Happy Independence Day, brave Americans! The fact that American culture is now dependent on the Internet to spout off idiotic opinions with the safety of our living room anonymity should probably mean we don’t get an “independence” day anymore, but at this point, why hold up the mirror to ourselves? Last week the Supreme Court decided that for-profit “businesses” such as Hobby Lobby don’t have to offer complete health care (i.e. birth control) if it goes against “their” religious beliefs. Yay freedom! Except a business isn’t a person, is it? How can a business have its religious beliefs threatened? A business is a legal entity that generates money, it’s not a person. What if paying your employees goes against “your business’ religious beliefs”? I guess you don’t have to pay your employees either! Freedom is awesome!
That’s just getting warmed up, though. Anthony Cumia, co-host of the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, was fired last week for calling a woman an “animal” and a “savage” after she attacked him, punching him repeatedly in the face. Doesn’t make sense, does it? Well, if I add in the detail that the woman was black, apparently that changes the whole situation. When a person acts like an animal, you should be allowed to say so. I’m not sure why skin color gets involved here. Anthony Cumia has long been known to have an acid tongue on the radio show and on Twitter, and it’s a long running joke on the show that he pretends to be a racist, but as far as I can tell Anthony Cumia is not actually a racist. Americans love to hate things on the Internet, however, and so when people decided that his tweets about what happened were mean and racist, (which they were not) and started putting the pressure on Sirius XM. Anthony Cumia refused to apologize, so they fired him. I guess the Opie and Anthony Show will now be called the Opie and Show. America seems to be at a point now where if people don’t like something, they don’t think anyone else should be allowed to have or like that thing either… so we whine and tweet and post blogs from our living room anonymity trying to prevent others from enjoying anything that you don’t. Say what you will about our show, but we do this with our names out there and hide behind nothing. If you want your opinion to be heard, you better be willing to sign your name to it.