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MSNBC Fires Sam Seder Over Roman Polanski Rape Joke Tweet

Sam Seder’s offending satirical tweet. Image by twitter

The comedian and radio host Sam Seder was fired from MSNBC Tuesday evening after a prominent far right figure posted an old tweet from Seder containing a rape joke, the Wrap reported.

Mike Cernovich, who has been called the “meme mastermind of the alt-right,” posted a tweet Seder published in 2009. The tweet was a satirical response to people defending the filmmaker Roman Polanski against charges of raping a teenage girl.

A source inside MSNBC confirmed to the Wrap that the tweet was the reason for Seder’s firing.

Seder has accused Cernovich of a smear campaign after Seder criticized senate candidate Roy Moore over the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by several women.

“This smear involves the willful misinterpretation of a tweet that I posted in 2009,” said Seder. “I will never be ashamed of criticizing those who would excuse the predation of women or girls. And I certainly won’t be quiet about Roy Moore or a conservative movement that which would defend his actions so they could get his vote in the Senate.”

In an interview with Slate, Seder tried to find a silver lining in his firing.

“The beauty of this thing is that I clearly got under Cernovich’s skin,” he said.

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman

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