Tracy Morgan and The Comedic Double Standard

June 14, 2011  |  

By Charing Ball

Earlier this month, comedian Tracy Morgan put his proverbial foot in his mouth by making homophobic remarks during a stand up show in Nashville, Tennessee. Reportedly, Morgan went into a rant and made several anti-gay statements, including how he’d “stab his son to death if he said he was gay.” But this isn’t the first time the gay community has been on the receiving end of Morgan’s “jokes.” Last year, during a raunchy performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the 30 Rock star remarked that being gay is a “choice.” Well, I guess that’s one way to piss people off.

Though there is no video or audio from Morgan’s recent show, the media was tipped off about Morgan’s comments from an audience member who uploaded a blog post on Facebook entitled, “Why I No Longer Like Tracy Morgan.” In the post, the audience member wrote, “I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I’m well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor.” However, the audience member said things took a turn for the worse when out of nowhere, Morgan decided to verbally assault his audience members. “The sad thing is that none of this rant was a joke,” wrote the audience member.

After hearing of Morgan’s remarks, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, immediately issued a statement condemning both Morgan and his employer, NBC Universal. NBC and “30 Rock” both replied with statements condemning what Morgan said. Eventually, Morgan got around to apologizing, saying that “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.”

However, some folks are not satisfied with his apology, including the HRC. The organization refused to accept Morgan’s apology, saying that “Tracy Morgan exercised extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing. But that’s just not enough.” In an effort to show his sincerity, Morgan said he plans to go back to the Nashville next week to apologize face-to-face to everyone he offended.

But Morgan does have some supporters, including CNN political pundit Roland Martin, who questioned why Morgan “has to issue a mea culp for saying nasty, vicious and vile things during a stand-up routine? Isn’t that par for the course of a comedian?”

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  • There is no damn double standard, let's not play victim. When people call out black performers for using the N word we tell them to shove it because we are supposedly "taking the word back" so please do not sit their and play stupid and call double standard. This is the problem with the black community, the only time a statement is offensive is when you are the target.

  • Patricia Kayden

    Are Blacks outraged when Blacks like Morgan use the "N" word? Come on and be real. No is the honest answer.

    I agree with the homosexual community on this issue — Morgan needs to step down from his role on 30 Rock and do some penance for his outrageous comments.

  • Cantstandafag

    I am disgusted that Tracy Morgan apologised to them. I am surprised that NBC condemned him in an era where Fox News openly supports Rush Limbaugh et al in their racist rants. And the irony of it all is the Human Rights Campaign, an organisation that is campaigning for people to be allowed to behave worse than animals. End of days for real!!!!

  • Jonesie

    Really? This is news? Why? Because a sect of people chooses something that isnot acceptable? Being black is not a choice! A man putting his "weiner" in another man's anus is a choice! Another woman licking another woman's vajayj-ay is a choice! A regardless of the gay community trying to force their way of living on everyone some people stand up to it and disagree.

  • ray

    “Jews” aren’t forcing black rappers and comedians to use the n-word. They do it on their own, just as all too many black people still do. WE need to stop saying it ourselves before we cry about others.

  • Keep it Real

    We know The and the G.ays control the media, hollyweird and radio. You can say nag.ger but don’t say, H.y.mie or or your career will be over. Is it too hard to understand that if they can stop those derogatory words from being used they can also stop the word nag.ger from being used in the media? Don’t you see…. those who contol the media can control what is and is not acceptable, fashionable and hip. Don’t be so naive people

  • Anony

    Some other white lady comic from SNL wrote a blog about being sick and tired of the gay agenda being shoved down our throats. Well, everybody was putting her down because of it. I'm sick of gay people acting extra sensitive when someone doesn't agree with their lifestyle. And they call us intolerant? The gays that attack are just guilty cuz they know its not what HE wants.

  • SeVeN

    You never know who’s GAY. He prolly offended more people than anyone realizes. Seems like eighty percent of people are gay now. Disguising it in all different ways. Yeah woudnt surprise me if HE {tracy morgan} is gay. BoooooooOooo

  • He should do that only when all the racist white folks that jave offended blacks with the n word go around and apologize… other than that it over.. too sick of folks being so offended by g.a.y. or retard snipes but they been offending blacks with the n word for 400 years!.. get over it..! and they got the nerve to tell us to get over it.. BULL!