NEW YORK (AP) — Television producer David Simon and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity are tossing vulgarities at each other on social media.
Simon, who made "The Wire," sent out a mocking tweet about Hannity hosting a Donald Trump town hall meeting about issues confronting black America on Wednesday. Simon used a deliberately misspelled offensive term about blacks to refer to Hannity in saying that if Fox couldn't get author Ta-Nehisi Coates or "Black Lives Matter" activist DeRay McKesson to host, "then who but you on the pulse of black America."
Hannity my nigga! If they couldn't get Ta-Nehisi or Deray to host, then who but you on the pulse of black America? https://t.co/9hW7wpH4Ar— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2016
Hannity tweeted back: "Maybe it's just your ignorance about conservatives, or maybe you're just a malicious asshole."
Maybe it's just your ignorance about conservatives, or maybe you are just a malicious asshole. Either way idc. Night https://t.co/gpqcBmjjvl— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) September 20, 2016
Simon, who is white, took some criticism online for his use of the common slur for blacks. He addressed a later tweet to the "hall monitors," saying he intentionally used it to point out that it was wrong to use a white Fox personality for a show to address issues in the black community.
Hannity's town hall meeting will take place in Cleveland on his 10 p.m. EDT show.