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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Oh for Fuck’s Sake

posted by on December 6 at 12:44 PM

In the comments of this post, Levide directed me to this story:

Damon Wayans became the first famous offender of the Laugh Factory’s ban on the use of the n-word, and was fined and banned from the club for three months as a result, Wayans’ publicist tells TMZ.

After the Michael Richards incident on November 17, the club decided to ban use of the word and fine comedians $20 for every offense. Wayans took the stage Sunday during a showcase of African-American comedians called “Chocolate Sundaes.” Wayans opened his routine with the line, “Give yourselves a big round of applause for coming down and supporting ‘N***** Night.’”

Michael Richards furiously calls black audience members niggers and he gets off with a voluntary tour of duty of the contrition circuit (while Seinfeld DVD sales go through the roof). Andy Dick addresses a crowd of indeterminate race as niggers and gets confused stares and his name in the papers. Damon Wayans uses the word and gets fined and banned. The fine was $320, which Wayans can easily afford half a million times over. Still, the fact that the only comedian to be legitmately punished for using “the N word” is a black man kind of makes me want to puke.

I’m far more offended by the Laugh Factory calling its Sunday-night African-American comedy showcase “Chocolate Sundaes” than by Damon Wayans saying the word nigger as many times as he wants.

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There ain't no tolerance like zero tolerance.

Posted by DOUG. | December 6, 2006 12:51 PM


Posted by monkey | December 6, 2006 12:55 PM

Hers a seattle comedian who could give Mr. richards advice on how to handle hecklers.or maybe not

side note question is it more offensive if a prevaliged white kid plays Ice Cubes ' Here comes the Predator' within ear shot of those offended by the word or is it acceptable if its some homies from the hood in the same scenario.
Have we come to make a word uttered Legal/Illegal for certain races,genders, classes, or occupations of people?
I rolled when I saw a Will Smith interview and he said...
"I do not think the Black community has come to terms if it finds the word offensive or not." we all have to wait till the black community decides to keep the word( as its made a lot of comedians rich and rappers true to the hood with the OG title) or lose it from the vocabulary(plummett in sales of Bling bling rappers and plenty of little demonts and Tanyas getting welts on their asses, my cousins mother used to whoop his ass everytime he said the N word)
Do I have to get rid of all my Gangster rap recordings or will it be acceptable to play them loud and clear in public no less.sigh

this post meant for here.

Posted by sputnik | December 6, 2006 1:09 PM

It seems to me that Wayans was deliberately poking fun at Michael Richards. Whether he meant it that way or not, this is a clear example of the stupidity of banning specific words or forms of speech. Context matters.

Posted by keshmeshi | December 6, 2006 1:32 PM

I'm offended by reference to white people as "crackers." So, saying "cracker ass cracker" should = $40. And soon we have a new list of banned words. I hope George Carlin has enough money left to do a routine.

Posted by him | December 6, 2006 2:30 PM

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