Agreed, to some extent. I think the reports of the event are very confusing in that the initial reports said he was being heckled, but the other comedians that were there say that he was not being heckled; that the two guys were just talking during his routine. If the other comedians are to be believed, I think the ongoing "he was being heckled" comments in articles aren't necessarily fact, but instead are just lazy reporting repeating the initial report. And, normal heckling doesn't constitute an equal provoked attack in the sense that Richards was not being provoked with racial epithets so he was not retaliating in kind, as opposed to the "cracker" comments that came after the fact.Originally Posted by AJane;2151546;
One thing that I did notice when seeing Richards' apology for the first time last night is that he spoke in a plurality, as if this kind of outburst is commonplace. I don't have the exact quote, but he said something along the lines as "I'm not racist, but all of a sudden this stuff just comes out of me...." as if it's happened suddenly before. Of course it could just be a very poor choice of words.
And again (Broadway disclaimer), I say all of this not to lessen Mel Gibson's actions at all yet again... I'm just saying that their outbursts are equally as shameful and hateful. And I, too, don't much care for most of Mel's stuff... but I'm looking forward to Apocalypto because the Mayans, and their disappearance, fascinate me.
eta: Here's the video of the two audience members' version of events on The Today Show this morning. It adds a bit more detail that again, if they are to be believed, lends to the fact that Richards' attack was unprovoked.