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'Kramer' Apologizes, Hires Crisis Expert


By SOLVEJ SCHOU
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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 23) -- First he went on national television to apologize for his racial tirade against two black hecklers. Now Michael Richards is taking his contriteness to the next level: he's hired a public relations expert with deep contacts in the black community.

New York publicist Howard Rubenstein took on Richards as a client Wednesday after being contacted by the actor-comedian. He then arranged for Richards to call the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

"I've known those gentlemen for many years," Rubenstein told The Associated Press.

"Michael apologized profusely. He wants to heal the tremendous wound that he's inflicted on the American public, and on the African-American community," he said.

Jackson, reached by phone, said Richards called "expressing his remorse and his confusion."

"He's embarrassed. He got caught on tape. That's a big part of his anxiety now," said Jackson.

"Clearly he needs some race sensibility training, and some psychiatric help. His anger is volatile and dangerous to himself and others," Jackson said. "I hope he gets the help he needs. But the culture that's producing this kind of animosity toward blacks must be addressed. ... We're increasingly facing cultural isolation in Hollywood, in the movies and in TV."

Jackson added, "We have to evaluate the use of the n-word and categorize it as hate speech, no matter who uses it."

Calls to Sharpton's home and to his National Action Network on Wednesday were not returned.

Richards, who played the kooky neighbor Kramer on the TV show "Seinfeld," lashed out at the hecklers last week during a performance at West Hollywood's Laugh Factory. A video of his rant then appeared on TMZ.com.

In a subsequent satellite appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show," Richards said his remarks were fueled by anger, not bigotry.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said in a statement Wednesday that the tirade and anti-Semitic comments by Mel Gibson earlier this year point to a pervasive trend in American culture, and that Richards' declaration "is indicative of the type of denial that too often accompanies racist rhetoric."

Rubenstein, whose media relations firm specializes in "crisis management" according to the firm's Web site, said he had never met or spoken to Richards before the actor called him.

Clients of Rubenstein's firm include Amazon.com, the New York Yankees, ABC Inc., Walt Disney Co., Time Inc., News Corp., Columbia University, the NAACP Image Awards and Bloomberg L.P., according to the Web site.

"I've been very involved in the African-American community for 25 to 30 years," Rubenstein said. "It would be a tragedy if this exacerbated our race relations. I hope I can help. ... It's always been an effort on my part to improve African-American and Jewish ethnic relations."

As for reports that Richards shouted out anti-Semitic remarks during another standup comedy routine in April, Rubenstein confirmed his client did, but that he was only role-playing.

"He's Jewish. He's not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing, he was playing a part. He did use inappropriate language, but he doesn't have any anti-Semitic feelings whatsoever," Rubenstein said.


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The only way for him to recover from this is to seek help for his "racial illness" issue that he has. Make it known worldwide that he is seeking help. Come be the frontrunner for other people who may have the same problem. Tell the world that it is a sick illness, and is not tolerable or justifiable

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Ewww...Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton please go away. Your services aren't needed.
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Ewww...Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton please go away. Your services aren't needed.
um, maybe this PR guy isn't as high Powered as they say because he should know their influence is down to the bare minimum these days.
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seriously, WHO FUCKING CARES?

it's kramer.

sadly his career is bigger NOW than it has been in a decade because of, not in spite of, this incident.

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cooldude and heylook are dancing around the solution, but they haven't quite missed it.

This is Kramer's big opportunity. His career was done before this happened, maybe the bitterness contributed to it. Now his career is just extra-done. It's the opportunity to find something different.

If he wants to do something useful with his life, he should say "Yes, I am a racist. But I'm going to fix it." Then he should quit show business and become a full-time advocate for one of the major groups that promote racial tolerance. Maybe donate a few of his millions to make better schools in Compton.

If he's going to spend his millions on consultants to help him get back a career he lost 7 years ago, he might just as well set the bills on fire.

You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
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Ewww...Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton please go away. Your services aren't needed.

"racism is dead, it died when MLK walked on a bridge and freed the slaves. Now we have a socialist Kenyan president who is not an American and if anyone mentions race they are a reverse racist (while racism is dead, reverse racism is alive and well.) #whattheyteachyouatfox"
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Ewww...Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton please go away. Your services aren't needed.
Kramer called them.
What could either one of them do for him anyway? Gloria Allred is on Kramer's tail. God help him.

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um, maybe this PR guy isn't as high Powered as they say because he should know their influence is down to the bare minimum these days.
I bet this guy told Richards ,"You have to call Jesse and Al to help salvage your career, they can save you from the angy blacks".
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People should atleast give him a chance rather than immediately associating him with KKK
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Good Lord, through the syndication of Seinfeld alone, Richards should be raking in millions of dollars per year! He's 60 years old. It's time to retire. It's not like he has a career worth salvaging anyway.

He should just vanish and go live in a place where there are no people who've ever heard of Seinfeld.
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People should atleast give him a chance rather than immediately associating him with KKK
people should give him a chance to do 'what' exactly? People should give him a chance to actually lynch somebody before you associate him with the KKK??? People should give him a chance to at least call the black people in his audience coons and remind them that 50 years ago a white man could rape a black woman if he felt like it before we associate him with the KKK???

Exactly what are we suppose to give him a 2nd chance at?
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people should give him a chance to do 'what' exactly? People should give him a chance to actually lynch somebody before you associate him with the KKK??? People should give him a chance to at least call the black people in his audience coons and remind them that 50 years ago a white man could rape a black woman if he felt like it before we associate him with the KKK???

Exactly what are we suppose to give him a 2nd chance at?
I agree with you 100%. I am so tired of all this "reaching out for forgiveness and reconciliation" bullshit. It's the same thing with Mel Gibson. I am not about to even think about forgiving someone who is such a liar in his "apology".

"I am not a racist," "I am not an anti-Semite," "That wasn't me speaking, it was the rage/alcohol," etc.

I am tired of those BS apologies. They got exposed for who they really are, and I have no sympathy.
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I agree with you 100%. I am so tired of all this "reaching out for forgiveness and reconciliation" bullshit. It's the same thing with Mel Gibson. I am not about to even think about forgiving someone who is such a liar in his "apology".

"I am not a racist," "I am not an anti-Semite," "That wasn't me speaking, it was the rage/alcohol," etc.

I am tired of those BS apologies. They got exposed for who they really are, and I have no sympathy.
Yeah maybe we should give Mel a second chance at the whole drunk driving thing.....maybe the next time he'll hit and kill a jew and then he can be called a racist.
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Yeah maybe we should give Mel a second chance at the whole drunk driving thing.....maybe the next time he'll hit and kill a jew and then he can be called a racist.
He may be antisemite but he is not racist. A lot of Jews are white like Mel. Anyway in France there are actors who are far more anti semite than Mel. There is this black actor called Dieudonné and he absolutely hates Jews. He even attended the rally of Front National, the extreme right party where its leader at times made anti Jewish comments.

Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, generally known simply as Dieudonné (born 1966 in Fontenay-aux-Roses near Paris to a woman from Brittany and an African father from Cameroon) is a controversial French comedian who claims to be politically anti-racist, but who has been often accused of being anti-semitic.

Dieudonné started his career performing with French Jewish comedian Elie Semoun before going solo in 1997. His first shows (such as Patrick's Divorce) gained him a considerable success, but his controversial quotes and sketches in which he blamed all monotheistic religions started to make him a growing number of enemies. In the introduction to a March 2006 interview, The Independent called him a "French Louis Farrakhan... obsessed with Jews".[1]

He has been the subject of legal proceedings for "apologie d'actes de terrorisme" (justifying terrorist acts) after 9/11. Thus, in the French monthly L'Écho des savanes, he referred to Osama bin Laden as the "most important personality in contemporary history [, because he] stands alone against the biggest power in the world[. O]bviously, it calls for respect. I prefer bin Laden's charisma to that of George Bush".

He has also been the object of attention for alleged anti-Jewish hate speech. Among other things, he called the observance of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz "memorial pornography", and referred to the French Jewish organization CRIF as "an anti-constitutional cult" and "a mafia that controls everything in France".

In December 2003, he made an appearance on live television dressed as a Haredi Jew and urged Muslims to convert to the "American-Israeli axis of good" if they wanted a place in this society. Dieudonné finished the show by giving the traditional Nazi salute and exclaiming "Isra-Heil!". He was accused of violating French laws against incitation to racial or religious hatred, but in 2004, a Paris court ruled that he did not violate the law.

Dieudonné's defenders point out that the result of the various legal proceedings is that there has been no final conviction on any criminal charges, after appeals. His penchant for attracting controversy has made many TV channels and venues reluctant to book him.

In December 2005, he was in the news for losing a lawsuit to prevent an unflattering biography from being reprinted,[2] and for announcing his candidacy for the 2007 presidential elections. The subsequently created webpage for his official presidential candidacy regularly features articles by the notorious Holocaust-denier Serge Thion (under the transparent pseudonym "Serge Noith")

On February 11, 2006, he participated in the Parisian "march of angry Muslims" against the Muhammad cartoons.

On March 10, 2006, a Paris court sentenced him to a €5,000 fine for having alleged in an interview (published in February 2004) that "those Jews that criticise me are all former slave-merchants who now control the media and the banks".[3]

In May 2006, he gave a lengthy interview to the far-right monthly Le Choc du mois [4].

On June 14, 2006, he was sentenced to a total of 4,500 € fine (3,000 + 1,500) for libel, having accused a prominent Jewish TV-show host of "actively financing the Israeli army".[5]
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