Anthony Cumia’s Twitter feed on this Independence Day is a tale of two constituencies.
The fired co-host of Opie & Anthony is re-tweeting both supportive messages of SiriusXM membership cancellation and responding to other declarations from people who applaud the satellite broadcaster’s decision. Here’s the SiriusXM statement, issued this morning:
“SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. 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. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”
Earlier this week, Cumia was attacked by a black woman in Times Square after taking her picture. She punched him repeatedly in the face while allegedly cursing him out, provoking Cumia to respond in kind later on Twitter.
Update (July 6):
A petition seeking the SiriusXM reinstatement of Cumia has been launched by a supporter in Taunton, MA. Here’s how that supporter frames the motion (shades of what some people have said about Clippers owner Donald Sterling):
[Image via @AnthonyCumia]
Anthony Cumia should not have lost his job as a radio personality for remarks, electronic or otherwise, that he made in his personal life, on his personal Twitter account. If SiriusXM had taken offense to remarks he had made on the air, or on a company social media account, that’s their right, but the remarks that led to Mr. Cumia being terminated were a series of tweets accredited to Mr. Cumia’s personal Twitter account. Americans should be allowed to lead their personal lives how they see fit, without having to worry about repercussions from their employer. Mr. Cumia is afforded the same freedom of speech as every other American, even if you find his views disgusting or in bad taste.