Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan is under some serious fire after he cracked several dreadful homophobic jokes during one of his comedic performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee last week.
The 42 year-old cracked some unfunny homophobic jokes, and went too far when he declared he would kill his son if he “acted gay”, blaming the media for teaching the kids how to “be gay”.
“Gays need to quit being p***ies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying. Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.” On the possibility of his son being gay, Tracy said, “He better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I’ll pull out a knife and stab that little n***er to death.”
“I don’t “f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f**king d**k up their ass … they can take a f**king joke,” he concluded.
According to TMZ, some people in the audience actually left the show after several shocking anti-gay jokes. I seriously want to believe Tracy was trying to send exactly the opposite message of what he was saying, but those jokes were absolutely tactless.
The President of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Jarrett Barrios, demanded the anti-gay jokes to be removed, saying anti-gay violence is not something to joke about. The Human Rights Campaign also had something to say, and even the Ryman Auditorium released a statement on Tracy’s controversial performance.
Ryan Auditorium statement: “The Ryman Auditorium regrets that people were offended by statements made by Tracy Morgan during his June 3 appearance. The Ryman does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.”
Human Rights Campaign statement: “Hateful remarks that mock youth suicides and the very real emotional and sometimes physical bullying LGBT kids face on a daily basis have no place in a comedy routine.”
After the major media debate, Tracy issued a statement to several gay rights groups to apologize for his unfortunate performance, explaining he is an equal opportunity jokster and does not condone violence in any form.
Tracy said, “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.”
Do you accept Tracy’s apology? I want to leave you with something to think about. Tracy did exactly what he had to do, but why aren’t we grilling him for using the N-bomb? Is it okay for Tracy to use that word because he is African-American? What if Tracy was gay?