More About that Jesse Jackson Hot Mic Moment

Jul 16, 2008 9:14pm

As first reported by TV Newser today, there was more to that hot mic moment of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s than just wanting to castrate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

"Barack … he’s talking down to black people … telling n***ers how to behave," Jackson said, using a racial epithet so unacceptable to Jackson he called for a boycott of the DVD box set of the seventh season of Seinfeld to protest comedian Michael Richards’ use of it during an infamous 2006 comedy routine, and for a ban of the use of the word in popular culture.

Jackson, who is in Madrid, released the following statement today in response:

"I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barrack (sic) Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public. There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people."

The Obama campaign had no comment.

- jpt

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