In “UGH” of the day, Tracy Morgan attempts to apologize for a homphobic rant that occurred during a show in Nashville, Tennessee. The media first caught wind of this when an audience member, Kevin Rogers, shared his account on what happened with Truth Wins Out.
He (Morgan) mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f***ers that bully them, not whine about it. He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death. He mentioned that Barack Obama needed to man up and quit being all down with this just because he has a wife and two daughters. All of this being followed by thunderous cheer and “You go Tracy’s!”. Tracy then said he didn’t f***ing care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f***ing dick up their ass… they can take a f***ing joke.”
Rogers also spoke with Entertainment Weekly, “I can take a joke, but I absolutely did not expect a rant like this in the middle of a comedy act,” he said via phone. At first Tracy’s publicist Nicole Charbot issued a statement that there was “no comment” but both have changed their tune now that the story is being published all over the internet. The ‘30 Rock‘ actor issued a statement:
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others,” Morgan said in a statement.
“While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”
Just, ugh. I hate this. I hate people that want to spew hate under the guise of being funny or just “telling jokes”. A lot of people have showed concern for his son; how could you be a parent that says something like that about their child, even if it is just a “joke.” I doubt that he is really sorry, and there was obvious pressure from GLAAD who asked that his management “investigate these allegations and should they prove true, we call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about.”
I can’t say I’m surprised by what Morgan said. He’s known for being out there with his comedy but this wasn’t comedy, it was pure stupidity and homophobia.
NBC and Tina Fey had this to say about Morgan’s rant:
NBC and “30 Rock” creator/star Tina Fey have issued apologies for Tracy Morgan’s homophobic one-liner at a Nashville show earlier this month.
Network entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said, “We will always recognize an artist’s freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context. Unfortunately, Tracy’s comments reflect negatively on both ’30 Rock’ and NBC — two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations — and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
Fey also said she was happy that the comedian apologized, adding,
“Stand-up comics may have the right to ‘work out’ their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.
I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at ’30 Rock,’ without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.”
His co-star Alec Baldwin only had this to say:
We here at Dipped in Cream are appalled that Tracy Morgan’s co-stars would both apologize for his behavior and joke about it. Really, Tina? Seriously, Alec?