Tracy Morgan’s dopey humor on NBC’s hit show “30 Rock” may be endearing, but his viciously homophobic rant during a standup comedy show June 3 rivaled Mel Gibson’s demented tirades. And Morgan wasn’t even drunk.
Kevin Rogers, who is gay, attended the show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and wrote about it on his Facebook page. Since then a number of sites, including the Huffington Post, have cited his shocking account of the evening.
Rogers, who professes to have a “thick skin” about off-color gay humor, was, nonetheless, taken aback by the vitriolic rant, calling it a dead serious attack on gay men and women.
“He [Morgan] feels all this gay s*it was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that [Lady Gaga’s song] “Born this Way” is bulls*it; gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because ‘God don’t make no mistakes.'”
“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,” Rogers reported.
Morgan said he believed that being gay is something kids learn from the media and programming, and that “bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f*ckers that bully them, not whine about it.”
“Tracy then said he didn’t f*cking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking dick up their ass… they can take a f*cking joke.”
Morgan’s reps initially refused to comment, but today (June 10) the comedian issued an apology.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
Morgan has a history of homophobic tirades on stage, and he’s certainly entitled to his views, no matter how off-base.
But he’s far from the lovable, daffy character he portrays on the NBC show, or sometimes in person. He’s mean-spirited and misguided when it comes to gays or homosexuality.