By now I'm sure you've heard about Michael Richards "N-word" rant at a comedy club. He was reacting to a couple of black hecklers. Richards attempted to control the damage last night by going on Letterman by satellite to apologize. Jerry Seinfeld was the guest on Letterman, which propably marked the first time since the show ended that these two comedic geniuses shared the stage. It was absolutely surreal to me to have two of the funniest guys on Earth trying to be serious on a late-night comedy show. At one point during Richard's attempted apology the audience was giggling, obviously in anticipation of "Kramer" doing something funny, and Jerry said, "Stop laughing, it's not funny." I kept waiting for a punch-line too, even though I knew none was coming.
One, if you're a comedian, you don't go on Letterman to apologize for doing something stupid and indelicate and expect people not to laugh. And two, if he had just said, "Look, I'm not a professional stand-up comedian. I don't know how to handle hecklers. I was humiliated and embarassed and I lashed out at these two guys, sorry.", he wouldn't have to do all this public groveling. Just be honest.
Then astonishingly, Richards went on to link his conflict with the hecklers to the US conflict with Iraq. Of course liberal Letterman let him get away completely with this.
Mel Gibson, who had booze to blame, said basically the same thing and his problems are far from over still. Do you think the media deal with liberal-leaning stars differently than conservative-leaning stars like Gibson?