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Jesse Jackson calls for Seinfeld boycott

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 28th 2006 4:14PM
Jesse JacksonIf you've been following the Michael Richards apology tour, you know that the actor made an appearance on the Reverend Jesse Jackson's Keep Hope Alive radio program in which he claimed to be "shattered" by his own remarks. That wasn't good enough for the Rev. The day after Richards' appearance, Jackson called for a boycott of the recent seventh season Seinfeld DVD release to punish the actor where it really hurts - the pocketbook.

How boycotting the Seinfeld DVD set would actually hurt Richards is beyond me. Between syndication points and a series-run as Kramer, I think Richards is pretty set financially. As a symbolic act or even one motivated by publicity, I suppose a boycott makes a bit more sense -- but not much seeing as Richards' words were spewed without the consent of the entire cast and crew of Seinfeld. (I've linked to it in the past, but if you want a better reason to hold Seinfeld suspect, check out hip-hop artist Danny Hoch's monologue about his scheduled appearance on the show.)

Jackson also called for an end to the use of the "N-word" by all people - including hip-hop artists and black comedians. Jamie Masada, the owner of the Laugh Factory at which Richards hurled the now infamous string of epithets, announced that the "N-word" would be banned at the club. Wouldn't that effectively shut-out up-and-coming Dave Chappelle-types from ever appearing there? Self-censorship is not what comedians do best. What happened to reclaiming words as an act of empowerment? Or, I don't know, just the notion of "context?"

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I have purchasd Season 7 of Seinfeld DVD for my son for Christmas. I see no reason to boycott over what happend with Michael Richards. Why should all the other cast members suffer. Give me a break!

December 04 2006 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are You Kidding Me. jesse Jackson needs to shut up. his so despertly needs the attention that hes going to attack comediens. u gunna go after dave, carlos, Chris Rock, Ron White. He dosn't need to apoligize for shit. thats his opinion, let him express it. and who the hell made Jesse Jackson the presidents of blacks. who made him so high and mighty. jonathans right, he needs to put a sock in it.

November 30 2006 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This whole thing is about MONEY! Those two guys had something in mind when they went there. They provoked Richards and he feel for it. What he said is wrong and no one should say it. But it is appearent that most people see that Jesse Jackson is a hypocrite and if he spent just a fraction of his time help Black and White come to geather in a positive way, the world would be a better place.

I have discussed this with my Black friends and it seems for the most part we agree!

Jesse only GOD has the rite to punish!

November 30 2006 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"What happened to reclaiming words as an act of empowerment? Or, I don't know, just the notion of 'context?'"

It is impossible to "reclaim" a word as an act of "empowerment." That's one of those little things that always sounds good, but just doesn't happen. As long as people have been using the word in a non-hate sense to "reclaim" it, if it was going to work, Richards' moronic tirade wouldn't have raised an eyebrow because the word wouldn't have had the negative meaning. The word will ALWAYS be a word of hate when certain people, even some blacks, use it. It's as simple as that.

As for "context," we as a people are too stupid nowadays to get context. People who aren't "allowed" to use the word hear those who apparently are using it and laughing about it, and they think, "Oh, it's ok now." They don't think about context, they think about their own "empowerment" to use a word that must not be so bad. Context never crosses their minds. Therein lies the problem: there are other people who have been conditioned through unfair treatment to pay more attention to context than is sometimes warranted. The two sides, on issues like this, will never agree.

So what do you do, continue the widespread acceptance of this word as "acceptable" and continue to have incidents like this, or make everyone who uses the word in the wrong and reduce the number of arguments?

I choose the latter.

November 29 2006 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jesse Jackson is a media whore. He'll do anything to get on tv and drag this out as long as he possibly can.

November 29 2006 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with all the above posts. Also, I don't think black people are Seinfeld's target demographic, I wouldn't think they were to buy many DVDs anyway.

November 29 2006 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I feel sorry for the Black community, to have their "spokespeople" always be Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

November 29 2006 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mack Swift

This guy makes me sick to my stomach. This retard and all his other outraged black friends throw a fit because Michael Richards went on a tirade and said nigger.

Give me a break. Where's the outrage at all black communities awash in drugs and murder? Where's the outrage when a black mother puts her 3-month old in the frakking microwave? Where's the supposed outrage when black people call other black people nigger?

Did anyone watch the whole video on YouTube? Because somebody says to Richards, "That was uncalled for, you fucking cracker-ass mother fucker ... Fucking white boy. We'll see what's up." Which one of the so called 'victims' of Richards tirade said that? Apparently saying that is a-okay.

Jackson, his cronies, and most black people are bunch of hypocrites. When a white person says nigger, they stomp up and down screaming that they're victims of racial prejudice and that they want money as reparation to slavery.

But a black person calls another black person a nigger in any way, shape, or form.....no outrage. A black mother puts her 3-month old black baby in the microwave...no outrage.


November 29 2006 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Woods

OK, the Michael Richards thing was ridiculous. I don't think you will find many people who will disagree. That being said, Jessie Jackson is just a hypocrite who prospers from the Big Business called Racism. It's his own special brand of Racism that only works one way. People have hated people who are different than them since the beginning of time(or in the future as portrayed on South Park this year).
Does anyone remember Jackson's Hymietown comment? The Washington Post does.

America, don't get sucked into this mentality.

November 29 2006 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another fun part are the people who were called the n-word by the wacko are sueing. My thought is for what?! He called you a niggar, he didn't threaten your life, he didn't say he was going to shoot you. There is this thing in America called free speech. Should he have said it? No, no way, but there is no right to sue.

November 28 2006 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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