I haven’t said anything about the whole Michael Richards debacle because, frankly, who cares? I always thought Kramer was an arsetard and hated it whenever he’d burst into Jerry’s apartment, twitching like a meth-head with his penis in an electrical outlet. Toward the end of the show’s run, the audience would have to wait looonger and looooonger for the Kramerplause to die down upon his goofy entrance.
To that end, Richards has always struck me as two things: basically without inherent talent and a huge laugh whore. So when he went on a racist tirade (and it was racist, dude) I just chalked it up to another point it the loser column. Make no mistake. He knows he’s a loser. In fact, it was having that fact pointed out to him in no uncertain terms that sent him into further racist spewage.
But here’s where I break with the latest salvos in this ongoing puppet show. As with all things in the news, my best bet is to play “follow the money.” Apparently the latest Seinfeld Boxed Set has just come out. Richards’ rant may have been the worst level of racist badinage, but there was no dead girl and no live boy. People are talking about Seinfeld again. The show is on the public’s consciousness just in time for the DVD to be on sale. But now Jesse “I don’t pay my taxes” Jackson tells us all to refrain from purchasing the DVDs. I’m all for the hit-em-where-they-live approach. Don’t buy Dixie Chicks records. Don’t buy Seinfeld DVDs. Don’t pay money for a Tom Cruise flick. Whatever tickles your fancy. Speak with your wallet.
But here’s where I break with the whole thing. If we aren’t buying the Seinfeld DVDs because some talentless washed up costar of the show is a racist nutbag, why isn’t Jackson also telling us to not buy Family Guy DVDs, Chris Rock DVDs, Boondocks DVDs and any of the countless other products on the entertainment shelf that promote racial discord? Why is it just this instance of bigotry that has us in tether? Because, frankly, racism isn’t going to go away if we keep laughing at it. If Michael Richards’ stint as Kramer has taught us anything it’s that the louder you laugh at something ugly, the longer it stays in the spotlight.
**Family members who are buying me a gift need to realise that this post title is a joke. I can’t stand Seinfelds later seasons.