So, Tony Blair, the lame duck Prime Minister of Britain, finds it difficult to say sorry about the Slave Trade. As you are aware the 200th Anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade will happen on 27th March 2007. Mr Blair, writing an article in a daily paper could only mutter the words "Deep sorrow". As expected it’s received a mixed reception, and not just along race lines. Mr Blair, “Blog On The Land” has a suggestion. Why not go to Parliament, on the 27th March 2007, and issue a proper, and proportionate apology.
Remember Michael Edwards? No? OK, remember Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld, the comedy which finished some years ago? You know when fame has waned when the only way that you can remember someone is when you can only remember their name in association with an event a very long time ago.
Well, this non entity has become famous, erm, infamous once again for a racist tirade against two African-American members of an audience to which he was performing at a famous LA comedy club. Let’s be fair, the audience members “started it” by heckling him. An occupational hazard for any comedian. His response can be summarised by the following account.
"The camera started rolling just as Richards began his attack, screaming at one of the men, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass." Richards continued, "You can talk, you can talk, you're brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He's a nigger! He's a nigger! He's a nigger! A nigger, look, there's a nigger!"The crowd is visibly and audibly confused and upset. Richards responds by saying, "They're going to arrest me for calling a black man a nigger." One of the men who was the object of Richard's tirade was outraged, shouting back "That's un-f***ing called for, ain't necessary." After the 3-minute tirade, it appears the majority of the audience members left in disgust."
What does Richards do next? Hires a PR expert with "ties" to the African-American community so that he can speak to Al Sharpton and Rev Jesse Jackson. For God sake!!! I can't remember those being the two men in the crowd at the time!!! This after an appearance on the Letterman show (nice career opener, keep the name in the public eye), and on Rev Jesse Jackson’s radio show.
Why the hell he couldn’t just meet the men on a personal level and apologise to them heaven knows. He says he can’t find them. Perhaps its because “They all look alike” Everyone else seems to be able to find them. Just to let you know that we can see a video of his rant, plus the two missing audience members if you follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsxiB5dZNNs