Artie Lange apologized to Cari Champion for a series of derogatory and offensive tweets, though opened fire on critics on Twitter.
Comedian Artie Lange has been yanked from a scheduled appearance on @midnight after a string of bizarre offensive and potentially racist slave-based tweets about ESPN First Take host Cari Champion on Tuesday (November 4, 2014). Lange's remarks were deemed so inappropriate that a tending topic, #iSupportCari, began almost immediately.
Artie Lange's bizarre Twitter tirade was criticized by just about everyone that read it.
"The chick on ESPNs First Take is so f*ckin hot!" started Lange, referring to Champion.
"Trying to maintain erection and jerkoff to chick on First Take but they keep cutting back to Stephen A Smith and the white guy. Frustrating!" he added.
"I attempt to whip @CariChampion cuz she disrespected the Jefferson Plantation but she grabs whip & beats me I cum like a fat founding father," it went on.
"After having 8 illegitimate kids together @CariChampion & I marry at The Knights of Columbus in Linden New Jersey. Prob with that?! F- Off!" came another.
Lange eventually issued an apology to Champion ("If this hurt u in any way I'm sorry"), though began hitting back at critics, saying, "I hate that we have to cater to idiots but the thought of some woman scared for her well being cuz of a joke is something I can't stand."
On Wednesday, ESPN issued a statement on the situation: "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."
Artie Lange eventually apologized to Cari Champion, though criticized the "PC" groups for apparently ruining the country
Lange is probably best known for his tenures with The Howard Stern Show and the comedy sketch series MADtv. He was also the host of a sports and entertainment radio show called The Artie Lange Show.
Politically, Lange is known to have supported John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 and is a supporter of gay rights. He initially supported the invasion of Iraq in 2003 though told documentarian Michael Moore during his appearance on the Howard Stern Show that his movies had led him to change his views.
Cari Champion - who is yet to comment on the furore, not that she has to - is a journalist and television personality known for reporting on the Tennis Channel. As Lange quite ridiculously pointed out, she is currently the host of ESPN2's First Take.
This is what Cari Champion looks like. If you didn't know.