Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Offensive Gay Jokes in Nashville

Tracy Morgan Performing

Tracy Morgan went “homophobic” during his June 3rd comedy act at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; his entire act was filled with offensive gay jokes, reports a source.

In one of his “jokes,” Morgan said he would “stab” his son for acting gay.

Morgan was eventually booed during the show and several folks even walked out.

One of largest gay rights groups in the country (GLAAD) stepped in to demand an apology from Tracy, insisting, “anti-gay violence is not something to joke about.”

Tracy has since issued an apology:

In the statement, which Morgan sent to several gay rights groups, the comic says, “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 adds, “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.”

[source]

Photo: McCay/Tracy Morgan performs at The Music Box, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa March 12, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/willboywonder Will Saunders

    I see this thing from both sides. On the one hand, I try not to be offensive to anyone for their individual differences, and I understand how/why Tracy’s comments were viewed as offensive, being that I’m gay myself . However, on the other hand, I do not understand why groups don’t ever raise as big a ruckus about offensive content in movies, TV shows, or to a lesser extent, music. Shows often have offensive content based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, etc, and people don’t complain about it. Perhaps they don’t complain about it since its fiction, just a script. But, isn’t a comedian really just performing, following his or her script as well? Why are comics treated differently actors. A comic is a type of actor. I’m not the hugest Tracy Morgan fan, so this isn’t my way of showing him support. But in all fairness, if people criticize a comic for saying offensive things, then shouldn’t they provide equal criticism to other artists too?