Michael “Kramer” Richards, angry at hecklers, decides to act like Mel Gibson…

… except Mel at least had the weak excuse that he was drunk as hell at the time he let loose with his racist comments. Richards was in the middle of a comedy routine when he was heckled by a black audience member at which point he totally lost it:

The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a fucking fork up your ass.”

Richards continued, “You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherfucker. Throw his ass out. He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger! A nigger, look, there’s a nigger!”

The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, “They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a nigger.”

Apparently realizing that he’s managed to do some serious damage to his future career, Richards agreed to appear on David Letterman’s show last night at the urging of Jerry Seinfeld to apologize for his outburst, but word has it that didn’t go over well either:

As Richards began explaining the “nasty things” said about “Afro-Americans,” the audience couldn’t help but chuckle. Seinfeld, immediately scolded the crowd, saying “stop laughing, it ain’t funny.” But the crowd couldn’t help themselves.

The confused fans continued to chuckle, and Richards seemingly blamed Letterman for the awkwardness. “I’ve already heard you make some jokes about it and that’s OK, but I’m really busted up about it.”

Hard to say how much on an impact this will have because, honestly, he doesn’t seem to have done much since Seinfeld went off the air anyway. Not that he should really need to as the residuals from that show should be rolling in for years to come. If he’s smart he’ll take an extended sabbatical until things calm down a bit.

14 thoughts on “Michael “Kramer” Richards, angry at hecklers, decides to act like Mel Gibson…

  1. I saw him on Letterman last night, and though I by no means excuse what he said, it is my opinion that the man was sincerely contrite. In fact, it looked to me that he was sort of broken-hearted. I wouldn’t lump him in with Gibson who has let his antisemitism show through on more than one occasion, and in more than one fashion. Mel also, again in my opinion, not really ever come across as sincere in any apology he has offered. In fact I recently heard that he gets short when asked about that incident in Malibu.

    Michael has a lot of work ahead of him, and he deserves the punishment being doled out by the press etcetera, but as I said before, I for one think the guy is at least honestly sorry for what he said.

  2. At least he did issue an apology, however half-assed it may have appeared. I agree with the above poster that he looked like his own words had caused him quite a bit of suffering (as they well should).

  3. I have no particular clue who Richards is, but here’s my problem:

    the guy is at least honestly sorry for what he said

    Is he sorry for what he said or is he sorry for what he thinks? Big difference. The latter means he’s redeemable, the former means he’s just sorry for getting caught.

  4. I should also note that the reason the crowed initially chuckled is because there was an awkward silence as Richards tried to find the words to explain himself. People expect him to be funny, I think, and that may have led to some of the small amount of laughter at that moment.

    As for what he said about Letterman making jokes earlier; Michael did not seem, in my opinion, to be blaming Letterman at all for how awkward the interview was going. It was just an awkward situation, I think, and had it been me I can tell you I would be scared to death to go on and make an apology like that.

    I didn’t read the article you referenced, Les, but Richards also said that, after the audience laughed a little louder, that he wasn’t sure if the Letterman Show was the place for him to be making his apology. That to me showed he was sincere in his efforts.

    Obviously no one can say for sure what was going through his head when it all happened. The only time Richards seemed to be making excuses is when he mentioned that the video shown doesn’t show the whole incident, and while the last thing he should be doing is even hinting at an excuse, he does have a point.

    He looked scared last night on Letterman, and was obviously struggling for words. He tried to express his sadness for what had happened, and for hurting the people he hurt, but he didn’t always say the right thing, and I could see where it would be easy for a journalist to make an argument that Richards failed in his attempt to apologize. I personally believe he succeeded, but not because of what he had to say, but because of the look in his eyes, and the way he held himself.

    But, again, that’s just my opinion.

  5. elwedriddsche, I agree with you, and I wondered myself, but it was a good six minutes that he was on, and it appeared he was more interested in getting his apology out there for the right reasons.

    I hope people will understand that I am not apologizing for what he said; I hate what he said. I just feel he is a much better guy than Gibson in that he apparently is truly sorry.

    That, or I am gullible, and he’s a pretty good actor. wink

  6. Having been a fan of professional wrestling for many years, it is my opinion that (until/unless proven otherwise) this was a stunt or a work.

  7. I think I’m gonna adopt the put-down of “Mel” in these types of situations: e.g., “You’re such a Mel!” or “You sure Mel’ed that one up.”

    And Michael Richards always looks scared. It’s one reason why he played “Kramer” so well.

  8. It was either Moloch or one of his boyfriends.

    From there I got to the National Spray Network – now that’s a font of ‘interesting’ white-eye information … complete with forked-tongue.
    Oh, I do so love double entendresLOL

    Then I linked to Truth Tellers ( LOL )  – JEWS CONFIRM BIG MEDIA IS JEWISH and found all your media is controlled by Jews.

    Of course, there are more Gentiles than Jews in the America media, as in America at large. But notice how many Jews are in control of media giants. This helps explain why the Jewish media is so relentlessly anti-Christian, constantly pushing immorality and the liberal, Zionist political agenda.

    Sounds to me like Jews (per capita) are a bit smarter than the xian white eyes.  LOL
    I didn’t know that Rupert was a Jew but it must be true because his mother, the grande old Dame Elizabeth was … but her mother wasn’t.  wink

  9. Yeah. I’m with you. Why give them any credibility.
    Delete them even though mine may make little sense if you do – shit delete mine too – I’ve copied the links I wanted to keep.  LOL

  10. Obviously no one can say for sure what was going through his head when it all happened.

    I disagree. Kramer was not subtle. He practically had everything in his mind written on his face.

    He was performing, and some guy in the crowd was being a real jerk. He probably tried to move on, but the jerk was persuasive and distracting. Sometimes, when you can’t think of anything intelligent to say, hitting below the belt, going for the easy kill, seems like the best available solution. It isn’t. Silence is much better.

    I don’t think Kramer is racist. He could be, but there is nothing here to suggest that he is. This was clearly an error in judgment that he is very sorry for.

    I think Kramer learned a huge lesson, but at a severe cost. I think the black man got off easy. He is a horrible man, who ended up being able to play the victim. We can only hope he gets what’s coming to him in the future.

    -Bob

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