Curtis Sliwa, a radio host and all-purpose “personality,” has been suspended from his regular commentating gig on New York 1 because he can’t stop telling the public about how badly he wants to have sex with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. He recently described the speaker as “extraordinarily hot.”
During a panel discussion on New York 1, Sliwa addressed a not-present Mark-Viverito in the “character” of a Latino man (he’s not Latino), telling her, “I’m your papi, right?” The next day, on Curtis and Kuby, the radio show he co-hosts, he went on at length about the imaginary “sexual tension” he believes exists between himself and Mark-Viverito. He also wishes she’d dress foxier. (We’re sure she’s probably taking notes right this minute, Curtis.)
The New York Daily News now reports that Sliwa has been suspended “indefinitely” from appearing on NY1, with the company telling the paper, “In light of recent remarks made by Curtis Sliwa, we have removed him from the weekly Inside City Hall segment for the foreseeable future. While he has appeared on the network, he is not an employee of NY1.”
They’re emphasizing he’s not an employee because a number of female activists and union leaders had planned a protest today for outside NY1’s offices, urging the station to fire him for his “sleazy comments.”
Sliwa’s response to all this has been... interesting. He didn’t address the controversy on his 90-minute radio show with co-host Ron Kuby today, confining himself to thoughts about the “criminals” rioting in Baltimore and supportive comments for Islamophobic activist Pamela Geller, who he called “a very good-looking woman.” On the “Curtis and Kuby” Facebook page he also released a statement that says, in part, “all’s fair in love and politics” and claiming that he was using “sexually charged language” to encourage men to seek treatment for impotence, a condition he has suffered from due to gunshot wounds and prostate cancer.
Just try not to sexually harass the City Council Speaker anymore, OK, Curtis?
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