November 29th, 2006


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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 03:38 pm (Link)
well, I don't know that no one is allowed to be racist. Plenty of people are. The problem is that when you exhibit racist behavior you have to expect a certain relationship. You don't get to make hateful snide comments and then just say "oops, I'm sorry."

I mean, I say certain things here, and I expect the casual reader to respond to me accordingly. As a wrestling character I am an evil cheating bastard, and I expect people to respond to me accordingly. You can't really do what he did and expect no reaction.

Also, he just wasn't funny.
[User Picture]From: kenoubi Date: November 29th, 2006 - 07:25 pm (Link)
Sure, what I meant is that you can't be racist, express it in a way that is taken seriously, and expect to remain part of mainstream society, particularly the mass-media / pop-culture part thereof.

And you're right, that standup clip wasn't funny, and I probably wouldn't go see him as a standup comedian since it seems likely he just isn't that good at that. But I still think he was damn good as Kramer.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 10:22 pm (Link)
exactly. The personal beliefs of Michael Richards, whatever they are, and his actions or mistakes he's made in the past 2 weeks have nothing to do with the character that was Kramer (as much a creation of the writers as Richards) from a decade ago. Hence my feeling that boycotting the show is actually kinda silly. I really just don't believe that he benefits in any major way financially from people buying the DVDs. I'm bettering he gets a much bigger check from the sale of soap or mcdonalds or cars or whatever is advertised during the syndicated run of the show.
 

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