Monday, December 11, 2006

A Brave Man

But how many whites would be game to take up his invitation?

"In response to the controversy over Michael Richards' use of the n-word during a performance at the Laugh Factory, the owner of a Los Angeles club welcomed comics who used the racially charged term Friday night.

"Someone had to stand up for comics and freedom of speech has to rule the day," said Enss Mitchell, owner of Comedy Union. "No matter if you agree or disagree with what someone says, you have to allow them the opportunity to say it."

Mitchell, who is black, said he wasn't encouraging anyone to use the word but he wanted to create an atmosphere in which performers feel comfortable talking about anything they want.


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