that way for most people in life.
Now it's around this point, after reading that last bit, that so many of these mouth breathing knuckledraggers are pounding on their keyboard typing a response (not reading the rest of this) about "But...But...But...AL SHARPTON!!!! AL SHARPTON IS RACIST AND MSNBC DEFENDS HIM! WHERE IS YOUR OUTRAGE FOR AL SHARPTON'S RACISM??? WHY ARE YOU DEFENDING AL SHARPTON!?!?!?
Um. I'm not. I never have. You go through my blog archive (Blogchive?) and you won't find shit of me defending him. I don't think about Al Sharpton. I sure as shit am not going to defend a lot of the stuff he has said over the years which are clearly over the line. Although I may agree with his overall concerns on the issues at the time, I definitely don't agree with the rhetoric he has used. I find a lot of that problematic.
That said, he's done a lot of good in this country, but sadly that's clouded by a lot of the nonsense. That, however, does not excuse Cumia from what he said. And jumping on one of the most prominent African American in the media to make your point that this White dude saying racist shit isn't really racist, because that Black dude said some shit....yeah, that's not helping your cause any. Just saying.
Nothing makes rational people tune your argument out quicker than trying to insinuate that White people are persecuted and Black people get away with everything, and have it so easy in this country. Enough with the bullshit, people.
If your main defense, aside from the aforementioned bullshit about 1st amendment rights being violated, is to say "Hey, why are you upset at his calling Black people savages and animals and cunts and whores and all this, when that Black dude over there said some shit! And I didn't hear you criticize him, even though...I... haven't been following you for more than a few minutes now....DENOUNCE HIM NOW TO MY SATISFACTION!"
Yeah, no. You don't dictate shit to me when you defend racist hate speech like Cumia spewed forth.
So calm down people. No one's free speech rights were violated. He said what he wanted to say, no one stopped him. No one deleted his tweets, no one locked him up and deprived him of his freedom. His employer decided to exercise their rights to terminate his employment.
That's it, that's all folks. Stop trying to make this guy into a martyr.