Wazhat! Wahzat!

Talking about Michael Richards hecklers tell their story – Access Hollywood – MSNBC.com

12 Comments

 

Quote

Michael Richards hecklers tell their story – Access Hollywood – MSNBC.com

 

You know I am going to try to keep it short on this issue, because it is hot and I get steamy on it.  The issue to me in this situation wasn’t that he said the "n" word, because I often wondered if black people could laugh at and ridicule white people how unfair it is that the same can’t be done in reverse. And honestly I think that the "n" word is one that should never be bantered around by any one no matter their colour, creed or race!!!

To me the issue is not only what he said, it was how far he took it and the venom with which he took it. I felt sick after watching the exchange on television. His words and  demeanour were so ugly and violent. I almost expected Richards to reach into his pocket and pull out his Klu Klux Klan mask. Good grief what could the hecklers have said that was so heinous that Richards felt provoked enough to want to put them upside down on a fork.

Do I think that the hecklers should get money, I am not sure… but I think that sorrys that are forced because Richards realized he ‘looked’ bad in the press is so not enough!

I do not think that anyone should ever have to experience such hate and I would be up on my soapbox about this issue regardless of the race. Because I so don’t like ugly and this was and is so ugly!

And what did you think?!

Advertisements

Author: kidfriendlyja

Exploring all activities Jamaican that our children would enjoy!

12 thoughts on “Talking about Michael Richards hecklers tell their story – Access Hollywood – MSNBC.com

  1. Tag, you\’re it!!  Go to my space to see what\’s this all about!
     
    Yes girl, so they say….the weather is about to get ugly.  But as long as I am inside I don\’t mind. 
     
    Girl that story is a big stink here.  I don\’t think his apology was sincere, he just did that to for PR purposes and to make sure the money keeps flowing in his pocket!

  2. I agree.  Sticky issue.  I am stuck on the fact that the word is used so often that I have to double check that the \’right\’ people are using it so I know when to get upset.  It\’s ok for some and not for others.  Does that make even a little sense?  The word should be banned from all use if you ask me. 
     
    As for Richards, how dumb can one person be?  My favorite part is how he apologized to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.  Yeah, cause they represent those poor people he completed humilated-Not!  I think his apology was weak and his comedy is weak.  I don\’t think he owes them any money but a real explanation and sincere apology would go a long way.  Oh, now you have me all stirred up…:)  -T

  3. I agree 100%.  Words like that should just go away.  😦
     
    J

  4. I don\’t think that anyone should ever be given money for something that someone else said.  If you can sue because someone said the n-word then a lot of people would be getting sued.  If we sue because people say ugly, hateful things then I think that too is a slippery slope.  Where does it end?  He shouldn\’t have said it–it was extremely offensive–but freedom of speech in integral to our society.  I\’m not excusing his actions–I\’m just defending our right to say what we want–freedom of speech is one of the central values of our country.
     
    KM

  5. Thank you for the direct link to the directions on putting up pictures.  They seem kind of difficult to follow because I am just not very computer literate.  If you sat down beside me and guided me through, I would probably be more confident about it, and not so hesitant to try.  I am much like my students that were afraid to fail.  In my case, I am afraid to blow up the computer…lol.  I will be like Scarlett O\’Hara and just think about it tomorrow.
     
    On your blog question…  I have been called "Honkie," and worse, and know how prejudice can hurt, no matter what part of the rainbow it comes from.  It is always based on ignorance, hatred, and presumption.  My husband worked and was friends with people from many races and got to know them very well in 33 years of working together.  He was surprised when some of the blacks ( their preference in names) called each other the "N" word.  He asked one man about that and the guy said, "We can call each other that but you can\’t."  Some of the people called him and one of the other white guys at work, "Honkie", and it wasn\’t meant as a joke.  I guess it is a male thing, or just to show those guys that said that, that it didn\’t bother them, my Hubby and the other white guy began to call themselves Honkies that day.  After that, the people that called them that, stopped.  My Hubby\’s two best friends at work, are black, and they keep in touch with each other, remembering stories from years of working together, and laughing about it, seeing how prejudice often does have a double standard. 
     
    I have often told my students that there aren\’t really many truly white or black people.  White is the color of milk and you would have to be an albino to be truly white.  I have seen a few almost truly black Africans but not many.  Most of us are a variety of shades in between.  I think all races and colors have their beauty and it grieves me terribly when any race bating is done and people fall for it.  I don\’t think money should enter into the issue.  Richards needs to apologize to the men face to face.  He should also seek counceling and start doing some community service with other races to get the hate out of him.     
     
    I like what you said about when it is the other way around…I have often heard black comics say terrible things about white people, that I knew if it were the other way around… would immediately be called prejudice and racism.  I don\’t like it, wherever it comes from, just like you don\’t!

  6. I don\’t believe it is ever appropriate to use that word.  I despise that word and I think it sets a double standard to allow some to say it and others not.  It is unacceptable to me in any situation.  To hear that word makes me think of an old movie where a slave owner is talking to/about his slaves.  I also think that lawsuits are getting out of hand.  Pretty soon you\’ll be able to sue someone because of their opinions or hair color!
     
    The world is going crazy!!!
     

  7. Hey!!!!!! I\’m back from Venezuela and just wanted to say hello!
     
    V-

  8. My opinion:  The saddest thing is that he meant what he said and only backed down for PR purposes.  How terrible to carry hate toward anyone in your heart the way this man obviously does.

  9. Some how, some way, we have to stop this awful cycle. I think if everyone would start teaching their kids "non-discrimination" on any level, that it is just totally UNACCEPTABLE, these type of things would die. It is so sad to see a child who is brought up thinking that those remarks and things are OK. We are all the same, we are all created in the image of our God. It is time people start to realize this and teach their children the correct lessons. It\’s a never ending cycle that goes on and on. I get on a soap box on these issues as well. Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes and gorgeous pie picture, yummy!
     
    Hope all is well!
    Love, Laura

  10. YOU GO GIRL!!! I WILL JOIN YOU ON THAT SOAPBOX. I HAVE NO TOLERANCE FOR SMALL MINDED BIGGOTED PEOPLE. I CAN NOT STOMACH THE N WORD, LIKE YOU, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT COLOR OR CREED. THIS JUST SHOWS MICHEAL RICHARDS TRUE SELF AND HIS MEAN AND NASTY NATURE. NO PERSON DESERVES TO BE SPOKEN TO OR TREATED IN SUCH A MANNER. HE DESERVES WHAT EVER REJECTION HE MAY RECIEVE WHERE HIS CAREER IS CONCERNED.
    I WATCHED THE DAVID LETERMAN SHOW AND WAS APPALED AT HIS EMPTY INSINCERE APOLOGY AND JERRY SIENFELD DEFENDING HIM REALLY PUT ME OFF AND MADE ME DECIDE THAT HE TOO IS A SMALL MINDED PERSON.
    I THINK MICHEAL RICHARDS NEEDS TO REALLY SEARCH HIS HEART AND EXTEND A TRULLY SINCERE APOLOGY TO THOSE PEOPLE AND I AM NOT TOTALLY AGAINST HIM OFFERING THEM A MONETARY SETTLEMENT. HE NOT ONLY HUMILIATED THEM BUT SLANDER THEM IN PUBLIC. HE ALSO SHOULD SEEK TREATMENT-PREJUDICTIAL ANGER MANAGEMENT, IF THERE IS SUCH TREATMENT..
    GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND AND ALWAYS STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN…~MARILYN~~

  11. Hey G, I have enjoyed reading all the comments about this.  I was in utter shock when I saw the video!  I thought the man had gone mad because the hate was just so venomous that it was simply amazing.  I think he only apologized when he realized that the whole thing was on tape hence the reason I doubt his sincerity.  I think he should aplogize face to face to the guys.  Apologizing to Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson doesn\’t mean a thing!  I don\’t think he should be sued but if he is truly sorry, he should make it a point to do some kind of community service or something along those lines.  I must disagree with barnyardmama because even though freedom of speech is one of the central values of this country, one must be sensitive to others and must be held responsible for the things they say. If he (and others) have a right to say whatever he wants, then there should be no apologies.  He should just come on tv and say, "I live in America and I can say whatever I want whenever I want so I am not apologizing."  However, you don\’t ever find people doing that because even with freedom of speech, there is a \’limit\’ as to what one should say.  Also, why are children punished in some way or another in schools for saying what they (according to the values of this country) have a right to say? Why are politicians \’punished\’ for some of the things they say? Freedom of speech does not give you the right to act like a moron! 
     
    The N word should not be used by anyone (black, white or purple).  It is derogatory and when I hear it, I immediately think that it is said out of extreme ignorance.  Most of the black people who say it are not even fully aware of the history of the word and of their own history………a lack of education is a helluva thing!  I agree with Beth that we should be more sensitive to all races, and I think disliking someone because of their race is the epitomy of ignorance.  When will we ever learn?
     
    Like Laura said, it starts with teaching our kids…….breaking the vicious cycle.  If we teach our kids to be open minded and accepting of all people, then these problems will decrease. However, many adults are irresponsible and pass on many ignorant ideas to the kids.  There\’s this guy doing his PhD in Operations Management who told me that he never thought of race until as a teenager he moved to New Mexico and during recess, he was told he could not play on a team with the black kids.  He said he was so confused…….he had never been taught that before.  Racism is nothing but ignorance and Michael Richards should be ashamed of himself!
     
    Have an awesome weekend!

  12. I can\’t say how Mr. Richards feels. If his apologies are sincere or not, or his intentions, we can\’t know for sure what is going on in his head. But I will say this, I don\’t understand why the clip needed to be plastered all over the news and internet. He\’s not the first person to use this word and probably not the last. So why is this particular incident such a big deal? As for the lawsuite, the guys want to make money off of being called ngs? Isn\’t that sorta profiting from racism?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s