Cosmo Kramer...racist?The “N” word heard ’round the world

As you’ve probably heard, Michael Richards (Kramer of Seinfeld fame) went on a racial slur filled tirade at The Laugh Factory this weekend.

See the video here.

Totally bewildering. An excerpt as he loses it and starts yelling at an (African American) audience member:

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!

Some of the crowd laughs at first, and then people start to gasp and sound confused as Kramer gets worse and worse. To his credit, the audience member keeps his composure fairly well and yells back:

That’s un-fucking called for, ain’t necessary.

I don’t know if he was trying to be controversial, trying to be Andy Kaufman, or just is a complete fucking asshole, but there are some things that just aren’t funny. “The N Word” is one, the Holocaust is another, and Laura Kightlinger is a third (*ba-dum-dum-CHING*). In my mind, there just is no excuse for that kind of stuff in civilized society. Cosmo, if you were looking to shock, you’ve done it… but you have a long way to go before you’re Howard Stern

Mel Gibson was not available for comment. Calls to his voicemail were answered simply by a long “Woo-hoooooooo!”

>.: speaking of not killing, the OJ Simpson book and TV special have been canceled. Apparently, the idea that a murderer would explain how he would have killed a couple of people if given the chance was an "ill-considered project". Color me shocked! Shocked I say!

.: In local news, George Weller, the man who plowed through the Santa Monica farmer's market in his '92 Buick LeSabre, killing 10 and injuring 70+, received a slap on the wrist, and possibly the meaty part of his back probation... the court cited that his poor health would be more of a drain on the city's resources than it would be worth.

*update*
In the interests of fairness, the Michael Richards apology:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dufHYw-W6j4]

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