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By now I'm sure you've heard the news, but thanks to TMZ, a video of Michael Richards (better known as Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld) going on a racist diatribe against an audience member during a comedy routine has surfaced and is creating quite the controversy.

It was during a comedy routine at the Laugh Factory where Richards was apparently being heckled by a black man in the audience and Richards lost control. He says "50 years ago we'd have you upside down with a fucking fork up your ass!". Obviously referring to decades ago when it was common for black people to be lynched by mobs of whites.

He then calls the man a nigger over and over again and says "This is what happens when you interrupt a white man" when the man says his comments were uncalled for. His rep said the comments were taken out of context when the news first broke, but then the video was put up on the internet and made the context quite clear.

The incident:

Jerry Seinfeld, his co-star from the mega-hit sitcom quickly stated that he is "sick over this". Additionally he said "I'm sure Michael is also sick over this horrible, horrible mistake. It is so extremely offensive. I feel terrible for all the people who have been hurt."

Richards then quickly scheduled himself to appear on Letterman last night (most likely because Jerry Seinfeld was appearing the same night to promote the Seinfeld Season 7 DVD which releases today) to apologize for the unfortunate incident. His apology, for anyone who's seen it, is laughable. First of all he starts off by calling the hecklers "Afro-Americans". Then he randomly brings up Hurricane Katrina which had me scratching my head and rolling on the floor laughing all at the same time.
 

The apology:

I feel sorry for Jerry Seinfeld who had to insert himself into the controversy to keep the DVD sales from tanking, as it seems Richards chose the exact wrong time to decide to showcase his bigotry.

His career was already down the drain, and now he's reached the very bottom of it. The Laugh Factory has banned him from ever performing there again, and aside from the nearest KKK meeting, I can't think of any other venue that would allow him to perform either.

The saddest part of the entire thing, though not too shocking, is how many people are actually defending him. Aside from the hundreds of comments on the videos I’ve seen of people saying “Serves those niggers right,” “I love him even more now. Niggers should die,” and “He’s my hero! Hang ’em all!” there are a lot of people saying this is no big deal. Black people say “nigger” all the time, and black comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle make race jokes, so why isn’t it okay for Michael Richards?

Then there are others who are outraged that people aren’t making as big a deal out of the black patron calling Richards a “cracker” as they are about Michael using the word “nigger.” First off, I think it’s ridiculous that those who think it’s okay to use the “n” word simply because a few choice blacks choose to for whatever reason are holding all black people accountable for the actions of some. I don’t use the “n” word, don’t know anyone that does, and I don’t think anyone should – especially when it’s being directed at someone. The same goes for any other racial slurs (cracker, wetback, spic, etc).

With that said, the word “cracker” is not equivalent to “nigger.” There’s a different emotional weight that the n-word carries that makes cracker competely out of its league. When is the last time a white person has had to be scared someone was going to string them up from a tree and burn their flesh simply because they have white skin? When were white people in shackles being whipped by their master as they yelled “cracker” over and over again at them?

Racial slurs are something I think shouldn’t be used at all, but to say cracker is equal to the n-word is just ludicrous. Culturally, the n-word is obviously more offensive because we’ve become politically correct. But there’s a certain hate and fear that the n-word brings to a black person that a white person never has and never will experience with or without the use of the word cracker.

Am I saying it was okay for the man to yell “cracker” back at Michael? No, that’s not what I’m saying at all. Had I been in that situation I would’ve simply walked out feeling very shaken up. It seems for this particular man, he was hurt and embarassed by having the word thrown at him in an intimate public setting, and was trying to retaliate to “save face” – for his pride.

It’s sad yet predictable though, that people would jump to attacking the man who was attacked, rather than the professional stand-up comic who just humiliated a group of people during a performance they paid to come see. It’s relatively understandable that after having those words yelled at you, you’d naturally want to say something back. I would’ve possibly chosen a different approach, but I can understand why this one was chosen.

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  • random browser

    Saving face? They were heckling him all night long. They probably were using racial slurs before he started, and definitely used them afterward. That doesn’t defend his actions, but then he doesn’t either–his apology was sincere, whether you choose to accept it or not. He made a mistake, and he recognizes it. He lashed out at people who were verbally abusing him, seeking to abuse them, and crossing a line that shouldn’t have been crossed. Michael Richards is not a racist and he doesn’t deserve the treatment he’s recieved.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    And you have what proof that the hecklers were shouting racial slurs before Richards? Because none of the footage that I’ve seen has shown that.

  • random browser

    I didn’t say I have proof, I don’t. But the point is that we don’t know; all we know is that they were heckling him, and that usually involves saying very mean things. Is it really all that less bad to say, “you’re pathetic, get off stage, you’re a failure”, than “cracker ass”?

    And, I’m sure you’ve gotten angry. We all do. Maybe you said something you didn’t mean, and then realized minutes or hours later on, “wow, that was really mean of me.”

    Well, guess what? That’s what Michael Richards did. He got angry, he said a bunch of things he shouldn’t have, and then he realized what he said. That’s something a great deal of people do. It doesn’t excuse it, it only puts it in perspective. If you can honestly say that you have never said something to someone that you did not mean, that was hurtful, that was inappropriate, then you may place yourself on higher ground. Otherwise, can we not just all realize that we’re human and that, as such, we’re going to make mistakes?

    If Richards wasn’t apologizing, or for that matter, if he was doing so indirectly, then I could understand the continued criticism. But he’s not. He’s taking responsibility for his actions.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Of course he’s taking responsibilty, my dear. Seinfeld Season 7 came out on DVD and they needed to protect their investment.

    Why do you think of all places to apologize he would do it on Letterman? When Jerry Seinfeld was on as a guest.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    And why are you giving him the benefit of the doubt by saying they were “probably” shouting racial slurs at him, when you have no idea if they were or weren’t?

    You don’t talk about how someone should by lynched and think everything’s alright when you apologize the next day.

    It’s not like he said “I hate you, you should be killed”. That is something that you could say out of anger and sincerely apologize for.

    But when what Michael said is the first thing to come to mind in anger, you’re clearly a racist. And no apology is going to change that.

  • random browser

    But now, at this point, you are the one speculating on things (namely, motives) that you can not know.

    Is it possible? Sure. It’s possible Jerry Seinfeld wanted only to protect his financial investment. It’s possible Michael Richards went along with this, to protect his own financial investment.

    But that is speculation. What is obvious is the body language of Richards. His shoulders are slumped, he looks absolutely shell shocked. You can choose to believe it was an act, but you will be in the minority opinion. Watching the segment, I see it highly unlikely that Richards prepared it; if so, it wouldn’t have been near as rambling or disjointed.

    You should also recognize that this, realistically, was the quickest spot he could get to make a public apology. Otherwise, what would he have been left to do? Simply have a run-of-the-mill apology delivered by a PR person.

  • random browser

    And, to your second post, I know people who have said to others, when angered, that they wish they were dead. The most hurtful thing they could think of.

    I know that Bill Hicks, when heckled by Jewish people, would say something to the extent of, “I wish Hitler would have finished the job.” Hicks wasn’t anti semitic, he was merely aiming to hurt. So was Richards. And he referenced the first thing that came to mind, that being lynchings, something which anyone with a modicum of understanding of American history would know of. If it had been a Jew, he’d have referenced the Holocaust. And so on. The intent was to hurt, out of anger. Not a secret racist fury suddenly bursting through after 25 years in the entertainment industry.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    You’re delusional if you think most people took that apology seriously. You’re the ONLY person I’ve seen or talked to that believed the comments were uncalled for that actually thinks his apology makes up for what he said.

    And what exactly would lead you to believe Hicks WASN’T anti-semitic?

  • Garner

    Yeah, despicable…I might have trouble watching him on Seinfeld now.

    And I hate that he’s saying “I’m not a racist. That’s the craziest thing about this.”
    Um, newsflash. If you’re not a racist, those words would never even cross your mind to say.
    Same goes for you, Mel.

  • C Sloan

    Good point. And I don’t care how drunk you are, you said what you said, and I don’t think Michael was drunk. And the sad thing is, I probrably won’t be able to watch Seinfeld like a used to.

  • Andy Davoli

    Michael Richards: “I lost my temper on stage. I was at a comedy club trying to do my act and I got heckled and I took it badly and went into a rage and said some pretty nasty things to some Afro-Americans, a lot of trash talk, and uh…”

    That’s all I’ll say.

  • random browser

    Well, a quick search for those sharing my interpretation of Richards’ apology (in regards to it being sincere):
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    As for it ‘making up’ for what he said, I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘making up’ for it. It’s not as if there’s some scorecard, where he gets a -10 for his remarks, and then a +8 for his apology, leaving him two in the red. This isn’t something you “make up” for. You apologize, take steps to make amens, and then move on. How can we ever move toward unity in this country if we refuse to accept apologies?

    As for Hicks, it’s another case where we don’t know. I don’t know if he was anti semitic. I know that his friends, some of which were Jewish, didn’t seem to think so, as they ranked him as one of the 20 greatest comedians (in the “Comedians Comedian). Comedy Central ranked him number 19, all time. Surely they wouldn’t give this to an anti Semite?

  • Jenni

    He didn’t actually say, “… why the rage is in any of us,” did he? And he invoked international hostility to describe the mystery of why he spewed racist garbage on stage?

    Sorry, man, but a lot of waxing philosophical about the rage of mankind and equivocating about being in character – what the hell kind of character was that!? – isn’t gonna cut it. And no kind of envelope-pushing, or spontaneity, or free associating is gonna cover his butt for referencing lynching and bellowing the N-word like an anthem.

    He can talk in circles all he wants about trying to understand his inner rage, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes a racist is just a racist.

  • Jenni

    Lmfao @ him bringing up Katrina!!!

  • Audra McDonald

    Yeah, the Letterman appearance was interesting and uncomfortable.
    The audience’s laughter at the beginning of the segment was just as uncomfortable, until Seinfeld had to tell them to stop laughing. I think there’s still people who haven’t heard about this, so they thought it was a joke.

    But really, there’s no way of talking yourself out of this one, Michael. Sorry.

  • Davey

    That made Mel Gibson look like St. Mel.

    His career is going to go down deeper.

  • CS Loan

    I totally did not get Michael’s point last night on Letterman. He brought up some really random stuff.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    I went to Gawker..and these are the first few comments I saw:

    Okay, maybe Michael Richards DOES care about black people.

    If you watch the video, what was more offensive than calling the heckler a nigger is the fact that he said “50 years ago we would have had you hanging upside down with a fork in your ass.”

    Nice one. And there you have it… the spark of the ’07 Race War coming soon!
    11/21/06 12:23 PM
    No commenter image uploaded Sigerson Holmes says:

    Man, I love his new act! Haven’t heard from him in awhile but he’s really out there on the cutting edge! Awesome stuff dude!
    11/21/06 12:38 PM
    Image of redondodubonnet redondodubonnet says:

    Hold on. I don’t get this. Wasn’t Gabe Kaplan an afro American?
    11/21/06 12:46 PM
    No commenter image uploaded bloggadocio says:

    When can we expect the “checking into rehab” announcement? Come on, Kramer – racism is always forgivable if you’re high as a kite or drunk as a skunk because then it’s not your fault, right?
    11/21/06 12:49 PM
    Image of colinsmith colinsmith says:

    Art Garfunkel, Gabe Kaplan, and the kicked-in-the-nuts guy gladly accept.
    11/21/06 01:02 PM
    Image of spinachdip spinachdip says:

    Gwyneth Paltrow accepts his apology.
    11/21/06 01:07 PM
    Image of ZiggyStardust ZiggyStardust says:

    Sad. But when is he going to apologize for the bad haircut?
    11/21/06 01:20 PM
    Image of Toothy Tile Toothy Tile says:

    Well, Michael Richards was part of Andy Kaufman’s bizarro uncomfortable-shtick in the past. I got so many whiffs of Andy Kaufman from this whole charade that I wouldn’t be shocked if these were just Michael Richards’ last grasps at relevance.
    11/21/06 01:20 PM
    Image of LRM216 LRM216 says:

    Why do they all think they can totally flip out, say whatever the hell they want, act in whatever horrendous way they choose, and then, with a sorry-ass apology – wipe the slate clean. Sorry, but I just don’t buy it.
    11/21/06 01:31 PM
    Image of Lucia Toledo Lucia Toledo says:

    Richards once told a friend of mine, who was cast in a Latino role on “Seinfeld” but objected to the character’s portrayal, to “just shut up and take the money.”

  • Twiz

    random browser has lost his mind if he thinks the MAJORITY of people have forgiven Michael after that apology.
    and with regards to Comedy Central ranking him whatever and they wouldn’t do that if he was anti-semitic..
    uhh..maybe they didn’t know he was anti-semitic just as you don’t seem to know either.

  • http://jetfireone.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, like there’s someone here who hasn’t said something they wished they could’ve taken back after they’d said it in a fit of anger?

  • random browser

    twiz, what you are attempting to say is that those who knew him personally, who knew him best, were somehow in the dark as to his beliefs. I find this hard to believe.

    To anyone who knew Trent Lott, or was even remotely familiar with him, his outburst at Strom Thurman’s 100th birthday party was not surprise. *GASP* Trent Lott has a soft spot for segregationists? No, no surprise. People knew what he was like, and what he believed in. They know who the racists are. They know who the closet gays are. You don’t keep secrets in Washington, and you don’t keep them in Hollywood, either.

    If you are a racist, it doesn’t go unnoticed in a sensitive field like entertainment or politics (movies for less attractive people, so it’s called). Especially not for 26 years. I’m sorry but you’re asking me to believe that a brooding racist was able to completely mask it until one day he was outed by an unruly heckler.

    Now, what seems more likely? That Richards pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes for a quarter century, or that he lost his cool and said mean and inappropriate things, which in hindsight, he saw were abhorrent? I don’t think there’s logic in the former.

  • Lisa mojo

    Why is he even being thought of as mabey NOT a racist by some people ? If joe smoe said those things to someone where i’m from they’re racist(and probably in for an ass whuppintg) that’s as simple as that why does he get off the hook? The man is a racist plain and simple.

  • Lisa mojo

    Why is he even being thought of as mabey NOT a racist by some people ? If joe smoe said those things to someone where i’m from they’re racist(and probably in for an ass whuppintg) that’s as simple as that why does he get off the hook? The man is a racist plain and simple.

  • Sam

    ‘Pull a Mel Gibson’?? Hell yeah! I wish I could ‘pull’ one: make a movie, market it successfully, make almost a billion bucks, buy an island. Yes, I’d be very happy to ‘pull a Mel Gibson’.

    Who gives a rat’s hinny what Mel said while drunk?? Just as interesting as Pres. Carter’s ‘riods….. Old news, get over it already! *So stupid, reporters that can’t write trying to ‘be clever’…geez…blantant stupidity….*

  • Twiz

    Now, what seems more likely? That Richards pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes for a quarter century, or that he lost his cool and said mean and inappropriate things, which in hindsight, he saw were abhorrent? I don’t think there’s logic in the former.

    Any by everyone you mean whom? We didn’t know Mel Gibson was an anti-semite until putting two and two together from Passion of the Christ and his sick remarks.

    You don’t think there are hundreds of people in the entertainment industry that are bigots that we don’t know are? Hell, there are people we go to work with every damn day that are racist that we don’t know are.

  • Julia

    “Why is he even being thought of as mabey NOT a racist by some people ?
    If joe smoe said those things to someone where i’m from they’re racist(and
    probably in for an ass whuppintg) that’s as simple as that why does he get off
    the hook? The man is a racist plain and simple”

    Because Lisa…of course if he’s been around for 25 years and we didn’t know he was a racist, there’s no way he could actually be one! Zowies!

  • jax6213

    I watched the video this morning and I was shocked at some of the things that Michael Richards said. He never struck me as the sort of person that would ever say things like he did. He seemed like a genuine nice guy. I only watched Seinfeld because of the character he played as Kramer. The rest of the cast were OK, but Kramer was my favorite because he made me laugh so long and hard. I grew to love the character and the actor that made him real.

    Those guys in the audience who were heckling him deserve to have their collective asses kicked for what they did, but even I have to admit that Michael Richards didn’t have to call them racial epithets the way he did. He could have called them idiots, or stupid, or thoughtless bastards, but he didn’t have to go as far as he did. What the hell was he thinking? Now a lot of people think the worst about him. All those times I came home from work sad, or depressed, but after watching Kramer do his stuff on television would make the ending of my day not so bad, and even bring a smile to my face.

    But I am also a Black man, and now find that my comedic hero, who I thought was a really great guy, thinks that people like me are just niggers. This is so sad. Even if he thought that he should never have said that out loud. He should have called those hecklers what they were; loudmouth, disrespectful, stupid idiots who needed to sit down and shut the hell up.

    Is there a way that we can forgive this guy for having his one idiotic day in the sun? Can I forgive him for saying those things? Can I still watch Seinfeld without thinking about what Michael Richards said at the comedy club? Can I ever enjoy anything he’s ever done again? Answer? Not right now.

    Is he sorry for letting those idiots push his buttons so he ended up looking like a damn fool on national televsion and the internet?

    Answer:
    I think he’s sorry that he murdered what little career he had left, and I think he’s sorry that someone video taped his rant. I think he’s sorry he got caught.

    I still cannot get myself to believe he’s a racist. I gues I’m at that “Say it isnt so” stage in my life.

    -Jax6213

  • Loretta

    I am shocked and hurt that such hurtful words were hurled at a audience member during a comedy performance. It is incidents like this that prevents our country from healing and coming together as one nation under God. Although I truly do not believe Richard’s apology was sincere I still believe that in spite of his actions he should be forgiven. This is what Jesus would do. I pray for our country to come together in unity and peace.

  • Jeff

    It was an outburst that from my own experience and from watching the video, I believe began long before the show he did. I know the aggravation of listening to rude blacks talking over a movie and I try and try to ignore it and by the time the movie ends, I sincerely want to run their black ass over in the parking lot and call them an ignorant Ni**er. I didn’t feel that way when I got there and I didn’t feel that way the next day, but I certainly felt that way at that moment. Does that make me a racist? I don’t think so, but others may.

  • Talia

    It’s people like you Jeff, that disgust me.

  • Jeff

    Talia, that is your opinion. Others may vary. Isn’t America wonderful that way?

  • black woman

    Im not saying Bill Hicks is not anti-semitic but he said what he said in a joke format and it sounded like a joke. Michael Richards said what he said out of anger and kept repeating it. He knew what he said, he is an adult and you know you’re not gonna make a mistake like that unless you are a racist. Sorry Jerry, but Kramer just screwed you

  • Howdy

    Does anyone remember Queen Latifah’s early work? She spewed venom about killing white people and was backed up by people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. People easily got past that and she’s a very well-liked celebrity. As has been stated in earlier posts, we don’t know what was said to Michael Richards to provoke him. Peace.

  • Talia

    Yet, Howdy…you still jump to his defense.

  • personal attack

    The person who wrote this article is clearly biased. This only shows Kramer’s negative reaction. We never get to see what the black heckler did to provoke Kramer’s response. Where is that video?? I haven’t see it, have you???

  • Jack mehoffer

    Blacks are the most racist people on earth. They disrupt everything. You can’t even go to a shopping mall without them shooting. Ever go to Movie theatre with a black audience? They yell and converse with the screen waiting for a response. They are sick and twisted. Michael Richards just told it how it is and gods bless him!

  • Talia

    Jack, I have no doubt that you and Michael are apples from the same tree.

  • got it all wrong

    i’ve never seen a more sincere apology in my life. talk about something blown way out of proportion.

    richards may not be smart, but this shouldn’t be a big deal.

  • y larry

    i am not surprised at michaels breaking down like that. he has tried to make his whole career based on kramer, george was another actor who tried to be george forever. sorry george elaine same thing. iam delighted to see dan Oherlihys
    caree i doing well. he is one funny guy ! larry

  • Paul

    As a Canadian, but first of all a human being, I would agree with the poster who said, that only “he who is without sin, can cast the first stone”. As deplorable and thoughtless as the comments were, who are all you self-righteous people who figure you’re so perfect you can throw the first stone?(and more after it). Same for Mel. Mel’s father was a known anti-semitic (though why this term is only applied to Jew-haters I have no idea as both Arabs and Jews are Semites, descended from Abraham).His dad obviously went on a lot about his views. Mel as an adult, may have been able to conquer those influences to a large degree, but he was pissed-drunk, and the deeply buried subconscious influences passed down by father to son, surfaced due to alcohol’s loosening of self-discipline/control. Remember, He who was without sin, said not only the words about the stone throwing, but He also said, “Judge not lest ye be judged. With the same measure you mete to others, it will be meted out to you”. If you are forgiving, of other’s faults, weaknesses,etc, and patient, kind, offering of aid when needed, non-judgmental etc, then on the occasions that you screw up, others will be more inclined to act the same way towards you. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • random browser

    This is really a sidebar to the discussion about Michael Richards, but in regards to Gibson:

    Many of Gibson’s friends, including several Jews, came to his defense, saying that he is not anti semitic.

    Mel Gibson has a drinking problem. When he gets drunk, he says stupid things, things he doesn’t mean. I’m sure most of you have been drunk at one point or another (hopefully not too often); are you going to tell me that you believed everything you said? People, when inebriated, tend to say stupid things. They don’t mean them.

    Michael Richards, on the other hand, has an anger problem. And, people, when angry, say things they don’t mean. Once again, all of you have been angry at one time or another (I don’t think I’m talking to any saints here). You’ve said things you didn’t mean, things you later regretted. Only you aren’t a celebrity, you weren’t up on stage, and you weren’t taped by an audience member. Maybe if we filmed you all day long, you’d have some ‘xplaining to do, too.

    No, that does not justify nor excuse Richards’ or Gibson’s behavior. But then, they don’t justify it either. To be blunt, some of you need to get off your high horses and realize that people make mistakes.

  • Talia

    I’ve known Mel was a bigot for years, long before The Passion of Christ ever even breathed an air of life.

    He’s also made disgusting statements about gay people as well.

  • http://advocate.com/letters_detail_ektid35070.asp Talia

    Call me a trendsetter if you want to. I’ve been boycotting Mel Gibson since 1992. Now in 2006, in the wake of anti-Semitic remarks made during an arrest for suspected drunk driving, a host of organizations and individuals are calling for the actor/producer’s censure. The ABC network has announced that it has canceled a planned miniseries about the Holocaust that it was developing with Gibson’s Icon Productions.

    Leading Hollywood film agent Ari Emanuel has issued a statement (published on HuffingtonPost.com) calling on Hollywood to stop working with Gibson. Mr. Gibson’s alcohol-soaked invective shouldn’t surprise anyone. Turn back the clock to 1992. In that year in an interview in Spain’s El Pais newspaper, Mr. Gibson was asked what he thought of gay people, colorfully replying: “They take it up the ass.” Gesturing descriptively, he continued, “This is only for taking a shit.” When the interviewer recalled that Gibson previously had expressed fear that people would think he is gay because he’s an actor, Gibson replied, “Do I sound like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them? I think not.” He later defended his comments on Good Morning America saying, “Those remarks were a response to a direct question. If someone wants my opinion, I’ll give it. What, am I supposed to lie to them?”

    In The Man Without A Face Gibson insisted that Justin McLeod, the hero of the film, be portrayed as heterosexual, not as homosexual was was the case in the original novel. In Braveheart the depiction of the homosexual king Edward II of England as an effeminate fop and tool of sychophants pandered to every homophobic stereotype, and Gibson’s portrayal of Herod Antipas in The Passion of the Christ did the same, portraying Antipas as an effeminate, makeup-wearing sybarite surrounded with ‘boy-toys’.

    I’m left wondering why Hollywood didn’t act sooner in curtailing its economic support of this miserable little homophobe. At a time of escalating tensions in the world, the entertainment industry and the entertainment-consuming public should not idly stand by and allow Mel Gibson to get away with such tragically inflammatory statements, nor in my view should it support his productions – however artistically meritorious – that support the continued oppression of LGBT people.

    People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or Gentile, gay or straight, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning this person and refusing to work with or patronize him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line. I believe that the film-going public (at least that portion of it that supports equality) should boycott his films as well. If you scratch an anti-Semite, you’ll very likely make a homophobe bleed, and vice-versa. Let’s stop supporting our oppressors and those who are their mouthpieces. And to Mr. Gibson, in view of his 1992 remarks which remain unretracted and for which there has been no apology, I simply have to say: bend over, Mel, and assume the position – here comes justice!

  • RedTard

    When people lose their temper the say stupid things. They’ll call an obese person a lardass or a woman a bitch, etc. I could understand the guy belting out the word nigger in anger even if he wasn’t a racist.

    That being said, all that referencing of lynchings and stuff seemed to come out a little too quickly and smoothly. To me that was the worst of it, it showed he’d probably been thinking those things beforehand.

  • Zephyr

    This wholke thing stinks. When do we stop pointing the finger solely at Richards and not also at what it says about our society at large?

    There’s a great article on the matter by an Australian journalist

  • Talia

    That being said, all that referencing of lynchings and stuff seemed to come out a little too quickly and smoothly. To me that was the worst of it, it showed he’d probably been thinking those things beforehand.

    That’s exactly what did the trick for me. If he had just used the N word I could’ve possibly thought, well you know what–he was just angry. And after he apologized I probably would’ve still had thoughts he might be a racist in the back of my mind but I could’ve forgiven him.

    But the talk of lynching is what made me think, there’s no way someone would say that if they didn’t have those kinds of beliefs.

  • Talia

    I doubt Jet would be singing the same tune if Michael had made remarks about some gay guy getting tied to a fence and pistol whipped like Matthew Shepard.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Well this will certainly put a dent in Michael Richards career.

    …oh.

  • Anita

    I was a dedicated Seinfield fan, but am truly hurt, insulted, and shocked at Richard’s racist diatribe! I never would have guessed that something so putrid would come from him. Mostly, I am saddened, b/c I can never watch anything with him in it again. It will be tainted by his disgraceful behavior. BTW, his apology was weak and ineffective; certainly not sincere. His behavior was scary.

  • elaine

    So, this was the first time Kramer ever got heckled? All those years of doing stand-up, and he had no experience dealing with a heckler? Couldn’t he have made fun of the guy for being fat, stupid, bald? Couldn’t he have asked security to remove them?

    There was nothing funny about the insults he shouted, nothing of anything but pure Rage.

  • rd

    Many people would probably buy most niggers a one-way first class plane ticket to Africa if they promised never to return.

  • Marr

    As a big fan of UHF, this outburst really upset me.
    I agree with Talia completely on the fact that he shouted about lynching first. The brain isn’t that complex, when you’re angry instinct takes control, and the feelings sitting right on the surface come out. Need I say more. Richard’s behavior was unacceptable by any means, I will never look at him the same way ever again.

  • rising_star

    He screwed up and was incredibly wrong for what he said. He apologized. I agree that the “n” word should not be used by any white person or any person at all for that matter! Same goes for “craker” unless you’re talking about saltines with your soup. Seriously there is enough hate and screwed up shit in the world to let one mans comments ruin your life. It’s hard to believe that it was said but it wouldn’t surprise me if this type of thing happend more often than publicly known, only with non-celebs. People stop the craziness and freakin get along and be freakin nice to each other – we are all the same! God Bless everyone!

  • Dean

    I agree completely that Richards’ rant was deplorable. He obviously has some anger issues to deal with.

    I don’t however agree that the comeback of the heckler, using terms like “cracker” or “white boy” are less offensive because they do not bring fear. The implication that no white person has ever faced physical harm, or even death because of racism going the other way is prejudicial in itself. Racism is a two way street, and hurtful and dangerous to all. Admittedly there has been far more of it that has gone one way for the last 400 years, but we live in an age now where it clearly goes both ways.

    Just because one side may feel more instances on a macro scale, it does not diminish the impact felt to the indidual on the micro scale. We all saw the video of the truck driver who was pulled out of his cab and beaten almost to death during the Los Angelas riots. Ask him if he doesnt feel racial fear.

    When I was twelve years old, I was beaten while travelling on the subway with my 12 year old girlfriend and another friend by 4 older black youths. They were scaring my girlfriend by saying rude sexual comments to her. When I meekly asked them to stop… they spit on me and beat me, throwing me down stairs and kicking me until I was unconcious, all the while calling me “white boy faggot” . That was a LONG time ago, but I still remember the fear I carried from that day.

    By no means am I afraid of all black people, or even black people in general. No more afraid than I am of any “Ignorant” person. I am aware though, that racism can raise its’ ugly head in a violent way from all racists, from any race, color or religion. It is happening all over the world.

    My point is, RACISM of all kinds is despicable, and NO ONE should get a free pass because they come from what seems to be a minority. At one point or another, we will all find ourselves in the minority. It is how we conduct ourelves to all people, in all circumstances which is important.

  • Justin Sine

    I really think he lost it. But that does not make him a racist person. We have no idea what these black people (all sitting together) were saying to him that made him fly off the handle like this.

    I have a sound screener and it appears they are hurling insults at him and laughing at him, but I cannot tell what they are saying.

    He just lost it. When you are seeing red you will say anything to piss someone off that is doing the same to you. Thats all. This was a fluke. A once in a lifetime event.

    Alot of poeple seem very eager to go on a “witch-hunt” and pronounce sentance without even hearing all the facts first. Shame on you.

  • Marr

    We are all the same. However celebs (Rising or Falling) have the habit of driving a wedge between us all by selfishly putting their hatrid in the media spotlight. The only way we’ll ever learn to love one another is to stop having hate thrown in our faces. Spread love not hate people!

  • http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_4602384 Michael

    This has already received international media exposure.

    On Halloween there was a massive unprovoked hate crime attack in Los Angeles, CA that was never even mentioned on the news. 3 innocent white girls were gang attacked by a black mob of up to 40 people while they used racial hate slurs (we hate white people! F–k whites! Etc) while beating the girls unconscious. The suspects participated over a span of 10 full minutes. The 3 white girls (19, 19, and 21) were sent to critical condition in the hospital. One may never regain use of her eyesight. These attackers had nothing in common except their skin color.

    YET NOTHNG WAS MENTIONED ON THE NEWS ABOUT THIS HATE CRIME.

    Here is the only reporter to have followed up on this. This was quietly swept under the rug.But when a white comedian loses it on stage and uses the “N” word in a rage, WOW – it is aired non-stop. Shoved down out throats on every media oulet in the United States as well as Canada and Europe.

    This is totally wrong. A massive unprovoked hate crime attack occurred in Los Angeles by a mob of blacks and it was not even reported. Yet this washed up comedian who happens to be white gets unlimited media exposure for shouting the “N” word.

    This is a deplorable double standard!!!!

  • http://leondurupt.com Leon

    Dean hit it better than anyone I’ve read so far:

    “I agree completely that Richards’ rant was deplorable. He obviously has some anger issues to deal with.

    I don’t however agree that the comeback of the heckler, using terms like “cracker” or “white boy” are less offensive because they do not bring fear. The implication that no white person has ever faced physical harm, or even death because of racism going the other way is prejudicial in itself. Racism is a two way street, and hurtful and dangerous to all. Admittedly there has been far more of it that has gone one way for the last 400 years, but we live in an age now where it clearly goes both ways.

    Just because one side may feel more instances on a macro scale, it does not diminish the impact felt to the indidual on the micro scale. We all saw the video of the truck driver who was pulled out of his cab and beaten almost to death during the Los Angelas riots. Ask him if he doesnt feel racial fear.

    When I was twelve years old, I was beaten while travelling on the subway with my 12 year old girlfriend and another friend by 4 older black youths. They were scaring my girlfriend by saying rude sexual comments to her. When I meekly asked them to stop… they spit on me and beat me, throwing me down stairs and kicking me until I was unconcious, all the while calling me “white boy faggot” . That was a LONG time ago, but I still remember the fear I carried from that day.

    By no means am I afraid of all black people, or even black people in general. No more afraid than I am of any “Ignorant” person. I am aware though, that racism can raise its’ ugly head in a violent way from all racists, from any race, color or religion. It is happening all over the world.

    My point is, RACISM of all kinds is despicable, and NO ONE should get a free pass because they come from what seems to be a minority. At one point or another, we will all find ourselves in the minority. It is how we conduct ourelves to all people, in all circumstances which is important.”

    Michael Richards was wrong. Over the line. Insulting. Racist. Raging. Scary. I can’t excuse nor explain what I saw. It was incredible. If it had been anyone else that I knew nothing about, I’d probably not be so likely to look for explanations or try to figure out why he did it. But I’ve been reading obsessively about this and I think I know why.

    I’ve had rage moments myself, said and done things that I wouldn’t have wanted recorded for anyone to see, couldn’t take back nor apologize for, but could only acknowledge them for what they were and make a sincere effort never to do it again.

    Has anyone ever daydreamed about what they would say if they could do it over again? What kind of well-placed, well-thought out vitriol they could spout at their opponent or supposed wrong-doer? Has anyone ever drawn a blank when faced with a situation that would seem to require retaliation? Wished that we could have picked out something recognizably obvious about that person and then attack that part of them? Hurt them somehow? Verbally? Physically? Are we so naiive that we really believe Michael Richards is the only person capable of this?

    Of course we expect more from him because he’s a public figure that many, including me, have come to idolize. Does that make him less prone to being human and losing it?

    We’re all humans, and we all in varying degrees must have said something at one point in our lives that we wish we could take back, erase, purge from history. The true test is whether it happens repeatedly or not.

    Michael Richards crossed a line. He was in a “moment”. Only he knows if those things he said are things that he truly believes. For all of us watching it and commenting on it, it isn’t really all that important whether he does or doesn’t. Time will tell. He will deal with it and being a public figure, if he deals with it publicly we’ll all be allowed to be privy to it and judge for ourselves whether he’s atoned appropriately. If he doesn’t, the shame would be that it would become our lasting impression of the guy.

    I’ll be interested in my personal reaction the next time a Seinfeld episode comes on. Will I watch? And if I do, will it be out of curiosity? Will I be able to get over my shock at what I saw in the comedy club and be able to enjoy the art of that show and the character of Kramer again? I hope I can, because it would mean that the next time I do something I regret, there’s hope for redemption for me, that even one person would be able to find it in their heart to give me a break, a second chance to prove that I’m better than that, that I can show restraint, that I can learn something about myself and make myself better. To have a chance to be judged not on one incident but on the way I’ve lived my life.

    And isn’t that what all this is about? Facing up to our own flawed human character traits and dedicating ourselves to making ourselves better?

    We can’t change Michael Richards, or the hecklers who yelled back at him, nor anyone else involved in this. But it’s a good chance for me to take a look at my own soul and make sure there’s nothing lurking there that will bite me in ass at some opportune moment.

    Sorry this was so long…

  • Jackie Chiles

    THANK YOU to MICHAEL! I was hoping someone would finally bring that story up about the BLACK’S beating the crap out of the white girls. Racism goes both ways, and unfortunately it never really got any better. Sure, since the 1960’s America has learned how to HIDE it’s racism; however, it is still rampant in just about everyone I know. Oh, and ANOTHER thing, for all the nit-pickers out there making fun of Michael Richard’s using the term “afro-american”?? Let’s see, it was coloured people (National Advancement of Coloured People)…it was Negro (the United Negro College Fund)…it was “Black”…it was “Person of Color”…now it is “African American”. What will it be NEXT week? Can’t we all be “Americans”???? And YES…I have a feeling that something happened PRIOR to Michael Richards losing his cool.

    Peace

  • Day

    I am a black guy and a huge Seinfeld fan, but all I have to say is that I will never watch Seinfeld again!

  • Jackie Chiles

    I wonder if Seinfeld could successfully SUE Michael Richards for recovery of lost revenue. If you look at the case law on this (3rd year law student…lol) it is NOT far-fetched. Not that Seinfeld needs the money; however, some of the other’s involved in the promotion might see revenue from re-runs, DVD sales, etc. decrease dramatically. Just a thought :-)

  • Mia

    I would like to set the story straight. First, as a stand up comedian Richard’s should know that the crowd will interupt or be loud. These people have paid their hard earned money to be entertained and to laugh. I myself being a stand-up comedian have never done a show that an audience member hasn’t done somthing like this. This is what I feed off of and incorporate in my set. Many comedians also experience this and they all laugh it off or have fun with it. After all this is a comedy show. I believe that Richard’s is a bit rusty in his return to stand-up. I believe he felt as if he was owed some type of respect because of his Seinfield success. Wake up call! You are only as good as what your doing now. People don’t care about all that. I feel that he handled it all wrong. As for him being called a Cracker…well hey if you call someone a nigger retailiation is inevitable. Anyway he has more public responsibility and he has no excuse. He’s a grown man who made a stupid choice and now has to face the music. Racist or not, it doesnt matter. He needs to think about what really caused this. If someone in the audience can control you to this point. If something so petty as interupting you can cause you to erupt in a rage of uncontrollable racial outburst….you need HELP! If this was in the workplace he would be fired. Anywhere else in America this would be unacceptable and it is no different here. My daughter is a customer service rep and she is cursed out daily by customers. If she lost control and called them the names he called those men she would be fired and deservingly so.

  • Tony

    Wow… Extreme. The amazing thing about the video is all the people that you can see walking past the camera, leaving no doubt.

    First, I agree with the fact that there’s racism over who can use the words. Rock and Chappelle and others say n* and cracker and other words too. Carlos Mencia says derogatory things about mexicans and whites and blacks.

    There’s just something against a white person using their full vocabulary. I agree that n* may be more hurtful than cracker, but cracker is the deepest racial insult to white people, just about.

    And the tolerances over who can say what proves me right on this. Its not the word that matters, but who says the word. If non-white comedians can say ‘nigger’ in jest or even in comraderie then it is not the word that is vital, but only the context of the person using it.

    White people, as a race, have never had to face fear just for being white, but because of the racial tensions, there are often cases where white people and other people fear for their very lives because their skin color conflicts with the majority of those around them.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Tony, that was one of the most intelligent comments posted here.

  • Dirk

    Many progressive comedians take their inspiration from Lenny Bruce. Lenny would often say outrageous things to increase the audience’s sensitivity, and then provide context to illustrate absurdity, hypocricy or injustice – i.e. saying n— to outrage the audience, and then immediately making fun of southern whites or authority figures to the audience’s relief (and delight).

    Looks to me like Michael Richards responded to stress like a typical boomer-comic by attempting to begin a ‘Lenny improv’ but then he blew it by failing to complete the ‘Lenny trajectory’ – Michael either forgot to provide the illustrating context or couldn’t think of one in time! By the time twenty seconds went by, it was too late – the potential Lenny-like context had dissipated. Then, when he started responding ‘tit for tat’ with the black guy, he further veered away from the germinal, redeeming ‘Lenny context’, and Richards’s doom was sealed.

    Richards tried to resort to a cool cliche’ – but got burned because he was incompetent. The trouble is, even though it’s not as bad as being an overt racist; he almost can’t admit to this either. Or perhaps he can’t articulate it – but I’m sure it’s true.

    If somebody could convey this theory to Richards and his publicist, he might be able touse it to mitigate the damage.

  • Howdy

    Matt Lauer just did an interview with the two hecklers. They have hired Gloria Allred as their attorney. She’s asking that Michael Richards pay reparations. OH, PLEASE! White women in the 1970s were discriminated against in the job market. Hiring a black woman was filling two quotas at once. Michigan recently passed a proposal to end affirmative action. The polls showed it would not pass. White people were afraid to voice their opinion to pollsters but let it be known in the privacy of a voting booth how they really feel.

  • RedTard

    “On Halloween there was a massive unprovoked hate crime attack in Los Angeles, CA that was never even mentioned on the news.”

    That’s also a very good point. When it’s a black on white hate crime the media remains silent because they are scared of enflaming black leaders and community. If a gang of forty whites screamed ‘we hate niggers’ and beat 3 black kids into unconsciousness every on this board knows exactly what would happen. The news media would park 50 trailers at the location and we’d get 24 hour round the clock coverage with witness statements and questions about white racism and endless interviews with Rev. Jackson and the rest of the race industry salesmen.

    If they only showed the same wisdom when it is a white on black crime I would be OK with it, but currently there is definitely a double standard. Incidentally, the double standard seems to show some passive racism.(the unspoken concept is that blacks aren’t mature enough to handle criticism)

  • oman

    Michael Michael Michael, all done… I agree with so many that his character was one of my favorites and I’ve been laughing at his style of comedy since it’s debute on “Fridays” back in the days when Andy Kaufmann was once of the princes of comedy. Well Michael made a huge mistake and got caught red handed with his hand in the very sour racial cookie jar.

    So, now his struggling career will suffer even more and he will be distanced by his peers, his previous reputaion will be tarnished and there’s nothing he can do, as anything he tries to do will be thought of as reactionary. As that’s the “mode” he’s currently in via the Dave Letterman apology, etc.

    No matter if he leads various “black” causes or becomes a major supporter or spokes person for diversity, the “rage” displayed will be the lasting image to the public at large, and appropriately so as that’s what the video has allowed for the public to absorb.

    Yes, he made a mistake and I can forgive him for it, however these are the consequences he must face head on, as he works in HOLLYWOOD, and ya can’t say and do shit like that without dire reprocusions. It’s not like he vented at a family bar-b-que, he did it in the public and, unfortunately for everyone, it was illegaly taped.

    To all those who feel internally threatened by other cultures that they can’t understand, well, this is one of the largest cultural “melting pots” in the world. If you don’t like going out into the public and having to interact with others, whether it’s to a movie and having ANYONE speak during the show, or to the mall and having other cultures around you, then say something. Because if you don’t like the types of cars people drive, the images they have, the jewelery they wear, the music they listen blast, you’ll never understand because well they’re NOT you! So you wouldn’t be able to grasp what they’re all about in the 1st place. Just like not all people will understand what YOU’RE all about either.

    Just like Michael couldn’t grasp what harm his words have done and will continue to do to his career. He was angry and venting probably because his “act” wasn’t going well with a couple of people, and he was probably angry because his career had spiralled to such low levels (way before Seinfeld’s fame). So he vented, and people do that when they feel like they’re under attack. He just did so while being unknowingly taped… oh well, now he has no choice but to deal with the backlash.

    Now he’s created a backlash of responses because there’s a difficult topic of racist, bigotry, and hatred that people can talk about. Well being that we’re in one of the most volitile countrys with the most freedom and opportunies to express… the domino’s have already been lined up to fall.

    The pattern is the same as with Mel Gibson, and other famous people who have violated a group, gender, culture, etc. And we do the same thing, we express.

    So again, Michael’s long and previously succusfull career is tarnished forever and he is going to be remembered as the wonderfully funny actor from Seinfeld that messed up and had a racial outburst on stage!

    He’s sorry, but it’s because the pain will effect the rest of his career which is his livelyhood. Too bad, so sad, but we all have to go to work the next day or school, etc. So this is just watercooler talk. Just like OJ.

  • random browser

    A few points:

    To those that have said his mention of lynchings was racist–let’s be honest, if you lost control, crossed the line, and sought to offend African Americans, what would be the first thing you could think of? Lynchings. Right along with ‘nigger’, referencing lynchings. Just as if you lost control, crossed the line, and sought to offend Jews, you would reference the Holocaust and use ‘kike’.

    Note his line a minute or so in–“that’s what you get for interrupting my act, motherfucker.” He was angry at a person (or two) for interrupting his act. He lashed out at a person, for heckling him during his act, and he did so in a way that he felt would offend them.

    As for boycotting Seinfeld: I found Elton John’s comments about banning religion to be very offensive. I’m not going to stop listening to his music because of them. Now, maybe if he was a member of a Neo Nazi organization, actively participating in hate crimes, I would consider ignoring his work. But I like it, so I listen to it. The same ought to go for Seinfeld and Mel Gibson’s movies.

  • Chantal

    if it walk’s like a duck!!!
    Come on, When i get mad a someone that isnt white i dont start insulting them with racist comments, it doesnt even cross my mind.
    He’s a racist, I hope his career is over, don’t buy the latest dvd season of Seinfeld, I won’t!!
    I don’t care for his apology, it’s fake an not sincere. Won’t even watch a rerun anymore, and believe me I was a puffy shirt fan!
    Wake up people, it’s never right to make racial comments and you shouldnt get away with it simply because you’re famous.

  • Chantal

    actually, so you know, i am also banning Mel Gibson. As one person I may not make a difference but I don’t care, it makes a difference to me and I am proud to be able to stand up for what I believe in, and i believe any kind of racial dicrimination is wrong.

  • Baronius

    Usually I’ll give people the benefit of the doubt. Mel Gibson was drunk and saying the worst things he could think of. John Kerry was making a Bush joke, and wasn’t trying to insult the education of the troops.

    Michael Richards isn’t a close call. What he said was awful.

    I’ve got no problem with his demeanor or his comments during his Letterman apology. He looked devastated, and I think he’s genuinely full of regret. But I don’t accept the apology. Are we supposed to believe that he’s discovered his internal racism and realized that it’s wrong? I don’t. I think he’s sorry he ruined his life. That’s not the same thing.

  • Alec

    Random Browser – RE – To those that have said his mention of lynchings was racist–let’s be honest, if you lost control, crossed the line, and sought to offend African Americans, what would be the first thing you could think of?

    Well, this gets to the heart of it, doesn’t it? Why would anyone seek to offend African Americans or anyone else? Numerous comics have said that their job is always twofold, to make people laugh and to control the room. Performers always talk about having the audience in the palm of their hand, killing them, knocking them dead, etc. They also talk about how every comedian learns how to handle hecklers without inflaming a situation, alienating the rest of the audience or, most important, abandoning the performance. And yet, some posters here have gone out of their way to rationalize or justify losing control and then overtly and deliberately insulting a member of the audience. Clearly these people have not been following the story or paying attention.

    People here also seem to have lost all sense of common decency, which does not require attempting to look into Richard’s soul. How many people here have gone to a club with friends to celebrate a birthday or other event and then been deliberately and personally targeted for racial or similar insults by a performer when the insult was not a part of the act? And obviously I am not talking about political or social statements that a performer might utter, but about a raw direct personal attack. One of the guys who was the target of Richards’ invective claims that he was a fan of “Seinfeld” and of the character Kramer. How does wanting to have a good time out in the clubs rate being spewed with racist invective?

    RE: He lashed out at a person, for heckling him during his act, and he did so in a way that he felt would offend them.

    Apart from the stupidity of a performer deliberately going after an audience member, there is a big lie that needs to be put to rest here. Posters here either claim or guess that Richards was responding to being heckled. And yeah, Richards also claims that he was heckled in his after-the-fact apology. But of course, his apology only came after his rant was publicized. He performed the next night after his “losing it” and never offered an apology to anyone or attempted to explain his actions.

    But the two guys claim that they did not heckle Richards. This claim has been corroborated by the comedian who appeared after Richards, and who has been interviewed on the radio (KFI in Los Angeles) and in a number of newspapers. Apparently, there was a birthday party of about 20 people. They were talking and ordering drinks near the beginning of Richards act. Their talking distracted Richards, and apparently some of this bunch did not find Richards to be funny or interesting, and so they did not lower their tone. Rude, but not uncommon in a comedy club. I have yet to see any news story anywhere that corroborates Richards’ claim that he was being actively heckled.

  • random browser

    Richards went out after dropping the mic and tried to make amends. Now the hecklers (who did admit in an interview that they were “gently” heckling him) are trying to get money from him. That’s just wrong.

  • TIm

    Nobody should get any money from Mr.Michael Richards “a.k.a” Kramer over this except perhaps the PR peolpe he has hired (if any) to do dmage control.
    The guys who heckled him at first all they said was that he was not funny. And this was after he made a comment that “a bunch of blacks and mexicans have entered” as they came into the club when he was already on stage. What he said was really racist. He had the chance to apologize the next day at the same club but he did not. Fortunately or unfortunately, somebody posted the video clip the following monday. He is probably genuinely sorry now that alot of people think he is a racist (Luke 6:45).

  • Jackie Chiles

    I know it is a long shot; however, here it goes. You know that it is illegal to tape somebody’s voice without their acknowledgement, right? Michael Richard’s and the comedy club need to look into this. It is illegal to record voice, not motion.

    SUE!

  • Observer

    Thanks but right now litigation does not appear to be a solution. We are all appalled by what Richards has done. Chris Evan has opened a forum which reveals how divided we are.

    I don’t like it when the local Hasidic Jews refuse to line up in the Post Office like the rest of us and cut in at the front of the line. I don’t like it when the white guys loudly talk junk about sport when I am trying to work. I don’t like it when black guys walk around cursing at each other with no regard for the other people who they are alienating. I don’t like it when my Scottish neighbor plays the Glasgow Police Pipe Band loudly at 2.00am.

    A lot of people feel like they are entitled to engage in activities which disadvantage everyone else. Richards seems to think his stand up act should be received like a church sermon. We are all pretty intolerant. It does seem that we like our own kind and an awareness of this makes us better at dealing with appreciating ‘the other’.

  • Janice

    Apparently he hates Jews too… not surprising.

  • random browser

    He is an ethnic Jew; this is clearly an example of his act being taken out of context and used by someone hoping to get their 15 minutes at his expense.

  • Zephyr

    Some of you people are really quite disturbing. How can you excuse what he did because people pissed him off and they happened to be black, so that makes it okay to use their race to degrade them? We’re not upset about the fact that he lost his temper at ecklers – that doesn’t make him a racist. The fact that this anger attached itself to their ethnicity and then used this to attack them makes him a racist. And no PR apology erases that – not so long as it comes also with the statement, “I’m not a racist”. These are celebrities, this is PR culture, we should never accept damage control etiquette as something that legitimises their behaviour. Same with Mel – get drunk, say stupid things, sure. But when those stupid things are racist, it doesn’t just come out nowhere – he may say them because he’s drunk, but they’re there already to be drawn out.

    Again, I think this Aaron Darc artcle says it best (www.aarondarc.com). These instances show us extreme behaviour that allows us to see into their psyches, and what is in there has meaning. You don’t just pull these thoughts out of nowhere, as if there is some magical entity creating things you dont really believe – that’s completely insulting. It’s racist to dismiss this meaning in order to legitimise what these men do in these instances, and it sets up an ideology in society that teaches us that we can do whatever we like and just claim that we somehow magically don’t own what we said and did – “Oh, I was drunk”, “Oh, I was just stressed, I don’t know where it came from”. Most domestic violence happens whilst men are drunk – does that make it okay? Should they not be held accountable? Are they not “really” abusive men?

  • Jericho

    Those niggers deserved it and I wish he would’ve lynched them and taught them a lesson.

    Maybe when their little nigger dicks are swinging from a tree they’ll know not to mess with whites.

  • Courtier

    I watched Seinfeld for Kramer. The rest of the cast barring George in parts, sucked. I am still shocked that Richards was capable of this. I had expected him to be a lot more mature than what’s evident in the tape. I will cringe when I see him the next time. As far as people here supporting him, hope you can see your faces in the mirror.

    FACT : If anyone has a fork up his ass now, it’s Mr.Richards. Especially with the Seinfeld DVD sales tanking. Hope he can come up with a more sincere apology. Maybe look out for a Leno appearance from Michael *Moron* Richards

  • STM

    “When were white people in shackles being whipped by their master as they yelled “cracker” over and over again at them?”

    About 150 years ago in Australia. Just take out cracker and insert bastard.

  • whatever

    I loved Kramer and now I love Michael Richards. He just called a spade a spade and that is all. I can only imagine how rude these people were being during his stand-up because it is something I see where I live ALL THE TIME. Everywhere I go where there is a large group of blacks they are disrespectful and rude. And for all those who are attacking him, what about Chris Rock and other black comedians who make fun of white people. why is that ok?? Why is it ok to have a Black College Fund, Black History Month, Black Entertainment tv, etc, etc. If we tried that it would be oh no thats racist. whatever, I am starting a Micheal Richards fan club lol

  • Ryan

    Was what Michael Richards said was completely wrong, yes. But the truth is he is human like everyone else in the world. It is unfortunate that he is a well known public figure who said these comments, other wise it wouldnt be a deal at all. But he is human. I can guarantee that EVERYONE who has posted a comment on this site has made some kind of racial slur, whether it be something major or just saying the “n” word amongst friends. We were all born with the ability to say mean things about others, including movie stars like Mel Gibson and Michael Richards. His comments were wrong. We are all created human in the eyes of God. No one is a nigger or a cracker. We are all HUMAN to Him. But it was said purely out of anger. In my opinion, he is still an incredibly talented actor and i will always love Seinfeld and hale it as the greatest sitcom ever created!

  • Observer

    Malcolm X was a criminal and a white hater. Then, over time he became a more balanced person. P Diddy may appear to be a commercial succcess but people tell me he sells his people. Mel Gibson did a great Hamlet but was influenced by his bigotted dad. The culture of unforgiveness means we have to jettison all of the people we admire because we see a fatal flaw.

  • John S.

    Why couldn’t we see the video of them heckling Richards’? If the Black men get offended over being called a “nigger” because of his ancestors being slaves…get over it. It is not every white mans fault that they were a slave…we went to war to free you. Again…get over it and quit riding the wagon and quit depending on our polotitions to give you jobs. I worked hard to get where I am (so I can’t spell good) why can’t you?

  • max

    Michael Richards screwed up. He went way too far. He will now have to make amends. Let him do so! Also, yes he is a racist. Now we know…. As for the hecklers, I do not see them apologizing anywhere… I only see them looking for a cash payout at this point. What does that make them?

  • wonkika

    I’ve never thought of Michael Richards as a kind man, or even pleasant company. I base this off of several interviews and guest appearances in which he was not playing a character.
    You don’t say racial abhorrent comments unless you have previous knowledge and have regularly thought on the subject, but whether this makes you a racist or an ignorant jerk trying to wax philosophical on the equalities of race, it is uncertain.
    In my personal opinion, yes, he has ruined Kramer for me, and i find it difficult to take any apology seriously. But I think that the phrase, “Let he who is without sin….” is constantly used to excuse wrongdoings, because “everyone does it”…I can only pity Richards.
    I feel sorry for him that he is so ignorant, like most racists and those who seem to be racist.
    I feel sorry for him that he will never be able to come back from this,
    And I feel sorry for him because he has ruined a great character forever.
    The story of American comedy will always read a little different when it happens upon this fateful situation.

    By the way, all you idiots who are congratulating the racists comments and telling blacks to go back to africa and crap, i only have to say to you that karma is a bitch, and you Will get Yours…oh yah, and shame shame shame on your ignorance!

  • LaZeR

    how the hell can 1) yelling “50 years ago we’d have you hung upside down with a fork up your ass, 2) YELLING “Nigger” around 1/2 dozen times, then 3) saying “that’s what happens when you interrupt a white man” constitute “making a mistake”???