GLAAD makes statements about TV shows all the time—but it’s rare the gay media watchdog actually pops up in a show. That’s what happened last night, though, on 30 Rock, when the show finally addressed star Tracy Morgan’s outrageous “joke” that he’d stab his son if the kid was gay.
In the episode, “Idiots are People Two,” Tracy Jordan (Morgan’s 30 Rock alter ego) tries to apologize after making some tasteless gay jokes during a standup routine. Only instead of reaching out to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, he calls on the makers of Glad trash bags.
That’s actually pretty funny. Even GLAAD’s Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick told the New York Times, “I thought it was hilarious. We’ve been called worse than trash-bag manufacturers.”
There was strong message folded inside the humor, though: Liz Lemon tells Jordan/Morgan, “You’re a public figure and, believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people. You need to apologize.”
We gotta say, that’s a much better approach than some “The More You Know” PSA during a commercial break.
Watch the full episode, the first of two parts, on NBC.com