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"Kramer's" Racist Tirade -- Caught on Tape

Video from TMZ.com

Michael Richards exploded in anger as he performed at a famous L.A. comedy club last Friday, hurling racial epithets that left the crowd gasping, and TMZ has obtained exclusive video of the ugly incident.

Richards, who played the wacky Cosmo Kramer on the hit TV show "Seinfeld," appeared onstage at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. Kyle Doss, an African-American, told TMZ he and some friends were in the cheap seats and he was playfully heckling Richards when suddenly, the comedian lost it.

The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass."

Richards continued, "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He's a ######! He's a ######! He's a ######! A ######, look, there's a ######!"

The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, "They're going to arrest me for calling a black man a ######."

One of the men who was the object of Richard's tirade was outraged, shouting back "That's un-f***ing called for, ain't necessary."

After the three-minute tirade, it appears the majority of the audience members got up and left in disgust.

Attempts to reach Richards' reps were unsuccessful.

2006 TMZ.com

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What an idiot. It's all good though because people like him don't have the guts to talk their mess to someone's face, not unless they want to catch a beatdown.

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That's pretty sad.

It's amazing how much pent up racism this country has. Are people really that afraid of other "groups"?

It's the same thing here with Somalians, Hmong, Native Americans, and Vietnamese (and more often now, Mexican)...

Personally, I think it's cool when you see a Somalian muslim working at Target in a town that is 99% white... I'm flattered that you would choose this place out of the many many other places in the country to make a new life.

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Pretty effed up. This is why race relations still suck in the year 2006.

We CAN'T all just get along no matter how hard some of us try, because of idiots like this.

Kramer was a stupid character anyway.

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What an idiot. It's all good though because people like him don't have the guts to talk their mess to someone's face, not unless they want to catch a beatdown.

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very sickening. Thats the kind of scene youd expect to see at a kkk rally. I never watched Seinfield anyways. Thank god I didnt waste hours of my time watching him. It also amazes me that some people didnt even leave his show. I guess they thought what he was saying was ok. There are more racists then people realize. Its not like the 1950s when most people were open about it. some people are racist and they dont even consiously realize it. As long as humans walk the earth there will always be racism and bigotry unfortunatly. It amazes me how ignorant people can be.

Segregation also exist today. Races tend to be seperated by neighborhoods. Theres always the black neighborhoods and the white neighborhoods. It seems like in some neighborhoods, as soon as minorities start moving in, white people start moving out. You start seeing the For Sale signs in the front yards. why are people so scared? we are all people.

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Unbelievable! I thought the Kramer character was classic. Add him to the heap of Hollywood personalities to write off as a waste of space on the planet.

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I must not be good at searching because I can not find this confirmed by an actual news source, just forums and actor/movie type sites. I have watched the video, but knowing Richards penchant for pranks, and my inability to match what I can barely hear to the captioned dialogue, I am not 100% convinced it is real. That is not my endorsement of such material or language, but it also is not beyond the audacity of quite a few comedians out there, black or white, to stage such a thing. I have attended mainstream comedy acts whose black comedians included material and subject matter worse than this, I am suspending belief until someone posts a link.

EDIT - Nevermind, they just aired on local news (Fox).

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I register this as a demonstration of how gutless and spinless of a racist "Kramer" really is. Sorry Mr. Racist! But there's no avoiding the fact that every body puts pants on the same way; one leg at a time. But anyway he's yet another celeb that pressed the auto-destruct button on his career.

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Is it really any surprise? I mean the N-word is used as common vocabulary on a daily basis in many a black community.

I realize it's out of context, but don't you think it carries weight? I do. Otherwise you wouldn't have people guffawing over the fact that it's 2006.

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Michael Richards' tirade certainly brings to mind Mel Gibson's recent antisemitic tirade.

Two Hollywood careers in tatters because of this ugly, ugly thing called racism.

Is this kind of racial taunting as exhibited by Richards possibly a hate crime?

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I like the guy saying "me and some friends were playfully heckling him". Riiiight. Anyways, Kramer was a jackass to say what he said regardless.

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I guess Richards will be on the Tonight Show w/ Letterman for a public apology. The tiny snippet from the commercial quoted Richards, "I'm not a racist."

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And Nixon wasn't a crook...

Yes we have a way to go, and I thinkw hat had been said about people not realizing their own bigotry can be true. They may have grown up not seeing overt racism and have friends from all backgrounds and such, but there may be some part of them that may subconsciencely in some ways do or say some things they may not otherwise. Then they'll be offended when being called on it because everything did not add up in their minds as being such. It doesn't mean they would join a hate group and express hatred. They don't hate at all, but there's some kind of disconnect.

I hope all that made some kind of sense... when it gets late I just talk and say "may" 100 times.

About the neighborhoods being segregated, it's usually by choice now. No one is really forced to live in a certain area. Now about people moving because someone moved in, I haven't notcied that happening here these days... but it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

But I think this may have killed his career more than the Seinfeld curse.

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very sickening. Thats the kind of scene youd expect to see at a kkk rally. I never watched Seinfield anyways. Thank god I didnt waste hours of my time watching him. It also amazes me that some people didnt even leave his show. I guess they thought what he was saying was ok. There are more racists then people realize. Its not like the 1950s when most people were open about it. some people are racist and they dont even consiously realize it. As long as humans walk the earth there will always be racism and bigotry unfortunatly. It amazes me how ignorant people can be.

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i wonder if he'd reacted in the same manner if he had been @ a def comedy jam.

aside from his actions being idiotic - they are shameful.

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i have watched all the footage from the laugh factory of that night. i think it's also fair to watch his (michael richards) talking/apology on david letterman... if any of you wish to here is the link: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/dave...ighlights.shtml

not to condone such ignorance and insensitivity, but i feel like the guy is genuinely reeling from his racist episode... and futhermore he hopefully will learn valuable insight from it. we have become a nation that usually can forgive a person for their idiotcy... @ least once. whether it be a politican that carelessly harkens to a time of racial divsions (trent lott) or be it a sports figure who charges the crowd in anger

(ron artest).... our society is known to accept an apology and move on. maybe that is good thing, maybe it's a bad thing?

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I particularly like his "Afro-American"... when was the last time that was used? And instead of "blacks", there's "the blacks."

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I particularly like his "Afro-American"... when was the last time that was used? And instead of "blacks", there's "the blacks."

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Public Appologies are just a last ditch effort to save one's sinking career. *Buzzz* Too Late! Might as well start playing the song by Harry Chapin entitled "Dance Band on the Titanic" becuase that's where Richard's career will be sitting next to.

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Is it really any surprise? I mean the N-word is used as common vocabulary on a daily basis in many a black community.

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^ Indeed. Not to mention, that those within the black community distinguish its use (either friendly or unfriendly) with the latter being taken as offensive. Richards used the word in the offensive sense. Much the way rednecks will call each other "boy" and "cracker," but let an outsider call them that and they're ready to fight. Groups tend to own the words that hurt them--they take the words, define it for themselves, and then use that word, and in that sense, it belongs to that community. I don't like hearing it. I especially don't like hearing it from a middle aged white man, who has so much rage in his heart. Even his apology--there was something there. Does anyone else think that?

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