Last weekend in Nashville, TN, comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan performed a stand-up comedy routine that was reportedly filled with offensive homophobic jokes. During the performance some fans walked out and even booed the comedian.
Kevin Rogers, who is gay, attended the show and posted some of Morgan’s remarks on his Facebook page. Rogers wrote:
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. Tracy then said he didn’t f**king care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a fucking d**k up their a**…they can take a f**king joke.
Rogers also described Morgan’s stance on bullying.
He took time to visit this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pu**ies 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 a** and beat those other little f**kers that bully them, not whine about it.
In a statement last week GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said “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.”
In a 2009 Carnegie Hall performance the 30 Rock star caused fans to leave his show, midway through his routine, after making inappropriate lewd jokes, some of which were homophobic. According to an article in the New York Post, “Morgan talked trash about homosexuality (saying it’s “a choice,” which drew gasps), drugs, pornography and what he calls ‘politricks’. There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show.”
Tracy Morgan is well known for his too hot for TV guest appearances and stand-up routines. In 2007 Morgan appeared on a local Texas morning show. During the interview he pulled of his shirt and began pounding on his chest yelling, “Somebody gonna get pregnant.” The same year Morgan appeared on Chicago’s WGN morning show. The interview began with him shirtless and ended with him lying on top of the anchor’s desk imitating a pregnant woman giving birth.
Throughout his acting career Morgan has played effeminate characters including a gay cross-dressing prison inmate in The Longest Yard, and his recurring Saturday Night Live character, zookeeper Brian Fellows.
Morgan’s outrageous slurs have made him a trending topic on Twitter yesterday and today.
Moments ago Morgan’s camp released a statement from the comedian regarding his homophobic comments:
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.
According to The Associated Press, GLAAD says that Morgan’s recent apology is not enough, “now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous `comedy’ routine.”