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Fellow 30 Rock star Tina Fey expressed her disapproval of Tracy Morgan's now infamous homophobic rant, which she called "disturbing." She also comes to his defense saying that he is not hateful. In his apology yesterday, Morgan also stressed that he was not "hateful." Her statement to TMZ:
"I'm glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person. I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers 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. The other producers and I pride ourselves on '30 Rock' being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace."
Another 30 Rock co-star, Alec Baldwin, reacted to the controversy. He tweeted: "No one's making excuses for Tracy."
Openly gay NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt issued this statement:
"I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance. We will always recognize an artist's freedom to express him or herself, but not when reckless things are said no matter what the context. Unfortunately, Tracy's comments reflect negatively on both "30 Rock" and NBC - two very all-inclusive and diverse organizations - and we have made it clear to him that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
Entertainment Weekly reports that fellow comic Chris Rock defended Morgan's rant: “I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s—.” GLAAD tweeted back: “Language about stabbing kids for being gay isn’t ‘foul.’ It’s dangerous.”
The Human Rights Campaign believes Morgan should do more than just apologize: “Tracy Morgan exercised extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing. But that’s just not enough. He’s a role model and Morgan now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous ‘comedy’ routine. He also needs to go further than his apology and correct the record: no one should feel ashamed because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and they should definitely not become a victim of violence. Words have consequences and Morgan should be held to a higher standard. Until he does something meaningful, his brand will remain tarnished.”
Michelangelo Signorile speaks with recently-out NY radio host Jared Max.
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Humpback whale washes up at Island Beach State Park in NJ.
Justin Timberlake on Britney Spears: “I wish her the best—that goes without saying. We haven’t spoken in 9 or 10 years.”
Gay Irish presidential candidate David Norris now target of Westboro Baptist Church.
Herb Sosa, president of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's leading Hispanic gay-rights group, calls for end to Urban Weekend in South Beach following vandalism, violence: "It has nothing to do with racism. It's a lack of respect for the city they're visiting. It's as simple as that. This morning, there were six cars parked on my block with their mirrors ripped off, their antennas ripped off. The suggestion that this is a racist issue ... is absolutely ridiculous."
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Virginia's annual Out in the Park celebration moves to Norfolk Town Point Park.
Roseanne Barr in talks to guest star in Chelsea Handler comedy on NBC.
KKK member running for Montana legislature.
Houston bigot Dave Wilson starts sending out anti-gay flyers attacking Mayor Annise Parker again: "I realize that some of you support Ms. Parker’s alternative lifestyle and agree with her promoting the homosexual agenda. But to those of you who do not, I would ask you to help me stop the promoting of the homosexual lifestyle in Houston."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rides State Police helicopter to son's baseball game, then takes tinted limo 100 yards to the field. "During the 5th inning, Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie got into the car, rode back to the helicopter and left the game. During a pitching change, play was stopped for a couple of minutes while the helicopter took off."
Madge wears Duchess of Windsor's jewels to Oprah salute.
Georgia court upholds gay doctor's murder conviction.
Pat Robertson: "If you oppose Muslims, well, what is said? Well, you're a bigot, right? Terrible bigotry. I wonder what were people who opposed the Nazis. Were they bigots?"
Ted Haggard makes cameo in Christian pro-abstinence comedy.
Insurance company says Tennessee lesbian couple burned own home: "Carole Ann Stutte and Jean Stutte of Vonore filed a lawsuit in February, claiming a former neighbor was responsible for the September 2010 fire. The suit claims Janice Millsaps caused the blaze and seeks $880,000 for the loss of the home and the value of the property plus pain and suffering...The Stuttes said they received threats shortly before the fire and said a derogatory reference to homosexuals was spray-painted on their garage. They were out of town when they received a call that their home was on fire."
Disney theme parks have again enlisted Annie Leibovitz and a slew of celebrities, including Olivia Wilde and Alec Baldwin, seen above as Snow White's evil queen and her magical mirror, to recreate the company's iconic characters for an ad campaign.
The guys over at Comics Alliance don't seem too impressed with the latest offering:
There's a great idea underneath all these photographs. The Annie Leibovitz of many years ago would have executed what should have been impossibly beautiful live-action Disney images with aplomb. But what Disney failed to notice was that the Annie Leibovitz of today is more of a delegator of post-production processes...
Check out some more images, including Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, AFTER THE JUMP...
Alec Baldwin responds to the announcement in August by Jesse Tyler Ferguson that they're getting married, in a new spot for Fight Back NY.
As you may recall Fight Back NY is the PAC targeting anti-gay lawmakers in the New York Senate. Their current target is Queens senator Frank Padavan. If you feel inclined to take Alec's advice, help them out here.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...