This came in to me as an Email forward…
Please see below for Michael Richards apologies via satellite.
Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TV’s Seinfeld, does make a good point. This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act. He makes some very interesting points.
“Proud To Be White”
Someone finally said it…
How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans,
Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans…
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You Call me…
and that’s OK…
But when I call you…
or Chink …
You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you…
so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET.
If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives we’d be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
A Black Chamberof Commerce,
and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant,
but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships you know we’d be racists.
There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US.
Yet if there were ‘White colleges’
THAT would be a racist college
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
You rob us,
and shoot at us.
But when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him racist…
I am proud.
But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?
‘Seinfeld’ Star Michael Richards Apologizes on ‘Letterman’ for Racial Slurs
Tuesday , November 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES — “Seinfeld” star Michael Richards made a satellite appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” Monday in which he offered a brief explanation and an apology for the racial epithet-laced tirade he unleashed during a stand-up comedy routine.
“For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” said Richards, 57, who played Seinfeld’s eccentric neighbor Kramer on the hit 1989-98 sitcom. “I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this,” he added, his tone becoming angry and frustrated as he defended himself.
Richards described himself as going into “a rage” over the two audience members who interrupted his act Friday at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood.
Click Here to Watch Video of Richards’ Tirade. Warning: Contains profane language and racial epithets.
Click Here to Watch Video of Richards’ Interview and Apology on “Letterman.”
At one point, however, Richards grew flustered and expressed second thoughts about appearing on the program when his use of the term “Afro-American” caused some audience members to laugh.
“I’m hearing your audience laugh and I’m not even sure that this is where I should be addressing the situation,” he said.
The interview with the actor aired on the CBS show Monday night along with an appearance by Richards’ former co-star Jerry Seinfeld.
Seinfeld, who had issued a statement saying he was “sick over this horrible, horrible mistake” and calling it offensive, was scheduled as a Letterman guest Monday. He encouraged Richards to make a satellite appearance to talk about the incident, a CBS publicist said.
Richards deserved the chance to apologize, Seinfeld said on “Late Show.”
“He’s someone that I love and I know how shattered he is about” what happened, Seinfeld said.
Richards’ Laugh Factory tirade began after the two clubgoers shouted at him that he wasn’t funny. Richards retorted: “Shut up! Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f—— fork up your a–.”
He then paced across the stage taunting the men for interrupting his show, peppering his speech with racial slurs and profanities.
“You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now mother——. Throw his a– out. He’s a n—–!” Richards shouts before repeating the racial epithet over and over again.
Moderating his tone at one point, Richards tells the audience, “It shocks you, it shocks you” and refers to “what lays buried.”
While there is some chuckling in the audience throughout the outburst, someone can be heard gasping “Oh my God” and people respond with “ooh” after Richards uses the n-word.
Eventually someone calls out: “It’s not funny. That’s why you’re a reject, never had no shows, never had no movies. ‘Seinfeld,’ that’s it.”
Richards’ explanation was reminiscent of Mel Gibson’s assertion that he wasn’t anti-Semitic after he let off a barrage of Jewish slurs during a traffic stop last summer: despite what came out of his mouth, that’s not what is inside him.
Industry colleagues were in no hurry to accept Richards’ apology.
Veteran publicist Michael Levine, whose clients have included comedians George Carlin, Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield, called Richards’ remarks inexcusable. Comics often face hecklers without losing their cool, he said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Levine said Monday. “I think it’s a career ruiner for him. … It’s going to be a long road back for him, if at all.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.