An MTV culture writer named Ira Madison III has found himself at the center of a firestorm of controversy after he took to Twitter to mock Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American granddaughter, claiming that Sessions should “return this Asian baby to the Toys ‘R’ Us [he] stole her from.”
Madison posted the inflammatory tweet on Monday morning alongside a picture of Sessions and his granddaughter, who sat on his lap as the Alabama senator waited to testify at his confirmation hearing for the post of attorney general.
Within hours, pundits across Twitter had lambasted Madison for the offensive tweet, noting the hypocrisy present when liberals accuse Sessions of racism while excusing comments like Madison’s.
Apparently it's ok for Democrats to mock Mitt Romney's black grandchild & Jeff Sessions' Asian grandchild. But Sessions is the racist here?!
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 10, 2017
Actor James Woods also took to social media to express his anger over the tweet: “I ask my 500,000 followers to join with all people of good conscience to boycott @MTV and its sponsors until #racist Ira Madison is fired.” As of Tuesday evening, Woods’ tweet has received thousands of retweets and favorites.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 10, 2017
Madison – whose Twitter bio reads, “All tweets and satanic cult conspiracy theories about Taylor Swift are my own” – has since limited access to his Twitter account to followers only. Before doing so, he offered up an explanation for the tweet.
“I often tell jokes, but seeing as brining up Sessions’ history of racial hatred of Asians is seen as an attack on his grandchild, I deleted…” Madison wrote, adding that Sessions “can deeply affect our country.”