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Ever since Vanilla Ice, white people have been ripping off black hip hop mannerisms and looking like damn fools for it. Iggy Azalea is the latest such dunce to hurl every black affectation possible at a piece of vinyl and get it released. I shit on her huge single “Fancy” on-air (sadly only metaphorically), get some potentially bad news about my favorite woman ever, Alexandra Daddario, and discuss seeing a play at the very, very artsy Capital Fringe Festival.

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Even the name “The Leftovers” sucks. “WAH I PUNCH WALL BECAUSE I’M SICK OF EATING REHEATED MEATLOAF!”

Even the name “The Leftovers” sucks. “WAH I PUNCH WALL BECAUSE I’M SICK OF EATING REHEATED MEATLOAF!”

There isn’t much I care about in life. HBO Sunday nights are one of them. Lately, however, between the ever-disappointing True Blood and the newly disappointing The Leftovers, they’ve been a shambles. Hear me bitch about what exactly I hate about The Leftovers, talk about my entry into the NBC Playground pilot contest and gripe about comedians (specifically Brittany Furlan) who cash in on their looks. So much rage. But hey, at least the outline of the episode I typed out accurately depicts what’s contained within. Yay for organization!

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Google the words "Mario Götze excited" for the photos we reference in this episode. They're pretty damn hilarious.

Google the words “Mario Götze excited” for the photos we reference in this episode. They’re pretty damn hilarious.

We talk about Germany’s World Cup win over Argentina, the world-calibre wang of the winning goal scorer Mario Götze, LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and why Rollergirl is the best woman that never existed.

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No one who shares this strong a resemblance to The Candy Man can be a racist.

No one who shares this strong a resemblance to The Candy Man can be a racist.

I am an unabashed fan of The Opie & Anthony Show, which I consider to be some of the best radio I’ve ever listened to. If you’re a fan of my show, you would probably enjoy them, too. So the news that SiriusXM fired Anthony Cumia from his co-host duties on the show after a series of Tweets he made following a run-in with a woman on the street both saddened and troubled me. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the incident and simply want to learn what happened or a fan of O&A and want my take on everything and what I think it says about the country’s direction, click below and give a listen. (You can also find an article I wrote about the firing here.)

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Can a man who owns a kitten this cute really be that evil?

Can a man who owns a kitten this cute really be that evil?

I awoke today to some news that, as a fan of both comedy radio and the freedom of speech ostensibly afforded us as Americans, really broke my heart: SiriusXM fired Anthony Cumia of Opie & Anthony fame after he was physically assaulted on Wednesday by a woman who was unhappy with him snapping her photo on the street.

Say what?

Allow me to elaborate: Anthony was snapping photos on an NYC street during the evening. He was taking photos of people out in the city during the evening and photographed a woman walking under some scaffolding. The woman, who happened to be black, objected to this and confronted Anthony. Knowing what little I can about Anthony’s personality by listening to Opie & Anthony heavily, I’m guessing he stated that it was his right to photograph anyone he could on a street, even if they didn’t wish to be photographed.

The confrontation turned physical as the woman called Anthony a “white motherfucker” and struck his face several times. Cumia, a legal gun carrier, chose to not pull his weapon as, in his words, he “never felt his life was in danger,” nor did he otherwise physically attack the woman. A few surrounding men, who also happened to be black, apparently got into a verbal altercation with him. Everyone then left the scene without further physical escalation. This was the end as I understand it of the altercation.

Cumia has long used his Twitter account to speak about what he perceives as a disproportionate amount of violence in the black community, and has delved into other racially charged topics for the tenure of his time on the social media service. He does not do this as a man possessed of altruistic intent, and I would be lying if I stated that Anthony’s focus on on race and crime, however facts-and-figures-based it may be, didn’t strike me as somewhat off-putting. But it’s his freedom under the First Amendment to do exactly that, and I never once found him to do anything other than present beliefs based upon far more research than most of us present when making an argument.

So, to those of us familiar with Anthony and his Twitter account, it came as no surprise that, when reported the incident, he referred to the woman using words like “savage” and “cunt” and made several statements to the effect of “Well, I’ve always said things quickly escalate in the black community to violence, and now it’s happened to me.” The website Gawker picked up on the Tweets and immediately focused on the “racist rant” of the radio host. Several newspapers then ran with Gawker’s take on the story as if these were the first words ever spoken by Cumia to this effect, and things culminated on Friday, July 4th with Cumia’s termination from SiriusXM.

Seemingly lost in all of this is the fact that Mr. Cumia did nothing illegal and was the one physically assaulted. It would appear that those expressing outrage at his words either don’t care or, dare I say, feel as if here was asking for this outcome based upon his beliefs. And that’s a scary thing. If Ann Coulter (who I’m no fan of politically) were raped by a black man, then took to Twitter after the fact to express that she was raped by a “savage” and posted statistics about black-on-white rapes, does that make her rape less worthy of condemnation? Is it okay that she was raped because she chose to comment upon her attacker’s race rather than sit stoically in her victimhood? Even the most liberal among us would say no. So why is Anthony’s case any different?

The interesting thing is several people will learn of this incident and think, “Good, that racist pig got what was coming to him.” And maybe Anthony Cumia is both a racist and a pig. I cannot speak for what lives in the man’s heart. But why are we so hellbent lately on living in a society where people’s words, no matter how long ago they were spoken (Paula Deen) or originating in a fit of anger they were (Alec Baldwin, Jonah Hill) lead to their livelihoods being lost as we demand they repent before us on bent knee for these “unforgivable” transgressions? Are we so weak that words not spoken directly to us actually wound us? Are we so small that we feel entitled to an apology from someone we’ve never met? And are we so without sin that we can so readily sit in judgment of our fellow man? I think we know the answer in our hearts.

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Allison laughs exactly like Muttley for the duration of this episode. I guess that makes me Dick Dastardly?

Allison laughs exactly like Muttley for the duration of this episode. I guess that makes me Dick Dastardly?

People say they want honestly from their partner, but do they really mean it? Allison and I debate whether or not white lies to spare peoples’ feelings are a good thing, and we also get into the celebs that Allison has online relationships with (Twitter DMs, etc) and why she is laughing like a cartoon character. Enjoy!

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You may need more than a band-aid to fix your ass after a rousing round of rosebudding.

You may need more than a band-aid to fix your ass after a rousing round of rosebudding.

Howie’s comedian buddy Casey X (yes, he’s a black Muslim. Or just likes anonymity) joins the show to talk topics as varied as rosebudding, the latest gross thing in porn, Laura Branigan, the first time we got a boob photo via AIM and why exactly Hollywood is a repetitive cesspool. Enjoy it all on the latest Papa’s Basement. And tell your friends to listen and subscribe. Because I asked nicely. And would like more listeners. PLEASE!

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This was my childhood. Except they used protective headgear and padding on the sticks.

This was my childhood. Except they used protective headgear and padding on the sticks.

To those of you who grew up with siblings, was your daily life beating the shit out of each other up until age 14 or so? I know mine was. Allison and I discuss the daily combat that was childhood with a sibling as well as Amazon’s new Firefly phone and what constitute “normal” porn viewing habits on the latest episode of Papa’s Basement.

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Now that the Washington Redskins' trademark has been revoked, I'm going to make a mint putting this logo on all sorts of filthy sex toys.

Now that the Washington Redskins’ trademark has been revoked, I’m going to make a mint putting this logo on all sorts of filthy sex toys.

Dan Fields of Save It For The Show joins for Papa’s Basement’s 400th episode where we discuss the Redskins losing their trademark, pretending to like the World Cup to sound more cultured than we are and the futility in trying to grow and keep a podcast audience (except for mine, which is obviously growing like an Elephantitis-infected testicle).

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A lot of people cheered for Arya's actions at the end of this episode. I kinda thought she was an ungrateful little twat.

A lot of people cheered for Arya’s actions at the end of this episode. I kinda thought she was an ungrateful little twat.

We talk about all the action from the season four finale of Game of Thrones, how we spent Father’s Day, the Heat’s latest NBA Finals loss, World Cup and what to do on a vacation. Packed episode. Listenable episode too? Eh. I tried.

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