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Mel Gibson Demands Kramer Apology

Mel Gibson Demands Kramer Apology

Racist remarks cause outrage from Hollywood racist.


JEWLARIOUS SATIRE: Fresh out of rehab for difficulties with alcoholism and sensitivity training as a result of his anti-Semitic remarks, Mel Gibson has demanded that Michael Richards, or "Kramer" from the hit series "Seinfeld," apologize for his recent racist outburst. The incident occurred at a Hollywood comedy club where Richards called two black men in the audience the "n-word" and enthusiastically referenced a time when blacks were often victims of civil rights abuses.

The event has caused outrage across a wide spectrum of the public, including Black groups, religious organizations and entertainers, chief among them Gibson himself. "Richards' outburst is completely unacceptable and despicable," said an emotional Gibson. "There is nothing funny about the difficulties that the Blacks have endured over the years. Now the Jews, that's another story. Wait... I didn't mean that. You didn't record that did you? Give me your tape recorder!"

After a brief scuffle Gibson yelled, "I don't want to go back to sensitivity training! Those rabbis scare me!"

"Why are they all slurring their words? Maybe if we pay for the racists to get some good speech therapy, the world would be a better place."

When asked to comment, Richards' friend and former co-star Jerry Seinfeld released a somewhat strange statement saying, "What's the deal with racial slurs? Does every racist have a speech impediment or something? Why are they all slurring their words? Maybe that's why they are all so angry. Maybe if we pay for the racists to get some good speech therapy, the world would be a better place."

Richards has found at least one Hollywood friend who has remained a supporter despite the outburst -- and an unlikely one at that – O.J. Simpson. After having his recent book "If I Did It," about the murder of his former wife and her friend Ron Goldman, pulled by Fox, Simpson said, "People should just stop falsely accusing Michael of doing something he didn't do. He did not make any racist comments whatsoever."

When shown a video of the incident, Simpson responded, "This has obviously been doctored by the Los Angeles Police Department. Look how blurry it is! Mike, I've got a message for you -- if the tape is blurry, no need to worry."

Rumors have begun to circulate that Simpson will be penning a book with Richards to capitalize on the incident titled, "If I Made a Racist Outburst." Explained Simpson, "Now I am not saying that Michael Richards made those racist comments, but buy our book for $39.95 and we will tell you exactly how he would have done it."

Simpson aside, industry colleagues were in no hurry to accept Richards' apology. Veteran publicist Michael Levine said, "I've never seen anything like this in my life. To be honest, I think this is going to be a career ruiner for him. I don't think there is one job in Hollywood that Richards could get right now." Insiders however say that Michael Richards already has a lock on a post in an upcoming project -- he is set to direct the sequel to "The Passion."

November 25, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 16

(15) Cathryn, July 14, 2009 7:20 AM

Using "shock tactics" as humour

What Michael Richards said in this incident is really shocking, and wrong. But it doesn't necessarily follow that what he said is how he feels. Everyone knows what happened to African-Americans back in the day and how awfully they were treated. And it is also true that "shock tactics" work in comedy. Just look at 'South Park'. It is "funny" because you're shocked by what they say and do. So maybe Michael Richards' anger got the better of him and he started blurting out shocking things to "be funny", even if it did not work. Just because he says those things, doesn't mean he believes them. He just knows that saying stuff like that is shocking and could be seen by some to be "funny".

Dvirah, December 3, 2013 8:07 PM

New Excuse?

Would you apply the same analysis to an anti-semitic remark? Surely language known to be offensive should not be used even in fun, as pre the rules of Lashon HaRah, no matter at whom they are directed?

(14) Dr Ronald Shultz, October 6, 2007 10:23 AM

Truth in anger

It has been said that more truth has been said in "jest" but actually anger tends to reveal truth. "What is in the well comes up in the bucket" is another truism. People become biased for various reasons. Was he raised that way or did some incident in his life make him that way? It doesn't really matter. When people finally realize that we are all kith and kin through Noah the race stuff dies. Every group has something that is somewhat stereotypical about it though not every individual lives up to that. It can be a positive or negative thing. When you say kilt you immediately think of Scotsmen but not all Scotsmen wear kilts but it is traditional Scottish attire. If you ask a non-kilt wearing Scotsman where his kilt is he may not be offended but if you ask him if he is frugal he might be offended because that trait has been used as a slur. Nothing wrong with being frugal and it ought to be a compliment but because it has been used by mean people it has become a slur to many Scots. It is harder though to understand the sensitively of a word that is used regularly by the very people who claim offense to it. The lynching comment though was clearly out of line and may have only been meant to hurt and not a sign he is truly racist but wrong nonetheless.

(13) Anonymous, December 10, 2006 11:02 PM

What prompted the incident

In response to Joe's question, the men to whom Richards' outburst was directed had been chatting incessantly during the show and finally one of them yelled out that Richards was not funny. I'm not saying that what Richards said was appropriate at all, but his comments weren't just blurted out from nowhere; he was clearly provoked but unfortunately just lost his temper and didn't think his words very carefully at all.

(12) Joe, November 28, 2006 10:22 PM

When a comedian is doing his routine, he has to be very focused. I did not see or hear what was said by the 2 audience members, but it was very disruptive to Richards. He lost it to a high degree. I have watched him for many years, I even saw the pilot he was in before his career took off. He has always been very funny in a somewhat slapstick way, but clean in language and content. I absolutely do not consider him a racist in any way whatsoever. He just lost it and was quite peeved. I would really like to hear what the 2 hecklers said.

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