The story of the day this Friday, June 10, has been the Facebook note penned by a man who attended Tracy Morgan‘s stand-up show in Nashville a week ago. The note details numerous homophobic sentiments Morgan did as part of his routine.
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.
Well said, Tina.
NBC’s statement from Chairman Bob Greenblatt is similar, though not as funny:
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