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Radio Host Anthony Cumia From SiriusXM’s ‘Opie and Anthony’ Show Fired for Controversial Twitter Rant

Posted by on Jul. 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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Editor's Note:

This post contains graphic language. Discretion is advised.


Anthony Cumia, the "Anthony" part of the unfiltered "Opie and Anthony" show on SiriusXM radio, has been fired after criticism mounted over a graphic Twitter rant he engaged in that was called "racist," "misogynistic," and "hate-filled."

Sirius decided to cave and fire me. Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for shit that wasn't even on the air & wasn't illegal. So, who's next?

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 4, 2014

 

RT @TedChrist: @AnthonyCumia Not suspended? Fired, so fired? -Fired, fired, so fired.

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 4, 2014

 

According to his Twitter account, Cumia says he was informed of the decision via email.

USA Today confirmed the firing via a statement from SiriusXM:

"SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents."

The tweets that led to the firing were sent early Wednesday morning. According to Cumia, he was taking pictures in Times Square late Tuesday/early Wednesday when a black woman took exception to being included in one of the pictures and "punched" him (as many as 10 times, he said). That's when, he explained, five other black men jumped in and started giving him "sh**."

(Source: Twitter)

(Source: Twitter)

Then she punched me 5 more times. She's lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she'd be dead. Then 5 blacks started giving me shit!

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

He then took to calling the woman all sorts of names, including "c***," via a vile Twitter rant. But it was his comments on violence in the black community and referring to her and others as "savages" and comments that "they aren't people" that has drawn the ire of many.

It's a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It's start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

RT @HuntsvilleDore:a female beat u? -No,an ANIMAL BITCH used it's instinctual violence on me. I restrained myself from putting it to sleep

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

RT @KyleScutch: Did u hit her back -I was fooled by my upbringing. "Don't hit a woman". But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

Cumia said in his tweets that he actually showed restraint: He explained that the had a gun with him but did not use it.

The radio host is a well-known New York concealed cary permit holder. TheBlaze featured him and his Second Amendment thoughts in a January 2013 story.

Cumia's remarks were immediately met with backlash. The New York Post called it a "misogynistic, racially charged rant." A writer at the Washington Post said Cumia had "sad, racist double standards." The website Gawker described it as a "racist, violent tirade," and even did a follow-up post about Cumia's "history of public awfulness."

But after numerous individuals and outlets began criticizing the rant and calling Cumia racist, he again took to Twitter to defend himself and said the woman was the one who first injected race into the altercation by calling him a "white motherfu****":

(Source: Twitter)

(Source: Twitter)

It's really open season on white people in this day and age. No recourse. Fight back and you're a racist. The predators know this. Good luck

- Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

 

He snapped several pictures of the woman during the alleged attack and posted them on Twitter. According to the New York Post, Cumia didn't file a police report for the incident. He later said doing so would have been a "waste" of the officers' time.

Cumia's said on Twitter he plans to react in "total freedom" on Monday.

As for his former employer, he didn't wait to hold back.

"Fu** Sirius," he tweeted.

by on Jul. 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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Very scary and disturbing inside the mind of how racist people think.The level of hate and need to feel superiority is astonishing.

To racists black people are all animals and savages not even human.Why do racists think they are God,judge,and jury..lol..?Their hate is justifiable in their minds.Extremely irrational,twisted and mentally unstable hillbillies.

Also the black girl calling him a white mother fuc@@@ and punching him did not help either!!!I think they both were acting like bunch of ignorant animals regardless of their races.How old are these idiots?

Sadly this white guy and black girl in this altercation are far more alike than they are different.They dont even know it..lol..

As far as the guy getting fired.Most normal people do not want this racist crap brought to their place of business.He shouldnt have ranted racist remarks on twitter.Really smart move on his part.

Was he really expecting normal people(the general non racist public) to agree and side with him?Most people want peace not racism.

Pathetic....



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

 

Did you happen to see the part where Opie was minding his own business and was attacked by these "people"?

Quoting MomTiara19:

Very scary and disturbing inside the mind of how racist people think.The level of hate and need to feel superiority is astonishing.

To racists black people are all animals and savages not even human.Why do racists think they are God,judge,and jury..lol..?Their hate is justifiable in their minds.Extremely irrational,twisted and mentally unstable hillbillies.

Also the black girl calling him a white mother fuc@@@ and punching him did not help either!!!I think they both were acting like bunch of ignorant animals regardless of their races.How old are these idiots?

Sadly this white guy and black girl in this altercation are far more alike than they are different.They dont even know it..lol..

As far as the guy getting fired.Most normal people do not want this racist crap brought to their place of business.He shouldnt have ranted racist remarks on twitter.Really smart move on his part.

Was he really expecting normal people(the general non racist public) to agree and side with him?Most people want peace not racism.

Pathetic....

 

 

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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If his story is true, he should have acted like an adult and called the police and filed a report instead of having a racist meltdown for all to see on Twitter.  Once again, we have freedom of speech, but not freedom from the consequences of that speech.

Radarma
by Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

This story reminds me of the adage we all grew up with: "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."

Words are one thing...physically attacking someone is another.

One hurts, the other simply stings.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

 In all honesty -

Opie Anthony is a very smart guy, he should have known better than to think that he could dis a protected class.

edited for my dumbness.

Quoting Radarma:

This story reminds me of the adage we all grew up with: "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."Words are one thing...physically attacking someone is another. One hurts, the other simply stings.

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Sirius XM radio subscribers who are loyal fans to Opie and Anthony (O&A), responded to the firing by posting tweets of their cancelled subscription confirmation pages under the hashtags #IStandWithAnthony and #CancelSiriusXM. Angry Opie and Anthony fans stated that the way the satellite radio provider handled the issue was ridiculous, and that the company refusing to stand by its talent is a prime example of what Opie and Anthony advocated against.

Sirius XM Radio has offered no response to the fans cancelling their subscription in retaliation to O&A’s Anthony Cumia’s firing. The show had a large following and frequently had notable entertainers and comedians guest star for free, including Louis CK, Patrice O’neal, Greg Giraldo, George Carlin, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Pollak, Robert Kelly, William Shatner, Dane Cook, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, Bill Burr, Amy Schumer, Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Joe Derosa, Nick Dipaolo and Ozzy Osbourne.


Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/07/sirius-xm-radio-fires-oas-anthony-cumia-fans-cancel-their-subscriptions/#vhzo7zgqlkSg1goJ.99
Radarma
by Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

And I love the way people completely gloss over her choice racial slur.

Pffft.

Anyway....quick, pick a color between one and ten.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 In all honesty -

Opie is a very smart guy, he should have known better than to think that he could dis a protected class.

Quoting Radarma:

This story reminds me of the adage we all grew up with: "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."Words are one thing...physically attacking someone is another. One hurts, the other simply stings.



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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 White!

(no wait, that's bad isn't it?)

Quoting Radarma:

And I love the way people completely gloss over her choice racial slur.

Pffft. Anyway....quick, pick a color between one and ten.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 In all honesty -

Opie is a very smart guy, he should have known better than to think that he could dis a protected class.

Quoting Radarma:

This story reminds me of the adage we all grew up with: "sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."Words are one thing...physically attacking someone is another. One hurts, the other simply stings.

 

 

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