Friday, June 10, 2011

News Spotlight: Tracy Morgan's Rant

It's officially not okay to make gay jokes. This is evident based on the call for Tracy Morgan's head for his Nashville stand-up routine in which he went on a rant about homosexuals. Of all entertainers, comedians usually get a pass to go as far as they want and to say as many fucked up things as they want without causing an uproar. There are the occasional outrages, but not many. The fact people booed him and walked out is a very clear sign that intolerant joking is not accepted anymore. I love my stand-up comedy filthy, but I also believe in gay rights so I would have to see it for myself to formulate an opinion on whether Morgan went too far.

From ABC News: "Comedian and "30 Rock" actor Tracy Morgan reportedly went on a vicious tirade against gay people during a standup show in Nashville.

Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page called "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, stating, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take."

He continued: "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.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

The Ryman Auditorium responded in a statement regarding Morgan's statements made in the June 3, 201 appearance, saying the theater "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's rep issued a statement to gay rights Web site Unicorn Booty saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

This is not the first time that Morgan has been accused of homophobic slurs. In a 2009 Carnegie Hall standup show, audience members walked out within the first 30 minutes after Morgan again stated that homosexuality was a choice. An audience member told the New York Daily News, "There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started mimicking explicit sex acts on stage.""

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