On Monday evening, roughly six hours after two bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line, Anthony "Cousin Anthony" Bellifemine, one of the stars of TLC's Cake Boss, tweeted, "Let's just keep letting all these Animals into our country so they can keep attacking us.... We even pay for them to go to school how's that!" At this time, there have been no arrests or claims of responsibility, so Bellifemine is operating from a place of pure ignorance—and this isn't the first time for him.
Although Bellifemine was challenged by many of his Twitter followers on the irresponsibility of his comments, he held firm in his belief that "animal" immigrants were to blame for the explosions in which three died and over 150 more were injured, accusing others of being "typical liberals" for not jumping to conclusions based solely on prejudices.
It seems to have escaped Bellifemine that not all bombings on American soil are acts of international terrorism. In fact, many of these types of bombings have been committed by white, domestic terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski, and Eric Robert Rudolph.
Considering how proud Bellifemine and his family are of their Italian heritage, it's quite clear that his ancestors didn't arrive to America on the Mayflower, so one would think that he'd be a bit more understanding about letting people into "our country." But it would appear that he thinks that Italians are, for lack of a better word, "better" than other immigrants who, according to him, are "animals."
This isn't the first time that Bellifemine has been called out for his ignorance. Last summer, Carmen Carrera, a finalist from the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race appeared on an episode of Cake Boss in which Bellifemine was encouraged to flirt with her, only to be told later, "That's a man, baby." Bellifemine later referred to Carrera, a transgender woman, as "it."
And in Bellifemine's defense, if it could be considered one, he's not the only asshole talking racist nonsense on Twitter about the Boston explosions. The Tumblr Public Shaming has been cataloging people's tweets about the incident (lots of mentions of "sand niggers," "towel heads," and "slanty gooks") and they're so ridiculous that they're almost laughable. Do you know that several people think the bombings were the work of North Koreans teaming up with Muslims? One guy even referred to North Koreans as "chinks," so ignorant that he can't even keep his racial epithets straight.
Speaking of ignorance, Bellifemine is really hung up on the idea that "animal" immigrants (or terrorists?) get to go to college on our dime. And while none of that makes any kind of sense, he is right about one thing: it's very difficult for people to afford a good eduction, and that needs to change. Bellifemine, with his tenuous grasp on syntax and social issues, could've really benefited from some higher learning.