I'm sure you've all heard about the recent Michael Richards fiasco. Well, I have some breaking news... he's at it again.
In all seriousness though, what are your thoughts on the whole issue? Did you catch his public apology on Letterman? It's hard to watch, especially since some of the audience members are laughing at first because they didn't know what happened and obviously thought it was part of a joke skit.
Deviljoe1979 (Guest) on 11/21/2006 12:20 pm
It's not a big deal. I mean, those people are dead. It's not like their families were in the room.
Chip Winger (Guest) on 11/21/2006 12:54 pm
So I married an Axe Murderer? Good movie. What does this have to do with a fiasco? It's a movie.
-RoG- (Guest) on 11/21/2006 12:58 pm
James (Guest) on 11/21/2006 1:05 pm
I only liked Richards in UHF. The man has lost his frakking mind. I was utterly disgusted when I watched his racist tirade at the laugh factory. It was so incredibly offensive.
His apology on letterman doesn't mean shiite. He only apologized probably because he got death threats.
James (Guest) on 11/21/2006 1:06 pm
most likely, or maybe he actually feels bad. I can't tell.
-RoG- (Guest) on 11/21/2006 1:09 pm
Personally, I'm not sure what I think about it yet. He clearly fucked up, no doubt about it, but he also realizes he fucked up. That's not excusing his actions, but his appearance on Letterman was really sad to watch, uncomfortable too. Seems like he's extremely shaken up about it. His apology does seem genuine though, especially with him saying that people should go to the press to report "crap" like this. He just comes off as ashamed of himself.
I do want to see the entire video though (ie: what led up to him saying all that stuff) which they've yet to show anywhere.
amy (Guest) on 11/21/2006 2:48 pm
they laughed because he said "afro-americans" in his apology, which makes him seem even more racist. it doesnt matter, the whole thing is discusting.
mlvassallo (Guest) on 11/21/2006 3:19 pm
I haven't heard about anything he has done recently, but that clip from So I Married an Axe Murder is one of my favorite movie moments. I still quote it every chance I get.
mlvassallo (Guest) on 11/21/2006 3:24 pm
Also “afro-americans” is the current, proper PC term. He has a publicist who knows these things.
Nix (Guest) on 11/21/2006 5:26 pm
Here is the link the video.
Both of them exchanged racist remarks to each other. I dont believe that race is anything important so I would'nt care that much about it, especially such a minor case. I do feel however that both parties should apologize to each other. Micheal could have been having a hard time up there on stage, but racist remarks did not help the matter. Same goes for the other guy, he should not have responded using racist remarks or threat Micheal. In the end, this isnt really news worthy, amd the two should just exchange apologies.
Guy (Guest) on 11/21/2006 6:01 pm
I like how a one-hit-wonder's half-drunken rantings require media attention and public apology.
Like he feels any different about black people NOW.
Like he's in any way responsible for the way that black people are kept "down" by the man.
-RoG- (Guest) on 11/21/2006 6:17 pm
Say what ya will about his recent remarks, but don't ever call the same guy who played "Stanley Spadowsky" or "The Bow Tie Killer" a one-hit-wonder.
"Life is like a mop. Sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and hairballs and things and you gotta clean it out. You gotta stick it in here and rinse it off and start all over again. And sometimes life sticks to the floor so much that a mop, a mop, it's not good enough. You gotta get down there with like a toothbrush, you know, and you gotta really scrub 'cause you gotta get it off. But if that doesn't work, you can't give up. You gotta stand right up. You gotta run to a window and say, "These floors are dirty as hell, and I'm not gonna take it any more!"
Tempest (Guest) on 11/21/2006 6:55 pm
Don't be surprised if he ends up putting himself in rehab after this. He said that he isn't a racist on the Letterman show and I watched an interview with Paul Mooney (The "Black Dude" from Ask a Black Dude on Chapelle's Show) said he knows Richards and he never knew him to be a racist. And let's not forget the "Fridays" incident with Andy Kaufman. Richads seems to have a bit of a temper on him, add that to a substance abuse problem and you get something like what we've seen in the video.
Mario G. (Guest) on 11/21/2006 7:25 pm
You know I really don't care about the stuff he said. I'm more pissed off at the heckelers. They are the ones who should be apologizing.
Mario G. (Guest) on 11/21/2006 7:28 pm
Also, what if this is a publicity stunt like Andy Kaufman?
J. Tithonus Pednaud (Guest) on 11/21/2006 9:27 pm
Wow, you know, on first viewing that video I actually think he blurted what he did out of frustration and a real stupid attempt at controversial comedy, not unlike, say Don Rickles tossing Jewish jokes at a roast. Problem is that no one was in on the joke, he isn’t that sort of comedian and it was in incredibly bad taste and there are racial slurs you just do not use under any circumstances. You can almost see it dawn on him the moment he says it. As soon as he hears the crowd response - he knows he messed up really, really bad. He knows he should not have gone there.
Those words still have WAY too much power to toss around. Coming from the mouth of a white person, even more so. It was a colossal lapse in judgment. How can he have possibly been serious? I mean ‘the man’ and the ‘that’s what happens when you interrupt the white man’ comments. Really those seriously MUST be an attempt to clue people in to ‘I’m trying to be controversial, don’t you get it’ and an attempt to ‘get the joke over’. Really, who says stuff like that? Aside from hardcore KKK members and bigot rednecks?
If he was a real racist, he would have called the guy ‘Sugartits’.
All that aside, there is really no excuse for his behavior. There are just things you don’t say. He was completely in the wrong, regardless of his reasoning and, to his credit, he didn’t offer any excuses during his Letterman appearance. He basically apologized and condemned himself for his actions.
I would love to see the missing video, not the beginning so much, but the middle. I want to see what he said between the first volley and the final confrontation. If his tirade continued and he went on to other races or what not, it actually might put everything into better context.
Just saying, if you just showed a single line of Don Rickles unloading a joke on one poor soul and not the rest of the panel, you would think the guy was a racist.
Again, not defending the guy, just trying to understand what the hell happened.
J. Tithonus Pednaud (Guest) on 11/21/2006 9:29 pm
Of course, Cosmo just might be a closet racist...
Rabiesbunny (Guest) on 11/21/2006 9:59 pm
Like we all haven't heard that word a million times, derogatory, from a black persons mouth? But if a white man says it the same way, he's horrible?
Eff that noise. Those hecklers deserve worse for interrupting someone's show. People are too damn sensitive. They should apologize and stop being so offended.
Shayna (Guest) on 11/21/2006 10:03 pm
If he'd only left out the 'fork' comment...
simon (Guest) on 11/22/2006 9:03 am
I dont give a damn about the mans personal views or opinions, he's entitled to his beliefs as much as anyone in this world.
All I can say is he has made me laugh over the years like no else has and Ill always owe him for that
Randal Graves (Guest) on 11/22/2006 10:08 am
He should have said porchmonkeys.
Don't worry, I'm taking it back!
Ladd (Guest) on 11/22/2006 3:28 pm
I feel sorry for the guy, that an otherwise talented performer is suffering all this backlash from the press. It's sad, but for all I know, he completely lost all control of his senses that night in front of those people, and now he's paying the price for it. But in retrospect, at least Michael Richards as a performer has made me laugh more times for more legitimate reasons than other closet racist celebrities like the intolerable Mel Gibson.
Josh (Guest) on 11/22/2006 10:59 pm
well, no matter what anyones opinion on it is, one thing is for sure, after this news item dies down, we will never see him again. whether he is a rascist or not, he commited career suicide that night. i've heard he only apologized on letterman because the new sienfeld dvd is coming out and seinfeld pressured him into it.
Doctor dumbass (Guest) on 11/27/2006 5:52 pm
First Mel, now Michael.. who's next, Jay Leno?
Vihvt (Guest) on 01/20/2008 2:28 pm
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