Recently, one of the hosts of Sirius XM’s “Opie and Anthony Show” found himself in the unemployment line following an unbelievably racist rant on Twitter. He claimed that a black woman attacked him after he photographed her, though no police reports or photographs confirm his story–but the experience caused him to complain on Twitter.
Cumia called the unidentified woman an “ANIMAL BITCH” that “used it’s instinctual violence” on him. “I restrained myself from putting it to sleep,” he said, among other remarks directed at the woman and African Americans in general.
Host Greg Gutfield said, “Let’s start with economic news…Who are we kidding?” he asked. “Let’s address the elephant in the room, the racist elephant.” Gutfield continued, “Obviously Anthony’s Twitter feed had been hacked. He was volunteering at the time at a children’s hospital, right?”
“Nobody would have believed that,” Cumia replied. “People who listened to me on the air would have known, ‘Yeah he talks like that on the show all the time.’ For 10 years at SiriusXM, I had spoken like that, stringing together lines of obscenities in nonsensical fashion.”
However, Cumia says that his rant was not in any way racist. . “If you read those — honestly people picked it apart. It wasn’t racist,” he told Gutfield.
Rather than African Americans, a group Cumia regularly belittles, the former O&A host said that he was railing against “people that instantly go to violence.” He said that when he called black people “animals” and “savages” there was just a misconception that he was going after the entire race. He claimed that he was simply complaining about the “violent ones.”
“To fire me for something on social media is kind of hypocritical, I think,” Cumia said, ignoring the outrage over his comments. “There wasn’t even any outrage. No one approached SiriusXM and said ‘Oh my God, you’ve got to fire him.’ It was such a kneejerk reaction in this day and age.”
In the end, web sites that made his comments public are to blame, Cumia said, for presenting them to “people who never cared in the first place.” He added, “It’s dangerous. We are on our own Big Brother.”
“I will never apologize for this,” Cumia said, even if it meant he would get his job back. “I didn’t do anything wrong. This is completely — this is exactly who I am. I am not seen going to deny it. I go off on tears like this. I curse, I say horrific things about people who piss me off and that’s exactly what I did. Why am I going to apologize and say I am different or I changed? I haven’t. It would be a phony bogus apology. iI it happened again, I would do the same thing.”
Watch Cumia blame everyone but himself for his awfulness, below: