The Worst Crime In America

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Is not rape.  Is not murder.  It's a white man using a racial slur in public. Last week, comedian Michael Richards —— famous for his role as Kramer on the hit TV show Seinfeld —— went on a "racial epithet—laced tirade" after his stand up routine at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood was interrupted by two black hecklers in the audience.  The incident has been treated as a major news story by most of the nation's news outlets.  At Jerry Seinfeld's urging, Richards appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last night via satellite to issue an apology for his behavior.  Despite this act of public contrition, Richards' behavior has been labeled a "career ruiner" by Hollywood insiders. While I deplore the racist statements made by Richards, I think this incident (like the earlier incident involving Mel Gibson) is being blown completely out of proportion and reveals the twisted morality at the heart of the contemporary...(Read Full Post)

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