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Kramer loses it, and not in the usual laugh-getting way. In fact, quite the opposite:

Michael Richards said Monday he spewed racial epithets during a stand-up comedy routine because he lost his cool while being heckled and not because he’s a bigot.

“For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” the former “Seinfeld” co-star said during a satellite appearance for David Letterman’s “Late Show.”

“I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this,” Richards said, his tone becoming angry and frustrated as he defended himself.

I don’t understand the recent spate of racist and misogynist jerks (cf. Mel Gibson and the Borat “victims”) claiming rage or booze as excuses for their behaviour. Rather, the stress or alcohol loosened their tongues enough to give us a look at that very ugly, very real part of their souls. I wish they would just face the fact of their bitterness. A heartfelt apology would be preferable to more vehement, hollow denials. They do protest too much.

(An aside to the Devs – I don’t know what the hell happened with the latest SU upgrade, but this took me four tries to post.)

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