Jesse Jackson calls for Seinfeld boycott
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?"