Boo-Hoo for Tavis

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Tavis Smiley

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.

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  • http://myspace.com/afiya00 Afiya

    Can’t run with the big dogs Tavis, then sit your puppy ass on the porch…WHINER!

  • I'm Just Me

    FIRST???

  • I'm Just Me

    Daxn, this server is messed up!

    Anyhoo, he it is what it is, if he really cannot stand the heat he needs to stay out of the kitchen!

    On another note I don’t think, IN GENERAL, that blacks really like people with a different opinion that whatever the grain is going with. I know quite a few blacks that aren’t going with Obama and some whites I know are. So it is all over the place but I don’t know if he should have been backed into a corner like that.

    But most importantly why is Tom Joyner blowing up the spot. Why couldn’t he leave well enough alone? Because he wanted to continue to mess!

  • http://www.theblackactor.com/ Baby Please

    He lookin’ kinda chunky.

  • Blacksmith

    I like his show, when I can catch it. He’s a thinker and not afraid to ask the serious questions. We need more like him.

  • Jaye

    I had problems with Tavis before the Obama issue and this just solidified my feelings. His arrogance rubs me the wrong way. Even when he’s wrong he won’t admit it.

    I won’t get into why I support Obama, but rather I will say Tavis appeared to be jealous of the brother. His attack was WAY out of line and I felt he was angry that Barack didn’t recognize HIM and had nothing to do with the people.

    My opinion, GOOD RIDDANCE.

  • Andrew

    I could care less if Travis liked Obama or not. If he was an objective journist then that would be one thing but Travis does commentary. Just like O’Reilley and Keith Olberman.

    Travis has a right to his opinion and he will be judged by his listeners.

    Right now Obama needs to worry about keeping his trap shut and stay the course.

    Obama is his own worst enemy with this Rev Wright mess and his “bitter” comment in front of San Francisco liberals.

    Obama doesn’t need Travis to dirty his name he is doing it all by himself.

  • Serafina

    I can’t see why he was getting flack for not supporting Obama. All women shouldn’t vote for Hillary just because. And all blacks shouldn’t vote for Obama just because.

    He doesn’t hit me as the type of man that’ll run and hide away just because someone isn’t in favor or what he’s doing and saying.

    I watched him on Bill Maher and he actually defended Obama in regard of the Rev. Wright controversy.

    So he doesnt hate Barack, he just doesnt agree with what he’s bringing to the table.

    That is his opinion, his feelings and his right.

    Btw-I’m voting for Obama.

  • Bmore fan

    Its funny that blacks who speak out against blacks who support Obama never give a reason why we should not support Obama or even why we should support the candidate they support.

    Its almost as if they’re trying to say the only reason Obama gets black votes is because Ohe is black and it couldnt be his policies and character.

  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    I am shocked and disappointed that Tom Joyner would be as petty as this. My brother is a fan of Tavis and an Obama supporter. He doesn’t hate Tavis for his views on Barack and there is no reason for him to do so. People can vote for whoever they want for whatever reason. It’s funny how some Barack supporters feel the need to lynch anyone who is not voting for him.

  • Bmore fan

    Serafina

    I can’t see why he was getting flack for not supporting Obama. All women shouldn’t vote for Hillary just because. And all blacks shouldn’t vote for Obama just because.

    He doesn’t hit me as the type of man that’ll run and hide away just because someone isn’t in favor or what he’s doing and saying.

    I watched him on Bill Maher and he actually defended Obama in regard of the Rev. Wright controversy.

    So he doesnt hate Barack, he just doesnt agree with what he’s bringing to the table.

    That is his opinion, his feelings and his right.

    Btw-I’m voting for Obama.

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    What was the specific issues/policies that Smiley dissagreed with?

  • Bmore fan

    Bird

    I am shocked and disappointed that Tom Joyner would be as petty as this. My brother is a fan of Tavis and an Obama supporter. He doesn’t hate Tavis for his views on Barack and there is no reason for him to do so. People can vote for whoever they want for whatever reason. It’s funny how some Barack supporters feel the need to lynch anyone who is not voting for him.

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    What are Tavis’ “specific” views on Obams’s policies, character or any other means in which we should judge a candidate?

  • Ron Mitchell

    What on earth are you Uncle Tom negroes yapping about? Barack Obama (like you fools) are living in your minds — not reality!

    The New Day is in Spike Lee’s “Joint Productions.” Leave the liquor, cocaine, tobacco, snuff, money-high, and whatever else Worldly fools anesthesize themselves with alone. Mark my words Fool Niccas !!!

  • Southern Belle 225

    Okay, just because Tom said this was the reason he quit doesn’t mean its so. Although I don’t always agree with Tavis, I still like his commentary. Tom should have just left well enough alone.

  • Shannon O.

    Listen! Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. That is your right as an American citizen. Not every black person shares the same love for one thing or one person. There are, believe it or not, exceptions to the rule. I do love both, Tavis and Barack. I respect Tavis love/hate for Barack. We must listen to Tavis very close. It is not that he dislikes Barack, he just does not agree with everything that he may say or do. That is found in everyone. You may love your Aunt Dorothy to death, but can’t stand to her her onesided views on life. You would jump through hoops to satisfy her, but hates the fact that she is so outspoken on issues that you think are not the answer to “most” black pepople problems! So stop jumping to judgement about Mr. Tavis and just respect this man for having the courage to not “fall” for everything and everyone just based on the color of their skin. I love you Tavis and I believe that God will lead you in the right direction no matter what. I understand the points you are trying to make. Please black people, stop rushing to judgement and pleas by all means please…stop, look and listen! Just because a person is black or “act black” (Pres. William Clinton) does not mean we are suppose to play on their team. Have a voice and by all means have your own voice. …love kisses and hugs from Mississippi!

  • Deitre

    Tavis Smiley is an educated and progressive brother. He loves black folks and have their best interest in mind. He actually has some sort of plan to build black people up,(Check out Covenant with Black America 1&2)and does more than complain about racism. Its sad that we can’t support one another no matter who your presidential candidate is.

  • deschl

    tom joyner did not ask him to leave, he quit himself

  • Royalty

    NOW THATS SOME FRAGINAGEL BULLSPIT….. HOW CAN TAVIS BE MAD AT OBAMA BECAUSE HE DIDN’T COME TO HIS EVENT….HE DOESN’T KNOW THAT MANS SCHEDULE

    KUDOS 2 JOYNER 4 FIRING TAVIS’S OPINIONATED BORING ASS

  • Maxine

    Tavis,

    I have always respected and admired you, but maybe, just maybe, you are wrong this time around and your inflated ego wasn’t able to handle it. It amazes me Tavis that you are able to provide commentary on issues for many years and just because Obama is not a part of your click you have set out a campaign to belittle him. There is enough room for you, Obama and any other who desires to make changes. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. I hope it’s not jealousy because that has been one of our greatest weakness as black people hint, hint, (The crab syndrome)

  • Encyclopedia Brown

    I support Barack Obama 100%

  • WEB MASTER

    Tavis played his self, tryingto keep another brother down because he didn’t benefit Tavis for his own political gain… Tavis needs to come to the light before its to late. At first I hated Al Sharpton for goin aginst Barack, bu the woke up and went to Co-side w/ Barack about that B.S. they tried to pull in Florida. Now he cool with me…I guess TAVIS SHAME oN YoU HaTeR!!!!!!!!

  • Deitre

    Tavis was in no way being a hypocrite. He simply said do not tote this man as the Black Candidate, because he is not. He was invited to the State of the Black Union months in advance, and did not find it pertinent enough to attend. He also spoke out against Condoleeza for exhibiting the same behavior. I didn’t hear all the name calling then. Tavis does not hate Barack and did not say don’t vote for him. He said he is not the Black Candidate.

  • Your Momma's Baby Daddy

    PEOPLE ITS OK TO VOTE FOR BARACK BECAUSE HES BLACK YOU CAN BUT SOME ARE VOTING AGINST HIM BECAUSE OF IT SO LETS BALANCE IT OUT…ITS ALL GOOD

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3oIbO0AWE awake

    Funny, I was talking to my husband about this ever since I heard it on Friday.

    IMHO, Tavis is definitely entitled to his opinion, no matter what it is. With that being said, in every commentary I heard him make in regard to Barack Obama, there seemed to be an undercurrent of dislike for him. Couldn’t really put my finger on it or give anything specific, but he definitely cam e off as not really caring for him and coming at him extra hard.

    Hillary, McCain, and Obama can promise many things in regards to what they will do for America, all of America, period. These are promises, words, etc… nothing more, nothing less. What got Obama my vote is what he’s already done and BEEN DOING for black people and really all people. His record of PUBLIC SERVICE and COMMUNITY ACTIVISM speaks for itself.

    This move by Tavis is WEAK. I admire what he’s done for the Black Community and am deeply saddened by his decision to quit the TJMS. His LOVE (which he proclaims OVER and OVER again) for BLACK PEOPLE should compel him to continue to persevere through whatever negative feedback he was receiving from anyone….

  • Your Momma's Baby Daddy

    PEOPLE ITS OK TO VOTE FOR BARACK BECAUSE HES BLACK YOU CAN BET: SOME ARE VOTING AGINST HIM BECAUSE OF IT SO LETS BALANCE IT OUT…ITS ALL GOOD

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