you paid money to see some stand up comedy and the comedian was totally
hilarious. He had this amazing bit about homosexuality where he said that gays
are pussies for whining about bullying and that "Born This Way" was bullshit
because kids learn to be gay from the media. What a crack up!
gets better. He went on to say that if his son was gay and came home talking
all high-pitched and funny he’d stab him to death with a knife! Stop, my sides,
am I right? I mean, imagine it: stabbing your son with a knife because he’s a
comedian then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed gay people off because
if they can take a fucking dick up their asses they can take a fucking joke.
huh? Man, I wish this guy were my dad.
hearing anti-gay bullshit from a stand up comedy stage is really not that
shocking. Stand up has a long and rather sordid history of homophobia. I did
stand up for years and I can’t even tell you how many jokes and bits and asides
I heard at the expense of LGBT folks. Some of it was all in good fun. But most
of it was not.
thing that makes the kind of rabidly homophobic comments coming from a stand up
comic shocking is that the comic in question isn’t some amateur driving his
mom’s Mercury Sable to do a 20 minute set in Dayton, Ohio for $25 in pizza
coupons. This was Tracy "30 Rock" Morgan. Which leaves me asking, "What in the
hell was he thinking?"
really mean it? Does he really feel so hateful toward gay people? Only Morgan
knows for sure. But even if he was just speaking his true feelings from his
heart, what for? I mean, he’s a national comedian doing stand up comedy which
means that not only are his words very, very public but they’re also supposed
to be funny. Saying you’re going to stab your son to death if he’s gay is
certainly not funny. But it certainly is something that’s going to get
yeah, he pissed off gay people. And some people who aren’t gay, too.
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," said Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
executive producer and co-star.
Chris Rock, who initially tweeted support for Morgan’s right to free speech,
was disgusted when he learned what was said. "Wow I get it that shit wasn’t
called for and I don’t support it at all," Rock said.
has issued an apology. Several, in fact.
for what I said. I didn’t mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt
anyone," he said in part. "Parents should support and love their kids no matter
what. Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone
else. Our laws should support that. I hope that my fans gay, straight,
whatever, forgive and I hope my family forgives me for this."
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," said Fey.
everyone is buying his apology. Unicorn Booty, the blog that broke the story,
criticized Morgan for his "not-good-enough apology that he was shamed into
apology good enough? I don’t know. I mean, it all sounds nice. It’s the exact
right thing to say, I suppose. But it’s kind of hard to buy it considering what
he’s apologizing for saying. Yes, he has a right to say what he wants, but
others have the right to give him hell for it. No joke.