Calls for 30 Rock’s Morgan to be sacked after homophobic rant
30 Rock Star Tracy Morgan has caused controversy after a blistering rant against gay people at a stand up gig in Tennessee. According to several patrons Morgan, who plays dimwitted TV star Tracy Jordan in the comedy, stated that being gay was a choice because “God don’t make no mistakes” and said that if his son came out to him he would “pull out a knife and stab that little n***a to death” . The star’s publicist Nicole Chabot had no comment to make.
Morgan also stated that he didn’t believe in lesbianism and said that US President Barack Obama should ‘man up’ and stop supporting gay rights. In saying that being gay was a choice, Morgan was repeating material that had been part of his act since 2009 and had certainly made the claim at his November 2009 Carnegie Hall gig where 30 Rock producer Jane Krakowski was in attendance.
NPO Truth Wins Out, which fights anti-LGBT religious extremism, issued a press release calling for a statement from Morgan. Director of Social Media Evan Hurst said ”Comedians have long pushed the envelope in tackling controversial subjects. Indeed, it’s part of their job description, and good comedians are able to do this and keep everybody laughing at the same time. However, abject hatred directed at vulnerable kids is not comedy, by anyone’s definition. If these reports are true, we expect a full explanation and apology.”
One eyewitness, Kevin Rogers, said “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.” Mr Rogers attended the gig with his partner and friend and posted his concerns on Facebook, where they were picked up by Truth Wins Out and others.
Twitter user Jonathan Simpson commented “I hope Tina Fey does the right thing and sacks Tracy Morgan from 30 Rock. Encouraging homophobic violence in 2011? Not even remotely funny..”
Some 30 Rock viewers called for Morgan to be sacked by creator Tina Fey, who is a well-known advocate of LGBT rights.