I’m a vehement supporter of the First Amendment. I’m also a vehement supporter of the notion of comedians saying pretty much whatever the hell they want, especially when it’s pushing the envelope on religion. I didn’t so much care that Morgan was homophobic–I mean, I cared, but I support his right to say what he said. My problems were three-fold.
From Kevin Rogers per Deadline, allegedly partially quoting Morgan:
“What I can’t take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that ‘Born this Way’ is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because ‘God don’t make no mistakes.’ He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f**kers that bully them, not whine about it. 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. … Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f—ing dick up their ass … they can take a fucking joke.”
I’m not a giant fan of the lyrics of Born this Way either, but at least Lady Ga Ga isn’t singing about stabbing her kids.
The first thing that pisses me off is the whole “gay is a choice.” Yeah, Tracy. A choice. Millions of people are choosing to be a way that the majority of their societies are telling them is not only wrong, but, in many cases, worthy of death. A choice. Such fucking bullshit. Here’s what fellow atheist David Cross has to say about that.
“God don’t make no mistakes.”
This point was where Morgan really lost me. Yeah, I wasn’t into the anti-gay/it’s-a-choice bullshit, but I was still willing to hear him out to the punchline. Well, here it is. God. For fuck’s sake, Morgan. Do yourself a favor. Pop your head outta your ass.
“…he’d pull out a knife and stab that little N…to death.”
I realize that Morgan wasn’t necessarily speaking literally here, but to tell an audience that you’d murder your son in cold blood if he spoke in a high-pitched, “gay” voice, I have to ask, where does this shit come from? I’d never have that desire towards my own child. Even if he/she came home and declared he/she were a born-again Christian. I’d never throw them out, let alone fucking kill them. It’s been explained to me that within the African-American community, there is rampant homophobia, pretty much because the community already has to deal with being a minority once subject to slavery and Jim Crow, among other things, so has no desire to marginalize itself by any other means. I kinda get that, but what I don’t get is the lack of empathy with fellow minority groups who, though they were never slaves necessarily, have been treated as second-class citizens, tortured, and killed just for being who they are.
Here’s what, per Deadline, Tina Fey had to say:
“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.
“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.”
Nice non-bitch bitch, Tina. Very nice.