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Individuals like jesse jackson and al sharpton who seek out controversial incidents or subject matter to incite their followers' often violent reactions for the purpose of receiving attention.

It should be noted that Tension Whores are not limited to racial matters. Other notable Tension Whores include:
Rosie O'Donnell, Geraldo Rivera, and Jerry Springer.

Tension Whores should not be confused with simple Attention Whores.

The tension whores descended on Don Imus over his racially charged comments on TV and demanded his resignation.
by stonelotus April 11, 2007