Tracy Morgan made national headlines recently after going on a homophobic rant during an onstage stand-up performance in Tennessee. During the June 3rd performance, Tracy said that if his son was gay he'd "pull out a knife and stab him." Tracy Morgan is an outrageous comedian, that's for sure; But is this too far for him? At any rate, he's apologized, so do you think it was heartfelt?
In his apology, Tracy claims to not be hateful person. He says he took things too far, even for a comedy club. Yah, ya think? Hopefully he wouldn't stab his own children if they grew up to prefer the same-sex. And maybe he's learned by now that being over-the-top outrageous isn't necessarily good publicity. Perhaps he's trying to model himself after Martin Lawrence, who's a bright shade of nuts.
Tracy Morgan stars on the hit NBC series 30 Rock with Tina Fey and openly gay actor Cheyenne Jackson. Jackson feels "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's comments against gays:
"The devastating repercussions of hate-filled language manifest in very real ways... I've known Tracy for two years, spent many long hours with him on set, and I want to believe that this behavior is not at the core of who he is. I'm incredibly disappointed by his actions, and hope that his apology is sincere."
Tina Fey, on the other hand, used her incendiary writing abilities to speak out about Tracy Morgan's hateful anti-gay comments.
"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers 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," she wrote.
Tracy Morgan does seem to be a nice guy, but his rants in Tennessee earlier this month show a side to him that leaves a bitter taste in many mouths throughout the world. Earlier in the year he made waves when he referred to Sarah Palin as "jerkoff material," and then again when he called her a "MILF." Perhaps this is just his way of pushing the boundaries and being offensive for the sake of publicity. He's an entertainer. However, his apology is hopefully received well by members of the community he attacked with his hate speech and violent rhetoric.
Chelsea Hoffman is the author "Chloe and Louis," and two other novels. She resides in Las Vegas where she works as a freelance writer covering true crime stories and a myriad of other assorted works. You can follow her on Twitter or follow her blog Beauty Made Fresh!