You can watch for your self here on YouTube. (Warning clip has strong language). Part of me really wonders why this is thought to be news? I mean really, are you trying to tell me that we have fixed all the problems in our world? I doubt it.
When I say that this is a "social commentary about our world that we live in", what I mean is what does it say about the world we live in when a clip of someone who used to be on a TV show 8 years ago blow's up on at a comedy club beats real news on the 10 o'clock news (11 o'clock for you other people)?
I think it says at lot to where our values are at as a nation. Why is it that we still have people dieing in Iraq, still have people who are sick and homeless, and yet Kramer using the n-word is the top story on the news?
Now do not get me wrong, I think what Michael Richards said was wrong and uncalled for no matter what was going on, but I also do not call it news. If it is news, then it should be some small story tucked away in some back area of the news paper. Real news is the loss of 4 students in the Alabama school-bus crash. Real news is when a drunk driver wipes out 5 out of 6 members in a family. Real news is Sudan's Darfur region and the crap that is going on there.
Michael Richards getting mad and droping the n-word, not news at all. I hate when something happens to a celebrity and its all of a sudden national news, yet the same thing could happen to a regular run of the mill person and nothing. How many gay guys have been called name, beat up, or even killed for something that just like race they have no control over? You really do not hear that much about it on the news anymore. Yet, Richards used a word that I am not about to use in my blog and now it’s the freaking top story on the news?
Sometimes what people call news makes me sick.
PS: Here is Michael Richards as he apologizes on the Late Show with David Letterman. I am not going to judge him one way or the other. "Judge not, lest ye be judged" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" are good reminders for this one, Michael Richards apologied for what he said, and that is good enough for me.