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Tracy Morgan: If My Son Was Gay, I’d Stab Him To Death

Tracy Morgan: If My Son Was Gay, I’d Stab Him To Death

Comedian Tracy Morgan went on a vicious homophobic tirade during a stand-up performance June 3, 2011 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The remarks have drawn outrage from the LGBT community and its supporters.

Gay blog Unicorn Booty describes some of Morgan’s ugly rant, drawing from audience member Kevin Rogers. The 30 Rock and SNL star reportedly told the audience that “all this gay s***” is “crazy and that women are a gift from God and that ‘Born this Way’ is bulls***, [being] gay is a choice.”

According to Rogers, who posted his full account of the incident on Facebook, Morgan also decried same-sex love and attraction between women: “that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a f***ing man” and “there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman.”

Morgan then commented upon the recent wave of bullying-related suicides among LGBT youth, apparently stating that “the gays [need] to quit being p*****s and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.” He went on to describe LGBT identity as a behavior learned from “media and programming.”

Yet perhaps the most distressing remark concerned Morgan’s own son. The comic allegedly told the audience that “if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [Morgan mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little n***** to death.”

ABC News reports that Morgan has issued an apology. The statement read:

“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.”

Rogers, however, thinks Morgan wasn’t trying to disguise his prejudice with humor. “His entire demeanor changed during that portion of the night,” writes Rogers. “He was truly filled with some hate towards us.”

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2:25PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

He is clearly full of hatred and he is only going to incite further hatred. He should be taken off the air. I am thoroughly disgusted by him now.

6:47AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Outrageous! Sad, but it's a reality of life for the LGBT community. And people wonder why there was a high volume of gay bully suicides? People like this is why.

6:43AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

This rant was clearly not a joke. He is 100% homophobic and I will never listen to him. This probably hurts him more than anyone else.

9:33PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I don't know this Morgan character, but now his name is indelibly etched in my brain, never to watch or support him. I always get a kick out of these "celebrities" who say horrible, outrageous things, and then apologize, because why? .... the words just came unbidden into their brains and just because they said "fag", didn't mean they meant "fag" in a detrimental way? ... ?

3:51AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

Is Mark S a 'normal' human being? His comment was not only stupid, but shows him up for a bigot equal to his new best friend Tracy......I weep for America- a once great forward-looking country, that has chosen to embrace ignorance as a valued trait, and hatred as a substitute for loving thy neighbour......if Mark S was MY neighbour,I'd move for sure.

3:46AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

IN no way was this homophobic rant a 'joke'...humour has nothing to do with it...it is blind, stupid prejudice- the same prejudice that will have you believe that all black people are in some way inferior to white, and as such should be treated worse than cattle.I have encountered such prejudice in my life- as a straight woman, I once asked a born-again Nigerian co-worker of mine if he would feel any differently about me if I was gay- it should be said that he was sweet on me, and we both did voluntary work at a charity shop....when he said that he 'wouldn't even touch me with one finger' I was horrified- after all, he actually knew me, for more than 8 years- I couldn't understand how even with personal knowledge he could be so violently 'anti'.......I still can't....... He was unable to see that I would still be ME, and his feelings ought not to be different because of something that he was unaware of....sad, but typical of brainwashed people with a need to have their thinking done for them....

2:43PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

People can say whatever the hell they want in their standup routines I suppose, but he's just embarrassed the hell out of himself in front of everyone, and I doubt most people will be able to take him seriously after this. I think if a celebrity wants to make their own personal opinions known publicly then they should be allowed to, but they have to understand the consequences--if their views are backwards and hateful like these, they will certainly not be able to laugh it off or apologize their way out of it and have people believe them.

11:01PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

To Miranda L.: Maybe he has lost most of his audience. I hope so.

5:44PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Given the history of this country with slavery, genocide of Native Americans, bigotry toward the Irish, Italians, Polish, and Jews, and treatment of Chinese who built the railroads, Japanese interned during WWII, Hispanics who still work as migrants, and poor whites working in coal mines to this day, I guess some people here think hate is a "normal American
value." But most of value freedom, liberty, and the rights
guaranteed by a democratic republic.

5:40PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Given the history of this country with slavery, genocide of Native Americabs, bigotry towad the Irish, Italians, Polish, and Jews, I guess some people here think hate is a "normal American value.". But most of value freedom, liberty, and the rights guaranteed by a democratic republic.

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