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Michael “Kramer” Richards Update

Posted by shadmia on November 29, 2006

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After interviewing Michael Richards on his radio program, Jesse Jackson announced a new initiative to ban the word nigger altogether. He plans to meet with TV Networks, Film Companies and Musicians to explore ways to stop the use of the word. However during the interview with Richards, Jackson himself used the word multiple times. At a news conference Jackson issued the following statement:

“We will challenge and urge all artists and comics to stop using this word,” Jackson said. “What other group is subjected to such a degrading terminology?”

There is skepticism about the success of such a campaign. Below are some quotes:

“This is about understanding that this is pervasive, that this happens in all of our institutions in one way or another,” said U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters.

“As a comedian, its my job to say it, if they say don’t say it, I’m supposed to say it. That’s what an artist is supposed to do, break rules,” said comedian Aaron Freeman.
“If you’ve worked this hard to suppress it, you know what anybody with any kind of a beef on anything is going to be throwing it out as a sign of their rebellious individuality. It will be great for my business,” Freeman said.

“I think if something is said in pure spirit of comedy and it’s not said hatefully, and it’s not said with any hate in your heart when you say it, I don’t see where it can never be used again,” said radio host and comedian Tony Sculfield.

In the meantime Michael “Kramer” Richards has stirred up another controversy. He claimed he was Jewish. Some months ago Richards was accused of using anti-Semitic remarks in his routine. His Publicist Howard Rubenstein defended him saying: Richards “is Jewish. He’s not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing.” He went on further to explain:

“Technically, not having been born by blood as Jewish and not formally going into a conversion, it was purely his interpretation of having adopted Judaism as his religion,” Rubenstein told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He told me, `I’m Jewish,’ when I asked him.

“He said there were two mentors who raised him and who had a big influence on his life, and they were Jewish. He said, `I agree with the concepts and the religious beliefs of Judaism and I’ve adopted Judaism as my religion,'” Rubenstein said. “He really thinks of himself as Jewish.”

This has caused many Jewish leaders to deny that Richards is Jewish:

“You can’t feel Jewish. It’s not a matter of feeling. You can convert to Judaism. You can’t not convert to Judaism and then be Jewish,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
“From the Orthodox point of view, if that person has a Jewish mother, he would be considered Jewish,” Hier said. “In the Reform tradition, there’s also a patrilineage. Under those categories, he would not fit.”

Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California agreed.

“There are many people who appreciate Jewish customs, who may embrace aspects of Jewish culture and practice, but that does not make them Jewish,” he said.

Michael Richards was unavailable for an interview.

This is the seventh article about Michael Richards. See the six previous articles in chronological order…. Kramer 1 Kramer 2 Kramer 3 Kramer 4 Kramer 5 Kramer 6

One Response to “Michael “Kramer” Richards Update”

  1. sandi warner said

    I am past fed up with the black, brown, yellow, purple, green, orange,–to be continued– backlash so I want to stand up for all races that are in the present and trying to function in the present as living breathing human beings. (Let me clear my throat; I just had an idea, again!) No one likes being called any name, or names, that are said to insult, degrade, and hurt them. None of us chose our heritage, or sex, or our color, but we do choose individually what we think and feel. We’re all here on…oops, I almost said “God’s Planet”, is that allowed? Well, we are all here, that’s a human proven fact, and we are the ones building our own fences and barriers so how crazy is that? Every single man, woman, and child should be allowed to live with dignity and enjoy this life to the fullest but it won’t happen if we keep backing up to pick up the downtrodden…unless…we include every single race, color, and creed. Human bondage and suffering has been around since humans, of every color, so I don’t get it. Doesn’t “equality” mean, well uh, equality for all, and when does it start? All people out here are getting more and more confused,and really (the “P” word). These radicals make me think of bullies back in school. They just want to keep trouble brewing then run behind the “Principal” to hide and reload their sling shot. Am I the only one that keeps smelling, and feeling, the flames of reverse discrimination? We’re going backwards folks. Wake up! This is 2006 and we’re about to enter 2007. The solution is so simple so let’s all try it! First, avoid the Delivery Room by using protection if you cannot control yourself, or you go brain dead during “high stress” moments. Wait until you are educated, mature, and financially able to take on the monumental, and very long task, of raising a beautiful and innocent child that will depend totally on you, and might lose out in life if you don’t accept that responsibility. Your kids will love you for it and prosper when they grow up instead of writing to you from Camp Granada, or worse. Study hard, get a good education, work hard, and strive to be all you can be then you can kick back and watch a “Miracle” happen everytime! Showing favoritism or favor to any color of our Bouquet Of Humanity is like insulting one the colors in our Rainbows. We all need to wake up, grow up, shut up, get up, and off of our lazy whining butts and get a LIFE! If you can sign your name you’re capable of doing something. Oh, and forget trying to stop name calling. Anyone with an IQ over ten knows it ain’t gonna happen. Take it from a man that goofed and tried to warn us to “all get along”. Great idea, so come on, let’s try it! Me first. I love you and I wish you the very, very best always, so there.

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