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Tina Fey Calls Tracy Morgan’s Anti-Gay Bigotry “Disturbing”

“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.”

Tina Fey released a statement responding to the news that Tracy Morgan made hateful comments about gays while performing stand-up comedy in Nashville on June 3. Morgan said gays needed to stop “whining” about bullying and that he would stab his son if he ever found he out was gay, among other nastiness. Do you think Tina Fey’s reponse — whether as executive producer of “30 Rock” or as his friend — was appropriate? Or do you think she could have come down a little more harder? [After Ellen]

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