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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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7426.

Truth Hruts    

They shouldn't have interrupted him. DUH. Blacks are so rude.

1087 days ago
7427.

dalton    

hahah i tihnk hes right anyone can say all types of **** about whites but when a white stands up and says something about them we ARE called racist. and know one says anything when dave chap. says anything about whites, know one says anything about the mexican what ever his name is when talks about whites. im not being racist i love blacks there funny and i laugh when a white joke is made as well. i just think its stupid when people get all worked up over a joke that a COMEDIAN says

1079 days ago
7428.

BUTCH    

Never in history have so many races done so much for so few and for so long, and received so little benefit in return. the african american minority continues to rap hate and expend violence as a tool on their own race more than any other. When will those 'Exceptional Ones', who have seen the light, put down the race card, and reach back to their old hood and friends, and share the blessings they have been given. By my view of history and present situation, here, and still in Africa, contribute so little to humanity compared to the Middle Easterners, Europeans, Orientals and Hispanics. What up with dat!
I've always said, "Don't Blame an Entire race on just what the Majority Does".

1004 days ago
7429.

papadoc87    

@3 Danielle anti semitism is less what you are born as and more what you believe in, because technically religion is what your set of beliefs are and not exactly defining on what you look like or are born as, meaning they are interchangeable. So technically what mel gibson said is not like what this guy said. Race is something you are born to be, religion is more a choice, even if your family and family before you were that religion, you still have the choice not to practice it or believe in it

976 days ago
7430.

JAY ELLIOTT    

I'm confused? it's ok for the black guy to scream out "mother ******", but the white man saying "******" is unacceptable?? I would rather be called a ****** than a mother ******?

971 days ago
7431.

johnny    

Wow I can't believe he said this and acted that way. He is too crazy, we we're at college in my dorm room watching this and the entire floor woke up because we we're so loud and in shock from his actions. Anyways, check out my site to follow me at http://www.dormdecorations.net and subscribe to all of my posts. Thanks, peace and love!

957 days ago
7432.

jm    

i def. thnk he went to far, but what about chris rock, katt williams Tracy Morgan and mostly 90% of black comedians who always call out the white peole in the stands callng them crackers, white folk, slave owners and alot worse. why dont we start showing clips on them doing it? its ok for a black comedian to call whites crackers, and other bad racial names but ts not ok for a whites comedian to do the same???

887 days ago
7433.

A.    

Black people today think they can say and do whatever they want and if someone tells them anything, well it's racism. If you go to a show of any kind you should be respectful to the performers and to the people watching the show, if you don't like it just get out. Michael Richards lost it and got carried away with anger. Black people(including comedians) say worse things about white people and usually get away with it, that's the problem.

883 days ago
7434.

malachi    

I am pretty sure he is racist now, I still agree with his statement against the unfairness between whites and blacks today...We have black power groups and we have black african day, but If we ever had white power day or white american day we would be sneered at and called racists, For those of you who agree with this video though you are racists, I have black in my blood... I am not speaking against blacks, I am speaking against the fairness, There is no one alive today that suffered slavery, maybe a few somewhat old people, but they are the only ones who have the right to speak about it, they SUFFERED it not you. I mean look at the days of Yeshua White men were slaves too, do you see us holding a a grudge for something that we no nothing about personally? We still have white racists today, but we have Black racists as well.... IT is time for a change people no more discriminating, no more bickering and no more trying to separate what you claim to want whole. WE can do better.

855 days ago
7435.

AJC    

I just stumbled across this page again on TMZ years after the event just browsing, just to watch this craziness again. Ignoring the obvious racism in this video ala Michael Richards, I'm equally shocked by the atrocious rampant racism of these comments. Holy cow you guys need to read some history or educate yourselves. The ignorance and racism here is very sad indeed.

Also, has anyone noticed how TMZ censored the word f***, but not the word n*****? Interesting. Both words should be censored or neither. N***** is derogatory aimed at a specific group of people, but f*** is a very generic expletive. What does this say about the powers that be here, especially given the context of this article?

653 days ago
7436.

julybd99    


love compatibility
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

633 days ago
7437.

bafuusa    

AN AFRICAN AMERICAN HEARD CLEAR RACIAL SLURS FROM THE FEDERAL COURT on PAPER AND THREE REPEATED TIMES. UNFOLDING RIGHT NOW BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT UNDER DOCKET # 12-8623 Phone number 301 328-6723

424 days ago
7438.

god    

that was funny ****** can't stand alone. got to get all the monkeys involve. to make your point .what you scared of a comic. then you cry like a little bitch to the news.saying i don't understand why he want off on me. I was insulted and dismay and now i need some compensation

354 days ago
7439.

Tyler Rutland    

His tirade is insensitive, but attempt to understand it without allowing precognitions of "rightness" or "wrongness" to colour your perception.

The unbiased, logical truth is that, to this day, many dark-skinned people lack all forms of basic human dignity and respect toward others. Many are crude, insensitive, and violent - and their resulting lack of wisdom, empathy, and responsibility creates countless deaths, destruction, poverty-stricken lives, drug-addictions, and acts of revenge that are the celebrated subject of many "hip-hop" lyrics.

These negative traits and behaviours are not specific to dark-skinned people of course because, truly, many pale-skinned people also embody brutality and a lack of responsibility; however, unlike a pale-skinned person, a dark-skinned person who is cunning enough must only invoke the theme of "racism" in order to be labelled as a courageous visionary because of their foolish, destructive behaviour. This phenomenon occurs repeatedly in the media.

Taking the above into consideration, it is not impossible to see where a light-skinned person might be led to bitter resentment, and an eventual angry outburst - which is NOT aimed at /all black people/, mind you, but at a /small subset of dark-skinned culture/ that celebrates the aforementioned qualities). The frustration that Richards' has felt must no doubt have been compounded for some time because there is still so much resistance to the logical truth in society, in addition to an overbearing willingness (particularly by pale-skinned people) to accept any violent, destructive behaviour, regardless of the costs incurred. This willingness to tolerate any act of destruction is erroneously enacted in the name of "peace", yet it truly embodies the common fear of persecution and ostracizing that occurs when somebody is labelled a "racist".

Truly, Richards' words were articulated in a brutal and insensitive fashion, so he cannot be celebrated for that - but before you condemn him, attempt to understand the reasoning behind his outburst. That is the only way to truly combat racism, hatred, and intolerance - otherwise a lack of wisdom and common sense permeates the whole thing, so that we are left with scarcely greater knowledge and wisdom than before the period of human slavery began.

Salome,

Tyler

334 days ago
7440.

PaoloG    

IT REALLY IS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR MICHAEL RICHARDS, REDUCED TO WHAT AMOUNTS TO SETTING HIMSELF UP FOR SELF DESTRUCT, AS HE LAUNCHES HIS ANGER, SELF-HATRED AND DISCONTENT UPON OTHERS, UNPROVOKED. HIS RACIALLY CHARGED SENTIMENTS, HAVING NO VALUE AND COULD NOT EVEN BE MISTAKEN FOR COMEDY, EVEN ON A BASE LEVEL. AND YA HAVE TO WONDER IF HES ACTUALLY SUICIDAL... FOR IF HIS OUTBURST DO NOT, IN HIS IMMEDIATE FUTURE, PLACE HIM IN HARMS WAY, HE HAS ALREADY ASSASSINATED HIS OWN CHARACTER HERE. THERE IS NO RESSURECTION FOR HIS CAREER IN SHOW BIZ, WHATEVER PLANS HE MAY HAVE HAD, AND DOUBTFUL ANYONE WOULD EVEN OFFER HIM A JOB, ROLE, OR PART IN ANYTHING. HIS DISATISFACTION IN HIS CAREER, AND SELF ESTEEM ISSUES ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF SOMETHING DEEP AND UNDERLYING, DARK AND SELF DESTRUCTIVE. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF WE WERE TO SEE AN OBITUARY IN HIS NAME WITHIN THE NEXT 1 TO 3 YEARS.

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