posted on Nov, 20 2006 @ 02:09 PM
true story. a few years ago my wife and I went to the Essence Awards. She is in advertising and her client was a product geared toward the african
american buyers. anyway, we went to the awards, which pretty much honor african americans for their success and contribution to society. Sinbad and
Hallee Berry were the hosts and the honorees were Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Mohammed Ali a skater and one other big name. The guest who appeared and
performed were insane. LL Cool J, Bill Cosby, etc. Huge names.
The entire show Sinbad is making white guy this and that jokes. The majority of the people in the first few sections were white and the rest of the
theater was filled with african americans and a scattered collection of us crackers. Everyone was laughing hysterically at the antics of the hosts.
Mocking our dress, our dancing, our talking etc. Then he made a joke about black people and, possibly used the n word. It was hysterical. Everyone
laughed. Including Frosty the snowman here. And when my darker section mates saw me laughing I got an earful. It was funny when it was a black guy
making fun of a white guy but when it was a black joke, apparently not funny to me.
Huge double standard. Imagine if I decided to hold a white guy awards. would the latin, black, asian etc community be upset? Damned right.
Anyway, what Michael Richards did was wrong but we are missing the heckling, we are missing the thrust of his show prior to the outburst as well. He
makes a comment about shock at some point. Perhaps he was trying to shock and prove a point and it got out of hand. His comments are still wrong and
clearly upsetting to the people in the audience so my take on the show might be off a bit but it helps to see it all as it happens.