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14th June 2011

He’s awfully aggressive for someone named Tracy
Posted by at 6.11pm | No responses | Gay, In the News

Tracy Morgan is one of the stars of the hit US sitcom 30 Rock and a stand-up comedian. At a recent performance in Tennessee he reportedly broke off from his routine to engage in a joke-free rant against gay people:

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 b**ls**t 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 mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f**kers that bully them, not whine about it. 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.

Unfortunately for Morgan one member of the audience repeated the comments in a Facebook post, which rapidly went viral and was eventually picked up by blogs and the mainstream media.

Morgan later issued a grovelling apology, stating: “I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others.” – his remarks on stage would seem to imply otherwise.

Tina Fey, the star and executive producer of 30 Rock, comes out of this with a lot of credit, issuing a classy statement on the whole sorry affair: “I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers 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.”

One of Morgan’s costars on 30 Rock is gay actor Cheyenne Jackson. This might lead to some awkward on-set conversations when filming for the next season begins.

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