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Michael Richards Is A Victim Of America & His Own Meltdown

Comedian Paul Mooney was interviewed last week by Nathan Rabin of The Onion's A.V. Club and had this to say on subject of the N-word and the infamous heckler incident that made him reevaluate ever using it again: AVC: You've … Read More

By / March 20, 2007

Comedian Paul Mooney was interviewed last week by Nathan Rabin of The Onion's A.V. Club and had this to say on subject of the N-word and the infamous heckler incident that made him reevaluate ever using it again:

AVC: You've vowed to stop using the N-word.

PM: I won't be using that, no. That's a no-no.

AVC: What was the reasoning behind that?

PM: Well, Michael Richards, his meltdown. His nervous breakdown is what did it.

AVC: How so?

PM: Well, it was something else. I heard about it, and then I saw the video, and it freaked me. I'm not easily freaked. And the way I used the word, I was an ambassador for the word. The way I used the word, I was a part of it too. It became an equal-opportunity word. All the little white kids, all the little Latin kids, the Asians, the Mexicans, they were all using it. And it shouldn't be equal opportunity. Even though some people say "We use the n-a, not the n-e," it doesn't matter. A goat's a goat. Whether you sauté or barbeque it, it's still a goat. And there were layers to his breakdown, to Michael. I've known Michael for over 20 years. There were layers to it. This came out of Michael. Michael's a victim of America. There are a lot of white people who have this stuff inside them. It just takes the right situation to bring it out. White America should take responsibility for it like I'm taking responsibility for it. I'm not saying it. You have to say no to it. I was married to the word, I was the ambassador for the word and now I'm not saying it any more.

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