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Comedian Tracy Morgan and star of NBC's 30 Rock is currently under fire from allegations he launched into an over-the-top homophobic rant while performing in a club in Tennessee.

Update: Morgan Apologizes


To be clear, I did express it’s healthy to be skeptical to the credibility of a Facebook post when I posted this diary. My call to action was for Morgan, or his people, to address this issue. “No comment,” is neither a confirmation, nor a denial.

The story has hit the New York Times and that’s hard to ignore. In response to community activists, bloggers, and a call from the gay rights org GLAAD, fierce response on social networking, Morgan has released this apology:

“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. 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.”

Meh. Still don’t think there’s anything funny about sticking a knife in your own gay son. Maybe he should workshop his routine before trying it out in big spaces.

The allegations began when a Facebook user, Kevin Rogers posted a note to Facebook. It's just shocking and disgusting.

WHY I NO LONGER "LIKE" Tracy Morgan – A MUST READ

So tonight was the night, Tracy Morgan in the hallowed halls of the  Ryman Auditorium.  I always giggle a little bit when I think that the  legends of country music must be rolling over in their graves knowing  that there are raunchy comics on their stage.   I've been a big fan of  his since his days at SNL.  The show was your typical hysterical dick,  cum and pussy humor… I have to say it was hilarious and well worth at  least 40% of the $86 we spent per ticket to see him.  I figured at some  point the gay jokes would fly and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing  of straight gay humor.  I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I  can dish and I can take.  What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it  upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy  and that women are a gift from God and that "Born this Way" is bullshit,  gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because "God  don't make no mistakes" (referring to God not making someone gay cause  that would be a mistake).  He said that there is no way a woman could  love and have sexual desire for another woman, that's just a woman  pretending because she hates a fucking man.  He took time to visit the  bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to  quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant  as bullying. He 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 fuckers 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 Tracys".  Tracy  then said he didn't fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if  they can take a fucking dick up their ass… they can take a fucking  joke.

The sad thing is that none of this rant was a joke.  His entire  demeanor changed during that portion of the night.  He was truly filled  with some hate towards us.  As far as I could see 10 to 15 people walked  out.  I had to fight myself to stay seated, but I knew if I got up…  he won.  He wanted to piss people off and get a rise.  I didn't let him  win by chasing me off, he surely didn't get any applause or laughter  from me after that point – mainly because he was no longer funny to me.   I wasn't holding back, it just wasn't funny.  I won't even get started  on his rant about how women should be home cooking him a fucking meal  and not becoming CEOs or him talking about fucking the moms of retards.  

Once again, I can take a joke.  I find all sorts of things that are  inappropriate funny.  Life is too serious to not laugh and enjoy some  humor.  I now no longer enjoy Tracy Morgan's humor.  It's sad that I now  have to take some inventory of my love of "30 Rock".

I'm not angry… just very very very disappointed.

Clearly there's a lot to object to, but there's nothing funny about  threats of violence, and actually murder, as in this passage:

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.

This is not talk that can be tolerated. Southern Poverty Law Center's analysis of 14 years of hate crime statistics  in 2010 showed that "gays and lesbians are far more likely to be  victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the  United States." Casual declarations that being gay, or gender  non-conforming are punishable by death are not funny. This is barbaric.

Truth Wins Out blog has called on Morgan to respond. From their press release:

Furthermore, he allegedly said that if his son was gay and  “whined” about being a bullying victim, he would kill him, using words  that will not be repeated here.  Morgan is also said to have called upon  President Obama to “man up” and stop speaking out for LGBT kids.   According to the report, these were only some of the most egregious  parts of this anti-gay tirade.

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LGBT people are still fighting for equality all across America, and  many of our teens are still very much at risk.  Sadly, reports of gay  youth taking their own lives due to anti-gay bullying have become all  too common.  Tennessee’s gay teens are in particular danger as the state  legislature has endeavored over the past year to make life as difficult  as possible for them, going as far as to move a bill prohibiting  teachers from even acknowledging their existence in schools.  Tracy  Morgan is a role model to many young people, including gay kids.  If  these reports are true, Mr. Morgan owes them, and us all, a full  apology.

“Tracy Morgan needs to respond to these allegations,” said [Evan]  Hurst.  ”Comedians have long pushed the envelope in tackling  controversial subjects.  Indeed, it’s part of their job description, and  good comedians are able to do this and keep everybody laughing at the  same time.  However, abject hatred directed at vulnerable kids is not  comedy, by anyone’s definition.  If these reports are true, we expect a  full explanation and apology.”

I caution that I am not presuming a Facebook post is the gospel truth, I like to extend someone the benefit of the doubt.

But, that said, Mr. Morgan does have a history. The popular LGBT blog AfterElton began observing a consistent pattern of homophobia in Morgan's brand of comedy back in 2008.

And The New York Daily News reported back in 2009, that  Morgan caused an exodus from a performance in Carnegie Hall, in part  because of homophobic rhetoric.

Audience members walk out of Tracy Morgan's bawdy Carnegie Hall performance
“People seemed to not be laughing at his jokes, but more because they  were shocked and appalled with what was coming out of his mouth,”  reports one audience member. Morgan talked trash about homosexuality  (saying it’s “a choice,” which drew gasps), drugs, pornography and what  he calls “politricks” — far edgier subjects than what his alter ego,  Jordan, gets air time for.

And I don't know if this is some bit that went horribly awry. But,  Like Truth Wins Out, I think an address is in order. Morgan's publicist  might agree. The story is being reported on a handful of LGBT and mainstream celebrity gossip blogs, including Jezebel and is fast proliferating on Twitter right now, and also on Facebook. It's not likely to be a story that blows over.

Update: From celebrity gossip blog Oh No, They Didn’t!

Tracy Morgan’s publicist, Nicole Chabot sent us a chilly “There is no comment, thank you for your inquiry.” after we contacted her voicing our concern for the safety or Morgan’s child.

His comments are not being well recieved there, and on many blogs. Looks like Nicole Chabot might have some heavy lifting ahead.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan and star of NBC's 30 Rock is currently under fire from allegations he launched into an over-the-top homophobic rant while performing in a club in Tennessee.

Update: Morgan Apologizes


To be clear, I did express it’s healthy to be skeptical to the credibility of a Facebook post when I posted this diary. My call to action was for Morgan, or his people, to address this issue. “No comment,” is neither a confirmation, nor a denial.

The story has hit the New York Times and that’s hard to ignore. In response to community activists, bloggers, and a call from the gay rights org GLAAD, fierce response on social networking, Morgan has released this apology:

“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. 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.”

Meh. Still don’t think there’s anything funny about sticking a knife in your own gay son. Maybe he should workshop his routine before trying it out in big spaces. (more…)

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