In the wake of Michael Richards’ ugly public meltdown last Friday night, and subsequent apology/meltdown on “Late Night With David Letterman” yesterday, ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd tackled this sensitive issue with his usual aplomb Tuesday morning.
Trouble is, Cowherd and his acolytes continually refered to the contrite N-bomb dropper as “Kramer”.
While I have no stake in “Seinfeld” DVD sales nor Kenny Kramer’s suddenly ill-fated tours of the nation’s dinner theatres, the following needs to be stressed : “Cosmo Kramer” was a character on a television series. A very popular television series, but a work of fiction, nonetheless. Michael Richards, however, is an actual, living, breathing person. Whether or not being so closely identified with one iconic character could in any way be traced to an inability to cope with life’s obstacles (being heckled, “Airheads”, etc.) I can’t say for sure. I mean, we’ve not witnessed Mark Hamill going nuts (though it’ll be on YouTube when and if he does). But it would probably make sense, just for the sake of consistency, if nothing else, to acknowledge this unsavory episode was not the handiwork of Kramerica Industries’ CEO.