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Kramer Loses His Cool

kramer.jpgI was a bit torn about running this story, since it might be better fit for Gossip Fodder, but I am just so disappointed. is currently running a video that shows Michael Richards in a racial tirade during a recent stand-up appearance. The video is a little weak, and so is his performance.

After being heckled on stage, Richards started shouting back. "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass," he said, before following it up with the repeated use of the N-word. Unfortunately, neither side's exchange is funny. I'm guessing that he can use that same fork to stick in his career, because it's done, baby.

Blame it on the "Seinfeld" curse if you must. I'm guessing it was either drugs and/or a mental breakdown -- or at least that's what I expect to see on the cover of "People" magazine any day now.

Watch it if you dare -- it's not so much shocking as it is disappointing. How am I supposed to watch "Seinfeld" reruns three times a day now? -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on November 20, 2006 5:55 PM
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Obviously, this racist, Michael Richards, has shown his cards and his true color. He's a racist and he finally felt comfortable showing it. No white person calls someone else the N word once, twice, THREE times with that kind of conviction unless they mean it. It's completely inexcusable. But,
what I find incredible is that no one is responding to the other most offensive, racist comment I've heard anyone say in public in a long time - well maybe since Trent Lott...
Michael Racist Richards says, "fifty years ago we would have turned you upside down and stuck a fork up your ass." Please understand what he's saying. 50 years ago was before the civil rights movement. Fifty years ago is when Emmett Till was beaten, torturned, hung upside down and stuck with objects up his rectum. Fifty years ago the Black community was openly, blatantly and constantly terrorized and LYNCHED. Let's not get it twisted. Michael Richards is a DIXIE racist and it appears that he's received his acting lessons from the so-called grand wizard himself. Please don't let this turd off the hook and let's be clear about what the most offensive comment is. To the Seinfeld folk and anyone else, don't you dare excuse this behavior. An apology is disengenuous. An apology from this creep is only to say, "I'm sorry I was caught on tape and ruined my career. " It's not an apology for having deeply felt racist feelings.

-- Posted by: Bella at November 20, 2006 8:36 PM

Michael Richards a DIXIE racist? Ha! Michael Richards is a New York Jew, not a southerner.

I don't excuse what he said, but I will say this:

This is the end result of political correctness. You can only suppress people's speech for so long - and then it all comes bubbling to the surface.

Almost ALL whites have thought this way one time or another, most are just afraid to admit it.

-- Posted by: Bannister at November 20, 2006 9:38 PM

Well I think you're getting carried away here. Chill out he's a comedian and I really detest that people always seem to disregard the comments that black people make against whites. This is just one of many comments that is blurted out time and time again. We are forgetting who the real victim is here. That's right, it's Michael Richards! He was the one being poked in the ass by these goddamn people and unfortunately because he made those derogetory comments, he is tormented with all of this media attention these "African American" groups that want to answer the all-time popular question, "What has this world come to?" And please let us not forget why the black community has created BET. It is to warp childrens minds with mindless "gansta" crap and to promote blackness because deep down inside 99% of "African-Americans" are racist and you know what, so is pretty much everyone on this earth. So I ask you once again, "Who is the real victim in this sad media-hyped bullcrap".

-- Posted by: Andy at November 20, 2006 9:38 PM

I think the real victims are the people that paid to see his stand-up.

Then again, as funny as the guy was as Kramer, I don't think of him as a comedian, so I probably wouldn't have gone to see him anyway... unless he was doing the Peterman Reality Bus Tour or something.

Maybe he thought he was doing the Seinfeld Reality Bus Tour?

-- Posted by: Rachel at November 20, 2006 10:19 PM

"Almost ALL whites have thought this way one time or another, most are just afraid to admit it."

-- Posted by: Bannister at November 20, 2006 09:38 PM

I am white and you are a RACIST!

-- Posted by: Matt at November 20, 2006 10:21 PM

Let not forget that he is after all "jewish"... I thought that "jewish" people are not inherently racist... Well his deep seated hate for the poor blacks opened up my eyes....

-- Posted by: Paul at November 20, 2006 10:33 PM

ANDY for the record BET is owned, managed, and controlled by wealthy, white, corporate media. The images seen there are created to perpetuate ignorance and stereo-types, which you obviously except and further reinforce.

-- Posted by: CHRIS at November 20, 2006 10:53 PM

Actually Richards is NOT Jewish, people just think he is because of the Seinfeld connection. Anyway, there is really no need for him to apologize for his racist rant, because it would not be sincere. When people are emotional they usually make base comments that reveal what is truly in their heart. Obviously an intense hatred of black people is something he has always harbored and somehow repressed. An individual who actually liked African-Americans would never be able to just roll these types of hateful epithets off their tongue. And the reference to lynching was just icing on the KKKcake. As an African-American woman, Richards' lowly views of black people doesn't suprise me, racism never does. It's the fact that he had the temerity to make these statements in a room full of people at a public venue that left me aghast. Perhaps he should book his next gig on BET's Comic View?

-- Posted by: Anonymous at November 20, 2006 11:55 PM

He's JEWISH and Racist. He just a fool out of all respectable jews of the world.

-- Posted by: Paul at November 21, 2006 12:58 AM

Richard's comments weren't that bad were they? Okay, sure he used nigger more times than than the black panther movie is that REALLY that bad? Sure, he made direct references to specific events that involved sodomy (didn't something like that happen not to long ago in NY) but is that REALLY that bad? Hell yeah. I mean the fact that is was ONLY 50 yrs ago is why use of the word "Nigger" causes so much pain, especially when used so in such a derogatory manner, my dad was six years old fifty years ago, it could have been him that was beaten lynched and sodomized... hahahahahaha (the audience laughs) But it's not funny at all. The truly disturbing thing is that at both the comedy show and his Letterman apology there were people (probably of the lighter persuasion) laughing. That's some fucked up shit.

I think that we in America don't have honest conversations about race. I think those that posted "a lot of white people think this way" are right. But we need to work on truly erasing the cultural divide (if it can be erased) instead of emphasizing it or accepting it.

As a young biracial American (my Mother is "white" my father is "black") these kind of things leave me endlessly confused.

-- Posted by: Justin at November 21, 2006 8:39 AM

excuses excuses.. he was method acting? no. He lost his cool? yes. Worse than Mel Gibson? well this tirade was caught on tape, and if you take the temperature of the audience, you better believe it. What if his comments were directed at black woman? Oh, then that would have been worse, since we all feel less compassion for a blak man than a black woman. Racist? Does it smell racist? If Kramer the character wasn't so likeable maybe it would be easy, like how Mel Gibson was tagged, since his cache had been dwindling since his movie about Jesus, but even O.J. was hard to disllike, in the beginning. Our society is f*cked up, and our children our learning squat, because we all cow tow to celebrity and kick values to the curb.
M. Richards blasted that it was okay to string up people in the 1950's. Good going idiot.

-- Posted by: gary at November 21, 2006 9:13 AM

Richards is NOT JEwish.

And I know some blacks don't like Jews, but don't make this an excuse to get into racial bashing.

-- Posted by: MR Fibo at November 21, 2006 5:25 PM

The person that wrote that "thats what most whites are prolly thinking was not wrong".a white guy told me bout the tirade and l went and checked it out.the following day we discussed it and he told me that there ar black pple that have done bad things and yu styll like them so whats the big deal with wat kramer said?/ l was shocked that the person that yu thot was yo friend would say that .other white guys didnt comment ,they just said uumm well and that was it! Whites are not repetant ,in Africa we respect them even though they terrorised us but here they styll treat black pple second class.maybe the problem is with black pple ,we respect and too nice a pple ,and to think that a black government wanted to give a state burial to Botha and then this supposed role model spews his hatred is hard to stomach....

-- Posted by: mr know the truth at November 23, 2006 5:15 PM

I have to say that I did some research on Richards and he is Jewish.
Secondly, I saw the tape and was outraged. I find it, however, not that suprising in that Jews are always the first ones to talk about what they went through in the Holocaust, but will sh*t on other groups of people. I have found this to be true in working with them, attending classes with them in college, etc.
That is the same thing as me, as a Black dreadlocked sister, calling another ethnic group out of their name knowing that my people have faced pain too. It makes no sense!!

-- Posted by: Jessica at November 23, 2006 9:35 PM

How the hell do I reinforce the crap that's shown on BET? Buddy, first of all graduate from high school, learn how to spell and then maybe I may consider what you have to say because whatever you're talking about doesn't really compute to me...

-- Posted by: Andy at November 25, 2006 6:29 PM

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