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Oh dear me. Is this comedy? I've kind of blotted out the Reagan Years.

Posted by Fnarf | November 22, 2006 10:02 AM

Got a skeleton - or a white sheet - in your closet? Don't worry, fair celebrities, YouTube is here to bring it out into the full light of public scrutiny. First macaca, now Mike Richards - YouTube is really making a name for itself in presenting unfiltered reality far beyond the pleasantly edited neatness of network TV appearances. Go YouTube!

Posted by david | November 22, 2006 10:07 AM

That shit's hilarious.

Get some smokes!!!! Awesome.

Posted by heywhatsit | November 22, 2006 10:25 AM

Was that C. Thomas Howell's father?

Posted by Deacon Seattle | November 22, 2006 10:59 AM

Wikipedia says: The character is Lacrobat, an eccentric international arms smuggler and master of disguise.

The role was previously played by John Cleese in the British TV series, though, I don't know if the TV plot included the afro-guise.

Posted by Sean | November 22, 2006 11:24 AM

um, not defending the KKKramer's tirade, but are you insuating playing a racist, makes you a racist? or that only racists would portray racists, or do racist things in the world of film?

Posted by seattle98104 | November 22, 2006 11:50 AM

Definitions are murky. Is a 'racist' one who doesn't like other races or one who believes that their race is better than others i.e. the chosen race, ethnocentrism?
I'd say Richards falls more toward the latter. Hell, I'm white and I'm proud, but I also find blind people to be an inspiration. They are often humble, brave and undeserving of satirization.
There's too much to blab about on this Richards scenario, although if someone can help me out, I think the subject can be exploited enough to find some understanding (let him get rich off the bad publicity).

Posted by breaking thru humility | November 22, 2006 1:37 PM

Boy, you all really got the long knives out for this guy. A crappy part in a crappy movie no one ever heard off that Richards didn't write or direct? Is this it? The best you can do to find a history to undercut his expressions of remorse? Mel Gibson has a long history of simmering bigotry and hate toward Jews, and a long family history to go with it.

A tirade like Richards' last week in front of a huge crowd shows some kind of mental problem. I guess you can see it as evidence that he has been committing the thought crime of bigotry for years, and use that black face scene to back it up.

Still, I think he genuinely doesn't want to be the person you are criticizing, however true it may be.

I guess I'm too soft. Back to the slicing and dicing.

Posted by mirror | November 22, 2006 3:43 PM

This whole Michael Richards thing is being blow out of control by the black community and the NAACP…not to mention by the reverend Al Sharptan and Jessie Jackson. All Richards did was call a man, which was harassing him, a name…that is it! And don’t we teach our children that stick and stones may break our bone but NAMES will never hurt us…if anything is to be done, he could apologize to the man he spoke to, but I would only do that if the man apologized first…everyday we are bombarded by rudeness…on TV women are referred to as bitches, sluts and whores, these are the mothers of our children and future leaders, and those worlds are no longer “beeped” out on TV anymore, as a society it has become a regular occurrence, black people call each other nigger all the time, on TV, movies, on the phone, in person, and it is considered ok…listen to Dave Chapel show for 5 minutes and you will see what I mean, or turn of BET after 9 o’clock at night and see for yourself…there is considered ok to degraded and insult women and other races, but let a white person call a black person a nigger, and he needs to apologize to the community! And seek counseling! Give me a break! It would not even had made news if he would have said mother fucker, dick, cock, asshole and any other colorful word…nothing would have been done…now there is a uprising? for a word the black community has made popular…well if want people to stop using that word, in any manner, then you need to “as a community” lead by example…and stop saying it during your everyday conversations…what are we teaching our youth…take advantage of being black…there is no different if what is being done to Richards then if you were just gently tapped in a fender bender in your car…and you fall to the ground screaming in pain my back, someone call my lawyer…now the owner wants Richards to pay his club $500, 000 dollars for every time he said the word nigger…I bet if you checked the video tape of the past entertainers, I bet you would fine quite a few black comedians saying the world nigger over and over again…why doesn’t the owner contact each former performer and demand a check from them...if you want the word nigger not to be spoken, that is fine, stop using it in any manner and ask Webster to remove it from the dictionary…but if you choose to continue saying it then I suggest you get over yourselves…I’m sure it is not the first time someone has called you a name (think back to grade school) and that is all it is a name to describe a person…”sticks and stones”…let it go…

Posted by Eric | November 28, 2006 7:44 AM

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