'Kramer' Parodies Racist Rant

Curb episode jokes about comedian's tirade
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 2:48 PM CST

(Newser) – Michael Richards makes fun of the racist fit that derailed his standup career on the latest episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show has a black character deceive Richards—playing himself—as part of a ruse by Larry David. Richards corners the character and begins to scream: "If only there were a horrible name that I could call you that would make you as angry as I am," while onlookers film with their cellphones.

Richards gets déjà vu and runs away terrified. "Is Richards mocking himself ... or the digital-recording culture that exposed his greatest mistake? wonders TMZ. "In other words, is Richards and Curb trying to make a bad joke out of a serious situation?" In the 2006 incident, Richards unleashed a storm of racial epithets on black hecklers.

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