Here’s a 15 minute video that’s actually worth watching through until the end. For those of you not following the story, Anthony Cumia of The Opie & Anthony Show was fired from Sirius XM recently, after launching what was characterized as a “hate-filled” Twitter rant about a black woman who punched him in Times Square because she was apparently angry about being captured in the frame of some pictures that he was taking at the time. The whole episode has spawned a wealth of questions about race, social media, and even about whether an employer has a right to fire a contracted employee over tweets sent on their own time.
The media coverage of the incident has, for the most part, not been in Cumia’s favor. Some supporters have spoken up, including illusionist/comedian Penn Jillette, who praised Anthony as a gun-carrying citizen for showing restraint against the woman. But for the most part, Cumia has seemingly been labeled as a simple racist from a majority of critics who have never heard his show and don’t seem at all interested in hearing the radio host’s side of the story.
Amid that backdrop, Anthony was invited to appear on Fox News’ Red Eye this weekend, and what resulted was unexpectedly one of the most honest and fair discussions about race and our politically-correct culture that I’ve heard in quite some time. I’ll admit that I am a longtime Opie & Anthony listener dating back to the 90’s, so I may be a tad bit biased. But most, if not all, of the show’s fans would attest that Ant knows the difference between humor and hate. That’s certainly on display here, in his first television interview since losing his job. He has now made it abundantly clear that he will not bow to PC-pressure, and will not apologize. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a bigot.
Hosts Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy actually did a great job of asking Cumia some difficult questions, while still understanding the absurdity of it all. And don’t worry: the segment is also quite funny too.
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