Friday, November 24, 2006

Sigh..

People really make me sad sometimes:

Two men who say they were insulted by actor-comedian Michael Richards during his racist rant at a comedy club want a personal apology and maybe some money, their lawyer said Friday.
So what is it that they really want? He went on national television and apologized repeatedly, admitted his wrong.
But Allred complained Friday that he "has not apologized to his victims directly, face to face, man to man."

Allred, speaking by phone from Colorado, said Richards should meet McBride and Doss in front of a retired judge to "acknowledge his behavior and to apologize to them" and allow the judge to decide on monetary compensation.
He didn't really insult them face to face, man to man either. What is the difference? Ah, of course. It doesn't matter if its face to face...it matters if its in front of a judge! A light begins to dawn...

Lawyers and their ilk are a blight on our society. They get fat off of the culture of victimhood while true victims are ignored.

Tell me, someone -- why should Kramer have to pay money for speaking his mind? I'm speaking both philosophically and legally of course; either way, there's no room for wiggling. In this country, your opinion on all matters is protected. I wish, sometimes, that I was a judge, so cases like this could be thrown out and the plaintiffs held in contempt of court for lack of basic understanding of the rule of law which governs our society.

**Disclaimer*** Before anyone berates me about not criticizing Richards for what he says, please note that one man's problem is not my problem. I don't agree with what he said (as far as I know; I haven't seen the tape) but I refuse to side with idiotic folks who are looking for a reason to be offended. Surely, surely it is no worse than any one of countless Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, or Dave Chapelle skits.

3 comments:

Matt said...

Surely it is worse, by far. The law specifically states that freedom of speech is protected, except through prior restraint over things like obscenity, and hate speech that constitutes a "clear and present danger". Watch the tape, its not a chappelle skit. Chappelle uses the same words in his skits, but not anywhere near this manner.

Richards exploding with anger at people talking while he was performing on stage: "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a fucking fork up your ass. You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherfucker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"

Look at all of the evidence before you write a whole post about something that you haven't even seen. These two people have every right under the law to sort this whole situation out in court. Trust me, watch the video, it's uncomfortable to witness.

Imagine if you were at a comedy club with mainly black people, and a black guy on stage. He gets mad at you for carrying on a convo while he's on stage and he starts shouting over and over again in front of everyone, "He's honky, a honky, there's a honky in here!!! I don't know about you but I'd be pissed off and offended. I've been called a honky before, and I didn't take it well. But thats it, isn't it... different people are offended in different ways by different things. That's what civil courts are for. You love taking the unpopular point of view, but racism in the south is still horrible, and honestly, it doesn't surprise me that you would indirectly take kramers side on this one. Not saying your racist, just saying you're from Texas. (i wonder if you'll be offended by that statement)

k2aggie07 said...

While I can't ignore the fact that you are saying I'm racist, I can explain to you that this matter never needs to go to court.

The stupidity of legally forcing someone to pay you money for saying a word that hurt your widdle feewings is mind boggling. Yeah, I've been called a honky. You know, we have black folks down here in Texas too, and we pretty much get along just fine.

Yankees always think Southerners are backwards, retarded, racists idiots. It really just shows your own ignorance.

Ambition said...

"Richards exploding with anger at people talking while he was performing on stage: "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a fucking fork up your ass. You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherfucker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!""

- They were hecklers, actually, heckling him. That's not an excuse, but they were partaking in a time honored tradition and poke and jab with the on-stage performer. Mr. Richards suffers from a lack of stage experience (he's an actor, not a stand-up) and wasn't playing to his audience properly and fucked up.

In the larger picture, in the demographic in question, the African American community does far more damage to themselves with their embraced culture than any outside forces such as a comedian trying to repel hecklers for a few laughs.

Though, the deep-rural south is another story entirely.