Assignment 3

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If you have not seen Michael Richard’s tirade against hecklers in a comedy club that was filled with racist comments, watch this video clip:

If the link does not pull up just Google: Michael Richard’s tirade

Columnist Eric Zorn asks: Did Richards' outburst arise from racism, or was it the result of an uncontrollable anger problem? As Zorn suggests, "Maybe the impulse to use those words came not from a desire to express his deepest, hidden views on the inherent comparative value of the races but from a momentary desire to inflict as much pain verbally as he could upon people at whom he was unjustifiably but extremely furious." Is it possible to rattle off a list of racial slurs without a racist intent or without it revealing a deep-seeded prejudice?

You could also look at/discuss/draw a parallel about Mel Gibson’s similar behavior in his history of controversial rants (also available via You Tube).

If you use any outside sources be sure to include a separate reference page. Refer to the resources mentioned in the Assignment Requirements Document for specific format requirements.


This assignment needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Include the following sections (with a minimum of 2 double-spaced pages of text beyond the title & reference pages):

-Title page (course #/your name/assignment #)

- Discuss whether or not Richards’ tirade was racist (3-4 paragraphs)

- Do you think that it was his intent to execute pain rather than revealing a deep seated

hatred? (5-6 paragraphs)

- Conclude whether or not racial slurs can exist without a racist intent/prejudice (1-2


- Reference page (if you used any outside resources to garner your opinions)

  • Do not “directly quote” outside resources (e.g., the textbook). You should get used to paraphrasing outside resources, whereby you put the information in your own words while still citing the source from which you derived your information. Keep in mind that using anything more than three consecutive words of the outside source is considered plagiarism.

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School: Duke University



Michael Richard’s Tirade against Hecklers
Student’s Name
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Why Richards’ Tirade Was Racist
Richard’s tirade amount to an act of racism because of the nature of negative words he
used under multiple occasions to describe the African Americans who formed the large majority
of the audience in the comedy show. In particular, the use of words like Nigger several times
indicates that he had a racial outburst at eh black people who shouted at him in the comedy show
(Kramer, 2016). Besides, this act is seen as a racial epithet which he later apologized in
numerous live television shows and interviews.
Richard’s tirade was racist because he personally admits that he acted out of anger after
the crow heckled him, prompting him to go into a rage, thus uttering the racial slurs. Even
though his performance technique may be seen as the cause of the racial slur, it was not easy to
distinguish the actual acts of...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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