My only comment about this Michael Richard's story is that to me it seems the guy was obviously pissed and furious. He looked for the ugliest, meanest most hurtful thing he could think of in his vocabulary to get back at the hecklers, who just happened to be black. What's the difference between calling someone nigger or calling them an idiot? The difference is the word nigger has more shock value attached to it. He was going for the kill so that’s the word he used.
Does that make him a racist? I don’t think so. Didn't look like it was coming from a racist place. He just came across as desperate and flummoxed to me. I kinda felt sorry for him, as dumb as that sounds. He panicked and did something really stupid. That’s how I felt for the most part but then this other video surfaced on the tabloid shows.
Yeah, this one is hard to overlook. Like, why was the blackface necessary? I still laughed, but the that’s mostly because the idea of a blind man with a vicious snarling dog is funny to me. It never stopped barking and did you notice how it was trying to walk in the opposite direction? WTF? But yeah, after seeing this now I don’t know what to think about the guy. But I standby my initial stance that everyone was jumping to conclusions with the nightclub tape.
Yes, and I intentionally kept his name out of the clip. I mean, I’m sure he regrets doing that today. It’s a product of its time. I’m still weirded out though.
As far as those guys SUING him... ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How do you sue someone for hurting your feelings? In that case I'm suing all the teachers that made me feel bad in grade school! I'm still upset over it! *sniff*
Feel free to use the word nigger and any other racial epitaph all you want. But be prepared to face the consequences before you do. And you know what, there aren't always consequences. It's all about context. You shouldn’t get in trouble for quoting someone else’s use, for example. I don't say nigga but that's just me. To me nigga and nigger are the same word and I'm not about calling people nigger, know what I mean? But I don't think you should be sued over it. That's some dumb shit.
New York photographer, party mammal, and Internet troll for hire. Alain-Christian is an OG who’s been blogging for over 20 years dating back to the early days of AOL. He loves sharing his offbeat opinions on pop culture, bestowing his tech knowledge, and making arts.