June 11, 2011

Should homophobe Tracy Morgan be fired?

Stand-up comedian, 30 Rock star, and general jerkwad Tracy Morgan went on a homophobic rant last week during a stand-up routine, which went unnoticed until a guy from the audience posted about it on facebook.

According to this eye-witness report, Morgan had said in his performance that “the gays needed to quit being p—ies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying” and that if his son that was gay “he better come home and talk to him like a man…or he would pull out a knife and stab that little [n-----] to death.”

After the media uproar, Morgan apologized by saying "I'm not a hateful person" and "this clearly went too far." Uh, you think, you homophobic moron?

NBC condemned the tirade, as did Morgan's boss, my beloved Tina Fey: “I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. 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.

Fey continued: “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. The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.”

At first glance, I love this response, it is fair and funny and direct. And uh... printed paycheck? Doesn't NBC have direct deposit?

At second glance, is Fey being tough enough? She is his boss. If Alec Baldwin, who also works for Fey, made similar comments about black people, would he get just a talking to? I don't think so.

Comedian-actor Chris Rock has defended the controversial comments made by fellow comic actor Tracy Morgan via Twitter, saying "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate shit."

Really, Chris Rock? I do want to live in that world, when it would not occur to someone to threatened to kill their son because he is gay. That is not funny. And while I expect crap like that from old rich white men like Newt Gingrich, but I don't from two black men who have most likely experienced bigotry and hatred; why the hell do you think that is funny?

So yes Tracy Morgan can say whatever the hell he wants, and when he says crap like this, he should have to live with the consequences. Like losing his job. I am a huge 30 Rock fan, and this certainly poisons the show for me.

Mel Gibson and Dr Laura have paid career prices for their hateful tirades, why isn't Tracy Morgan feeling the heat?

This is not about a funny routine going too far, this is about hate and about encouraging violence against gay people. It is inherently wrong and unacceptable. There need to be tougher consequences for hate speech, which this is.


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