Louis C.K. Defends Tracy Morgan’s Jokes About Gays

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Tracy Morgan said something wrong, evil, cruel, ignorant and hilarious. He was on a comedy stage, not a pulpit. It is clear to anyone with an ability to reason and understand people that he didn’t mean a word of what he said. He was fucking around. I think the opportunity that was lost was for the gay community to ask Tracy, ‘Why did you say that?’ and ‘What was your dad like?’ and ‘What is being a man mean to you?’ you know what I mean? It could have been a starting point of a conversation that might have actually made a difference in how people feel about homophobia.”

Anyone who loves Louis C.K.‘s standup or his amazing FX show “Louie” knows the comedian pushes the envelope of good taste yet always has a point when he does so. (For example, the joke about how if child molestations was considered “less bad,” child molesters wouldn’t kill so many children and might return them to their parents. Which is like … damn, you went there.) Louis C.K. has come to Tracy Morgan’s defense over the incident this spring when the “30 Rock” star joked on a Nashville stage that gay bullying is bullshit and if his own son was gay he would pull out a knife and stab him. I honestly, genuinely, don’t find any of that humorous, I can’t say that I agree with Louis C.K. on the humor aspect here. But he does have a point about about how having a conversation about homophobic jokes or attitudes — or sexist ones, or racist ones — is probably more useful than shrill shrieks for an apology. What do y’all think? [Queerty]

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