A little more than a month after losing his gig as one-half of The Opie & Anthony Show on SiriusXM, Anthony Cumia is back on the air, so to speak. Yesterday he debuted his new subscription-only internet channel, cleverly titled The Anthony Cumia Show, which will broadcast from a high-tech home studio in the bowels of Anthony’s Long Island mansion. He didn’t make much in the way of news on his first day as the untouchable king of his brand new media domain, but he apparently did talk a little about the incident that got him canned from SiriusXM and which ended a 20-year professional partnership with Gregg “Opie” Hughes. That would be the July 1st racist Twitter rampage he went on after allegedly being attacked by a black woman in Times Square.
I’m not going to run down exactly what he wrote again, since you can easily go back and read it for yourself. Suffice it to say it was vicious and so obviously, indefensibly racist that SiriusXM was really left with no choice but to distance itself from Anthony. It was also, for a lot of long-time fans of the O&A show, myself included, not really all that surprising given that Ant made his retrograde views on race in general and on a vast swath of the black community in particular pretty well known. He’s denied for years that he’s actually racist racist, despite being regularly chided for it by guys like Patrice O’Neal and Bill Burr. But given the chance to go off on the supposed crisis of black-on-white crime or on some reactionary rant about how white millionaires like him are the true victims of injustice in this country, he’d always step right up and make it obvious what his unvarnished thoughts were.
In the lead-up to the new show, Anthony did a couple of interviews where he still maintained that he isn’t a racist and that his Twitter tirade was only aimed at a very specific segment of the black community (as if that somehow makes it better). But look, here’s the thing: as Ant’s proud of saying these days, he doesn’t have to answer to anybody now since there’s no one for his critics to complain to anymore. So with that in mind, he really should just come the fuck out and admit he’s racist. It’s not like he’ll face any negative repercussions at all if he does, so why not just stop tap-dancing around it — employing the tired and worthless defense of claiming to have a couple of black friends — and say, “Yeah, I don’t really like black people as a rule and I think white people are better.”?
Seriously, what’s the difference at this point? Because what he’s doing right now is disingenuous, hypocritical bullshit, particularly for a guy who claims that the reins have been taken off of him and he can now be truly honest and uncensored.
On August 2nd, Anthony was a guest on a Memphis-based radio show called The Political Cesspool, which basically caters to white nationalists to the point where it’s been simulcast on Stormfront Radio. The program and its host, James Edwards, make no bones about their pro-white beliefs, with the show’s “statement of principles” expressing a desire to “revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races,” and advance “pro-Confederate causes.” Beyond race-related issues, The Political Cesspool is your standard dispensary of radical conservative Christian outrage, anti-liberal resentment, and conspiracist horseshit.
And when a guy came on who had recently been fired for raging on Twitter about how African-Americans are “savages,” “not people,” you can imagine what the topic of conversation was.
Here’s Anthony, not at all espousing white supremacy:
When you watch any of the footage of any of the Apollo programs over the years and you look at the control room of mission control, what do you see? Do you see diversity there? Honestly, let’s be honest. You’re seeing white males smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee at the console and putting people on the moon. How is this a horrible thing? How is this something to look at and say, “We need to change this by injecting people that do not pay attention to the laws of this country, do not assimilate to the cultures, do not work and contribute to this nation?” Why is this a good thing to then add these people into the formula to make this a great country? Diversity for the sense of just diversity is not a good thing. And when I talk about race and try to be open and honest about it in this day and age, you’re chastised, you’re looked at as the racist.
Jesus Christ, Ant, that’s because you’re not having some concerned, high-minded discussion about race in America, you’re being a fucking racist. You are being racist. It’s one thing to have a tough talk about a controversial subject in good faith, but that’s not what the fuck you’re doing and you know it. You’re sitting down on a pro-white, anti-black, anti-immigrant radio show and having a friendly conversation with a guy who once said, “MLK’s dream is our nightmare,” in which you both decree from on high that too many people who aren’t white just aren’t as valuable to our society as you are (and as you think they should be).
When Anthony first got fired from SiriusXM, he scrubbed his Twitter feed and started over — and one of the first new photos he posted was of himself standing next to a black friend of his, Carlton. This was presumably to prove that, see, he’s not a racist. But what people don’t seem to understand about the black-friend defense is why it’s bullshit. Why it proves exactly nothing. It’s a practical application of the “extraordinary nigger” argument, something that was used to pretty visceral effect in 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained. It works like this: It’s easy to humanize someone you’ve taken the time to get to know, to set aside any prejudices you might have had against that person. The trick is working toward not having those prejudices in the first place, so that someone doesn’t need to be “extraordinary” to be well-regarded — at the very least given the benefit of the doubt — by you.
Those prejudices, though, are firmly in place in the way Anthony views most black people. What this means is that he’s the last person who should be sanctimoniously bequeathing unto himself the credentials to address problems within the black community — to condescendingly agree with the argument that a significant portion of that community behaves “like a petulant child.” Of course black people have their own issues in this country and many of them are literally deadly serious. But Anthony Cumia isn’t the one to lecture them on those issues, particularly not as someone who doesn’t really give a shit about African-Americans beyond the question of whether one will ever break into his home to take what’s his, therefore finally justifying his privileged paranoia and apparently insatiable gun-lust.
Wednesday’s guest on The Anthony Cumia Show will apparently be Sean Bergin. Bergin’s the New Jersey News 12 reporter who quit his job after he was suspended for saying on-air that fatherlessness in black communities was to blame for the anti-police sentiment there.
Yeah, Ant’s definitely found his audience.
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