Radio DJ/Red Dead Voice Actor Cumia Fired For Racist Twitter Rant

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Radio DJ/Red Dead Voice Actor Cumia Fired For Racist Twitter Rant

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Now-former satellite radio shock jock voiced gunsmith Jeb Murphy in 2010 Rockstar hit

Following a long day of public and media outrage, satellite radio provider SiriusXM fired shock jock Anthony Cumia - one half of the controversial radio duo Opie & Anthony - over what the company called a "hate-filled" tirade on Twitter.

Though the details have been disputed by some (and the offending tweets long since deleted) the events stemmed from a confrontation between Cumia and an unidentified woman in Times Square who allegedly objected to the DJ taking pictures while she was in frame. According to Cumia, the ensuing argument escalated and he was "assaulted" by several men seemingly on the woman's behalf. Following the incident, he (Cumia) posted a long stream of profane Tweets laced with sexual and racial slurs (the woman and the alleged attackers are said to have been Black) which then devolved into an angry screed against NYC's broader African-American population along with several other subjects.

Cumia and radio partner Greg "Opie" Hughes are no strangers to trouble with employers: Originally employed by Boston-area station WAAF, they were fired in 1998 over an April Fools' stunt wherein they incorrectly reported that the city's then-mayor had died. In 2002 they lost a syndicated gig with New York's WNEW over a public-sex "scavenger hunt" game that led to a couple being arrested for public lewdness in St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were also suspended from XM (pre-Sirius) in 2007 over an interview segment wherein "Homeless Charlie" made graphic references to sexually-assaulting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and First Lady Laura Bush.

In 2010, Cumia provided the voice of gunsmith Jeb Murphy for the hit Rockstar videogame Red Dead Redemption; alongside a few other comedians/radio-personalities with connections to the show.

At this time, there has been no announcement of either Cumia or Hughes future plans regarding Opie & Anthony.

Source: CNN

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Yup, deserved what he got. If I was SiriusXM I'd have fired him on principle disregarding the backlash.

EDIT: Because this will inevitably come up, remember: Twitter is a public area and everything said on it reflects on you and everyone you associate with including your employer. Once you've set the privacy option to "public" you are personally responsible for everything said on that account.

EDIT 2.0: I got the Twitter screenshots from this Gawker article. While I generally regard Gawker as the journalistic equivalent of shitposting they seem to be the only site hosting them that I can find. They have a bunch more there if you're interested.

Judging from the bizarre racial tirade I would have thought Anthony had voiced Herbert Moon.

What did he think was going to happen. Did he think that no one would have a problem with his twits. Has this man ever been on the internet for the past 5-10 years.

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josh4president:
Judging from the bizarre racial tirade I would have thought Anthony had voiced Herbert Moon.

That would make this story incredibly ironic

Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

vdrandom:
Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

If your employee's whole job is to be a personality that people are loyal to and respect, and that person publicly identifies themselves as an insane racist, then what are you supposed to do? Hope nobody else on the internet noticed, and everyone keeps tuning in to see what ol' Anthony's up to this week?

Dude wasn't fired on principle, dude was fired because he managed to jettison any goodwill sensible people could have towards him. Since that goodwill is literally his only asset to the company, I'd say firing him was the most professional thing they could do.

Rutskarn:

vdrandom:
Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

If your employee's whole job is to be a personality that people are loyal to and respect, and that person publicly identifies themselves as an insane racist, then what are you supposed to do? Hope nobody else on the internet noticed, and everyone keeps tuning in to see what ol' Anthony's up to this week?

Dude wasn't fired on principle, dude was fired because he managed to jettison any goodwill sensible people could have towards him. Since that goodwill is literally his only asset to the company, I'd say firing him was the most professional thing they could do.

You clearly don't understand Anthony, or the tone of the show he's on. People who listen to the show know exactly what his views are, and race relations are a fairly regular topic. People watch him because he's a funny guy, and the fact that he is and always has been an insane racist only makes him funnier. He's probably looking at this and going "Really? This is what they finally get me on?"

Plunkies:

Rutskarn:

vdrandom:
Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

If your employee's whole job is to be a personality that people are loyal to and respect, and that person publicly identifies themselves as an insane racist, then what are you supposed to do? Hope nobody else on the internet noticed, and everyone keeps tuning in to see what ol' Anthony's up to this week?

Dude wasn't fired on principle, dude was fired because he managed to jettison any goodwill sensible people could have towards him. Since that goodwill is literally his only asset to the company, I'd say firing him was the most professional thing they could do.

You clearly don't understand Anthony, or the tone of the show he's on. People who listen to the show know exactly what his views are, and race relations are a fairly regular topic. People watch him because he's a funny guy, and the fact that he is and always has been an insane racist only makes him funnier. He's probably looking at this and going "Really? This is what they finally get me on?"

A funny racist is still a racist, and last time I checked, that is not an attribute one wants to be associated with.

Rutskarn:

vdrandom:
Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

If your employee's whole job is to be a personality that people are loyal to and respect, and that person publicly identifies themselves as an insane racist, then what are you supposed to do? Hope nobody else on the internet noticed, and everyone keeps tuning in to see what ol' Anthony's up to this week?

Dude wasn't fired on principle, dude was fired because he managed to jettison any goodwill sensible people could have towards him. Since that goodwill is literally his only asset to the company, I'd say firing him was the most professional thing they could do.

Yeah, when you've got such a huge image, and your company puts their stake in that image (and, subsequently, their own), you're speaking for the company at that point. If he was, like, as simple as, say, a day worker, or a runner, or something, then they could get away with him being attached to the company still. They don't have as big a voice. But he basically speaks for them every time he opens his mouth, and the company did what was in their best interests - let him go.

I'd also see some logic in letting him stay if it was actually a private personal forum he was on, but it wasn't. It was Twitter. This is his public persona. There is no "personal" in that; this is how he represents himself to the entire world. And let's be frank, the company is acting purely out of self-interest. This is containment and PR management, not ideological.

AJey:
A funny racist is still a racist, and last time I checked, that is not an attribute one wants to be associated with.

To be fair, the term "racist" has lost all meaning at this point. Anyone who talks in any way negative about black people in general or a specific black person is likely to be called a racist. I don't actually think he's a racist in the sense that he hates black people, but he's very clear about his views regarding black people and their tendency to commit a disproportionate amount of crime. I have no doubt that a lot of the people who like to feel superior when public figures say naughty words would definitely label him a racist though. Like in this case, for example.

This whole racism thing is getting way out of hand. He was the victim in the confrontation and nothing he said on Twitter was inherently racist.... Oh wait, he's white, and they were black, must be racism, can't just be that they were being savages.

I don't even know who he is.
But wow, gee, someone got fired over something they said through social media?
Whelp. Another one bites the dust.

black_knight1337:
This whole racism thing is getting way out of hand. He was the victim in the confrontation and nothing he said on Twitter was inherently racist.... Oh wait, he's white, and they were black, must be racism, can't just be that they were being savages.

Dude.

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Can't get more racist then that, and that's ignoring all the "savage violent animal" remarks. How much mental gymnastics do you have to pull to call that not racist?

black_knight1337:
This whole racism thing is getting way out of hand. He was the victim in the confrontation and nothing he said on Twitter was inherently racist.... Oh wait, he's white, and they were black, must be racism, can't just be that they were being savages.

........did you read his twitter rants, If you haven't Phrozenflame500 posted some of them up top. The men is fucking racist.

Plunkies:

AJey:
A funny racist is still a racist, and last time I checked, that is not an attribute one wants to be associated with.

To be fair, the term "racist" has lost all meaning at this point. Anyone who talks in any way negative about black people in general or a specific black person is likely to be called a racist. I don't actually think he's a racist in the sense that he hates black people, but he's very clear about his views regarding black people and their tendency to commit a disproportionate amount of crime. I have no doubt that a lot of the people who like to feel superior when public figures say naughty words would definitely label him a racist though. Like in this case, for example.

Mmmnope. Racism hasn't lost much of anything. Also, at a surface-level, yeah, statistics look bad; in reality, earnings, social dynamics, locations, portrayal and expectations all play a part.

OT:
Guy says stupid shit, guy gets fired.

Whomp whomp.

black_knight1337:
This whole racism thing is getting way out of hand. He was the victim in the confrontation and nothing he said on Twitter was inherently racist.... Oh wait, he's white, and they were black, must be racism, can't just be that they were being savages.

If anything I commend him on the restraint he showed for getting violently assaulted and the only retaliation he took was a few mean spirited insults on twitter.

He'll be fine though. This is a guy who makes a living pushing the envelope and saying things that are likely to rile people up. He's lived his life assuming any day he could get fired for something he says. And in fact, has often gotten fired for just that. He coined the phrase "F U money". He's got plenty of cash and it gives him an insurance policy to say what he wants and not have to worry too much about the hit he'll take for it if it's a slow news day.

This is him in GTA 4 and GTA 5....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kcQ6H3bEz4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPuz1n2LFVs

Here's Anthony talking about his racism with Louis CK....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw34J3R9kRg#t=5m13s

I think this news is rather poorly presented, there is simply not enough information to work on here... it relies on implication rather than solid fact.
The original Twitter feed is deleted and only have a forum posters copy to go on, which may or may not be complete and / or accurate (not saying the poster in question is dishonest but in the context this information should be in the original news report, rather than supplied after by a fellow poster).
We have no idea on the original incident, merely a vague she objected to being in the frame of a picture being taken by the alleged racist... I mean how did she object, was she polite and he irrationally blew up on her causing the surrounding men to rally to her defence or was she rude and obnoxious which riled him up causing the event ?

The racism is implied but not really specific, according to the tweets the poster supplied, the DJ may of been commenting on the people at the event and bemoaning the amount of violence that is commonly perceived to be in the black communities... its not like he actually says black people are not people, or use typical racial slurs.

Given the current information, and my lack of knowledge regarding the shock jock in question, I am thinking that this is a case of racism merely by implication and the fact that a white individual had a disagreement with black individuals, a common knee jerk reaction to most situations where white and any other none white race get into a encounter.

Question here is would there be a similar outcry if the DJ was not white... I would imagine he would of been considered merely a rude person having a tantrum online.

Plunkies:
If anything I commend him on the restraint he showed for getting violently assaulted and the only retaliation he took was a few mean spirited insults on twitter.

Is there actually any evidence he was 'violently' assaulted? If he was then why didn't he report it to the police (the coverage I have seen mentioned that he didn't)? And methinks that saying black people are savages and wishing death upon the woman he was taking a picture of is a little more than mean spirited.

CriticalMiss:

Plunkies:
If anything I commend him on the restraint he showed for getting violently assaulted and the only retaliation he took was a few mean spirited insults on twitter.

Is there actually any evidence he was 'violently' assaulted? If he was then why didn't he report it to the police (the coverage I have seen mentioned that he didn't)? And methinks that saying black people are savages and wishing death upon the woman he was taking a picture of is a little more than mean spirited.

Love the double standard, ask a woman the same question, about if they were "Violently" assaulted, Unacceptable, ask it about a man. Totally fine.

Cecilo:

CriticalMiss:

Plunkies:
If anything I commend him on the restraint he showed for getting violently assaulted and the only retaliation he took was a few mean spirited insults on twitter.

Is there actually any evidence he was 'violently' assaulted? If he was then why didn't he report it to the police (the coverage I have seen mentioned that he didn't)? And methinks that saying black people are savages and wishing death upon the woman he was taking a picture of is a little more than mean spirited.

Love the double standard, ask a woman the same question, about if they were "Violently" assaulted, Unacceptable, ask it about a man. Totally fine.

you dance around the question, she was just saying that it's a little bit weird that he didn't call the police after the fact

edit: that was really bad typo

vdrandom:
Every week I read some news about people being fired for what they did on their PERSONAL internet media in the US of A. Are the employers there so retarded they fail to tell professional from personal?

I mean, yeah, it's not nice to go and feed the trolls or insult people over teh internets, but firing people only for that is just mindblowingly stupid.

Well, I'm in Germany. In my country this Twitter rant would constitute the crime of incitement of racial hatred ("Volksverhetzung"). Punishable with imprisonment between three months and five years, 130 German penal code.

I know that the UK and Scandinavian countries have similar laws. That guy can be glad that he only got fired because 'Murica.

Cecilo:

CriticalMiss:

Plunkies:
If anything I commend him on the restraint he showed for getting violently assaulted and the only retaliation he took was a few mean spirited insults on twitter.

Is there actually any evidence he was 'violently' assaulted? If he was then why didn't he report it to the police (the coverage I have seen mentioned that he didn't)? And methinks that saying black people are savages and wishing death upon the woman he was taking a picture of is a little more than mean spirited.

Love the double standard, ask a woman the same question, about if they were "Violently" assaulted, Unacceptable, ask it about a man. Totally fine.

It's not unacceptable to ask a woman for evidence that she was assaulted. If this were a woman in the same situation I'd still ask the same question.

He could easily take a picture of himself and his horrific injuries if he doesn't want to involve the police then maybe he'd gain a little sympathy with people.

CriticalMiss:

It's not unacceptable to ask a woman for evidence that she was assaulted. If this were a woman in the same situation I'd still ask the same question.

He could easily take a picture of himself and his horrific injuries if he doesn't want to involve the police then maybe he'd gain a little sympathy with people.

There are pictures but the only ones I can find are here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2679686/Radio-host-unleashes-racist-Twitter-tirade-punched-face-black-woman-Times-Square.html

the originals seem to have been removed, So all we can say for sure is he took several picture of a black woman who seems angry at him, did he say something to provoke it? who knows but something obviously happened.
but whatever it was doesn't justify his rant, even if he was attacked.

ASnogarD:
I think this news is rather poorly presented, there is simply not enough information to work on here... it relies on implication rather than solid fact.
The original Twitter feed is deleted and only have a forum posters copy to go on, which may or may not be complete and / or accurate (not saying the poster in question is dishonest but in the context this information should be in the original news report, rather than supplied after by a fellow poster).
We have no idea on the original incident, merely a vague she objected to being in the frame of a picture being taken by the alleged racist... I mean how did she object, was she polite and he irrationally blew up on her causing the surrounding men to rally to her defence or was she rude and obnoxious which riled him up causing the event ?

The racism is implied but not really specific, according to the tweets the poster supplied, the DJ may of been commenting on the people at the event and bemoaning the amount of violence that is commonly perceived to be in the black communities... its not like he actually says black people are not people, or use typical racial slurs.

Given the current information, and my lack of knowledge regarding the shock jock in question, I am thinking that this is a case of racism merely by implication and the fact that a white individual had a disagreement with black individuals, a common knee jerk reaction to most situations where white and any other none white race get into a encounter.

Question here is would there be a similar outcry if the DJ was not white... I would imagine he would of been considered merely a rude person having a tantrum online.

Honestly, even if he wasn't white he'd probably have been fired. Dude's apparently got a history of this shit, with repeated fines, firings and the like for bullshit he has said on-and-off the radio. Regardless of the context to his outburst, the fact is it is very vague AND on a wide-reaching public platform like twitter, his bosses probably figured that it'd cause far too much hassle to keep him around if too many people took what he said the 'wrong' way.

As you say it may be a case of racism by implication, but considering the history of the DJ, it honestly does look like the company just cut their losses with him. He could have just been targeting the people he had a conflict with, but posting vague statements for the world to see when you've got a poor history...

Well, it's certainly not the best way to stay employed, that's for sure.

ASnogarD:

The original Twitter feed is deleted and only have a forum posters copy to go on, which may or may not be complete and / or accurate (not saying the poster in question is dishonest but in the context this information should be in the original news report, rather than supplied after by a fellow poster).

Well what else is supposed to happen? The original article and poster could not source the tweets, but someone else has managed to from a different website and has provided them for proof. That is a lot better than many other news articles (not on this forum but in the media generally) get.

...according to the tweets the poster supplied...its not like he actually says black people are not people

Uh, about that...

Phrozenflame500:
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Oops.

or use typical racial slurs.

No, he just called them savages, pig, dogs and animal(s). Hold on a second, "savage" was a typical racial slur in the 19th and 20th centuries. Oops.

In other tweets, he also called her an 'animal bitch', that she was lucky he was a 'white gun owner' and he wanted to 'put it to sleep'; and that 'I was fooled by my upbringing. "Don't hit a woman." But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it's face.'
http://gawker.com/siriusxm-host-claims-cuntrag-assaulted-him-in-racist-1599491744

...I am thinking that this is a case of racism merely by implication and the fact that a white individual had a disagreement with black individuals, a common knee jerk reaction to most situations where white and any other none white race get into a encounter.

What the hell is it with people trying to argue that these comments are not racist, or that he shouldn't have lost his job or other bullshit. Is it some kind of attempt to rail against "PC", or is it political/anti-political bias against an issue seen as "left wing"?

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Damn. Racist twat said racist things on a public platform. Totally unsurprised that he got fired, he deserved it.

I am also amused that is after-action tweets go from her having hit him 5 times, to 10 times as soon as someone comments on her violence.

It is also amusing that he claims he couldn't go to the police as she would accuse him of sexual assault, but also claims he has photos proving that he was assaulted (I would have thought having proof, particularly photographic, would certainly help to make your case)...and his ultimate reason for not reporting it was that there was no police officer around (a pity he didn't have some sort of telecommunications device with him, that the police do not have some sort of way of contacting them about crimes, nor are you allowed to report such things after the act), and that the police would not do anything because he was white and she was black (you know, despite the fact that various statistics suggest that the courts and law enforcement still have issues surrounding race, and the NYPD does not exactly have a reputation for being a fair force particularly in that regard). Oops.

His complaints about the group of black men "giving him shit" - I'm not surprised if he was calling her the same stuff in the street as he was in his tweets - referring to someone as a

and would make me want to beat him too. I'm not saying he did and it is never right for someone to be attacked...but if what had happened to him had happened to me, I'd have gone to/phoned the police - particularly if he had a camera/phone on him and already had pictures of her, why not photograph the group of men as proof too? They clearly were not smashing his camera, otherwise he would not have the photos that he has uploaded, so that excuse can be pre-empted.

I hate it when people inject race into something for no good reason.

Plunkies:

AJey:
A funny racist is still a racist, and last time I checked, that is not an attribute one wants to be associated with.

To be fair, the term "racist" has lost all meaning at this point. Anyone who talks in any way negative about black people in general...is likely to be called a racist.

...That is racist dude.

Phrozenflame500:
Dude.

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Can't get more racist then that, and that's ignoring all the "savage violent animal" remarks. How much mental gymnastics do you have to pull to call that not racist?

If he wasn't referring to his attackers when he said that, then yeah, it would be racist. But the thing was, that was how he was describing his attackers. Calling someone a savage, pig, animal, dog etc. isn't racist on it's own, even more so when you put it into context. The fact of the matter is, he was violently attacked by a group of racist savages. His only response was to call them what they are. HE is the victim in this, not his attackers.

tf2godz:
........did you read his twitter rants, If you haven't Phrozenflame500 posted some of them up top. The men is fucking racist.

See above.

It didn't say "Blacks ain't people" it say THEY, which could easily be referring to the people who "attacked" him (defended the woman) rather than the whole black race.
My point is that he could of been referring to just those who "attacked" him.

Savage is not specific to blacks, its a term for a person who is more apt to use physical force rather than discussing things... whites can be savages as well, my old ancestors are Celts and were rather savage in thier day just ask the Romans :P

I also pointed out that there is no description of the woman's objection, I mean was it a polite request or did she get aggressive about it ?
We simply do not know...

Lets say for arguments sake, he takes a picture and this woman is like " What the hell you taking my picture for, you paying me for those shots ? Give me that camera I want those pictures off like NOW! " (sprinkle in expletives as desired).
She may of raised her voice prompting a few men to jump to her defence, seeing a white dude harassing a sister... hey presto suddenly we have a racist white dude attacking a woman, now dude gets really pissed off but cant do much until he gets to the safety of the internet and blows up there.

... but it could of been easily a case of her politely asking him to remove the pictures where she is in the frame and him telling her what she can do with herself, my point is we dont know.

I still dont see the racist part of this news based on what was reported.

This thread is going to get really hot soon probably should get out of here but...

black_knight1337:

Phrozenflame500:
Dude.

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Can't get more racist then that, and that's ignoring all the "savage violent animal" remarks. How much mental gymnastics do you have to pull to call that not racist?

If he wasn't referring to his attackers when he said that, then yeah, it would be racist. But the thing was, that was how he was describing his attackers. Calling someone a savage, pig, animal, dog etc. isn't racist on it's own, even more so when you put it into context. The fact of the matter is, he was violently attacked by a group of racist savages. His only response was to call them what they are. HE is the victim in this, not his attackers.

tf2godz:
........did you read his twitter rants, If you haven't Phrozenflame500 posted some of them up top. The men is fucking racist.

See above.

Phrozenflame500 has post some of twits up top, like when he calls the black community violent or call her a c*** alot. I guess that isn't racist or sexist by your definition then.

ps. link to where you can see the rest of the twits. http://gawker.com/siriusxm-host-claims-cuntrag-assaulted-him-in-racist-1599491744/all

tf2godz:
Phrozenflame500 has post some of twits up top, like when he calls the black community violent or call her a c*** alot. I guess that isn't racist or sexist by your definition then.

ps. link to where you can see the rest of the twits. http://gawker.com/siriusxm-host-claims-cuntrag-assaulted-him-in-racist-1599491744/all

I know, I read it all while the posts were still up. Of the ones posted above, the only one which is even close to being racist is the last one, "There's a deep seeded problem with violence in the black community. Try to address it and you'll be exiled to racistville. But it's real." Along with that comment he posted videos and statistics on it. It's a real issue, pointing it out doesn't make it racist. And calling someone a c*** is an insult, not racism or sexism.

black_knight1337:

tf2godz:
Phrozenflame500 has post some of twits up top, like when he calls the black community violent or call her a c*** alot. I guess that isn't racist or sexist by your definition then.

ps. link to where you can see the rest of the twits. http://gawker.com/siriusxm-host-claims-cuntrag-assaulted-him-in-racist-1599491744/all

I know, I read it all while the posts were still up. Of the ones posted above, the only one which is even close to being racist is the last one, "There's a deep seeded problem with violence in the black community. Try to address it and you'll be exiled to racistville. But it's real." Along with that comment he posted videos and statistics on it. It's a real issue, pointing it out doesn't make it racist. And calling someone a c*** is an insult, not racism or sexism.

Ok let's see how far we can dig this hole

1.It weird that you think the c-word isn't sexist yet you didn't have the balls to type it out.

2.I would like to see the video and statistics he posted. I like to see bullshit before i call it out.

Ok so what I'm hearing is this guy's a racist. Not arguing that, but can we not classify the word savage as racist yet?

I don't want to get in trouble next time I see some general douchiness and I quote Clerks and say: "Buncha savages in this town"

By the way, it isn't like the woman was accidentally in his shot once, he kept constantly taking photos of her and then posted them on Twitter.

Also:

"They [Cumia and his co-host Greg Opie Hughes] were fined $21,000 for shows from between 2000 and 2001, in which a 17-year-old girl was told to take off her underwear and rub a telephone over herself."

Yeah, definite creep.

The Hungry Samurai:
Ok so what I'm hearing is this guy's a racist. Not arguing that, but can we not classify the word savage as racist yet?

I don't want to get in trouble next time I see some general douchiness and I quote Clerks and say: "Buncha savages in this town"

Variations on "Savage" have a long storied history of racial context going back to ancients thinking people that don't speak their language aren't people. In a modern sense, it's been used as an justification to take over, enslave, or murder civilizations by imperial powers. It's the level of unthinking casual racism that keeps "gyped" in the lexicon.

OT - these were public comments about an event that, once again, he just sort of said happened like he happened and didn't go to the cops (bonus points for threatening to 'stand his ground'). Public racist comments. Hell, according to the law your private correspondence on the internet is public, and he just posted it on Twitter trying to get it seen by people.

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