Anthony Cumia, a co-host on the super-popular Sirius XM radio show ‘Opie & Anthony,’ has been fired by the satellite radio company after a series of tweets earlier this week.
Anthony Cumia went on a Twitter rant on the morning of July 2 — and now it has cost him his job. Sirius XM has officially announced that one-half of Opie & Anthony has been fired from the radio network after a twitter rant that many have deemed racist and offensive to women.
Anthony Cumia: ‘Opie & Anthony’ Co-Host Fired From Sirius XM Over Racist Tweets
Anthony says he was taking photos in New York City’s Times Square on July 1 when he was allegedly attacked by an African American woman who didn’t want her photo taken. Anthony told his Twitter followers that the woman punched him in the face.
One day after the alleged attack, Anthony went on a Twitter tirade — and that’s when he posted racist and offensive posts about African Americans and women. The tweets have since been deleted, but people quickly snapped screenshots of what he posted during his tirade.
During Anthony’s tweet spree, he called the woman who allegedly attacked him an “animal b*tch,” a “savage” and said “they aren’t people,” allegedly alluding to African Americans. He also called the woman “pig face worthless.”
“She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead,” Anthony tweeted Wednesday, according to New York Daily News. “Then 5 blacks started giving me s–t!”
On July 4, SiriusXM said in a statement: “The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, 3 July after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media.”
Anthony’s twitter feed has been scrubbed clean of the tweets — the last tweets his followers can see posted are from January of this year.
Opponents of Anthony’s firing say his right to free speech is being infringed on, while others applaud SiriusXM’s swift action in getting Anthony off the air after a hurtful and offensive rant.
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— Megan Ross