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Racism, Arrogance And A Washed Up Career Make A Nasty Combo

Say it ain’t  so Michael!

I finally saw the tape everyone is on about  of Michael Richards spewing racist garbage at some guys who were heckling him during one of his performances.

There are mixed reactions to the whole thing- some people are horrified and pissed and disgusted –  common reactions you usually have to something like this.

Others see it as ridiculous and funny to see washed up Richards lose his cool and expose himself like that.

I’m not sure what I think.  And I wonder why I am not apalled and furious like I feel I should be?  I was surprised at what an ass he was, but I mean a lot of comedians say some pretty bigoted, disgusting things – I think he just stripped it of its veneer. 

Personally I don’t like going to comedy clubs because they always look for some poor sap from the audience to pick on and I’m always terrified that it will be me 🙂   There are some comedians who make a living calling out people based on race, ethnicity, religion, etc…  Sometimes I think it’s funny, (usually not) if it’s not me they are picking on and if they don’t cross the line.  But then that line is subjective right…?  I mean I find Borat to be offensive to any sense of good taste the good Lord gave us, but some see him as a freakin social commentator…whatever.

Watching the tape the one thing that stood out for me was  his overwhelming  arrogance.  I mean it was palpable…arrogance like that is usually reserved for dictators or sociopaths.

I think that was what was mostly at play here.  I don’t think it was so much that he hates black people as he hates all people …he came off a being one of those very arrogant, self absorbed people, who drink too much and blame everyone else for why their lives suck. There is definitley some sort of pathology there – more than just racism. 

He lashed out because he felt entitled and hit below the belt because he didn’t care.    His apology was weird – The Rage…Katrina…he’s fiery, passionate, confronting his anger and guys…he tried to ju-jitsu his rage!!!   Seriously …crazy for days.  His therapist bills are going waaaay up!    I wonder if Jerry Seinfeld defended Mel Gibson? 

Regardless he’s a loser who will probably drink himself or snort himself to death…What I found most interesting was the reaction of the crowd.  People got up and started leaving….not saying anything but just making the choice to not participate in his sham of a routine.

For every asshole there are two people who keep hope alive that one day we will be beyond all this.

Watching Seinfeld will never be the same after this.

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Cosmic Puppetry

It never ceases to amaze me how people go through life unaware of the impact they have on other people.  

Last night we went to see Babel – the movie just released by Alejandro González Iñárritu. A Brilliant director who captures human emotion at its rawest.  I loved his movie 21 Grams and I loved Babel.  The movie is about the interconnectedness and disconnectedness of human beings – how we impact each other’s lives, and how disconnected we are from each other, even those closest to us.  

I believe in the strength of the wings of a butterfly…and in the 6 degrees of separation…we are all tied together by some cosmic string and the vibrations of that string echo through all our lives.

 

It brought it home on a personal level tonight as I was talking to a friend of mine who called me sad, and depressed.  She is dealing with the break-up of her marriage, 2 small shildren and a host of financial problems that have now been compounded by the fact that someone decided to steal her car.

She had a little second hand white Neon, nothing special – but it was the first car she owned all by herself.  A couple of weeks ago some guys decided that they were going to take her car – the car that she worked long hours to pay cash for – and go for a joyride.  They ran it up and down the streets and finally crashed it into a creek and left it there.  

Her insurance company provided her with a rental for a week, but would not cover the entire cost of it, and also made her pay the insurance on it.  The garage she took her car to is telling her that she should scrap the car because it is worthless now.  She is in no way able to afford  a new car anytime soon and winter is approaching fast.

She is left now with no way to get her kids around town, is walking to work in the rain and holding a hefty bill from her rental car company.

Because she has to pay the car bill, she doesn’t have enough to cover her mortgage this month.  

Needless to say she also can’t afford much in the way of groceries or other incidentals that come along with being a single parent of two children.

 

I wonder if the guys who took her car realize that because of them, my friend may lose her house, cannot feed her kids and is left without any means of transportation.

 

I wonder would they care?

 

And I wonder at people who steal…people who take what belongs to others just because they feel like it.  I wonder if they have spared a single thought to the woman who is sitting at home in tears wondering what her next move should be.  With that one move they managed to break down the confidence she had built up in herself  – that she could make it on her own.

Sometimes all it takes is one thing to pull down your fragile house of cards.

 

Interconnectedness.  All of us dancing on a string, pulling each other in different directions.  Behind closed doors people’s hearts are breaking and their lives are coming apart.

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Big Brother are us

This is so interesting – Hasan Elahi has taken an offensive measure by deciding to track himself and inform the FBI of his every move after being held and questioned by them some time ago.  He also posts much of what we consider to be private information on line.  I guess he figured he’s put it all out there and be done with the fear of being detained and questioned every time he made a move.  It’s sad that we have come to this…who would have thought Geroge Orwell knew what he was talking about.

There is a link that brings you to his site where you can see where he is right now.

http://elahi.rutgers.edu/track/

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