Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Anti-Gay Routine
Comedians are given a LOT of leeway when it comes to the outlandishness of their routines but Tracy Morgan‘s latest stand-up performance, where he allegedly included missives like “I’d pull out a knife and stab my son if he were gay,” has rightfully come under serious fire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a longtime fan and audience member at Morgan’s Nashville show, Kevin Rogers, was in shock at the nasty tone the “jokes” took:
“I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take,” Rogers wrote. “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 bulls-it, 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 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. … Tracy then said he didn’t f–king care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f–king d-ck up their a–… they can take a f–king joke.”
Rogers claims 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.”
In response to the act, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement: “Tracy Morgan’s management needs to 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.”
Morgan released an official apology this morning:
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and 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.”
Wonder what Morgan’s boss and close friend Tina Fey, a strong advocate for gay rights, is thinking right now.