As the firestorm of outrage behind radio personality Anthony Cumia’s recent racist rant on Twitter and his subsequent firing from SiriusXM radio has appropriately found it’s way onto everyone’s front page, I was surprised that a lot of hois past incidents highlighted involve radio stunts. Anthony and his on-air partner Opie have gotten in trouble before for typical shock jock promotional antics, like encouraging fans to have sex in the most public and taboo of places (a church is what forced them into temporary unemployment there) and reporting a local politician died, even though he hadn’t, confusing his own family. Those are hacky and questionably offensive, but honestly, that’s what shock radio is. You decide whether you want to listen with your dial.
Now Gawker has done a great job (you can read that here) chronicling a lot of what I’ve found on my own, but I think after some research, it goes a bit deeper. As Anthony continues to claim his Twitter statements, which he’s now erased completely, were about his “assaulters,” not black people in general, I have come to the conclusion that since 2008 he had been (somewhat) secretly sending his listeners to a despicable supremacist website called N*ggermania.com. The website is even more disgusting than it’s own domain name. Every post is worse than the next, comparing black people to animals and the mentally challenged, with most threads ending with fantasized violence against the whole race. Anthony had been regularly mentioning the website on his satellite radio show, subtly calling it “that other website,” “N-mania.com” or “Blackmania.com,” especially during Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign. It even made the show’s sidekick Jim Norton once call it “Anthony’s homepage.” These mentions, mixed in with overtly racist incidents, like when Anthony called a caller who was an Obama supporter “a (sound effect) lover” or when he went on a 47-minute tirade about eugenics or when he supported George Zimmerman and cited black-on-black crime that were word for word found on N*ggermania.com, give you a pretty clear picture of what Anthony Cumia is.
To further support Anthony’s secret support of N*ggermania.com, he is seen browsing their homepage during the opening of his at-home UStream after show, Live From The Compound.
On this show, free from even satellite radio’s confines, the n-word was thrown around frequently and his true racist views were regularly expressed. As if you needed more support, here are user posts from the site’s message board detailing the relationship between Anthony and the website, including many who were sent there from his mentions.
The way shock radio works mostly, is that each personality gets fired, then over time, their behavior is forgotten and they find another job. As Anthony continues to shape his defense, claiming that nothing he said was racist, and that he himself was the victim, I hope any future employer can look a bit closer at what was really happening, even if it was below the surface.