My Random Thoughts

Location: United Kingdom

A Naija Guy living (and loving) in the UK.

Monday, November 27, 2006

When its too hard to say sorry...

Next year marks the 2nd Centenary of the abolition of slavery in the UK. In anticipation of the advance publicity of this event, Tony Blair has expressed deep sorrow for the UK's involvement in Slavery but he has stopped short of issuing an apology. His statement seems to have satisfied no one, as there appears to be a school of thought that claims that he has no business apologising for an event that took place over two hundred years ago, while the counter argument is that a full apology is what is required. Should he apologise? Perhaps Tony should express "deep sorrow" over his personal involvement in starting the Iraq war...

Read more about inadequate historical apologies here

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Outrage over Seinfeld Actor's racist outburst..

The actor who played Kramer in the hit TV series Seinfeld stunned a comedy club audience when he launched a tirade of racial slurs at hecklers during a stand-up routine. Michael Richards' outburst at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood reportedly began after two black audience members shouted that he was not funny.

A video of the Friday night incident posted on entertainment news website shows the 57-year-old comedian retorting: 'Shut up! Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your a**.'

Then, to the audible shock of the audience, the comedian, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's eccentric neighbour, is shown pacing across the stage swearing and repeatedly uttering a racially offensive term. Read the complete article here.

The video is below and its quite shocking. I guess like Ron Atkinson he will expect to say he is sorry and all will be forgiven...