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Kissing Al Sharpton's butt

  1. Nov 22, 2006 #1
    Anyone see his video. That guy went nuts :rofl: :rofl:

    You can find it on youtube if you have not seen it yet.

    The people in the audience were like "oh my gosh!" AHAHAHAHAHA.
     
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  3. Nov 22, 2006 #2

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    He was kissing Al Sharpton's butt this morning. Sharpton is going to make him do penance before attaining forgiveness. He want's Richards to meet with leaders in Harlem. Richards agreed.
     
  4. Nov 22, 2006 #3

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    He really lost it. Talk about ruining your career.
     
  5. Nov 22, 2006 #4
    ...and in future news, Michael Richards, dead at 57.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2006 #5
    I didn't know he even still had a career.

    I'd pay to watch him run into rooms though :bugeye:
     
  7. Nov 22, 2006 #6
    It was pretty nutty, but I think its a nonstory
     
  8. Nov 22, 2006 #7
    I dont think he really had any career to ruin in the first place, :rofl:.


    He just got pissssseed off. I don't think hes racist. It's funny, because hes COOOOOOOSMO.
     
  9. Nov 23, 2006 #8

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    How do you define it?
     
  10. Nov 23, 2006 #9
    seems to me he just got pissed off and heckled back trying to hit the guy where it would hurt the most... not the best choice though lol kramer... oh well
     
  11. Nov 23, 2006 #10

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    I found it interesting that on CNN, while discussing the outrage over Richard's comments, the news anchors and guests had no problem joking about us "crackers".
     
  12. Nov 23, 2006 #11
    If this happened in Australia It wouldn't gain any coverage here. In fact there are multiple comedians in Australia which feature racist jokes and noone cares. Maybe because racism isn't so prominent in Australia. Either that or we can take a joke.
     
  13. Nov 23, 2006 #12

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    I think Richards was way over the line. Also, clearly he did lose it because he dropped the mic and walked off stage. But I also think that many comedians make a living by acting like scum bags. It wouldn't have surprised me if this was supposed to have been humor.

    Now the two young guys involved have a lawyer who claims that their safety was compromised by Richards. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Nov 23, 2006 #13
    Yeh, he did definitely lose it, however it probably wouldn't have been such a big thing in Australia. Definitely not as big, but it still could be potentially career ruining if the person is supposed to be a clean comedian. Also, I'm surprised at the reaction to 'cracker' (you'll probably never hear this used in Australia ever).

    People say 'Nigger' is worse because of it's history but that is bull****, most african-american's probably don't know it's history. And person X gets offended by insult Y differently to insult Z, so it's all subjective anyway. When it comes down to it 'cracker' is still a derogatory racial remark.
     
  15. Nov 23, 2006 #14

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    Apparently Richards was trying to be more 'outrageous' than the two hecklers, who apparently claim they weren't heckling, but were ordering drinks after coming in late.

    I don't care for the comedians who act like scum bags, or who use excessive profanity or racial epithets.

    The two hecklers, Frank McBride and Kyle Doss, are apparently planning to sue Richards.
     
  16. Nov 23, 2006 #15

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    Of course, part of it is that we're a couple of old farts..:biggrin:

    I used to find things funny that now seem offensive. But even when a young tike, I thought some comedians, like Red Fox, for example, were crude to be point of being insulting.

    Going back to the first or second season, do you remember the skit about Claudine Longet and Spider Savage done on Saturday Night Live? [below] I thought it was funny, but it also made me wince a bit even then. I think this was the first time that I began to question where the line lies. I kept thinking, yes, that's funny, but the guy is dead...and that's not funny :uhh: Of course the really sad part is that I still remember it so clearly.... damn they were good.

    The setup was based on the real events involving Claudine Longet - a celebrity who "accidentally" shot and killed her boyfriend and pro-skiier, Spider Savage. So, SNL has this skit with skiers coming down a hill where, one by one, Claudine "accidentally" shoots them all.
     
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  17. Nov 23, 2006 #16

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    Many comedians are insulting about particular things but that is the nature of comedy especially satire. There is however a clear difference between a comedian producing a satirical joke (with a legitimate point to be made) or performance and one that is clearly just being insulting and vulgar for the sake of it. I think in this case Kramer was just trying to upset the hecklers by using particularly crude and offensive language towards them. Unfortunately this shows nothing more than his inherent lack of wit to deal with the hecklers sensibly and then his frustration because of that.
     
  18. Nov 23, 2006 #17

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    Did you see the video? He may have started that way, but he clearly lost it.
     
  19. Nov 23, 2006 #18

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    Yes he did seem particularly upset, but as a performer he should be prepared for heckling no matter what the form. I still think there was no excuse for his behaviour however provoked (or not) it may have been.
     
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  20. Nov 23, 2006 #19
    I am convinced he is a racist. His apology video reinforced that. It is white nationalists who reference things like potential race conflict and say "they are not racist" in an apology speech. People are being too kind in assuming Richards was just mad.
     
  21. Nov 23, 2006 #20
    Vulgarity in the clubs is now the norm. I can remember when it was considered outrageous ie, Red Fox or Buddy hackett, just to use the F word. Anyone remember the old SNL skit with Chevy Chase and Richard Prior? The N word was used in the skit and that skit is now considered to be a classic.

    As for the racist thing it is ironic that black comedians use the N word all the time. It seems to depend on who is on the recieving end of the slur.

    Perhaps Richards and Mel Gibson can form a support group.:rolleyes:
    If Richards had been a little known performer the incident would have never even made the local news.
     
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