We can take a joke. No really. Look, here’s a funny joke from Sarah Silverman:
“When God gives you AIDS… and yes, God does give you AIDS… then I say, make LemonAIDS.”
Come on. It’s totally funny.
But you know what isn’t funny? Tracy Morgan going on a homophobic tirade about how being gay is a choice, how he’d stab his son if he whined about being bullied, how lesbians are only pretending because they really hate men, and how Obama should “man up” and stop standing up for gay kids. Sorry, where was the punch line?
Apparently, it has been reported, on June 3rd at the Rhyman Auditorium, Kevin Rogers went to see the comedian and was astounded by the anti-gay hate speech. This apparently isn’t the first time, either. Instinct Magazine reports about Morgan’s performance at Carnegie Hall in 2009 where he, again, called homosexuality a choice.
And yea, we called them:
The Rhyman Auditorium in Nashville, TN dodged any association, of course, and said:
““The Ryman Auditorium regrets that people were offended by statements made by Tracy Morgan during his June 3 appearance. The Ryman does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.” – Ryman Auditorium
Morgan’s Publicist said “no comment.”
If anyone has more information about this alleged hate speech, please post it in the comments below. If he’s really as confused about our community as it seems he is, we should shed some light on it, n’est-ce pas?
As the list for allied and LGBT celebrities grows, it’s also good to know who our enemies are. We’ll report back with more findings – and hopefully some ways to get involved.
We’ve got our eye on you, Tracy.
Photo credit via The Celebrity Blog
June 10, Update: Tracy Morgan sent this apology via his publicist:
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. 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.”