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Kramer Turns Racist Rant Into a Joke

11/17/2009 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Three years ago today, Michael Richards took the stage at the Laugh Factory and unleashed the racist tirade that would change his life forever -- but now he's turning the whole thing into a joke ... arguably inappropriate.

Richards made light of the rant on this weekend's episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." During one of the scenes, Richards -- playing himself -- blows his top at an African-American character, saying, "If only there were a horrible name that I could call you ... that would make you as angry as I am."

A group of spectators who witness the tirade instantly whip out their cell phones and begin to record. Richards, realizing the similarity of events, screams and bolts.

Couple of problems here: First off, the original tirade was shot on a DIGITAL CAMERA -- not a cell phone.

Second: Is Richards mocking himself ... or the digital-recording culture that exposed his greatest mistake? In other words, is Richards and "Curb" trying to make a bad joke out of a serious situation?


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Old Enough    

When people stop buying things that Mel Gibson is involved in I'll take the issue of Michael Richards serious. Both are bigots and shouldn't receive a dime of anyone's money. What sickens me is that Gibson is still get paid millions and people have seem to have forgotten his behavior toward a Jewish police officer.

1710 days ago


I took a disliking to Richard's comedy back when he was on SCTV. Nothing has happened to change my mind about him... once a jerk, always a jerk.

1710 days ago


I didnt read anywhere that the whole racist tirade WAS mentioned on the show before the clip in question(When Leon first arrived to discuss Groats Disease" with micheal, and Micheal thought Leon had come to beat him up over the 3 year old incedent). So it isnt as if the incedent never happened before on the show. Something i have noticed about Curb is the only people who lash out against the show are people who are obviously not regular viewers of the show, and have not actually watched the episodes themselves...They read some headline on there favorite news site that says something like "Larry David urinates on a picture of Jesus" and are outraged, yet they don't bother to see the episode for themselves to form there own opinion(had they have seen the episode i mentioned they would not be NEARLY as upset, and they would realize Larry wasn't attacking Christians as the religous zealots would lead you to believe, asking there fellow Christians to cancel HBO and tell them its because of Larry pissing on Jesus, even though none of them watch the program. People need to learn to change the channel and stop raising hell about shows they have not even seen and jumping to stupid conclusions. The most recent episode goes the same way as the Jesus piss episode... Had you seen it you would laugh and see it was not NEARLY as big a deal as the christians tried to make it out. I am glad HBO supports Larry and doesnt care when a bunch of idiots get pissed off at the show.

1710 days ago


pfft..this is nothing..the main storyline on Curb's episode was larry david talking about a "9 year old girl's vagina"..except they didn't use vagina..they used P***y

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This is my Boom Stick    

46. Seriously? What was "inappropriate" and flat out not funny was the part with the little girl. Body shiver gross disguised as being edgy humor.

Posted at 1:50PM on Nov 17th 2009 by Bad one

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58. pfft..this is nothing..the main storyline on Curb's episode was larry david talking about a "9 year old girl's vagina"..except they didn't use vagina..they used P***y

Posted at 2:40PM on Nov 17th 2009 by saywut

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No wonder we're at war. People are way TOO UPTIGHT! Come on! The look on Jerry Seinfeld's face when Larry asked her mother how her p***y was is one of THE funniest things I've seen on television! Well that and the Palin/Biden dabate from last year. lol

As an African American female, I say GET OVER IT! That show is awesome! Love you LD!

1710 days ago


probably the stupidest post i've seen you guys make on your site, Curb is hilarious and to actually bring up that 'race' thing again is dumb. Curb your Enthusiasm is the best series on tv right now.

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Mrs. Pine    


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Big Jess    

So when I black comedian makes fun of white people and calls them crackers and that sort of thing, it's NOT racist? Typical double standard.

List of black heroes: Michael Jackson (post death), Mike Tyson, Michael Vick, OJ Simpson, Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight, and so on and so forth.

When these animals decide to start acting human, people might actually have some respect for them. Until then, let the black-on-black crime continue unabated.

1710 days ago


Harvey is an idiot. Trying to make more headlines, by putting this guy on the stake again. It was an amazing episode and hilarious. None of the other "black" characters on the show had a problem with it otherwise they wouldn't have even involved themselves in the shoot. I hate you TMZ!!!!

1710 days ago

Joe Smo    

Everyone should get a second chance and having Kramer address his mistake in Curb was hilarious. Someone said the p***y joke was too much but that's why it was so funny. The look on Jerry's face when Larry said it was so funny I couldn't stop laughing. Lighten up people.

1710 days ago

harvey the jew    

harvey is a moron

1710 days ago


Where da white women at?

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Krammer is King!!! He'll never be in anything without Larry David's help again. Im surprised Seinfeld hasn't distanced him self more. Relive the best parts of the tirade here--

What a racist jerk!!

1710 days ago


of course the white racist people think it's not shocked by that....the world would be better off without white crackers

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if TMZ wants to be so up in arms about race and sensitivity and this issue generally then why they hell are they giving sammy sosa such a hard time? *sniff* i smell hypocrisy.

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