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Tracy Morgan Doesn't Remember What He Said That Offended Gays, Wishes People Just Got the Comedy: VIDEO


Comic Tracy Morgan talked about the controversy over his homophobic remarks on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.

"I don't remember exactly what I said that night. I've done 50 shows since. Whatever I said it must have offended [audience member Kevin Rogers], and then he tweeted it out. And then I had to deal."

If I recall correctly, Morgan said he would kill his own son if he found out he was gay.


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  1. That's right, there's a platonic ideal comedy thing that's attached but not dependent on what is actually said.

    So when Palin, Santorum, Coulter etc, they just want you to get the "politics", not the hate.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 11, 2011 11:25:07 AM

  2. ok. and then tracy actually did more to "make up for" the situation than pretty much anyone else who's been called out for homophobic/transphobic comments.

    seriously. the man made a big mistake, and as much as some of you may want to say his seminars and workshops and talks with LGBT youth in the aftermath was "lip-service" the fact is he still did it.

    his comments received national attention. it got people talking about how unfunny homophobia is, and how unacceptable it is.

    in the grand scheme of things, this ended up being a GOOD thing as it contributed to a larger national dialogue about the realities of anti-gay sentiment in society.

    morgan is not homophobic. he was, rather obviously, homo-IGNORANT. i think it's time we got off his back and started focusing on the real enemy - namely the clean white faces of politics who continue to harness the bigoted power of anti-gay prejudice as their way of earning votes and money.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 11, 2011 11:26:15 AM

  3. I believe he probably isn't homophobic -- just a whore for attention. He gave the audience what he thought they wanted to hear, and it simply didn't matter to him who else it might have offended. I don't think it had anything to do with how Tracy Morgan actually feels about gay people. That doesn't let him off the hook.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 11, 2011 11:31:16 AM

  4. He must have Bigot Alzheimer's.

    Posted by: brandon h | Oct 11, 2011 11:31:16 AM

  5. Nice, Now lets see all the horrible people that comment on this site try to undo Little Kiwi's wonderful, thought out comment.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 11, 2011 11:31:30 AM

  6. LITTLE KIWI's comment was not wonderful or well thought out; it was a complete non sequitur. I don't remember LITTLE KIWI or FENROX coming to Michael Richard's defense when he went on his tirade.

    It's a bit like the way Hank Williams Jr. cried "FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS" when he called out for comparing Obama to Hitler but seems to have forgotten that he was the first in line trying to destroy the Dixie Chicks when they said that GW Bush made them ashamed to be American.

    It seems like people pick a choose their offenses very carefully. Michael Richards; BIGOT, Tracy Morgan; NOT bigot, Hank Williams Jr.; victim, Dixie Chicks; traitors.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 11, 2011 11:51:37 AM

  7. I love that: Little Kiwi's comments are non sequiturs and then Chimpanzee rambles on about something completely unrelated.

    Posted by: matt | Oct 11, 2011 11:56:56 AM

  8. uh...tampazeke, i wasn't yet a member of this site when Michael Richards went on his N-word rampage.

    and the dixie chicks didn't say they were ashamed to be America. They said they were ashamed that Bush was from Texas.

    And l stand by my post. Morgan's mistake became national news, which got people talking about homophobia and its various incarnations. This is a good thing.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 11, 2011 12:02:48 PM

  9. What would be a good thing is if he copped to what he said when asked about it and admitted it was a mistake instead of trying to play off that he didn't remember.

    Posted by: AladinSane | Oct 11, 2011 12:12:10 PM

  10. The meeting he had with gay leaders and homeless gay teens and parents of dead gay teens really made an impression on him, eh? Or was it just a photo-op?

    How has he learned not to do it again, if he has forgotten what it was he did in the first place?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 11, 2011 12:17:03 PM

  11. wanna see an awful example of a comedian who made anti-gay jokes in best-selling video and got away without a HINT of controversy?

    Check this out.

    Kevin Hart - Seriously Unfunny


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 11, 2011 12:23:08 PM

  12. I love how apparently someone doing or saying something homophobic is a GOOD thing, in this case, because it got people talking about homophobia. Does this mean that every act of bigotry that is condemned by the majority is a good thing? Matthew Shepard's death led to the country talking about hate crimes legislation, does that make it a good thing? The holocaust led to people finally realizing that the Jews had things pretty tough, does that make it a good thing?

    Clearly, Morgan isn't in the same league as either of those cases, but be careful when trying to spin something as being beneficial "in the grand scheme of things." And yes, Tracy Morgan did a lot to try to make up for it, but to hear the comments made on Letterman, it really doesn't seem as though he's actually sorry.

    Posted by: Zell | Oct 11, 2011 12:30:15 PM

  13. MATT, my comparison shows how selective people are with their outrage and how they label people as "bigot" or "not bigot" or words as "freedom of speech" or "treason". The comparison is very valid and is in no way a non sequitur.

    Little Kiwi, your example is valid but it doesn't reflect on Morgan. I can't imagine how you can say that a person who said he would kill his own child if he came out gay isn't a homophobe. That's just bizzare.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Oct 11, 2011 12:32:17 PM

  14. OK, all you Gay Tracy Morgan apologists . . . what kind of handkerchief head excuse for him are you gonna come up with now?

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 11, 2011 12:35:20 PM

  15. He needs to fire his publicist because he's obviously not rehearsed the right lines. Should read: "I made a mistake for which I've apologized and reached out to the LGBT community." Second reason for firing his publicist - appearing on a talk-show of an admitted sexual predator (sorry, when you're the boss, sex with your employees is ALWAYS harassment). It makes me sick to think CBS let him back on the air - greed trumps morals, as usual.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Oct 11, 2011 12:39:38 PM

  16. There was probably no more effective way for him to prove that his apology tour was a cynical sham.

    Posted by: Guest | Oct 11, 2011 12:54:03 PM

  17. So what Tracy said basically is that if he did a homophobic act in front of a homophobic audience, it would be OK.

    And, no, nobody remembers Brian Fellows.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 11, 2011 4:47:29 PM

  18. OK, so a man says he'd kill his own son if he found out his son was gay and he's not homophobic, only "homo-ignorant" (an obviously lesser sin, I assume.) Yet I read gay websites, compliment fellow posters, try to understand the gay community, give it advice about how to win over people from the other side and for this I'm an "anti-gay bigot"

    Kiwi, can you say cognitive dissonance?

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 12, 2011 12:17:03 AM

  19. Well TampaaZeke One thing you said is right

    "It seems like people pick a choose their offenses very carefully"

    Starting with this community in MANY WAYS...Think about it!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Oct 12, 2011 2:05:52 AM

  20. We're supposed to find it funny that he said he would kill his gay son? Yeah, a real laugh riot.

    Posted by: Shane | Oct 12, 2011 8:14:54 AM

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