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Richards -- "I'm Really Busted Up"

11/20/2006 10:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Richards publicly apologized for his racist tirade in an appearance on "The Late Show," but acknowledged that such sentiment had the potential to "come[s] through and fire[s] out of me." He tried to find an awkward parallel between his ugly rant and conflict that has arisen between blacks and whites since Hurricane Katrina.

Looking sallow, drawn, and speaking in halting fragments, Richards explained via satellite from Los Angeles to David Letterman and friend Jerry Seinfeld in New York, that he had lost his temper after some members of the audience interrupted his act and that he "took it badly," unleashing the racist invective that TMZ first aired this morning. He apologized to the people who took "the brunt" of his abuse, saying he was "really busted up," but then went on a strange tangent on race relations, saying he was "concerned about hate and rage" and about a "great deal of disturbance between blacks and whites" after Hurricane Katrina.

Richards did not say whether any other factors contributed to his actions, adding only that he would be doing "personal work" in the aftermath of the incident.

Audience members in the Ed Sullivan Theater, who were watching Richards on a screen, began laughing at Richards at first, thinking that the interview was a comedy skit, until Seinfeld admonished them, saying, "Stop laughing. It's not funny."

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46.

Rosemary Wiedman    

did you take a look at posts 573 576 577 what a bunch of axxholes, look lets get real there will always be a problem between the races but idiots like you people will always make it worse, especially henrietta, what a slob shes really pissed off that she'll never be white no matter how much she yells. Michael and Mel should never have apologized , everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

2794 days ago
47.

Gooch    

LOL I love how you BLACK PEOPLE post about how many blacks were on the show. The lawyer Jackie Childs was black and appeared in about 1/10 of the shows. You cant cry racism on SEINFELD you f***ing black retards. SEINFELD had on it's show ASIANS, PAKASTAINI, SOUP NAZI(whatever he was), GAYS, OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE, BLACK(Jackie Child), A WHOLE MIXING BOWL of PEOPLE>

If you want to start showing statistics about black whites on a show, take a long hard look at the f***ing COSBY SHOW. COSBY HAD NO WHITE PEOPLE on the f***ing show except the FAT, STUPID, DORKY, WHITE KID. It was COSBY'S way of poking fun at white people in my opinion.

At least Seinfeld portrayed the "black guy" as a brilliant lawyer on the show, instead of the latter with COSBY portraying the fat , stupid, dorky "white kid."

So don't even bother posting that bullsh*t in here you ignorant black retards.

2794 days ago
48.

Ricky Ticky Tock    

Did anyone see the clip on YouTube w/ the Seinfeld music in the background? Priceless!

People need to leave this poor man alone. I know exactly how he feels and so do the rest of you white people who aren't trying to act like PC jerks. Alot of these "thug" acting black people are just real ignorant and rude. They think they can carry on with their own racism shit ("cracker" and "white boy" excellent response, fight racism with racism) into the new millenium after 150 years since slavery ended and think the white people should just take it? Black people are way more racist than white people. I'm not, but most of the black people I've met have been. You can tell with their attitudes.

2793 days ago
49.

Ricky Ticky Tock    

Hey Towlie, you sound like you've been in some sh*t and you're a pretty real dude. Quick question though...

Did you get that nickname passing out towels outside the showers working for 75c. a day?

Henrietta:

Why don't you go schedule a hair apointment @ Quik Lube for a long delayed oil change you fat blabber mouth bon bon eating heffer. Get off the library computer you have 5 minutes left.

2793 days ago
50.

Pheonix    

The man got publicly stung by hecklers. He tried to sting back.
When we are hurt and lash out in response, we use whatever tool we feel will most hurt our "attacker".
Unfortunately he used a truly filthy and dehumanizing word.
He had an enormous lapse in judgement. Tried to be funny and crossed a terrible line.

But the media coverage of this situation had turned into an opportunistic feeding frenzy.

In my opinion Richards has become the victim at this point.

He has apologized in a number of venues, and to my eyes and ears he seemed completely sincere and genuine and he is obviously suffering.
What kind of people are we that we would watch a human being punished out of all context for a momentary, VERBAL lapse?

2793 days ago
51.

stella    

Why is it Ok for black comedians to diss white people (Chappel etc.) and use the "N' word, but is is NOT ok for whIte people to do this??????> What would happen if there was a WET (white entertainment television) or a White college fund???? Hello??? Do I see reverse discriminition here? I never owned slaves, nor did my forefathers. Look at the jewish people or those who came from Europe with nothing but the clothes off their backs?. They overcame incredible obstacles and made something of themselves. I AM SICK OF HEARING BLACKS USING SLAVERY AS AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR FAILURE. They have far more advantages than white people...look at the social security system and the DMV...I believe you can't be white and get a job there.

2792 days ago
52.

Barbara    

The Brown who's a fagot? You are. That's not surprising. You want to shoot yourself in the head? Ok because no one will miss you. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

2792 days ago
53.

Barbara    

#291 It's ignorant people like you that make white people dislike being around you. Get off your high horse and realize that not one person is better than the other. With so much hate in your heart you will be the one to burn in hell. Bitch.

2791 days ago
54.

chuckie    

Richards is a comedian. Part of his field is the audiences response be it heckling or laughter, he does not get to choose the response, only to feed into it and from it. Most real comedians would have been able to snap back with a funny put down, Richards was childish and took it personal rather be a professional and respond with a comeback. His use of the word seemed to come from a real place, not comedic and appropriate. I am black and have heard whites use the word in comedy and did not feel offended by the context or delivery because its use was not from a place in the users heart meant to cause harm, but instead to illustrate the power of the spoken word. Richards and Gibson are just people, not Gods, not perfect. There are some white people I wish would leave this earth, they are not two of them for one poor choice of words caught on tape. It is the everyday white collar racist that speaks to me face to face all the while wishing me ill will and thinking I am somehow born lesser. Those whites that responded as if Richards behavior was valid and good. To those whites I wish a good day in hell for eternity sitting next to Hitler where even he hated white people that didn't fit his perfect archetype. Not a single American white southerner would be fit in Hitlers assumption, yet they falsley believe they can be in his "brotherhood", those rednecks would have been lined up next to a Jew and made into a lampshade 60 years ago in Nazi Germany, as would most American white fighting against him in WWII. How soon we forget hatred affects all of us, not just black people. Hilter didn't invade Brooklynn or Harlem, he went for Great "white" Britiania, he lived to exterminate "impure" whites and killed to prove it. So for those of you fools that think racism is crime against blacks and "minorities", grow up and take a few adult history classes.

2790 days ago
55.

chuckie    

To commentor "587 - Stella- I am black and own two beautiful homes in predominatetly white nieghborhoods and school systems. I probably pay more property tax than you earn in a year. Not all of "us" (if an us exist other than humans) use slavery as a crutch, that whinery is reserved for whites that have not cut the mustard. This society is run by money, not race. You feel powerless to get a job at the DMV why? Because you have an inferiority complex or are unskilled, get back in school, get your GED, and become viable to an employer. It seems to be the trend is more whiney whites blaming a so-called black favoritism oriented job market that is more prevalent than hearing "us" complain we can't get hired because we are black. If you feel the worm has turned, do as blacks have done, suck it up and compete. I live a priveledged life after serving in the military, getting out, sending my wife through college, then myself and we are out here competingand winning. No one gave us a damn thing. We are taking ours by being qualified and driven. There are not enough jobs and some will lose, that is the basis of capitalism. That is the American "us" spirit. You lack a backbone so you blame blacks like spineless blacks that blame "the white man". You are of the same ilk lady. Seems you have "the black man" on your back, shake him off and win, sit and whine and you lose. Stop seeing color other than green you whiner. I wouldn't hire someone with your attitude either, might let you wash my car though..he, he, he (feels good to be the man) you should see how big I am grinning, all 32 showing.

2790 days ago
56.

monique    

First of all let me say that I can't believe some of the things that people are saying about this man! Yeah he apoligized, but wouldn't anyone who thought ther career may depend on it? I'm sure now that he sees that it has made him more popular, he regrets even giving his generic apology. And for the misinformed people that are stating that other races say things in there comedic act, there is no racial slur more offensive than the n word to blacks or the s word to hispanics. I dont believe that the white race has such a word. You all already have everything, stop trying to take our oppression too! You can never understand how my people feel when we hear a Euro-American call us the n word. So stop speaking on it. Yes we have taken the word and changed to a word of endearment in the hip hop culture, but thats what we have always done, taken things meant to oppress us and turned it into love. And no i'm not a racist, no person of color could ever be. It takes power and money to be racist, and until we have a black president, don't call me a racist and don't tell us how we should feel about racist whites!

2790 days ago
57.

Barbara    

Chuckie

Of the blacks residing in the South, 261,988 were not slaves. Of this number, 10,689 lived in New Orleans. The country's leading African American historian, Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, records that in New Orleans over 3,000 free Negroes owned slaves, or 28 percent of the free Negroes in that city.

In 1860 there were at least six Negroes in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves The largest number, 152 slaves, were owned by the widow C. Richards and her son P.C. Richards, who owned a large sugar cane plantation. Another Negro slave magnate in Louisiana, with over 100 slaves, was Antoine Dubuclet, a sugar planter whose estate was valued at (in 1860 dollars) $264,000 (3). That year, the mean wealth of southern white men was $3,978 (4).

n Charleston, South Carolina in 1860 125 free Negroes owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more. Of the $1.5 million in taxable property owned by free Negroes in Charleston, more than $300,000 represented slave holdings (5). In North Carolina 69 free Negroes were slave owners (6).

Ellison( who was black) owned more slaves than 99 percent of the South's slaveholders.

Not every slave holder during that time was white I hate to break it to you. So quite blaming all white's maybe you should find the relatives of Mr. Ellison and blame them for all of the troubles of today.

2789 days ago
58.

Krystal    

It is so sad to see the many ignorant people posting their cave man views on this website. We are in the 21st century and have yet come to the realization that we are all HUMAN. No matter what color skin we have. Futhermore does anyone out there no what the word N*GGER really means. If you don't I recommend Websters dictionary. GROW UP and OWN UP TO YOUR OWN ACTIONS WITH NO APOLOGIES. And for the one who posted that blacks are lazy and they steal. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DOWN FALL OF THE ECONOMY!!! JUST LIKE YOU MAY SEE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN STEALING GUARANTEED YOU WILL ALSO SEE A CAUCASION PERSON STEALING. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

2787 days ago
59.

Eyewitness    

My God, the ignorance here is staggering. Behold America!! This running commentary post is but another microcosm of the mentality 50 years of TV has wrought us. To which the Plutacracy hails "success!!" Yes, sadly, it was intended we should wind up this way: .A society of clueless morons sitting alone behind computers, bitching at each other about what some "has been" celeb said (big frkg deal!!) Meanwhile (as we bitch about something that amounts to nothing), our whole way of life and liberty is being stolen out from under us by an out of control oligarchy, who tell us its for our "safety". Yet every day more citizens are gunned down in the streets- or their own homes- by jack booted thugs hell bent on dictatorship. Consider the young black man in New York- riddled with bullets because he dared to have a good time w/ friends on the eve of his wedding. He had 2 small children. But so where is your outrage?? HELLOOO! Oh yes, I SEE where it is: Pointed at a cartoon character. Fools. It aint Kramer thats destroying your civil rights...IS it?? Its just fkg sad to witness. Black, white, brown or purple~ you people better a clue real soon, like TODAY. Save some of that indignant anger for things that matter. Oh and do us ALL a favor, and throw out that damnable brainwashing box (TV). God help us all.

2787 days ago
60.

Bill ------y    

I heard about a black attorney giving a speech to an all black law school , that no doubt in my mind is being funded by a bunch of lunatic whites. He was telling his black audience that the only problem the blacks faced in life, were the whites of the world. And there is only one solution to end this problem. He said the whites must be exterminated. Everthing that black s.o.b. said was swept under the rug very quickly. The report never mentioned his name for fear it might lead to his firing or even something worce. So what ever Micheal said was nothing in comparison to what that f-----g n----r said. Way to go Micheal!!!!

2785 days ago
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