Thursday, November 30, 2006

Jesse Jackson and others call for boycott of Seinfeld DVD.

Entertainment: Jesse use the spotlight for a really stupid call along the lines of NAACP trying to boycott Target.

Civil rights campaigner Rev Jesse Jackson has called for a boycott of the latest Seinfeld DVD box set in the wake of Michael Richard's racist rant at a comedy club on 17 November. Richards, 57, won three Emmy Awards for playing Cosmo Kramer in the hit series, which ran from 1990 until 1998. The seventh season of the hit series was released as a four-disc set in the US last week - just after Richards hit the headlines for racially abusing two African-American hecklers at Los Angeles club The Laugh Factory.
I don't think the boycott will be heard by many.
It seems that there really is no such thing as bad press -- even press generated by racist tirades. Sales of season seven of "Seinfeld" are up 75% over season six and 90% over season five -- after one week of sales, according to website DVD Empire. Meanwhile, DeepDiscountDVD.com reports a staggering 178% increase over season six. Sales are up despite Jesse Jackson calling for a boycott. Seasons five and six were released on the same day last year. TMZ's video of Michael Richards' hideous harangue was first seen on November 20 -- one day before season seven was released. Richards went on "The Late Show with David Letterman" that same night to apologize. To paraphrase Seinfeld ... is there anything wrong with that?

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