“That Nigger WAS Crazy!”

There is no need for political correctness, racial sensitivity, or a need to not offend; his comedy did none of that.

What he did was make us take a look at all those things in a raw, vibrant manner, that was funny, bittersweet, and truly original.

Many a “hack” comic these days is a mere shadow of what Richard Pryor started.

But when a comic truly shines under the lights, that comic owes in part of his success to the atmosphere and attitude that Richard Pryor brought to the comic industry.

Good Night, Rich.

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Richard Pryor: 1940-2005

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One Response to “That Nigger WAS Crazy!”

  1. Dave Robison says:

    As blogs and blog entries disappear daily from the Internet; I’m using the comment section to post a little update for posterity.

    There has been some controversy about my tribute to the late Richard Pryor over at MLM Blog. My use of a racial slur used frequently by Pryor sparked discussion ranging from disgust over the use of the word; to the defense of yours truly by other commenters; to implication that all white southerners are predisposed to racism. In the end, an agreement to disagreement seems to be the prevailing course. I’m sure Pryor would have enjoyed the discussion and at last look, the comments are still coming in.

    The MLM Blog post stated.

    “This is beginning to look like one of those, “what the hell?” weeks in Quixtar News.

    First we had the semi-naked model trying to get you to buy Quixtar products, now we have the Quixtar On The Road Racial Slur Blog.

    What’s next? Mass firings and Dexter getting kicked off the board? Oops. Did I type that?”

    My reply was/is

    “Ty,

    I just wanted to acknowledge that I have read your comments and others regarding my recent tribute to Richard Pryor.

    The term I used is an offensive word used with great power in the early career of Richard Pryor; a tribute to his comedic genius in exposing those things that made us wince and laugh at the same time.

    You are entitled to your opinion and I’m glad that your reading of my entry verified your strong commitment to vilify that type of epithet.

    I do disagree with your characterization that the entry had anything to do with Quixtar, but I also understand that including Quixtar in any entry on a blog aids in attracting traffic, and I do mention Quixtar in my blog frequently although my blog has never been solely about Quixtar.

    In fact, my first love is and always will be comedy, and thus my tribute to Richard Pryor comes from a “comic’s heart” not from any MLM angle.

    Thanks for reading On The Road With Dave, and even though I may have offended you and possibly now have lost a reader, I hope you understand that if you got past the controversial title of the entry, there was nothing but admiration in the body of the entry, so I can not offer an apology.

    If you choose to continue to read On The Road With Dave, I can only promise that like you, I will always call it, like I see it.

    Dave”

    I’m publishing the reply here for historical purposes, just in case MLM Blog is ever deleted and not save by the Internet Archive.

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