Actually, I'm still completely stunned by the whole incident. I can't tell you how many times I've seen that stinking tape played and re-played on CNN and it's almost like watching a wild man...and then you see him apologizing on Letterman, talking about himself in the third person, like it was his alter ego up there. I completely agree that we all DO NOT have those words lying dormant in our minds. I just can't believe that the man on that tape is the guy I've laughed at so many times while watching "Seinfeld." Sad.

Posted by nicole at November 30, 2006 05:26 PM

Hopefully, most of us black people will not make such a leap, because we are smarter than that. Hopefully, most of us will see this for what it is... an actor with little experience in the stand-up realm who freaked out when some black people in the audience heckled him. What I know now about Michael Richards, rather than every white person in America, is that he had the n-word lying dormant in his mind, and he couldn't handle the pressure of performing his craft.

What I know about Michael Richards now is that he is a really small man that said some really wrong things. He has also ruined it for his "Seinfeld" costars because I will no longer be watching that show. He was my favorite character.

Posted by Terri at December 1, 2006 03:05 PM

Terri, I'm so glad that you see this the way I do: as a very WEIRD thing. I have no idea how Richards grew up or what his problem is; this is just beyond my realm of understanding. I was so disappointed to see that Freeman article though. I want to be judged on the content of my own character too, not lumped in with lunatics like Kramer.

Posted by Sarah at December 1, 2006 03:17 PM