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Tavis finally “sat down”:
“Well, you did it. This isn’t the way you wanted it to happen, but it happened anyway. Just like I knew it would,” begins an open letter from veteran radio personality Tom Joyner to Tavis Smiley.
It’s the latest in ongoing drama that followed Joyner’s announcement Friday that Smiley will end his twice-a-week commentaries on the syndicated morning show.
When the news broke, folks speculated that he couldn’t handle the backlash he’s been getting from blacks over his criticism of Barack Obama. Although Smiley released a statement saying he was leaving to focus on future projects under his company, The Smiley Group, Inc., Joyner isn’t buying it.
‘We all know that isn’t the real reason he’s leaving the show,’ Joyner writes in the open letter, ‘The real reason is that he can’t take the hate he’s been getting regarding the Barack issue — hate from the black people that he loves so much. He needed to feel the love. We all do, whether it’s from our radio audience or from people we know personally. He wasn’t feeling any love, so he quit.’
‘I’ll also admit that I wanted Tavis to show a little more love to Barack Obama, and I was frustrated over his failure to do so,’ Joyner wrote before ultimately suggesting that listeners at least attempt to respect Smiley’s different perspective.
‘I want you to call him, e-mail him, text him, hug him, kiss him, get him in a corner and wrestle him and tell him how much you love him and appreciate his love for black people. Everyone needs that sometimes. And Tavis needs it right now.'”
Well well well. Maybe Tavis should’ve thought twice about stirring up unecessary drama about Barack. Now Tom wants us to feel sorry for him? Not likely. That brotha is still his mounting his stacks and sharing his views through his PBS program and other business ventures. He’s just another casualty of poor judgement. Obama is the real thing – Spike Lee said it best: “…this is a new day. It’s like a tide, and the people who get in the way are just gonna get swept out into the ocean.” Damn right, and now Tavis is feeling the pain.