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Comedy - Winston Owens April 1 2008 Politics of Comedy...

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Winston Owens April 1, 2008 Politics of Comedy Elaine Boosler Piece Boosler is attempting to tackle one of the most complex topics of recent pop cultural history, and for that, I commend her. However, it goes without saying that a mere six-paragraph op-ed entry does not do this area of discussion justice. In the beginning of her piece she refers to the highly controversial remarks of former Seinfeld star Michael Richards, who used the “‘n’ word” repeatedly and aggressively after an audience member supposedly interrupted the comedian during his standup act. Boosler goes on to argue “the rule about heckling is this: you fire at a cop, get ready to die. Yelling ‘you’re not funny’ at a comic is firing with an AK.” While on one hand I understand the two comedy club golden rules: (a) never sit in the front and (b) don’t talk sh*t to the comedian, I must maintain that Richards’ comments were, at best, offensive, at least, tasteless, but ultimately racist in essence. In my opinion, it’s not the fact that a white man used the “‘n’
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