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  1. ohplease says

    Calm down, Mark P. It’s great that you wanted to share that meeting with LGBT youth is “punishment” and “sick”. That says everything about you that anyone needs to know.

    And “get on with being funny” implies that he was funny to begin with, so you not only hate LGBT youth, you have the worst possible taste in comedy.

    And, boys, he’s single!

  2. Mark P says

    I think he’s very funny on 30 Rock. I also thought he was very funny on SNL.

    I found his comments during stand up last week offensive insofar as they simply were not funny. For that reason, I think he’s a less talented comedian than I did before. But I don’t think he’s a lost soul.

    I do not hate LGBT youth; I hate the media circus that makes this sort of thing public. I think it’s beautiful that he met with LGBT youth, but for me it would have more meaningful value if it were held privately, without a camera.

    I am not single.

  3. Jeff says

    oh my god this is just weird. the dude is in show business: there is no way he actually hates gay people working with them every day. he just has a lame sense of humor and a fairly ignorant world view. I agree completely with mark p.

  4. jakeinlove says

    HOPEFULLY this is an honest attempt at realizing one’s mistake and making an effort to educate ones self about it. Time will only tell.

  5. Jeff says

    This is the best possible outcome: the story of a homophobic comedy routine becomes a story about the horrible parenting that afflicts many real LGBT youth, and the entire context being broadcast is that it’s OK to be gay and parents should accept their children for who they are. While many blog readers are apparently “over it”, that’s a message that still needs to be repeated.

    And Kudos to CNN for not presenting some b.s. “balance” viewpoint from the usual religious anti-LGBT nutjobs.

    P.S. We have GLAAD to thank for putting this together.

  6. AJ says

    There is a line that any sane comedian cannot cross. have you read what he said? He crossed the line into an agenda. He said some incredibly foul and ignorant things. I do, however, think this is better than some lame “I’m sorry you felt that way” apology we normally get from celebrities caught with their pants down.

  7. Jeff says

    I agree with Mark P also. Look, Tracy Morgan said some really F’d up things. He may just have learned something by hearing what he actually said. He needs to learn that what he did was wrong and at least by appearances he may indeed be in the process of learning it. What is in his heart is unknown to anyone but himself. I am happy he has made an overt display of contrition and slightly and I do mean slightly impressed at the actions. Really it’s up to Mr. Morgan to ask for forgiveness it’s up to us individually to find it in our hearts to forgive him.

  8. Lexxvs says

    Nothing like “whose ass I have to lick even to the inner depth of the bowels to don’t ruin my now shaky career” to show how different society is getting. Still, don’t buy it because I think it’s only strategy. That doesn’t come from his heart.

  9. RyanInSacto says

    @Jeff: A couple of things –
    1. Being in show business means you can’t hate gay people? I suppose southern slave-owners must have dearly loved black people – I mean, hey, they had them right there on their plantations!
    2. We can’t actually know how Tracy Morgan feels about gay people. What we can – and do – know is what he said in his stand-up. Maybe he doesn’t believe it, maybe he does, who knows? What we do know is that he decided it was HILARIOUS to make violent comments about gay people and, in particular, gay youth. And this happened in a state where the legislature has recently banned ordinances protecting LGBT people from discrimination and made it illegal for schoolteachers to discuss homosexuality in any capacity.

    As far as this being “public punishment,” it’s only as public as Tracy Morgan wants it to be. The fact is, he wants to fix his image and the best way to do that is to make sure he gets press coverage for any action he takes to appear sympathetic to gay people.

  10. rodca says

    I couldn’t agree more, Jeff. Any spotlight which can be cast on the serious issue of parental abuse of their LGBT child is a worthy effort. These youth have been cast aside by their family with apparently no concern for their physical or mental well being whatsoever! Kudos for Morgan for trying to make ammends and to GLAAD for guiding him in this direction.

  11. joe says

    No one could ever believe that Tracy Morgan would actually stab his own gay child — it was clearly a joke. However, violence against gay and lesbian youth is a very very real problem and he should have not said what he said. I think he’s doing the right thing.

  12. simon says

    exactly as RyanInSacto said. Tracy Morgan is punishing himself by telling his PR team to make sure the camera is there when he makes his “apology”.

  13. Eric26 says

    A publicity stunt and a learning experience don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
    I have no doubt that his agent, NBC, and Tina Fey herself were encouraging him to save face. Hell, if I was Tina Fey I’d be doing the exact same thing. If Tracy handled this whole thing poorly he’d probably be fired from 30 Rock and the show would suffer. Tina doesn’t deserve that.
    Yes, everything IS about Tina Fey. Everything.

  14. Bryan says

    In an age where mealy-mouthed meaningless apologies written by PR agents and tested on focus groups are the accepted norm, it’s amazing to see someone not only admit a mistake but actually make amends.

    It’s fine if Morgan gets publicity and benefits as a result. He deserves to benefit from doing the right thing.

  15. says

    It was NOT “clearly a joke.” That’s why the gauy wrote about it on Facebook. He wnet to the show expecting Tracy to be wild and irreverent comically “offensive.”
    In fact when Morgan went into his rant the guys was still expecting a punch line. It’s when the punch line didn’t come and he saw Morgan standing there baskign in cheers from the audience for attacking us that he decided to describe what went on.

    It WASN’T a joke.

    Now Morgan’s trying to make amends.

  16. adam says

    I don’t think Tracy Morgan is genuine in his contrition. He’s a liberal. Liberals are never genuine. Their positions on issues are motivated by sheer opportunism and cruelty.

    I suspect that Tracy used his meeting with the displaced LGBT youth to form material for his next insulting skit.

  17. Aron says

    Ha Adam, are you serious with that BS? If so, what a sad, sad person you are.

    I’m fully in the “Tina Fey put her gay-loving foot down and is behind the whole thing” camp. I’m fine by that.

  18. says

    If Tracy’s a liberal, Adam/Brian/Jason, that’s the very least of his problems.

    Since I’ve never found him particularly funny, I’ve no problem with the public punishment. When you say things, you better be able to own what you say (real comedians don’t need to apologize) or learn from your mistakes. His choice–honestly, I don’t care, but if he pulls that crap again he can kiss his paychecks adios.

  19. Mark says

    Are you people serious? A liberal? If anything his comments reflect conservative ideology, just ask Michelle Bachman. And for the record, his political views have NOTHING to do with the situation. I do think Tracy is sincere in trying to understand our community better, and that is the best outcome we could have in this situation.

  20. candideinncc says

    Forgive or, if you can’t forget, move on. He damaged himself, perhaps irrevocably. No need to keep unearthing the bad stuff. Maybe he learned something. If not, what more can be done about it? Really.

  21. Toto says

    Wow! Isaiah Washington gets into an argument with an individual and uses homophobic slurs and the whole gay community wants his balls chopped off even to this day. Tracey Morgan, the the pantomime for “dumb ignorant negro” says homophobic and threatening rants during his comedy act AND gets applause only to apologize AFTER he is exposed and people want to lick his nutz????? Are you joking me? Rants like his come from the heart just like Mel Gibson after he’s had a few. When people come out of left field with hateful, ignorant statements those are views they have been bottling up in order to keep their jobs in their respective industries. Bigotry is not something that lives out in the open all of the time.

  22. Reg253 says

    The description of him “becoming some other character, changing demeanor” before he started this tirade tipped me off. He wasn’t attacking gay people – he was trying to parody, or satire, HOMOPHOBES. Yes, that’s what I truly believe. Unfortunately, it was not done right. Didn’t “work.” It was obviously a very poor choice of comedy routine.

    The man has been funny, but this was a serious mistake. Not only was it not funny, but it was in the deep south. Stoopid, Tracey. What did you expect us to think?

    If anybody has been less-concerned with trying to be “macho” it’s Tracey Morgan. The guy puts it all out there to be funny – not macho or kowtow to that sensibility. He’s always come across as rather effeminate, which is one reason I’ve liked him so much. He just doesn’t care. It’s about being funny.

    All that being said, the media pouncing on this is a good thing. I just wish the media would be more honest, and allow Morgan to explain what he was really trying to do. That it didn’t work, and was damaging and hurtful to people – including me.

  23. Reg253 says

    Now somebody, SOMEBODY try to explain how Bradley Cooper could promote The Hangover.

    Somebody? Anybody? Hello?

    Anyone out there.

    “Paging Dr. F@@got!”

  24. Michael says

    Perhaps he is motivated to save his career. So what? Not only has his idiocy opened up a semi-national dialogue, it’ll also force others to think before they open their big fat mouths. This is a WIN any way you look at it, even if Tracy’s attempts at reparation are disingenuous. I believe he’s fully contrite but that is irrelevant.

  25. Reg253 says

    “Perhaps he is motivated to save his career. So what? Not only has his idiocy opened up a semi-national dialogue, it’ll also force others to think before they open their big fat mouths. This is a WIN any way you look at it, even if Tracy’s attempts at reparation are disingenuous. I believe he’s fully contrite but that is irrelevant.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 17, 2011 10:49:41 PM

    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/tracy-morgan-meets-with-homeless-lgbt-youth.html#ixzz1PaqTp9Z3

    Agreed. Well said.

  26. says

    “Are you people serious? A liberal?”

    Adam was serious, Mark, but he’s also seriously crazy, and the only one making that particular comment.

    Tracy’s political views are, as you say, irrelevant. In interviews he’s always come across as more than a little troubled and unhinged–I’m guessing he’s actually sincere in his making amends, while obviously also doing damage control to make amends to his bosses. The sad thing for him is, if his act was any good, he wouldn’t need to apologize for it, even if he offended some. If a comedian can’t stand by his own words, he’s way off his game.

  27. HUMAN DEFECT says

    FAGGOT DIE OF AIDS BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT. ALL THE FAKE LAWS IN THE WORLD WILL NOT MAKE YOU NORMAL. NO ONE WANT A GAY KID. PARENTS HATE FAGGY KIDS AND YOUR BETTER OFF SAVING THE WORLD FROM YOUR SICKNESS…TRACY WAS RIGHT…YOUR BETTER OFF DEAD!

    HAPPY FAGGOT MONTH!!

  28. Scott says

    HAHA! How predictable was this? Did he tell them he doesn’t believe they should have the right to get married? I’m still done with you Mr. Morgan.

  29. wimsy says

    Some people act as if this fool made a mistake — that he didn’t realize that hateful, bigoted, homophobic talk is wrong. He knew it; he did it; he got caught. His only mistake was in assuming that the Nashville crowd wouldn’t leak out his comments.

    He’s still a hateful bigot, “official” apology or not.

  30. adam says

    Tracy Morgan is a homophobic liberal just like Tina Fey appears to be. New York is full of them. Their ideology is liberal but their hatred and fear of homosexuals is palpable if not hidden. Liberal homophobes are experts at hiding their disdain for homosexuals.

    With Christian conservatives, you at least know there’s a written basis (ie the Bible) for their malignant attitude to gays. With liberals, the basis is harder to pin-point. This makes them even more dangerous than conservatives.

  31. Rowan says

    ADAM

    I do agree partially with your point but because you are unfortunately saying ‘liberals’ as a generalization instead of ‘champagne liberals’-a term which comes from ‘champagne socialism’, your comment becomes irrational and illogical. As well as petty and immature.

    But regarding ‘champagne liberals’,there are lots of them in the UK who live in the leafiest and most beautiful part of London, where they have their trendy bohemian stores, they vote labour, listen to alternative music, eat African food and give money to causes but are just as narrow minded when it comes to understanding race or sexuality as the right wing.

    They on and on about how conscious they are but get frightened if they see too many black people.

    And if you think this is about Tina Fey then you are stupid. This is about Greenbalt who was made the new head of programming at NBC this year and who is a very out proud vocal gay man.

  32. mark patterson says

    SORRY TO SPOIL THE “”TRACY MORGAN ENLIGHTENMENT HAPPENING”,he’s a goddam bum,HE WENT OUT OF HIS WAY,AND WITH GAYS KILLING THEMSELVES,I WILL NOT FORGET,OR FORGIVE,personally i thought he was gay,he’s extremely EFFEMINATE,IN MY OPINION,AND I KNOW FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE,THE ‘cock crowing,is sayin something’,friggin STAB HIS CHILD,WHAT KIND OF A GHOUL IS THIS,why should we forgive this bastard,who’s making money,OFF THE RIDICULE,AND PERSECUTION OF GAYS,WOULD IF HE MADE JEW CONCENTRATION CAMP JOKES,”HEY,THEY SAW IT COMMIN,THEY DESERVE,ECT’what a pig,we must,REMAIN STRONG,AND PUT THIS BASTARD CLOSET FAG,AND HIS ILK OUTTA WORK,THAT IS MY FORGIVING,SILENCE THESE BIGOT FASCIST KILLERS,AND DON’T THINK FOR A MINUTE,THERE IS,ARE,PEOPLE OUT THERE,WITH GAY CHILDREN,THEY JUST MIGHT DO WHAT HE SAYS,ESPECIALLY IF THEY LIKE THE PIG

  33. says

    I agree with Adam about Tracy Morgan’s motives, but he should be careful not to generalize about Liberals. Not all of them are cruel. Some of them are just clueless! As for Morgan’s politics, who can say what they are? Speaking as a member of the Black community, we tend to go Left on some issues and Right on others.

  34. lewlew says

    Thinking that Morgan’s tirade was ironic or satirical puts you on the side of Michael Richards when he went all racist crazy at a comedy club. Nice.

    Talk about KILLING YOUR GAY CHILD is never funny.

  35. getREAL says

    what a lot of fail to understand is that he may have been making a joke, and doesn’t actually hate gay people, but words and actions like that actually are used on gay children and it’s not funny nor something to joke about or encourage. he has a history of anti-gay “jokes”

  36. ratbastard says

    Morgan’s joke was over the top. I think he’s sincere though in making amends.

    As a society [not just the gay ‘community’] we need to be VERY careful regarding censorship, especially in regards to comedians and satire.

  37. says

    Vlad said it best. Cynicism is tired. He effed up. He’s fixing it. The honesty of the contrition is irrelevant. What matters is that his apology/publicity stunt was reacted to negatively on a national stage and his own status as a minority and celebrity didn’t protect him. His current actions, no matter how self-serving, are bringing light to the fact that in this day and age children are still being discarded because of their sexual identity.

    What’s truly shameful is that, even if he’s just doing it to save his ass, he’s STILL doing more than the majority of people in the GBLT community do to help these kids. We need to protect our youth and view them as valuable members of a community that will accept and help them, even when their birth communities don’t. Morgan’s rant shows us where we’re falling down and where we need to step up our own game before we worry about what Morgan might do for a punchline.

    Unless one is out there making a difference in real lives, criticism of Morgan’s act is just so much impotent armchair outrage.

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