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The N-Word Is Always Welcome Here

12/10/2006 4:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

At least one person in Hollywood doesn't think Michael Richards' racist rant was all that bad. In response to attacks on the former "Seinfeld" star, the black owner of the Comedy Union is opening his doors to comics who use the N-word.

Michael Richards

"Someone had to stand up for comics, and freedom of speech has to rule the day," says Enss Mitchell in a Yahoo News report. "No matter if you agree or disagree with what someone says, you have to allow them the opportunity to say it. It's a slippery slope when anyone wants to start banning a word."

Maybe comedians will start lining up here to avoid putting $20 into the Laugh Factory's self-imposed swear jar every time they use the racial slur.


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