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Richards' Rant -- Not The First Time

11/22/2006 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael RichardsDid Michael Richards attack the Jews? Two Los Angeles residents have come forward and said that's exactly what happened last Spring at L.A. comedy club, The Improv.

Carol Oschin and J.P. Fillet say they were at The Improv on April 22 when Richards took the stage. They say that in the middle of Richards' skit, a man in the audience said something to the comedian, when Richards allegedly launched into an anti-Semitic rant. According to Oschin, Richards screamed at the audience member, "You f***ing Jew. You people are the cause of Jesus dying."
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Oschin says the rant continued and Richards stormed off the stage. Oschin and Fillet say that, at first, they thought Richards' tirade was part of his act, but claim that it quickly became apparent it was not.

Richards' publicist, Howard Rubenstein, confirmed to TMZ that Richards did make derogatory comments about Jews, but says it was part of his act. Rubenstein says Richards told him, "I'm not anti-Semitic. I was playing a role and poking fun at the rednecks."

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406.

bikenut    

I'm not positive, but Michael Richard's character on Seinfeld may have said something that was offensive to me in either the 3rd or the 4th season, does any one know the lawyer's name and phone # ? I think we may have a big buck class action lawsuit here, and I want to jump on the train before it leaves the station.

2822 days ago
407.

Unusualbrute    

Reprimand him yes. Condemn him no. Louis Farakhan can claim "whites are potential humans - they haven't evolved yet". Where is the outrage? The global coverage? He refers to jews as "bloodsuckers". Yet again; where is the condemnation. Who has the greatest potential to insigt hatred through hateful words? Farakhan or Richards? Next time Chris Rock calls a caucasian "cracker" can we expect the same voices to be baying for blood? There are no rights without responsibilities. Its just YOUR media at work again.

2821 days ago
408.

Black girl    

Ok, obviously you people don't know the difference between a joke and racist rant. When other comedians use race in their act its scripted and rehearsed. A racist rant is when you get diahrea of the mouth and start spouting all the racist thoughts and feelings you've been holding in for so long. That's what he did. He does the African American audience members an apology. That is humiliating to be targeted with such hatred. As far as Blacks using the N-word (as you all put it), with each other, it's definitely not the same as when a white person uses it. When its said to someone of the same race, you know where that person is coming from and it's not said with the same venom that has when white person says. Basically, that word means something different when white people say, and there's usually nothing but hate behind that word for them. And, please get over yourselves with the whole (white people have it harder in this country), You owe, operate and control the country. Sounds likes you have things pretty good. Stop whining.

2821 days ago
409.

John Blomstrom    

I don't know if what Richards says was part of his act or not. And, neither does anyone else responding because they weren't there. So, my question is how can over 50% of the people responding think he is anti-semetic? What ever happened to letting the facts come out first?

2821 days ago
410.

paul Hurdle    

Your writer indicates that "free speech" should be the acceptance of the use of the word "n*gger or n*gga." So I can assume that in crowded night club it's okay for someone to stand up and holler fire! We all know or should know that the words are very inflammatory and there is no excuse for "anyone" to use these disparaging words for any purpose. America is already racist enough without sactioning the use of hateful words toward any race!

2821 days ago
411.

Greg    

I don't think this ruined his career, if anything it's got people talking about him again.

He'll probably end up with a reality tv show soon.

Greg

2821 days ago
412.

MRCA$H    

FIRST OFF ,RICHARDS IS A DUMBASS.. SECOND DONT TELL ME NOW THAT WHITE PEOPLE ARE GONNA START BITCHING THAT "OHHH, THE SECOND WE SAY SOMETHING RACIST EVERYONE IS ON OUR BACKS" "cries" GIMME A BREAK...IF A WHITE PERSON WANTS TO CALL ANOTHER WHITE PERSON A "CRACKER" OR "HONKEY" OR IF A SPANISH PERSON WANTS TO CALL ANOTHER SPANISH PERSON A SPIC,AND IT'S DONE IN FUN WITHIN THE SAME RACE, GO FOR IT... WHO CARES..DONT START SAYING"OH BLACK PEOPLE SHOULD STOP USING THE "N" WORD THEMSELVES TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS.....IF UR NOT BLACK...IF UR NOT WHITE....IF UR NOT SPANISH DONT CALL NO ONE THE F***IN NAME IS IT THAT HARD? AND WHEN U WATCH HBO AND COMEDY CENTRAL WHEN PEOPLE ARE MAKING FUN OF OTHER PEOPLE...NOTICE SOMETHING...THERES A FINE LINE BETWEEN FUNNY AND TASTEFUL...AND FOR STUPID IDIOTS OUT THERE THAT CANT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAYIN THAT BLACKS HAVE BIG DICKS TO...."IF THIS WAS 50 YEARS AGO BLACKS WOULD HAVE A FORK UP THERE ASS.....IS TWO DIFFERENT F'N THINGS...DAMN WAKE THE F*** UP!!!!

2820 days ago
413.

Bill Wilson    

This crap about Michael Richards is ridiculous. Let's not forget the comments made by the African American gentlemen who started the whole thing. They act like rude racists themselves with no respect for a performer on stage or anyone else who paid to get in to see him and they then act like the victims. Black comedians get away with murder when it comes to making remarks about white people and especially other black people. Michael Richards owes no one any apologies. Our world has become very hypersensitive and people are looking to make a huge deal about anything. They should be ignored!

2820 days ago
414.

matt    

What ever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me? Who cares? People need to quit pretending. Derogatory words are a fact of life so deal with it and don't get all uppity. You would think the man was a child molester or something the way people over reacted to a WORD!

2820 days ago
415.

J. Clark    

Richards appeared several times in Hermosa Beach during the summer and did the same thing............only then he profanely insulted the Christian religions. He just went off the wall. Just two or three weeks before he had done a "regular" comedy set....and then the next appearance he just exploded. This is far beyond race and religion.. Dude has got a problem.

2820 days ago
416.

Kit    

What on earth is all the fuss about? What I find really interesting is the camera started rolling right after his tirade started. Just exactly how much did that video net the photographer? Did the photographer know the hecklers?

What I would also like to know is what the "hecklers" said to him to make him so angry.

Mr. Richards comments were ill advised and yes offensive, however, he has apologized more than any human being needs to. He lost his temper. Probably not a good trait for a stand up comedian but it does happen to the best of us. I want to challenge any person that has not said something ill advised and later regretted, to come forward. And let the rest of us call you a liar.

2820 days ago
417.

kev    

Why do all the blacks call each other n*gger? and that's ok !! but if a white guys say it its racist.why does tv make blacks look and act kool ?.but they make whites look weak and stupid They have white and black n*ggers, A n*ggers A n*gger not the color

2820 days ago
418.

caramel    

Those of you who are saying move on must not care too much about people. Nobody deserves to called a ni**a! Those days are long gone. That would get you in alot of trouble. This is not the first time he has lost it. If he is going to get away with it, then everybody will think they can also and you cant. If you are in a certain place you would get your a** kicked!!!!!!!!!

2820 days ago
419.

roodles    

everyone says they are tired of hearing about Michael Richards, and yet you all are taking time out of your day to write a blog about him. Must not be that tired.

Yes, most comedians joke about other races and it is funny as hell, but what Richards said it had nothing to do with his act. That is the point that is being miss.

Miami girl you are right white people get the sh*tty end of the deal; KARMA. Beside Miami girl there are people everwhere that get a shitty deal, whites are not the only ones

2820 days ago
420.

Jerry    

What kills me is if you act like a n*gger, refuse to get a job, gawk at white women, f*** nything that has a cooch, steal from government programs, ride with stolen 22's on your car while sitting so far back you cant be seen, hang your arm out of the window of the car like a monkey, call each other n*gga while selling drugs...then you must be a n*gger. Quit playing victim all the time...get jobs, educate yourselves, quit talking in stupid street slang and be normal in society. And you wonder why you cant "come up"....go with the flow man....you cant beat thu man if you cant be like thu man....play the real game.

2820 days ago
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