The Reverend Jessie Jackson knows what he wants! Rev. Jackson wants the “N-word” banned from the entertainment industry and additionally, to “punish” comedian Michael Richards for his “N-word” outburst in response to some black hecklers during a performance at an LA comedy club, Jackson wants everyone to stop buying and renting the latest Seinfeld DVD.
What the Reverend Jackson doesn’t want, however, is for the entire Michael Richards episode to go away . . . as it should have by now. Reverend Jackson loves it in the ‘limelight’ and loves to have a “cause” that will keep him there. But at least, to the Rev Jackson’s credit, he’s just after the publicity, not like Attorney Gloria Allred.
Gloria Allred also knows what she wants and what she wants is money. Gloria Allred is the legal council for the two gentlemen who Richards insulted. Ms. Allred generously wants to avoid a lawsuit against Richards so she has suggested that Michael Richards and her two clients (Frank McBride and Kyle Doss) voluntarily appear before a retired judge in a binding arbitration setting so the judge can hear the facts and assess damages. Ms. Allred has said that her clients “deserve compensation” for the emotional pain they suffered.
At that point in the story, Richard’s two “victims” lost ALL my sympathy.
To quote columnist Kathleen Parker in a recent Townhall.com column:
“From his comments, we might conclude that Richards is a rage-filled jerk whose character seems most compatible with the south end of the alimentary canal. Nevertheless, if we start attaching monetary reparations to insults, the country will soon be bankrupt.”
Richards screwed up on stage and he showed the world that he (like his character Kramer) is kinda’ screwed up in his head; but he has apologized over and over and over again for his outburst and his apology was to much larger audiences than the one who heard the original insults. This affair should “cost” Richards but that cost should be from cancellations of future bookings and public scorn not from blackmail by Allred and her clients.
Let’s all individually decide, right now, whether we will forgive Richards for his overt display of prejudice and bad taste or if we will punish him by never listening to another word he utters. Then lets just drop it! Too much time, ink and bandwidth has been devoted to one bad moment on stage by a third-rate comedian.
Chicago Sun-Times: No laughing matter . . .
CBS News: Leaders Call For An End To The ‘N’ Word
Kathleen Parker at Townhall.com: Americans are rich in embarrassments
From the blogosphere:
BlackStar 27: the end of the N-word?
The Real Scoop: KRAMER USES THE “BLACK FRIENDS” DEFENSE
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