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Michael "Kramer" Richards Goes Off Deepend: Suffers Oxygen Deprivation.

November 21st, 2006

Michael Richards, AKA Cosmo Kramer, one of the funniest characters in television history, did the spectacularly un-funny last Friday. Working on-stage in LA, he was being heckled by an audience member whom how shall we say, was not Caucasian. He respond with a tirade in which he called the heckler a N**** (you know the word, and to make typing this post easier, I will henceforth replace it with violin, courtesy of the Random Word Generator). If you haven’t seen the tirade, here it is – be forewarned, it is not for the sensitive.

Very ugly, especially out of the virulently PC Hollywood. Notice the audience members leaving in droves. He not only uses violin, but uses it repeatedly, then goes into a riff about people getting upset about it’s use, including: “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a violin?” (note he gets called a cracker ass back, which means dumb or stupid but derives from cracker, which is a derogatory term for white person). It’s hard to argue whoops when you say it so many times, when you make a comment like “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a violin?”

If that were that, I would probably wouldn’t even be posting, but in Hollywood, that is never that. There’s butts to save, anger management classes to attend (assuming he doesn’t have a drug problem), and public apology rituals to perform. This Michael Richards did last night on Letterman. Before I comment, here it is – Note it is slightly over 6 minutes long.:

First a word on Gerry Seinfeld. The time Richards used to apologize last night was Seinfeld’s scheduled appearance time on Letterman. Kudo’s to Seinfeld for giving up valuable face time to his friend. If ever I’m in trouble, I hope to find I have such friends.

I felt Richards was pretty contrite, frankly he looked like a deer in the headlights, and I was inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. Then he started talking about some black white conflict (1:389), and Katrina (1:44), and helping the folks in New Orleans(1:50). Huh? Then came this doozy “why the trash takes place, whether or not it’s between me and a couple of hecklers in the audience or between this country and another nation.”(2:25)

But this has nothing to do with other nations, it’s got to do with you and a microphone and a couple of guys. It’s got to do with you saying it over and over and over again. Repeat after me, it is not George Bush’s fault: what the apology proves is that you said it because your actually pretty dumb, and maybe a dumb racist to boot.


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