It’s a shame Tracy Morgan isn’t on South Park instead of 30 Rock. Then we wouldn’t have had to wait seven months (and counting) for his show to address his verbal diarrhea.
Back in June, at a standup show in Nashville, Morgan said he would stab his son if he told him he was gay. His comment sparked a firestorm of debate, leading Morgan to go on an apology tour and Tina Fey, 30 Rock star and producer, to say this “wasn’t the Tracy I know.”
Now comes word the hit NBC comedy will actually address Morgan’s faux pas. MSNBC’s out newscaster Thomas Roberts, who makes a cameo appearance on the show, tells The Huffington Post:
“Well, you know how a lot of their episodes mirror their lives … They’ve incorporated [Morgan's rant] into the Tracy Jordan storyline… Liz Lemon writes Tracy’s apology on the show and says he’s not a homophobe, he’s an idiot. That offends idiots, so while NBC is being picketed by the LBGT community, now it’s also being picketed by idiots led by Denise Richards. She’s the leader of the idiots.”
It’s not immaterial that Roberts works for the NBC family—If this were an episode of 30 Rock, Jack would have arranged for just such a storyline (and Roberts involvement) as some kind of Machiavellian damage control.
So is this just spin or a legitimate attempt to address an obvious wrong, albeit belatedly? We’ll have to tune in to see how it’s handled.