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[User Picture]From: sonbanon Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:02 pm (Link)
I feel like I'm stating the obvious: I'd hope it would show that our society doesn't believe racism is cool.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:21 pm (Link)
ok... see, I don't think it sends that message. i think it sends the message that "saying racist things is financially stupid." In particular, I don't know Richards actual deal, but if he's doing stand-up at the Laugh Factory I have to assume that his residuals from Seinfeld DVD sales and syndication aren't all that substantial.

In any case, I don't think that the personal attitudes of the artist necessarilly pertain to the work that is generated. Did I ever tell you the story of when jameel and I met John Byrne? The guy is an asshole, but he's a great writer. And he knows he's an asshole. I don't think he's ever going to stop no matter how many people stop buying his crap.

Michael Richards is either a racist and this isn't going to change him, or he's a poor guy who had a bad day and made a mistake and this is going to ruin his life. I'm not saying you should support him. In fact, I think it makes sense that you don't. I just don't believe that this is going to change his actual feeling or way of thinking, so I wonder what is to be accomplished. Like I sort of get you saying "for me, I don't want to support someone's racist behavior, so they won't be getting any of my money" as opposed to the belief that Jesse Jackson seems to have that "if we make racism unprofitable and illegal, it will disappear."
[User Picture]From: sonbanon Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:33 pm (Link)
Right, racism isn't going to disappear, unfortunately. But it isn't clear to me that there is any other way with this particular case to send that message than to boycott anything he's benefitting from financially.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 05:00 pm (Link)
that's what I mean, I'm not sure he really benefits much from the DVDs. He'd need backend points and that's not all that common, since he wasn't really famous before the show. I'm certian he makes tons more from the advertising on syndication. In any case, I'm just not clear on the message that is being sent. I mean, in what way do you hope he changes? That he stops saying racist things or that he actually isn't racist? How do you know when he has changed and its ok to watch Seinfeld again, or does that never change?

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