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Michael Richards “Kramer” anti-Semitic and racist? November 30, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-Semitic, Card, Discrimination, Gibson, Jew, Jewish, Racism, Racist.

LOS ANGELES — Just when it seemed Michael Richards was about to leave the most troubling incident of his career behind, his publicist is having to explain how the comic could consider himself to be Jewish.

Last week, crisis-management expert Howard Rubenstein acknowledged Richards had shouted anti-Semitic remarks in an April standup comedy routine — well before his appearance earlier this month in which he harangued hecklers with the n-bomb. But he defended Richards’ language about Jews, saying that the comic “is Jewish. He’s not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing.”

As Rubenstein’s assertion circulated, Jewish organizations and commentators pointed out the man who played Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld has not converted to Judaism and neither of his parents are Jewish.


Which makes him …

“It was purely his interpretation of having adopted Judaism as his religion,” Rubenstein said Tuesday. “He told me, ‘I’m Jewish,’ when I asked him.”

“He really thinks of himself as Jewish.”

Meanwhile, Richards has found an odd ally in Mel Gibson.

“I felt like sending Michael Richards a note,” Gibson says in an interview in Entertainment Weekly’s Dec. 8 issue. “I feel really badly for the guy. He was obviously in a state of stress. You don’t need to be inebriated to be bent out of shape. But my heart went out to the guy.”

The 50-year-old actor-director added: “They’ll probably torture him for a while and then let him go. I like him.”

Gibson was mired in a scandal of his own this summer for anti-Semitic comments he made to police in Malibu, Calif., during his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. He publicly apologized.

His new movie, Apocalypto, opens Dec. 8. It is a Mayan-language epic filmed in Mexico chronicling the decline of the native civilization. He’s confident his past remarks will not hurt the movie at the box-office.C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Ottawasun.com

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