Today' Headlines-"Black Owner of LA Club Welcomes N-Word"

@ardnas69 (175)
United States
December 9, 2006 10:15am CST
The first news headline I read online this morning was this one about the outburst of a comedian at nightclub a few weeks when he began to hound four people with racial slurs.I applaud this man."In response to attacks on Michael Richards' use of the n-word during a performance at the Laugh Factory, the black owner of another club has welcomed comics who use the term. "Someone had to stand up for comics and freedom of speech has to rule the day," said Enss Mitchell, owner of Comedy Union. "No matter if you agree or disagree with what someone says, you have to allow them the opportunity to say it."(AP) Did Richards go too far? Maybe so,but there is a fine line between racism and comedy and what bothers me about the situation is that I hear blacks call other blacks the "N" word all the time. But the manner in which you are using the word is also the way in which it is perceived. I happen to love comedy myself,and if I were to go to -say a Chris Rock show, I am sure I would here racial slurs toward the white man such as "white cracker" or something else which violates myLot's word use policy. But I am not offended by it and who I am going call to protect my rights from being called those things? If this is such a bad thing, why am I still watching old stand up comdey shows of Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy on The Comedy Channel. The "N" word hasnt been banned from that channel yet, and I guess I should shut up while I am ahead because I happen to love those two comedians. I personally think some of this racism crap has gone too far today and that some of these larger organizations are the ones trying to make money off of the situation. I know many black people and most of them could care less about stuff like the "N" word(they call each other that) and the confederate flag issue(I live in SC).And the ones that do are the ones looking for money. Because hey, if you can get free money somehow, someway, most people will. In response to attacks on Michael Richards' use of the n-word during a performance at the Laugh Factory, the black owner of another club has welcomed comics who use the term."Someone had to stand up for comics and freedom of speech has to rule the day," said Enss Mitchell, owner of Comedy Union. "No matter if you agree or disagree with what someone says, you have to allow them the opportunity to say it."
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• United States
16 Dec 06
I think it all depends on the manner of which you use the word - or any word for that matter. Richards said it to offend the man and it did. I understand why people were upset. If Richards had used it as a term of endermeant (which is how most people today to use it)then it wouldn't have been a big deal. But he didn't.
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@ardnas69 (175)
• United States
17 Dec 06
I agree with and respect your comments 100%. I do think he may have gotten out of hand and went overboard.