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Hollywood’s Hypocrisy over “Kramer’s” Rant

posted by Kris Rasmussen

While Mel Gibson blamed his anti-Semitic rant a few months ago (most would say unsuccessfully) on a drunken lapse of judgment, Michael “Cosmo Kramer” Richards’ only excuse for his racial epithets directed toward two African-American men is that he was angry because he was being heckled in the middle of a performance. The entertainment website TMZ acquired footage of Richards spewing various racial epithets during a stand-up comedy routine at The Laugh Factory nightclub last Friday–and by Monday night Richards, with the help of friend Jerry Seinfeld, was on David Letterman apologizing for his behavior and swearing he was not a racist.

So yesterday I was fully prepared for the media backlash to bury Richards in a pile of well-deserved criticism, just like it did to a certain other hate-spewing Hollywood figure recently. But other than the occasional soundbyte in which a moderately famous comedian or some Hollywood pundit mildly criticized Richards for his behavior, the backlash failed to materialize. Barbara Walters did not use the “Hot Topics” portion of “The View” to announce she would no longer watch “Seinfeld” re-runs. Denzel Washington did not make a public statement calling for Richards to have a meeting with the NAACP to begin the healing process. As far as we know, uber-agent Ari Emanuel didn’t tell a single one of his clients not to work with Richards in the future. Worst of all, last night Leno only dedicated one joke in his monologue to Richards’ fiasco before quickly moving on to other subjects.

All of which has left me feeling more than a little bit baffled. The man was doing stand-up. In a club. Where comediens often are heckled. Stating that hecking is an excuse for racial slurs is, in my opinion, about as strong of an excuse for his behavior as a student saying “a dog ate my homework.” Pardon me, Hollywood, but your hypocrisy is showing. While I am well aware that Richards is not as successful as Gibson, and I understand Richards hasn’t exactly announced that he will be playing Atticus Finch in an upcoming remake of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I still can’t fathom why Hollywood isn’t showing more outrage over this hate speech.

Such an underwhelming lack of response by some of the most visible players in Hollywood brings up uncomfortable questions I don’t have the answers to. Questions like: Are some slurs more forgivable than others? Is the level of outrage over such slurs linked somehow to how much future worth their career is to Hollywood? And the biggest question of all in my mind: Would the outrage be greater if more Hollywood players were African-American and had more of a voice??



  • http://HASH(0xfbba2b8) revinpitts

    I think the relative lack of response to Richards’ racist rant is due to the fact that he is nowhere near the celebrity that Mel Gibson is, nor had Richards spent months prior to this incident trying to prove he wasn’t a racist because of something he was producing. As for his tirade…The man looks as though he is having a complete mental breakdown onstage. This is not just anger over being heckled, this is a screaming, totally-out-of-control meltdown. I don’t know what’s been going on in his personal life, but I have to believe that this bizarre explosive rage comes from something other than anger over an audience member who was rude to him. The man needs serious counseling.

  • http://HASH(0xfbb8c5c) revinpitts

    One more comment. It may actually be true that Richards is not a racist, as difficult as that may be to believe, I have seen people so overtaken by blind rage that they seek to find any words that will hurt and demean the peopleagainst whom they are raging. You don’t have to be racist to know that the words he used were prfoundly ugly, mean, insulting, demaning, and hurtful. But, once again, the sheer fury he exhibits indicates that this man needs serious help.

  • http://HASH(0xfbb7fe8) jj

    Racism is never acceptable, never! Righteous anger should hold compassion as its center. When performing for an audience that has left its manners at home a more acceptable response would be to apologize to the others in the audience who show respect, listen and enjoy. This could have been an opportunity to teach not divide.

  • http://HASH(0xfbb769c) Scott

    I think the biggest difference is that Gibson was one of the most powerful people in Hollywood, whose words actually meant something, while Richards has been a no one since Seinfeld ended 8 1/2 years ago. It’s vile, but no one really cares about him.

  • http://HASH(0xfbb73a8) yes

    does anyone hold the audience accountable for being relentlessly rude?

  • http://daijinryuu.com Daijinryuu

    For once someone agrees with me!!! If these people were white hecklets, though, there would be NO attention whatsoever. And, no, he DOESN’T owe an apology to the whole black community. He owes no apology…doesn’t anyone realise that there is an episode on Seinfeld where the main character heckles a heckler? Richards was only dishing back that with which he was given.

  • http://HASH(0xfb42d78) Richard

    There is no excuse for these remarks that Richard’s made. isn’t this man suppose to be a professional comedian? If he felt that the audiance was rude he could have just walked off stage but instead he opted to blast his hecklers with those racist remarks…He can no longer call himself a professional because he can’t act professionally. I do like the Kramer character he played in Seinfeld and I do believe that he can come back from this… But I also think that he may need some sensitivity training or anger management skills that’s all. His outburst ruined a beautiful character.

  • http://reasonablefemale.blogspot.com sharon

    I think the nail head that has been hit is, no one is going to be able to jump on this bandwagon, because it’s “Kramer” not “Riggs”(feel free to insert any other well known Mel Gibson character). It was patently obvious to me that Rob Schneider’s tirade in Variety was simply to jump on the gibson debalacle bandwagon. I really doubt that those two would ever work together and not because one is better, more powerful or anything else but different genres and styles. I like ‘em both. I won’t stop watching either. But my respect for Schneider’s obvious use of PR (good or bad if they’re talking about you you’re on their minds when a movie is being made) to bolster a flagging career. What Richards said is just as obnoxious and just as degrading but I really don’t think as many media were as willing to pay those two guys money for their story as the cop Mr. Gibson verbally attacked. A list Gibson B list ???? C list Richards?? maybe D? Kinda sums it up. I wrote as much on my own blog when Mel’s situation hit. I stand by what I said now. I don’t like Richards any less now, but frankly Ididn’t like him much to start with.

  • http://HASH(0xfbb3afc) paul quinlan

    `racism where ever it rears its ugly head needs to be addressed. the sad part is that so few people see the rlative silence as being somehow ok. silence and consent too often go together.

  • http://aol dayze

    I think he is racist himself, to have created a movie like that, so he could make others look racist so he would look good. YOU KNOW THE TYPE…COMPLAIN LOUDLY ABOUT OTHERS FAULTS SO YOUR OWN ARE NOT LOOKED AT…OR CRITICIZE ANOTHERS CLOTHES SO YOUR’S ARE NOT LOOKED AT… I think his tricks were to set people up and create an atmosphere that says… “OOOOHHH THE POOR PICKED ON RACE…POOR US…WE SHOULD BE PITTIED… INSTEAD THEY SHOULD BE SELF SEARCHING AND TRYING TO FIND OUT —WHY— SO MANY PEOPLE WORLD WIDE —FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS—HAVE AN UPSET WITH THEM?????? COULD IT BE—THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE TO —OUTSIDERS— THAT MAKE THOSE OUTSIDERS —FEEL A BIT UPSET WITH THEM.—SO THAT THEY—ARE SUSPICIOUS —AND ANGRY— AND UNTRUSTING OF A GROUP— HAVING BEEN CHEATED, LIED TO, MANIPULATED— INTIMIDATED— —TRICKED???????????? TRICKED AND MANIPULATED AND KILLED OFF— FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS—BY A HIGH AMOUNT OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THAT GROUP THAT DECLARES OPEN SEASON ON ANYONE OUTSIDE OF THEIR GROUP. COULD IT BE THAT THAT GROUP NEEDS TO —SELF SEARCH????????? COULD IT BE THAT IF SOMEONE SAYS —OVER AND OVER— THE —SAME THINGS— THAT AFTER A WHILE, THEY WOULD WISE UP AND SAY —WELL— THERE COULD BE—SOMETHING TO THOSE PEOPLE’S COMPLAINTS????? SHOULD THEY SOUL SEARCH AND SAY COULD BE THAT WE COULD BE BRINGING SOME OF THE SUSPICIONS AND DISTRUST AND UPSET OF OTHERS—ON OURSELVES— BY OUR OWN ACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS OUTSIDERS— OF OUR GROUP??????? MY COUSIN MARRIED ONE AND WHEN SHE WAS 8 MONTHS PREGNANT —HIS— FAMILY CAME AND GOT HIM—LEAVING HER HIGH AND DRY WITH TWINS—TO TAKE CARE OF HERSELF. BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT HIM MARRIED TO AN OUTSIDER—THEY DID NOT WANT A DEFECTIVE RACE IN THEIR FAMILY. RACISM GOES BOTH WAYS, AND THE ATTITUDES I HAVE EXPERIENCED COMING FROM THAT GROUP HAVE BEEN INTENSE RACISM, DETESTING, AND DISGUST FOR ANYTHING THAT IS NOT OF THAT GROUP SO WHO IS THE TRUE RACIST…HERE… THE GUY SAYING THE THINGS OR THE GUY DOING THINGS TO PEOPLE SO THEY BECOME SUSPICIOUS AND WITHDRAWN, BACK IN RESPONSE TO ACTIVITIES AND ATTITUDES DONE TO THEM??????? WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND THAT LADY “KARMA” SHE IS A REAL BITCH, AND SHE REALLY BITES-BACK. FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS—THAT GROUP HAS BEEN RACIST TOWARDS OTHERS…DONE HORRIBLE THINGS—EVEN SLAUGHTERED WHOLE RACES—WITH THE EXCUSE OF RELIGION, JUSTIFYING ALL THINGS DONE—IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD— THEY WROTE ALL THE RELIGIONS— CONTROLING THEM FROM THE TOP— USING THEM TO JUSTIFY SLAUGHTERING OF RACES—SUCH AS THE AMERICAS INDIANS—BECAUSE THE LAST LOST TRIBE OF ISRAL CAME HERE AND BLED THEIR BLOODLINE INTO THE AMERICAS INDIANS AND THEY HAD TO BE CLEANED OUT—WHEN THEY FOUND THEM—BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH—AMERICAS INDIANS.. WE SEE OTHER RACES KILLED OFF AND CLEANED OUT OF CROSSBREEDS— SUCH AS THE SCOTTS IN 1446—BECAUSE THEY WERE THE CROSSBREED EGYPTIANS AND JEWS THAT CAME OUT OF EGYPT AND FLED AND SOME MIGRATED TO EUROPE AND CREATED A LAND CALLED SCOTTLAND—SO HAD TO CLEANSED OUT BECAUSE THEY WERE —CROSSBREEDS— THE CROSSBREED JEWS IN RUSSIA—SLAUGHTERED BY THE PUREBREEDS—- THE CROSSBREED JEWS IN NAZI GERMANY—NOT THE PUREBREADS—BUT THE CROSSBREEDS—THE GERMANS GIVEN THE IDEA TO CREATE THE NAZIS GIVEN NAMES AND LISTS AND SCULL SHAPES AND FACIAL PROFILES TO KNOW THE CROSSBREEDS— BOSNIA, SERBIA, CROTIA, EL SALVADORE, CHILI, PHILLIPINES, TASMANIA, ALL SLAUGHTERED TO KILL OFF THE CROSSBREEDS.—NOT PUREBLOODS— HUTUS AND TUTSIES A LIST OF NAMES WERE GIVEN THE POLICEMEN TO GO AND KILL, SAMALIA, PEOPLE SLAUGHTERED TO KILL OFF THE CROSSBREEDS— THE SUDAN TODAY, THE WARS TO KILL OFF CROSSBREEDS. AND NOW THE MIDDLE EAST GETTING THEM TO FIGHT EACH OTHER AND OUTSIDERS—TO CREATE A WAR SO ALL WILL ATTACK THEM—BECAUSE THEY ARE CROSSBREEDS FROM ABRAHAM—SO MUST BE ELIMINATED AND CLEANED OUT. ALWAYS MANIPULATING OTHERS TO FIGHT, AND ATTACK—AND IF SOMEONE SPOTS WHAT IS HAPPENING— THEN SHOUTING LOUDLY—THAT THE WORLD IS RACIST OR ANTI SEMITIC— WELL THIS IS THE END TIMES—AND IN THE END TIMES—ALL THINGS WILL BE REVEALED—AND WRITINGS, RECORDINGS, RADIO, TV, NEWS PAPERS, COMPUTERS—CAN PULL UP ALL THE PAST EVENTS—TOGETHER—AND PUT THEM TOGETHER—AND COMPARE THEM.—AND—EVENTS WILL FALL INTO A PATTERN—A PATTERN OF RACISM—RACISM PRACTICED ON ANYONE THAT IS NOT OF THAT GROUP— GETTING OTHERS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER —SO THEY WILL CAUSE A WAR—AND THEN FINANCED FROM WITHIN, MOTIVATED AND MANIPULATED FROM WITHIN, BY THAT GROUP—TO GET EACH OTHER TO FIGHT—SO UNDER THE COVER OF WAR—THEY CAN GO IN AND KILL OFF THOSE THEY WANT ELIMINATED—OR GET OTHERS SUCH AS THE GERMANS OR RUSSIANS—TO KILL OFF THOSE CROSSBREEDS THAT THEY DO NOT WANT IN THE RACE—AND LET OTHERS DO THEIR DIRTY WORK FOR THEM, WHILE THEY LOOK INNOCENT, CLEAN, PIOUS, AND RELIGIOUS— ALL THE WHILE IT WAS THEIR IDEA, AND BEHIND THE SCENES MANIPULATING TO GET OTHERS TO DO THE KILLINGS—SO THEIR KARMA HITS THEM INSTEAD OF THAT GROUPS. BUT KARMA NEVER IS BLIND, SHE WILL TURN HER ENERGIES ONTO THEM SOME DAY, AND THE WORLD WILL WAKE UP—AND GOD HELP US ALL….. CHILDREN ALWAYS GET IN THE WAY OF BOMBS AND STRAY BULLETS— IT IS ALWAYS THE INNOCENT UNKNOWING CHILDREN THAT PAYS THE PRICE ON BOTH SIDES!!!! THERE IS SO MUCH HORRIBLE ENERGIES—KARMIC ENERGIES—THAT IS IN THE WHOLE WORLD—FROM THEIR PAST PRACTICES— AND AS IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN THE AMERICAS INDIANS WERE KILLED OFF—BECAUSE THEY WERE CROSSBREED JEWS—THINK… OF THE ENERGIES THAT WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND…. AND JUST LIKE THE PHILLISTINES—WHERE THE WHOLE RACE WAS KILLED BY THE JEWS THROWING THEM OFF THE MOUNTAIN—EVEN THEIR CATTLE, AND DOGS—WERE THROWN OFF—THE MOUNTAIN—NOW THINK OF THAT KARMA—THAT HORRIBLE ENERGIES— THEY THINK THEY WILL ESCAPE —FOR A WHILE—IF THEY KEEP THE WORLD IN IGNORANCE—CONTROLLING THE NEWS, THE PUBLISHING HOUSES—-THE RELIGIONS—WHERE THEY WRITE THAT THEY SHOULD ALWAYS OWN EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE SHOULD PAY TAXES OR TITHES TO THEM— OR CONTRO—ALL—RELIGIOUS WRITINGS SAYING ONLY THEIR BLOODLINES SHOULD BE HEAD OF THEM—-EVEN IN THE MUSLIM RELIGIONS THEY SAY THEIR BLOODLINE IS THE ONLY ONE TO RUN THE TOP RELIGIIOUS POSITIONS—ALWAYS CHANGING THEIR NAMES—SO OTHERS DO NOT RECOGNIZE THEM—AND LET THEM LEAD THEM—SO THEY CAN CONTROL THE POPULATIONS— WELL THE WORLD WILL WAKE UP—AND SEE.—-THEY HAVE BEEN HAD— FROM WITHIN —-WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT—- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORLD PAYS NO TITHES—-AND FOLLOWS NO PREACHER, RABBI, NO IMAM, NO PRIEST, NOR DO THEY PAY A JEWISH RUN IRS AGENCY—- THEY LOOSE POWER–

  • http://HASH(0xfbb6048) revinpitts

    I think dayze must be drinking the same kool-aid as Richards.

  • http://reasonablefemale.blogspot.com tru

    I agree revinpitts. An obvious troll. Or .. hmm. a racist himself? I quote: “my cousin married one of them…” them? them? I mean really… there’s a they and them and those people? Who knew? *snicker*

  • http://HASH(0xfbba4d4) Liquidmark

    O…K… Exactly who was Dayze talking about? I don’t have the patience to read so much Caps Lock. Anyhoo, Richards is most certainly racist. If he had done that in Washington DC, he probably would have gotten jumped right there on stage. I’m just sayin’…

  • http://HASH(0xfbb1958) pissed

    Paleeeeez. I totally disagree with what the original statement said…that people kept quiet about Richards but reacted to Mel. The difference is nobody DEFENDED Richards!!!! Half the people defended “poor Mel” the good Christian because he was “just drunk.” He “didn’t mean it.” Give me a break. Christians get all up in arms when a department store doesn’t want to change Merry Christmas signs to Happy Holidays to include everyone…THAT they react to and show as “proof” of anti-Christian sentiment. But the Holocaust, and Passion of the Christ and Mel Gibson’s tirade…those are explained away. He’s SUCH a Good Christian! Ugh!

  • http://HASH(0xfbb16b8) pissed

    lil change…meant to say when department stores WANT to change Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays to include everyone. Thanks!

  • http://HASH(0xfbbbed4) tracy

    there was a black DJ in New Jersey who said about a youth basketball team “They look like ethiopians on crack” nothing happens. I disagree with all racial comments but it cant be OK for some and not for others. Its alright to call a white man a cracker but if you use a racial slur for any other race thats bad. If you want to stop it you have to stop all af it not just some of it.

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