Has Comic Crossed the Line with Gay ’Jokes?’
Former SNL star Tracy Morgan’s alleged homophobic rant during a live show led one audience member to write a Facebook account of what the comic had to say about gays from the stage. That account has gone viral.
Morgan starred for eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live," and he currently co-stars on the comedy "30 Rock" with fellow SNL alum Tina Fey. He also had his own short-lived series in 2003. Morgan divorced wife Sabrina after a marriage of 23 years, though according to Wikipedia the last eight years of the marriage was over; the Wikipedia entry quotes a friend of Morgan as saying, "Basically they were divorced without the paperwork."
Kevin Rogers, who attended Morgan’s show with his partner and a friend on June 3, was so shocked and dismayed by the anti-gay vitriol that poured from the stage during the act that he blogged about it at his Facebook account the following day. Within a few days, Roger’s posting was all over Facebook, forwarded from user to user. Then the account went out to the wider Internet community, first via the website for Truth Wins Out, a group that works to counter the so-called "ex-gay" movement, which claims -- as Morgan reportedly did -- that homosexuality is something that can be chosen or left behind.
Morgan’s June 4 appearance at the Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, drew cheers from the crowd as the act went on, Rogers wrote. But did the comic go too far?
As Rogers tells it, he was ready for a night of good, not-so-clean fun, and he was prepared for some humor at the expense of the GLBT community. What he didn’t expect was the sheer vitriol that Morgan unleashed in the name of "a joke."
"I’ve been a big fan of his since his days at SNL," Rogers wrote. "The show was your typical hysterical dick, cum and pussy humor... I have to say it was hilarious and well worth at least 40% of the $86 we spent per ticket to see him.
"I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I’m well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor," Rogers continued in his posting. "I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.
"What I can’t take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that ’Born this Way’ is bullshit, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because ’God don’t make no mistakes’ (referring to God not making someone gay cause that would be a mistake)."
Rogers went on to describe how the comic’s tirade gathered momentum and garnered enthusiastic audience approval.
"He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a fucking man," Rogers recounted. "He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying. He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little fuckers that bully them, not whine about it.
"He said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death. He mentioned that Barack Obama needed to man up and quit being all down with this just because he has a wife and two daughters. All of this being followed by thunderous cheer and ’You go Tracys,’ " Rogers continued.
"Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass... they can take a fucking joke."