Artie Lange Twitter rant about a sexual fantasy that cast him as a plantation owner and ESPN’s Cari Champion as his slave cost the Philadelphia funnyman quite a few jobs, including a Comedy Central special.
The former Howard Stern sidekick was added to Calvin Comedy schedule at Northampton’s Calvin Theatre in Massachusetts on Friday, Dec.
26 at 8 p.m.
Lange was a foil for Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show for years.
Last week, Artie Lange tweeted a slavery-era sex fantasy about ESPN’s Cari Championis rendering him unhireable.
Lange imagined himself as Thomas Jefferson, and cast “First Take” host Cari Champion as his slave.
“The chick on ESPNs First Take is so Fu**in hot.
Here’s the scenario I’m suing to jerk off to chick on First Take I’m T.
Jefferson & she’s my slave.
She beats the s**t out of me & runs free,” Artie Lange wrote on his Twitter account.
The shock comedian was banned from ESPN after tweeting racist and sexist jokes about Cari Champion, the moderator of First Take.
ESPN issued a statement regarding Lange’s Twitter comments, stating “His (Lange’s) comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language.
They objectify and demean one of our valued employees under the thin guise of ‘comedy’ and are offensive to all of us.
We will not dignify them with any other comment.” Lange took to Twitter to apologize, explaining that the tweet was a joke, but it was too late.
After the offensive tweets, Lange continued on Twitter saying “I won’t debate if the tweets were funny.
That could take minutes of precious time left in my career.
The issue is do they warrant an apology.
I would rather load trucks for a living then ever apologize to one of these awful PC groups ruining the country.”He added, “So that’s a NO.
But if it upsets the lady in question that’s another story.
Let me say to @CariChampion if this hurt u in any way I’m sorry.” Newsworks compiled comedians’ reactions to Lange’s tweet.
Sidney Gantt, host, The Captain Action Comedy Show, wrote “This is basically how America gets credit for addressing social issues without actually addressing any real issues.
The only ‘isms’ I feel like he was guilty of are inappropriate-ism and questionable funniness-ism.
But without comedians to attack like this, some people would never have a chance to pretend they’re on the right side of history, so I guess it’s healthy that way.” “The original comments were obviously disgusting, and I think the outrage that people had when they read them is justified.
There are people who are trying to turn this into a ‘free speech’ issue, which to me is absurd because nobody is saying that he can’t legally say those things.
Obviously he can say whatever he wants, but the public has a right to say, ‘No, that is disgusting, and I will not let that go without comment.’ Nikki Black, host, House of Black at the Philly Improv Theater wrote “As a comedian, I’m not going to tell somebody that they can’t make a joke, but I have no problem telling that person the joke is disgusting and offensive.”