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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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george spangler    

Michael Richards shame on you. You need to do more than just apologize. You figure it out and let us know. Until then I'm not interested in your brand of angry, arrogant racist "comedy" . This is one time when you can't say "Not that there's anything wrong with it!"

2788 days ago
107.

Just A Girl    

Well said, LG.

2788 days ago
108.

KC    

Newsflash: Everyone has a prejudice. EVERY SINGEL PERSON. It may not be against a particular race or religion, but everyone has something they are prejudiced against. It's human nature.

Is this a topic worth discussing, with all that's going on in our world? Probably, but let's see about getting our troops home and the people living on OUR STREETS fed first...then we'll tackle celebrity racism and prejudice.

2788 days ago
109.

Brit_ney Rulez    

Thanks, Just A Girl.

2788 days ago
110.

Toneeka    

All of you people that agree with what that man was saying ya'll are dumbassess. Let me inform you on a little education about black people since i am black..Its not the fact the he said the word NIGGER its the fact that he said it in the face in front of people trying to be an ass because he didnt have anything better to say to a black man or to anybody at that fact. Yea lot of acts talk about white black and all different kind of people. You just have to be educated and not use words that are going to hurt peolpe

2788 days ago
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Arnold Schwarzenegger    

Kramer, I understand what happens sometimes when people think you might be a racist or saying things wrong about people that don't look like you. They need to look in the mirror first to make sure who they are.
http://www.arnoldspeaks.com/2006/11/statement-on-kramer.html
http://www.arnoldspeaks.com

2788 days ago
112.

Avanzare    

WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO REALIZE THAT HE SAYS WHAT EVERY OTHER COMEDIAN DOES!

If you see a BLACK (No not saying african-american because they are not from there) comedian talk about white people. Its cracker this, honky that. He shouldn't have lashed out the way he did, but if you watch the clips. You will see the black dudes calling him a "cracker azz, white boy" etc etc. So whatever! They need to show the tapes with them screaming their racial slurs as well!

2788 days ago
113.

Robin    

So it's ok for blacks to call their friends the "N", word, or themselves, but God forbid if anyone outside thier race call them the "N", word!! This is all such bullshit!! I could go on and on. Us whites dont bitch about not having a White College fund, or a White Music Awards, or a Million Man White walk, etc. Get the fuck over it!! You were not treated bad, it was your ancestors, and that was long long ago you dumb asses!! You got it made and your still bitching!! Move the fuck on and shut the fuck up!!!

2788 days ago
114.

monalisa13    

If Howard Rubenstein believes Michael Richards when he says he is not anti semitic, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you, Howard.
I'm looking at those Seinfeld episodes in a whole different light now, suddenly some of them don't seem so funny. I wonder how many of the mean spirited ones Michael Richards had a hand in writing and producing. There were plenty that poked fun at people from other races and cultures.
Oh, and I wonder if Jerry knew his "pal" Michael was also anti semitic? I bet that's a rude awakening for him.

2788 days ago
115.

jfp    

I don't believe half of the crap I hear and I believe even less of the crap that is said. So most of you are just yanking somebodies chain.

2788 days ago
116.

Janet    

Well, if Michael Richards can't work as a commedian again maybe he could write a book "If I was a racist, how would I tell the world?" and maybe Fox news can give him 2 nights on prime time tv, to promote it? And if people don't like it, they can cancel and let him keep the payment--hey, we all have bills to pay, right?

2788 days ago
117.

Michael Bourne    

Whites high five.....

Due to the lack of motor skills and coordination, most whites have never been able to master the complexities of the common, congratulatory hand slap-the traditional response to "Gimme five","Gimme some skin", etc. Thus, during the 1980's, the whites developed an easier-to -mster alternative to perform with one another while watching sporting events such as NASCAR, Monster trucking events, the "High Five". The High five says the white excitedly, holding a flat, open hand up near eye level- a target nearly impossible for his friends to miss. (yet they sometimes do).

2788 days ago
118.

jfp    

They caused him to go ballistic and in turn he lost his job and career. I'd LOve to represent him!!!!!!

I'd sue everyone involved so far:

Those 2 guys,the club,sharpton,sinbad,etc,etc......

MR.....call me....

2788 days ago
119.

Kathie is a phony    

Why doesn't everyone leave Michael Richards alone? So he had a bad night! What do you expect when some smart ass starts to heckle him? It's ok when the black comedians do it, nobody says a word. Racist? No way! He was just ticked off! I am sick and tired of the blacks using racism as an excuse for everything that goes wrong in their lives. GET OVER IT! People get called names all the time, whites, Jews, Asians, all walks of life, and we don't piss and moan about it! Now they want to sue? What a joke! Go out and get a real job and stop complaining. If they didn't want Michael to address them back, they shouldn't have been so rude as to make comments to him to begin with! If that comedy club doesn't want him back, I sure wouldn't go there! He's a great commedian and one stupid episode isn't going to change that. The biggest joke of all is that everyone acts like this is the first time anyone has ever done something like this! Yeah right! GET A LIFE!

2788 days ago
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RKBragg    

It seems to me that 11days ago the nation celebrated VETERANS DAY. Although this used to be known as Armistice Day we now recognize it as Veterans Day. What is a Veteran? It is someone that fought (and some died) to give us the right to say what we want to. It is called the freedom of speech.
Why is it when it is a white person, saying something like Richard’s did, that it is racist and when it is any other nationality it is just a joke? What about all the people that was laughing and then realized not everyone was laughing? I bet when they got home, they laughed again, but this time no one could see them so it didn’t count.
When rich people drink and get drunk they are alcoholics when it is a poor person, then they are drunken bumbs. Why do we have different standards for things like that? Well at least it gives the Dixie Chicks a break from the lime light.
Don’t we have more important things that needs to be taken care of and stop celebrity bashing?

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