Oh my. It sounds like someone needs a spanking from Tina Fey.
A man named Kevin Rogers took to Facebook after a Tracy Morgan standup show in Nashville on June 3 to share the disappointing news that Morgan is an unabashed bigot towards gays. Not like “ha, ha, gay dudes wear product in their hair” but real bigotry. TMZ reports that the audience booed Morgan and some people even walked out.
So what did he say that was so offensive?According to Kevin Rogers’ Facebook note:
“I have a very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take. What I can’t take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention how he feels all this gay sh*t is crazy and that women are a gift from God and that “Born This Way” is bullsh*t and gay is a choice and the reason he knows this is exactly because “God don’t make no mistakes” (referring to God not making someone gay because that would be a mistake). He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a f–king man. He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying. … 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 f–king care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f**king d*ck up their ass they can take a f**king joke.”
Take a f**king joke? Anyone whose been on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” should know offensive jokes can be transgressive. I have a pretty dark and slightly twisted sense of humor, so there’s a lot of “offensive” comedy that I enjoy. I laugh because I always get the sense the person is mocking people who actually feel that way. It’s thoughtful and transgressive. But Kevin Rogers clearly got the vibe that Tracy Morgan wasn’t mocking anyone’s bigotry and that he actually holds these beliefs himself, which is disconcerting, to put it mildly. There are ways to joke about hot-button and sensitive topics — race, gender, disability, sexuality — and make it actually gut-wrenching funny. Tracy Morgan just ranted his bigoted beliefs and thought people would laugh.
That is as lazy as it is sad.
“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.”
Tracy? If you believe those things, then you are a hateful person. But, yeah, none of that was funny in any context.
Do you think his apology is sufficient?