Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” radio show has been let go by SiriusXM over “racially-charged” tweets, The Associated Press and NBC News report.
“SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel,” Patrick Reilly, senior vice president of communications at SiriusXM, told TheWrap. “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.”
According to CBS News, Cumia let off some steam via Twitter on Wednesday, after he says he was physically and verbally attacked by a black woman in Times Square. Cumia alleges that he was taking pictures of the sidewalk, and the woman became upset about being in some of his photos. During his retelling of the incident, Cumia referred to the woman as a “c***.” He also wrote, “I hope she gets shot.”
“It’s really open season on white people in this day in age,” he wrote in another post related to the incident. “No recourse. Fight back and you’re a racist. The predators know this. Good luck.”
After being fired, Cumia once again took to Twitter to voice some of his frustrations.
“Sirius decided to cave and fire me,” he wrote. “Welcome to bizarro world. Fired for s— that wasn’t even on the air & wasn’t illegal. So, who’s next?”
The New York Daily News says that it’s not clear at this point whether “Opie” will continue the show with Anthony.
Did SiriusXM make the right decision? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Did you like this article? Then you'll really want to sign up for my newsletter. It's delivered several times a week and packed with science news and analysis, stuff you won't easily find anywhere else on the web. Subscibe Here.