Tracy Morgan's mean comedy: Gays still fair game for 30 Rock star
By April MacIntyre Jun 10, 2011, 15:23 GMT
04/10/2011 - Tracy Morgan - "Rio" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - Grauman\'s Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, CA, USA © Glenn Harris / PR Photos
Comedian and "30 Rock" actor Tracy Morgan needs to update his comedy shtick onstage.
The actor consistently bashes gay people in his stand up, and a recent performance was the last straw, as GLAAD and outraged gay and lesbians have taken to social media to express their disgust with the television actor's expressed views.
The scene of Morgan's latest comedy flop was Nashville, where Morgan called out Lad Gaga's song "Born this way" as "Bullshit" and proceeded to say God does not make mistakes, implying being gay is somehow a mistake, and that the lifestyle was purely a choice.
Some of the sound bites from Morgan's act included the "joke" that he'd "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay.
The Ryman Auditorium released a press statement on Morgan's performance there (June 3, 2011) saying "regrets that people were offended by statements" Morgan made, adding that it "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."
Morgan has yet to retract or comment on his performance.
This is not the first time Morgan went after gays in his act. ABC news and the Advocate are reporting that back in 2009 Carnegie Hall standup show, Morgan also stated that homosexuality was a choice.
GLAAD also has asked Morgan to retract his words. ""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," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a press statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"GLAAD is working to confirm the story with Morgan’s management and hopes to have more details today," continued Barrios.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that TNT had to apologize to viewers after Morgan said on a live Inside the NBA broadcast Sarah Palin is "good masturbation material."
What do you think of Morgan's comments? Is everything fair game in comedy? Are gay people too sensitive? Is Morgan in the wrong? Talk back and tell us your opinion.
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