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Tracy Morgan Calls Homosexuality 'a Choice' at Carnegie Hall

Gatecrasher reports on the statement, which reportedly didn't fly:

Morgan "It turns out that some New Yorkers really can’t take a joke — especially when it’s unspeakably filthy. 'People seemed to not be laughing at his jokes, but more because they were shocked and appalled with what was coming out of his mouth,' reports one audience member. Morgan talked trash about homosexuality (saying it’s 'a choice,' which drew gasps), drugs, pornography and what he calls 'politricks' — far edgier subjects than what his alter ego, Jordan, gets air time for. 'There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show,' our spy reports, adding that many in the crowd clearly didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started ­mimicking explicit sex acts on stage."

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  1. Oh yeah right all of a sudden he was never funny and no one understands why he's on 30 Rock. And Buzz is completely crazy for seeing prejudice.

    The double standard against black people in general is clearly, repeatedly evident among all Americans, of every race, age and sexuality. It just happens to show its ugliness in the comments on Towleroad with a disturbing consistency.

    Oh, and if you haven't rolled on the floor in laughter at the hilarious antics of Tracy Morgan at some point in the last 15 years, your TV doesn't work. Brian Fellows is exhibit A.

    I forgive him; he knows not what he stupidly says during his stand-up act. And you all is some uptight bitches.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 11, 2009 12:47:42 PM

  2. @ Buzz.

    OK. The next time some public figure says something racist are we to remind you to "grow thicker skin" and not "get so bent out of shape"?

    I think Andy was pretty clear in his post that Tracy Morgan said being Gay is a "choice", that audience members were "getting up and leaving throughout the show".

    Tina Fey: As Gay people are continually attacked and murdered across the country Governor David Paterson places a marriage equality bill on the NY state Senate agenda while your "star" Tracy Morgan bashes Gay people from the stage of Carnegie Hall. Do you have anything to say?

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 11, 2009 12:49:56 PM

  3. As previous posters have said, I'll withhold judgement until I find out exactly what he said. Love him in 30 Rock, don't know much about him outside of that.

    Glad to see that racists aren't out in full force today. Some of these threads really make me uncomfortable when the race baiting starts. Then it becomes a game of "you're a racist" back and forth. Ugh.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Nov 11, 2009 1:14:46 PM

  4. BUZZ I try to read posts carefully, not wanted to overreact or misread. If I comment on them I read them again after I write my response, as I did with yours. No where in your original did you mention 'BILL' and I agree, he did make it a 'black' thing.

    I do agree with you and JEFFROB, many here can be racist, I just did not see it this time. Whenever I read someone who is, I not only respond to them, I also email ANDY to have him remove or ban them, which he is great at doing most of the times, but with the number of posts I'm sure some fall between the cracks.

    One just has to look to the recent Tea Baggin Birthers to see the racist signs and remarks to Obama to know racism is alive and well in this country. It is something that pisses me off, especially when you see how many men and women of color are fighting for us or have lost their lives because of the right wing party Birthers belong to.

    BOBBY JOE you asked where the charges came from, I read it first on,

    ANDY also gives a link to the NY Daily News, which the Huffington did as well.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 11, 2009 1:17:29 PM

  5. Tina Fey was smart to cast him as a stupid urban fool from the street. He does not have to stretch.

    And it is also his choice to say he makes his wife dump on the glass coffee table because he gets off on watching her take a sh*t.

    Hardly conservative ... this just a good time to point out that the only people who think get hard for other men is a choice is a bisexual.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 11, 2009 1:17:58 PM

  6. Holy christ. Overreact much people? He's a comedian who said something you disagree with in some context that we aren't even presented. Was it offensive? Maybe. Or maybe it was just a joke.

    I do happen to find Tracy Morgan hysterical, but that's not even the point. The bottom line is that judging him based on a third-hand report is lazy and ignorant.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 11, 2009 1:33:34 PM

  7. For God's sake, what exactly did Morgan say that was so horrible? That homosexuality is a choice?

    Please! That's just ignorant not mean or hateful. He didn't call anyone names. Didn't hit anyone. He said something that was ignorant, lacking in knowledge.

    Moreover, do we even know the context of his comments? Well, no we don't.

    And, the automatic "he looks gay" is also pathetic. How does that help? Isn't that based in stereotypes?

    Posted by: Harry | Nov 11, 2009 1:39:57 PM

  8. This is a second-hand report of a comedian, on stage, performing a comedy act, who had many inappropriate jokes.

    So the question is: did Tracy Morgan say that homosexuality is a choice in the context of a joke that may or may not have been funny, or did Tracy Morgan say that homosexuality is a choice in the context of a political/social rant? Since nothing in the article suggests that Tracy Morgan "broke character" (of a comedian) to talk about his actual views, I think the community is jumping to conclusions.

    Posted by: Common sense | Nov 11, 2009 1:40:39 PM

  9. Mark - I bet you think I'm black. I'm not. I am mixed and tend toward the lighter side. I'm happy to say that I haven't experienced anywhere near the prejudice and racism that others have. I DON'T find prejudice or racism everywhere, although I know it when I see it.

    And I know hyperbole when I see it.

    If you're going to call whatever it is Morgan said "bashing", then I will suggest you grow a thicker skin.

    If you will suggest that Tina Fey need get involved, I will suggest you grow a thicker skin.

    If you suggest frustration at the pace of progress on the marriage equality front, I'll scream from the top of my lungs "I hear ya brotha!"

    Posted by: buzz | Nov 11, 2009 1:45:29 PM

  10. Seems irresponsible to make a judgement based on a very indirect report of the comments, especially when it was initially reported that people just got up and left over the excessive profanity. Until there's more detail, it's all too circumstantial for me.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 11, 2009 1:54:44 PM


    I guess Andy Towle has really grabbed the "Queerty" Queers to his site. It's amazing how folks get so up in arms whenever it was reported that a Black person said something negative about our community.

    These comments will go on and on about Blacks and so on as if they're the only ones with this homophobic spirit.

    Why don't some of you arrogants White Gays try being being friends with Blacks mostly Gay Blacks maybe you'll learn something. Instead TV news stats about the negatvitiy of the race as if whites are totally positive about our community.

    Try telling the gov of Rhode Island that!


    Posted by: Tolouise | Nov 11, 2009 2:12:14 PM

  12. Was it meant as a joke? Either, way tracy morgan has zero talent, and his career is a testament to failing up. He's very unfunny, and those who find him funny are either potheads or FAS babies. Still gonna watch 30 rock, because I loves me some alec baldwin.

    Now apparently given how many people walked out, it doesn't seem like he was making fun of those (or the idea itsef) who class sexual orientation as a choice; and specifically homosexuality a choice. If not, there's really no other context it'd be acceptable, and people are rightfully offended.

    Oh, and buzz--you're a moron.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 2:13:07 PM

  13. The same people who wrote gay people should grow a thicker skin are the ones who throw hissy fits because I acknowledge the flamboyance of black culures and black men(after someone wrote Tracy Morgan is gay because in their mind heterosexuals are pure and perfect and only gay people oppress gay people). It is not racist to mention those facts.

    I watched SNL from 1996 to 2003 regularly and then sporadically until 2007 when I stopped watching altogether. His skits were never funny. I would roll my eyes when he appeared on screen. I was delighted that I didn't hear about him for years because he has no business in comedy at that level, there are tons of way more talented comics that could have done his jobs. Then I heard he would be on 30 Rock and was horrified his unfunny career would be resurrected. Here we are today discussing his vile act.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 11, 2009 2:13:43 PM

  14. I love Tracy Morgan. Not only is he hilarious, but he projects sweetness, both on 30 Rock and elsewhere. He makes me happy. I have a tiny crush on him.

    I'd like to know exactly what he said. I'm disappointed that he had made apparently bigoted comments, but not surprised: he's said and done dumb stuff in the past. If he goes further down this road, I'll be angry. Today, I'm still a fan.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Nov 11, 2009 2:19:58 PM

  15. Buzz speak the truth,

    But I have a question: Why when Andy Towle post anything about African Americans saying somethinsg that may be, or is negative to the Gay community these negative and sometimes prejudice comments go on and on.

    However, Here's a post he put up about a white homophobic Gay murderer and none of you Mother fuckers who get so upset at African Americans and go posting all these statistics and they're this, and they're that stuff.

    And he's a GAY CAUCASIAN MURDERER. Where's your anger... Oh and by the way here's the post

    Only 1 comment.....simply WOW

    Posted by: Willie BoBo | Nov 11, 2009 2:26:24 PM

  16. thanks "Tank".

    your eloquence actually made my brain hurt, but to be called a moron by the likes of you has just made my day.

    and my point.

    much better than i could have.

    and Bill - i never called you racist. i don't know enough about you to say that. but i did call you ignorant, and i stand by that 100%.

    Posted by: buzz | Nov 11, 2009 2:36:17 PM

  17. Yes, buzz, calling you full tard is definitely racist. I've proven the racism of towleroad by daring to call you, a white boy, a simpleton. Heaven forbid I criticize a stand up comedian for sucking out loud and frequently...he's black, so I should pretend to laugh at his horrendous inept and stupid jokes. And I should pretend to have respect for those who find his incoherent act funny? Fuck that, simple jack.

    That's the real racism here. This paternalism from guilty whites makes me sick, and I hope those douches get taken advantage of for it to the fullest extent that one is capable.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 2:48:31 PM

  18. Well, at least we know Tank didn't read Buzz's comment before responding. (re: "you, a white boy")

    I find the unceasing anger at "white guilt" highly amusing and pathetic. Right, because I'm supposed to only remember how innocent white people have been the last 500 years?

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 11, 2009 2:58:38 PM

    stop pulling your hair is not about racism, is him being an idiot and idiocity comes on every color,
    you have seen comedian and even regular ppl making fun of race and sexual preferences.
    i'm assuming ppl expected SNL type of jokes .
    we are blinded by fame

    Posted by: josepe | Nov 11, 2009 2:59:59 PM

  20. lay off the tweak Tank. where did i call you a racist? your paranoia is curious.

    i never said anyone couldn't criticize Morgan - i did it myself. criticizing him wasn't the point. i had an issue with someone named Bill declaring that, from his surely well-studied viewpoint, black heterosexuals are inherently flamboyant because of their culture.

    if you focused on what i wrote as much as you focus on your pipe, you'll notice i never once called anyone "racist".

    and now i'm a white boy?

    the fact that i can't submit an opposing view without being called names - it hints at a certain intolerance. that's the point i was making.

    Posted by: buzz | Nov 11, 2009 3:06:46 PM

  21. No, jeffrob, you're a'posed to call anyone who disagrees with you for any reason at all a racist. Because that really goes a long way in dealing with actual racism and real racists.

    And BFD if buzz is mixed. My point remains minus the white boy comment. I meant off white.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 3:10:33 PM

  22. "No, jeffrob, you're a'posed to call anyone who disagrees with you for any reason at all a racist."

    But....that's what you just did.


    "That's the real racism here. This paternalism from guilty whites makes me sick..."

    Basically you're saying it's racist to acknowledge the racist history of the US and how that history applies to our current race relations.
    Fuck that, simple jack.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Nov 11, 2009 4:10:05 PM

  23. Okay, I'm confused! Will someone tell me how we're going to boycott 30 Rock because "homophobic" Tracy Morgan is on it while simultaneously watching it because openly gay Cheyenne Jackson is on it? I'm unclear as to which gets the higher priority.

    Posted by: Sancho | Nov 11, 2009 4:20:44 PM

  24. I am still unclear as to why Zack "Get your faggot hands off me" Galifianakis gets a free pass yet Tracy Morgan is now the devil?

    Posted by: giovanni | Nov 11, 2009 4:32:20 PM

  25. How am I saying that it's racist to acknowledge the racist history of the US and how that history applies to our current race relations? The fact is, I'm not. I stated that white guilt as it plays out in paternalistic tendencies of white people is destructive and racist, and specifically, acts to give homophobic or otherwise bigoted black people a pass by white people.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 11, 2009 4:33:18 PM

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