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'Kramer's' Racist Tirade

Caught on Tape

11/20/2006 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

WARNING: WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS PROFANE AND RACIAL

Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping, and TMZ has obtained exclusive video of the ugly incident.



Richards, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," appeared onstage at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. Kyle Doss, an African-American, told TMZ he and some friends were in the cheap seats and he was playfully heckling Richards when suddenly, the comedian 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 f***ing fork up your ass."

Richards continued, "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. 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."

One of the men who was the object of Richard's tirade was outraged, shouting back "That's un-f***ing called for, ain't necessary."

After the three-minute tirade, it appears the majority of the audience members got up and left in disgust.

Attempts to reach Richards' reps were unsuccessful.


Richards Racial Rant -- Play Video

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Americasfreespeech    

Rude?...yes...disrespecful?...yes....But we are in America and we have free speech....if he is sued and wins.........The next time I am out in public and someone calls me a bitch......oh boy....will I through a fit!!!!!!...............There is no case for the courts here just a waste of time and money.....freedom of speech....we are in America!!!!!

2623 days ago
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Gene Stray    

A Sex Preditor, a Racist, and a Gay...........................Name three new types of Celebrities.

Oh my previous comment should be Mark Foley.....not his Dad JIm....

2710 days ago
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Danielle    

Michael Richards was way out of line and is a racist. However, people seemed to stand by Mel Gibson during his anti-semitic tirade and say he was just drunk and we should forgive. Im not saying we should forgive Michael Richards but why is anti-semitism forgivable and racism not?

2710 days ago
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ivan    

you can tell that Alice is as much a racist as Richard.

2710 days ago
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Will    

Heckling is one thing but racist slurs are another. You can argue that Blacks use the N-word in their comedy routines and talk about whites, but there is a difference between comedic use and slurs. If you saw the whole video (at least what is on the web), you will notice that Richards brought up "Jim Crow" type comments stating that "that's what happens when you mess with the white man" and talking about what he could do if it was 50 years ago. To me this shows some deep seated racism which a lot of folks don't realize they have or want to admit. The anger just brought it out. He could have said many other things as a comedian besides using the inflammatory N-word even if he was being heckled. That's what a GOOD comedian could do. There is no excuse and he just wants to excuse it as an anger managment issue? Let's get real and see it for what it is. If you reference the racism of 50+ years ago, there is something in you that relates to it. After seeing his apology on Letterman, I know he is sorry but he needs to understand that their is something more than anger there and I don't think he gets it or wants to admit it.

2710 days ago
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Mike    

How come no one is up in arms about someone calling him a cracker? Yeah and why is it alright for blacks to make fun of whites, but when whites say things about blacks, people get all upset

2710 days ago
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Rocky    

The afro american comediens make worse comments then richards did.I mean they insulted richards before he made those comments wat would chris rock say to a white guy who did that.

2710 days ago
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what truly in your heart?    

To every one out there..this whole story has a start and has a end..and so far no! group of persons has step up to the plate and said hey! i was right there from start to end and this is what went down....FACTS! FACTS !FACTS! front and back..people before you st out start calling someone a racist is wrong. but then isn't that always the way some folks just go by what it says and look like on the cover....i don't care what skin tone you are if you! do me or someone that i know is a good person wrong i wont like you. i will never know whats in that man heart cause i will never get to know him personal. so i will keep right on right on watching the show cause it is funny and he (kramer) is a nut..lol

2710 days ago
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jrob36109    

AND FOR THOSE THAT SAY THAT THERE IS NO REVERSE-RACISM

http://unicast.org/forums/topic.php?topic_id=461549

JUST READ THE FIRST LINES AND TELL ME SO

2710 days ago
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Pete Navarro    

The way the "N" word rolled off his lips suggests it's a common part of his vocabulary. He's just another pissed off white male who blames everyone else for his misery and lack of success. He should just fess up that he hates Blacks but doesn't understand why.

2710 days ago
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momz    

Well my brotha & sistas....if you EVER thought racism wasn't alive & well, just read some of these hateful comments from alot of ignorant, ridiculous, pathetic people. All of those people justifying Richards' comments. Makes me wonder why klansmen hide under hoods, everyone else out here is so proud of their racist views & not afraid to show the world how retarded & ignorant they are. The scary thing is that all these racist bloggers aren't just trailer trash, these made up names are also your doctor, neighbor, grocer etc. etc. Thankfully I have too much of a life to sit & read one ignorant comment after another. As for Richards, he said what he meant - most angry people do - he just didn't mean to 'out' himself as a biggot.

2710 days ago
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ivan    

hey Helen did whites get strung up by trees , did they have to fight for the right to vote let alone ride the front of the bus , stop talking so much sh*t, and check your history.

2710 days ago
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Gene Stray    

That does it, I'm opening the MICHAEL RICHARDS Clinic for ANGER MANAGEMENT and all of you are invited to attend.....

2710 days ago
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Orenthal Juicee    

Nikki, Nikki, Nikki....
Cut throats, thugs, sexual predators...Where do you find these...Professional athletes, most of which are black. It is the individual, not the race or social status. Does it say anything that 65-80% of all prison inmates are black?

Nikki how do you ever keep holding your shoulders up so high with that gigantic chip?

2710 days ago
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Sam    

Why is it that they're African-Americans but we're just called white? Aren't we all Americans? Ya can't call 'em black, but we are called white. I want to be called by some "exotic" name also. Who's discriminating now? And why is there asian...in caucasian? lol

2710 days ago
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