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Monday, November 20, 2006

[UPDATE: Larry King and Alec Baldwin were discussing the self-immolation of Richards on tonight's program. I have a transcript of the exchange below.

UPDATE 2: I think Michael Richards is insane. Take a look below at his "apology" that references Katrina victims...]

Michael Richards, aka Kramer on Seinfeld must have been drinking whatever hopped-up booze that Mel Gibson imbibed. The comedian went on a racist tirade at a comedy club, referring to lynching and all sorts of batsh*ttery. (SF Examiner):
A video posted on TMZ.com shows that the tirade apparently began after two black audience members started shouting at him that he wasn't funny.

Richards retorted: "Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f------ fork up your a--."

He then paced across the stage taunting the men for interrupting his show, peppering his speech with racial slurs and profanities.

"You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now mother------. Throw his a-- out. He's a n-----!" Richards shouts before repeating the racial epithet over and over again.
Clearly the man doesn't have a grasp on how to handle hecklers intelligently. Has-been status doesn't wear well, huh?

Most of the audience left after the tirade, and the comedian's reps aren't commenting. The article goes on to say that he "felt sorry for what had happened and had made amends." I'm still trying to figure out how he was able to extract his giant foot out of his mouth.

You know it's bad when Jerry Seinfeld has to release a sad statement on the Richards.
"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," Seinfeld said.
Uh, yeah -- all of that racist sh*t just spilled out as a "mistake." LOLOLOLOL.

You know, it's as ridiculous as Mel blaming criticism of Passion of the Christ for calling a police officer "sugar tits."

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Here's what Alec Baldwin and Larry King had to say about Michael Richards' career path. Larry starts out asking him what he thought about the whole thing.

AB: I have to think sometimes that people in that line of work...that maybe they think that was funny. Maybe he thought he was joking...and obviously it wasn't funny, but it's just breathtaking to me to see in this business, how some people...I mean in a single day, you've just flushed yourself right down the toilet...

[At this point, Kate and I are crying with laughter; we rewind and play this about three times till we are in pain from laughing -- the first two times we actually missed this priceless next line by Larry.]

LK: Yeah, let's watch this...watch a career -- end (snaps fingers)...it's wild...watch this.

And then they cut to the infamous video and it's as bad as you can imagine.

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And now, why I believe there is, at the very least, a temporary or perhaps, permanent chemical imbalance at play here. Look at what Michael Richards said today in his apology that will air on David Letterman...
Richards: "...You know, Im really busted up over this and Im very, very sorry to those people in the audience, the blacks, the Hispanics, whites everyone that was there that took the brunt of that anger and hate and rage and how it came through, and I'm concerned about more hate and more rage and more anger coming through, not just towards me but towards a black/white conflict.

There's a great deal of disturbance in this country and how blacks feel about what happened in Katrina, and, you know, many of the comics, many of performers are in Las Vegas and New Orleans trying to raise money for what happened there, and for this to happen, for me to be in a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, you know, I'm deeply, deeply sorry. And I'll get to the force field of this hostility, why it's there, why the rage is in any of us, why the trash takes place, whether or not its between me and a couple of hecklers in the audience or between this country and another nation, the rage "
Someone please tell me what the f*ck he is saying here? I really don't understand WTF he is supposed to be conveying with this unhinged statement. [Kate is here rolling with laughter.]

Maybe this is what it is all about, via Kevin Allman:
Yeah. If there's one thing everyone affected by Katrina needed, 16 months later, it was to have a white Brentwood millionaire standing on a stage in Hollywood screaming:

"Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"