• Artie Lange apologizes to ESPN’s Cari Champion for slavery jokes, blames ‘these groups’ for getting booted from @Midnight

    Artie Lange tweets about Cari ChampionIn a story that’s still developing, Artie Lange claims he’s not allowed to appear on @Midnight tonight due to a series of tweets/jokes he wrote about ESPN correspondent Cari Champion, in which he fantasized about her being a slave and having sex with her. Champion is black. “They’re now telling me I can’t appear on @Midnight tonight because of the pressure they’re getting from these groups,” Lange tweeted. “But who cares. I love the show and it’s my living but who cares. These groups have won again. All I care about is @CariChampion. Truly.” He then apologized directly to Champion: “They were all jokes. Stupid jokes. Very stupid jokes. Please don’t let them harm you. If they did, I’m sorry. But I’m sure you’ll be ok. You’re gorgeous and talented. I hope that didn’t offend you. To the PC army. Congrats! U won again! Gluten free cake!”

    In his sexual fantasy, Lange explains that he’s Thomas Jefferson and she’s his slave. “She beats the shit out of me and runs free. Then I cum and she’s free. The happiest ending ever!” Later he tweets, “I attempt to whip Cari Champion cuz she disrespected the Jefferson Plantation but she grabs and beats me. I cum like a fat Founding Father.”

    “His 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,” ESPN said in a statement. The New York Post labeled Lange’s Tweets “vile.” Complex called the tweets “disgusting.” In short, there’s not many online who approve of his attempt at humor. Of course, Artie Lange is free to say anything he wants. It’s a free country, after all. But Lange also needs to embrace the fact there will be consequences, which it seems he has. All of Lange’s tweets are below (at the time of this writing).

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