We live in a society where words are perhaps the greatest tool for peace and at the same time weapons for harm we have at our fingertips. All too often I find that the words doing the most damage are sad in jest by one person and then misunderstood by another. The simple way to avoid this is to avoid the joke that has even the slightest possibility of conveying a negative message. If you’re a comic on stage, an actor on film, then it’s very different. But even then you must be careful to keep in mind that even what you think is a joke can be insulting to a specific group or person. Don’t take the chance. Don’t let your image be damaged by one word that could have easily been avoided.
NOTE: ALEXANDER COMMENT BEGINS AROUND THE 9:30 MARK ON VIDEO
‘Seinfeld’ Star Apologizes for ‘Gay’ Cricket Remark
(AP) LOS ANGELES – Actor Jason Alexander has apologized for joking during a TV talk show that he considers cricket to be a “gay” sport.
In a blog post, the former “Seinfeld” star explained Sunday what led to his remark on CBS’s Late Late Show. He writes that he at first didn’t grasp why some might object to the comment, but that subsequent conversations with his gay friends led him to realize his insensitivity.
Alexander’s remarks came in Friday’s show in which he tells host Craig Ferguson that aspects of cricket make it a “gay game” compared to other sports.
The actor’s 1,000-word-plus “message of amends” said that the joking remark plays into “hurtful assumptions and diminishments” about people. Alexander also writes that as an actor with many gay friends, he “should know better.”