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June 10th, 2011
03:10 PM ET

Tracy Morgan's Anti-Gay Rant

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  1. Chris

    I commend Morgan for his comments. He is free to speak. It is his 1st admendment right as an American Citizen. Lets go ahead and bash Jeff Foxworthy for his Redneck Jokes. As long as we joke about white people it is fine, but any other race or "GAYS" it is not ok.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Seanddiggie

    Come on folks it's just jokes. why do we have to make everything a PC issue.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  3. Alberto

    To hear that a person that is watched by millions on tv says such disgusting things is the reason why the US needs better discrimination laws! Tracy Morgan should be fired for his awful choice of words-

    June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Gwyn

    Reminds me of the Michael Richards rant.....

    June 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  5. markkoenig

    Hyperbole is an often used comedic tool, as it is in life. Wishing someone dead in a joke or just when someone makes you really mad doesn't really mean you will kill them. Let us see the hyperbole for what it is, and realize that this is not new in comedy, even when speaking of killing.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Andrew

    What really upsets me are the apologies. He clearly believes all of this, but he will nonetheless apologize for being truthful. I had no inclination of ever attending one of his shows, but I will purposefully avoid anything with him on it from now on. Sometimes I like bigoted, homophobic republicans better than fake, non-helping democrats. Are gay people citizens or not? Are they not entitled to freedom, liberty and happiness or are they not covered under the declaration of independence and our constitution? People need to get over themselves and accept differences.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Jay

    Look I don't dis like gays but I don't associate with them either. I think that Tracy was just saying what a lot of fathers like myself feel. I don't want my son to be gay. I wouldn't stab him to death if he were but it probably would change my relationship with him. I'm just being honest. And I can't stand when people try to compare gay people to the plight of African Americans. They couldn't help being Black being gay is a choice.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

    ANothercomedian apologizing for free speech! Outrageous. Is there something that says, in a comedy show, you have to be politically correct? NO! I can he future of comedy now. Good evening folks. Tonight's show will not offend anyone. I will not make jokes about gays, lesbians, murderers, rapists, people with diminished mental capacity, men, women, children, Christians, Muslims, Hindus or any nationality nor will I say anything about people who are handicapped. Why did the chicken cross the road? Oh, I'm sorry, my lawyer tells me some chickens are offended by that joke. Thank you and good night. People are so thin skinned today and they can't take a joke. Stay in your house if you're easily offended. Don't watch the classic movie Blazing Saddles or you'll sue Mel Brooks! He made fun of everybody.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  9. ed greer

    A person buys a ticket to Tracy Morgon and is shocked that he slurred gays??? I bet he slurred gays, straights, whites, blacks, etc etc. That is what I would expect from him. I would not take it personal and do not feel that is what he feels in his heart. Remember he is a comedian, that is his job!

    June 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  10. Gerald Burnham

    what's the big deal about Morgans gay remark's.If people don't like it,they can leave and don't have to listen. I've had to put up with all kinds of swill on T.V. and the movies in the name of freedom of speech.Besides there's no proof any of this is harmful right? CNN seems to be all for freedom of speech unless it's something they disagree with. The guy said he went to see Morgan because he pushes the envelope and is obscene.Seems he got what he wanted and more.The hypocrisy of you people in the media is what I find un acceptable.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  11. SpaceMonkey

    Awwwe... that poor guy got his poor little feelings hurt. GROW UP! You knew when you went to see Tracy Morgan he would go off the hook. I guess you thought he would offend every group except yours. And really, are you suggesting that a comedian has to temper his act so as to not to offend anyone? Please, freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say anything as long as you don't offend anyone.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  12. Steve Mills

    Tracy Morgan's rant is so disgusting it's beyond description. The network and producers of Hard Rock should terminate his further participation and appearance on the show. His apology was so self-serving. Feel sorry for anyone who thought that performance in Nashville was funny, shame on them.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  13. Ronald

    Homosexuals have a serious "chip on their shoulders." You can't expect people to except homosexuality. It's insane to think babies are born gay when babies are asexual (for those who don't know – they don't have sex). This crap is insane. America is not going to accept homosexuality only fearful will. I don't go around saying I'm a heterosexual accept me or no one says I'm a fornicator or player accept me I have a right to exist. It's selfish, unfulfilling and ultimately will be deadly. Tracy Morgan has a right to take a stand. I'm not afraid of them. Homosexuality is perverse many people get colon cancer because of it. No one should penetrate someone's colon. It's not only unnatural it's dangerous.

    Homosexuality is wrong and I'm tired of hearing these chip on the shoulder accept me statements.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  14. william jones

    I belief tracy's opinion reflects rational and the fear of God, I think America's freedom of speech is being misused by homosexuals to advance their immoral indecent and ungodly sexual drive.
    its about time the socalled christians at cnn read 1 corinthians 6:9-10,13 and Galatians 5: 19-23.
    I personally belief there is no need coming to the defence of homosexuals and abortionist, as i watched yesterday over cnn with the cnn journalist brooke defending and abortionist and today with randi defending a homosexual, i love you guys but plz stop defending anti-Christ immoralities, what is the need gaining the world and loosing our souls my brethren.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  15. Nick

    Violence is not funny but......... if you go to any stand up comedians show check your poor pitiful me feelings at the door. Thats how he makes his money, by saying things that have an " awe" factor. It's a joke. Didn't he (Tracy Morgan) just say alot of hurtful things about Trump and Sheen? Don't see rich people crying and whining or drug addicts complaining about how hurt their feelings are cause someone made a joke. Relax life is short, sometimes you should quit whining because it's not personal and SMILE : )

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  16. Mike Russell

    I think it's sad that only one interview was done with a person who's feelings were hurt. What about the many who thought it was funny? If Mr. Morgan had made these statements/observations in a public forum other than his act, and it is HIS act, it might be a cause for concern. Why is it that we can laugh at everyone else, and when it touches us personally we start snivelling? I personally like to laugh at myself, it gives me less to whine about.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  17. Bill Doty

    The Tracy Morgans of the world get off too easily for rants of this kind by just apologizing. That no longer gets it. Tracy Morgan should remember what happened to the career of Anita Bryant for this kind of campaigning. She isn't even a memory.

    And perhaps we need a PAC to deny tourism to towns whose audiences applaud them ... I won't visit Nashville anytime soon.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  18. Rich

    Instead of Mr. Morgen saying “If my son can home and told me he was gay I would stab the n*****”. A comedian said “my daughter (white) came home with a n***** and I lynched him”. Would that be funny? Michael Richards found out the hard way this stuff is not funny. Mr. Morgen should join Mr. Richards in exile.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  19. Strilly Will

    In regards to the 'gay issue' and Tracy's remarks.. For instance, African lion mothers' have a "sixth sense" when it comes to the birth of their young. If the mother can tell their is something wrong with the cub... i.e., birth defect, the mother will eat the cub... Furthermore, I totally think that people who are gay should be treated the same.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Greg

    Freedom of speech indeed comes with hazards such as having to listen to people claiming to be comedians rant hate filled remarks about gay people. Here is a bit of freedom of speech in response...
    Hate speech translates into hate crimes which then ultimately harm people either physically or mentally...I know A guy from history who started out in a similar way, his name was Adolph and he was a crowd favorite in Germany for a little bit.
    Boycott everything this guy is involved in.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  21. Jim T.

    His rant was terrible, but I for the life of me cannot figure out why people do and say hurtful things when it is not going to change anything. Gay people are not going to vanish just as Blacks and Mexicans are not going back to their homeland and American Indians will never be in charge of their country America. So what is the point?


    June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  22. Randy

    I'm getting tired of celebrities saying the most outrageous, hurtful things in public under the guise of comedy, then apologizing for it and expecting absolution from the public. These are things that you would not say as a joke among close friends, let alone an audience. An F-bomb can be a mistake in the wrong situation, but a full-blown rant that goes on for several minutes is not a slip-of-the-tongue. It is a deliberate dialogue that was written and performed by professional comedian.

    Freedom of Speech goes both ways. Sure, he has the right to say what he wants, and the rest of us have the right to chastise him for it.

    June 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  23. Dexter Ashford

    Why is tolerence of different beliefs approved of and promoted unless you are against homosexuality, at which point your beliefs are no longer tolerated. As individuals we have as much right to disapprove of homosexuality as others do to approve of it. And if pro-gay rights supporters can voice there opinions in support of homosexual rights than anti-gay supporters should be able to openly state our beliefs against homosexuality. And by the way I happen to agree with Traceys remarks. I wouldn't want a gay child either. ( I wouldn't actually stab the kid, but his or hers homosexuality is nothing I would be proud of.)

    Tell me something, why is homosexuality the only sin in the bible that groups of people form political organizations for and try to get special rights for. I don't see liars rights groups, but people lie and its still a sin. I don't see theives rights groups but people steal and its still a sin. Now not only do gays want special political standing but they want to be married in the eyesight of God in spite of the fact that homosexuality is still a sin in the bible. Not only was Tracey right but our society has gotten far to permissive.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  24. James

    Ok, just a few observations here...

    1) Comedy is often about being "over the top". While I can uderstand why Tracy's commentary seems distasteful to the homosexual camp, all he's doing is going over the top with the way most people really feel about the way the homosexual agenda is now being forced upon us in every aspect of society – from the miliatry to pop culture to indoctrinating our kids in their grade schools. You didn't really believe telling everyone it's all perfectly normal, healthy, and good was really changing anyone's good sensibilities, did you? Even if you succeed in eventually getting everyone to tell you what you want to hear, in Stepford-wife style, you know deep down it's not going to make you feel any better knowing that they really still think such behavior is revolting, and that you've only silenced them from speaking their true thoughts.

    2) This is called "Free Speech" – that which you yourselves fight for, remember? You can't cry "free speech!" only when it benefits your cause and then attempt to censor those who oppose your views. Which now now brings me to all the name-calling....

    3) You can't go around crying foul everytime a slur is used against your camp while your camp freely throws around slurs against anyone who disagrees with you.

    One of the greatest ironies is when one finally realizes that you can't call someone a "bigot" without being one yourself, nor can you use the word "dogma" without being dogmatic yourself. As for the word "homophobic", it truly is ludicrous and only reveals the ignorance of those who use it. For those who missed this in grade school, a "phobia" is an irrational fear having no basis in reality. There is no *irrational* fear of those participating in homosexuality. Yes, their is well-grounded fear that the promotion of it and forced indoctrination (now in California and other states) is warping our children's minds, but that is not irrational. Nor is there any "irrational" about principled disagreement on health, anatomical, and moral grounds.

    While I have compassion for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and encourage them to press on resisting it as we all all must battle our temptations (temptation is not the sin, acting on it is), there's simply no point in sweeping all that is wrong with such behavior under the carpet, pretending it doesn't exist and telling people they are "born that way" and can never change no matter how much they want to. No, that isn't being loving to them at all. It reduces them to mere animals driven on instinct. But that's what the homosexual camp tries to do – use intimidation and violence to prevent those who want the help from ever getting it. That's some kind of love!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  25. Nick

    The gay population has recently convinced the DOD to allow openly gay members to serve in the military and possibly fight hand to hand againest an enemy with a devoted hate to us westerners. Better start checking your little emotional baggage cry baby crap and get over it. It's a joke quit crying.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  26. Kevin

    Mr. Morgan stopped being a comedian and became a bully when he made the homophobic and hateful statements during his comedy routine. I found it hurtful and degrading.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  27. J.jJ

    He is a comedian, that's what they do, offend people, I could get offended every day listening to some rap songs, who cares, if you don't like it you can have your opinion.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  28. Dana Norris

    I'm sick of people saying things then "appologising" for it as though it's okay to slam someone as long as you say you're sorry afterwards. And for a member of a minority group–a group who fought for thier OWN rights–to rip apart another group who are strugglilng for thier own rights is dispicible and disgusting. I'm ashamed of my fellow Americans.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  29. Kevin

    I feel that Tracy Morgan's comments were generated by pressure applied to him by his agent/show producers/network upper management and not from his heart where it should have come from. If he knew that it wasn't content fit for a comedy act why did he bring it up at that venue.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  30. Josh

    I think it is ridiculous that someone is not allowed to make jokes about a person just because they are homosexual. Christians are made fun of all the time for what they believe, not to mention all the other religions. A joke is exactly that, a joke. There is no need to apologize for it and there is no need for all these pro-gay people to get all upset and call for him to apologize. Homosexuality is a choice and if you choose to be that way then you open yourself up for those jokes just like a person who chooses Christianity opens themself up for those jokes.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  31. Tina Patel

    For God's sake, he is a comedian. Why did that buffoon go see a comedian who is known to push the boundaries? As a Asian Indian, I have heard comedians make fun of our cheapness and the fact that in India, two men hold pinkies and hug. CNN, stop making it into a bigger deal than it already is. Show more on Japan, a country still trying to recover after a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  32. web

    I wish CNN would read a good sampling of these comments. Not everyone is a standard bearer for gay liberation like they are. I am sick of hearing about them.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  33. markkoenig

    I'm ashamed of Americans, but for different reasons, since when did we become the thought police, policing the beliefs of everyone. He is allowed his beliefs if he wants them, these groups and individuals calling for his job are out of line, boycott his body of work if you choose as is your right, but trying to impose your beliefs on another human being through means of coercion, ie threatening his livelyhood if they are not convinced of the sincerity of his apology, is acting as the thought police. Hello 1984.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  34. Al Ramirez

    Will Tracey Morgan (or Kobe Bryant) have to go around to apologize to all the gay media in person like Michael Richards & Don Imus did on the Al Sharpton or similiar talk radio programs? Or is that reserved just for non blacks?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  35. kevin

    Its funny that we can joke about race and anything else, but gays are off limits. Its jokes ppl!! This isn't news.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  36. Frank Furgiuele

    I understand that we have free speech in this country...but when people are degraded, belittled, ridiculed and made fun of for the sake of "comedy", then our society needs to examine our recent slide into human degradation and greed. Tracy Morgan and others who slam any group by threatening violence need to learn how to treat people with respect. The golden rule is still the best compass we have to live our lives.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Daniel DuBour

    I think Tracy Morgan went too far in his "comedy act" and should be boycotted from appearing anywhere as a celebraty. His apology is meaningless because the words where already spoken as to how he feels about woman, gays and lesbiens. They cannot be taken back. He should be banned from appearing in public, and however indorses him should also be boycotted. When he stops making money off of the public, then he will realize the error of his ways.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  38. Les

    Michael Richards directed his rant at particular members of his audience because the hackled him. Tracy was just performing as a comedian. People know what they are getting into when you attend comedy shows that any subject can come up and everyone is free game..Including black, white, Asian, gay and lesbians. If you don't want to hear jokes or rants about these things, then you should not attend comedy shows..Real simple. Comedy is a art and

    June 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  39. Marion T. Cochrane

    If there is any truth in "Ignorance is Bliss," Mr. Morgan must be truly ECSTATIC!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  40. Bruce Walman

    I blame the gay community for some of the hostility because it is in their power to educate the public that a man being gay is not a choice. We not only know now about the changes in the womb that happens to the male brain, but we know specifically both times in the womb and the molecular changes in the cells. The two universities in England that independently researched this even have statistical figures that follow the premise back to WWII.

    This would be like the groups advocating that people should not smoke cigarettes near children, but not bothering to tell the smokers that we now have reproducible proof that second hand smoke causes cancer.

    I can not talk about gay females because we do not yet have reproducible proof about this.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  41. DANA in Alaska

    Tracy should of never apologized.Freedom of speech is an American Right,even if it hurts someones(boo hoo) feelings.If we allow censorship to run rampant in this country then lets call this country Little Russia.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  42. Rex

    Sad as it is to say, it is somewhat cathartic for these things to happen from time to time. Tracy Morgan should be fired from any network employing him. His only contribution to society is to show us how many bigoted Americans are still out there, and how far the struggle for human dignity still has to go. It would appear many of those bigots are flocking to this board to support this pitiful jerk.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  43. Jim

    I am as disgusted with most of the posts here as I am with Traci Morgan's ignorance. YES its a free country with free speech. But there are consequences. He didnt just hurt Gay people and young confused teens who are privately struggeling with this "choice" as He calls it.... He hurt everyone in his family and everyone on 30 Rock. Does he not realize that PREVIOUS fans of his and of 30 rock will now take it off their dvr list? Think they wont? I already have. I cant support Tina Fay if she supports Tracy Morgan. So Tracy...You hurt people with your free speech and it comes @!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  44. Daniel DuBour

    The is a book on in the kindle book store called Paranoia which give people who read it a good idea of the gay and lesbien life style. Generally gays and lesbiens a very good, gentle people and would never attach another religion, race or the way others live their lives. Tracy Morgan needs to get a life!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  45. mark t

    While I truly empathize with anyone who is singled out for humiliation or denegrating comments, this was not a source where another type of treatment should have been expected. A comedian's rants and comments are typically to be taken in the context of "outrageous comments and inflammatory behavior"...the very reason why people attend these events.

    I am sick and tired at the "evolved" sensibilities expected by singlular groups of peoples or communitites where they consider themselves to be above reproach or comment. It's with it. They made their choice but wish no repurcussions for their actions. 30 years ago, this same group of people were considered to be a deviant sub-culture and abnormal, even within the medical community. Whether or not they are is beside the point in today's context. This is the land of free speech and opportunity for all. Let's leave it at that and quit trying to legitimize and normalize anyone and everyone and quit trying to minimize the cost of life's choices. Where will it all end?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  46. Joe

    The problem is not his jokes. It the people , that why I love every time I hear about people dying. It doesn't happen enough in my opinion. I wish a disaster would happen more often and kill more useless eaters. If only kids were spared I would actually cheer people dying. This world needs more "population" eradication. Here's hoping that millions, if not billions more die in the coming years. Cheers!

    June 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  47. AG

    He needs to be fired from NBC ASAP

    June 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  48. Mike Russell

    I think it's sad that only one interview was done with a person who's feelings were hurt. What about the many who thought it was funny? If Mr. Morgan had made these statements/observations in a public forum other than his act, and it is HIS act, it might be a cause for concern. Why is it that we can laugh at everyone else, and when it touches us personally we start snivelling? I personally like to laugh at myself, it gives me less to whine about.

    Mike Russell

    June 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  49. tiger

    its just comedy people, we need to stop focusing so much on words these days and focus on actions. if this continues we wont have comedy anymore. sissies are going to run america soon and its already starting. dont get me wrong sissies and gay is not the same. once u are an adult you have the right to leave the show, i was offended by the use of the n-word in hangover II by so many white men, but its just comedy and it was funny to a lot of people. im out i im bout to start my on blog

    June 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  50. Darrin

    Hmmm...Is it within my First Amendment Rights to suggest that Mr. Morgan is just a jerk? he has a history of anti-gay statements. This is just another one. You would think someone who works in the entertainment industry would be accustomed to a diverse work place, and a diverse world in general.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  51. David

    There's a difference between free speech and hate speech, as there is between contemplating violence and advocating it. You may deride people, but you may not shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater. For a public figure to say he'd stab his son if he were gay is shouting "Fire!" Shall we see how many fathers in this benighted country of ours will actually take that action?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  52. Cheryl

    I am disgusted by the comments Tracy Morgan made and while I know he apologized, I hope he means what he said. It's a shame he ever considered that type of material "funny". I also hope that the law(s) based on prejudice is repealed in Tennessee.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  53. LiamLIC

    This was not comedy, this was hate speech. If I stood up and talked about stringing up black people or shoving Jews into an oven in the midst of a comedy act, it would still be hate speech. The 'joke' about stabbing his son if he was gay didn't just cross the line... he went way, way over the line.

    Mr. Morgan's apology is not enough. He has been making these statements for months (see his performance at Carnegie Hall for similar rants). NB Universal should remove him from 30 Rock and disavow his statements.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  54. James

    How is that so many black male entertainers and athletes who are the descendants of a people who were (and still are to a certain extent) victims of racism and intolerance can turn around be so disrespectful of others?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  55. Kristin

    Tracy Morgan's rant is as bad as Mel Gibson's. Both filled with hate.. He should be fired from 30 Rock.

    People should not tolerate hateful messages from any group against another.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  56. CB

    Tracy Morgan should be applauded. Your three guests on the subject are the ons who need "educated." What? Because of a joke, he's supposed to spend the next 20 years of his life giving "community service" until you're satisfied? Who made you judge and jury. The fact is there is nothing politically correct about homosexuality, and just like any other thing, God's standards have not changed. It's only you people who want to lower his standards to satisfy your selfish needs and immoral desires. He has a right to say what he wants to say, just as you seem to think you have a right to do obscene things with other human beings.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  57. Davian Luche

    As a gay male living in Los Angeles, i am not offended at all! It's comedy, maybe bad comedy but it's just an comedy act. Comedians make jokes around different races, genders and the handicap, and everyone laughs and do not make an issue of it. I feel this does not describe Tracy's character at all. Lately it seems anyone that makes a joke or comment regarding homosexuals, everyone makes a huge situation around it. Being gay does not define me but just a part of who i am. I wish it was a world without judgement but unfortunately its part of our society and freedom of speech is a right whether its wrong or right, we are free to have an opinion. GLAAD needs to stop adding wood to the fire and taking personally. I am proud of being gay but I appreciate all views even if its not one i agree with.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  58. Robby

    Tracy Morgans joke is not ment to hurt any one's feelings comedy is ment for fun and enjoyment not hurt people Tracy was just entertainment for people he didnt mean to hurt any one's feeling people need to stop taking jokes seriously because its just for fun I make jokes too about people Ect. but i do it to make people laugh not hurt them and even if it does hurt them then they got a problem

    June 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  59. fc

    so, murdering your son if he comes to you to say he is gay....oh, and doing so by stabbing him to death is funny. yeah, tha's a real hilarious joke.

    i imagine that most of those writing in support of him are black and/or wacko born-agains who are SO obsessed with gay men's sexual habits that they froth at the mouth just talking bout it.

    why would someone who "HATES" gays so much, whether it be morgan or wacko born-agains or blacks or anyone think and talk about gay men's naked bodies and what they do with them more than gay men do? they are ALL a bunch of closet cases. toobd tracy morgan is so incredibly ugly. he'll NEVER be able to have sex with any gay man. he's too ugly, physically and as a person.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  60. Peter

    Tracy Morgan should be fired immediately. A young female blogger in Syria was recently abducted by 4 young men and believed to be in Syrian prison. No one knows her fate. Jokes such as this are dangerous regardless of the medium of delivery. The premise is hateful and barbaric. No amount of explanation will make this go away. He should be fired.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  61. Troy

    I have not heard honestly what Tracy Morgan said actually, but I believe there are more important things going on in this country and the world that out ranks a few comments from a comedian that hurts feeling, Freedom of speech. If you were offended ask for your money back and don't whine on cnn and stay away from his appearances. Its just like tv, you dont like it, voice your opinion and watch the movie channel instead.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  62. Peter

    .....The female blogger abducted in Syria was a gay female. There is nothing funny about people being discriminated against, being placed in prison and raped and tortured. Tracy Morgan should be fired immediately.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  63. WhatDoesEqualityMeanToYou?

    If Tracy Morgan is to be condemned for his comments in a comedic act, the same people going after him should also make it their business to fight the Westboro Baptist Church. I do not support any type of hateful remarks. What Mr. Morgan said may be considered too much (even in comedy) by some. I just ask that those demanding apologies and taking action to stand up against the comedian, would also do the same to save grieving service members' families from suffering an unnecessary aggravation to their sorrow on the hands of an extremist, hateful group exercising their freedom of speech. It seems to me "we" are taking a comedic act more seriously than religious movement of intolerance. Does this make any sense?

    June 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  64. Signe A. Dayhoff, Ph.D.

    Whatever Tracey Morgan's intent was, conscious or unconscious, in his homophobic rant is less important than the implications of what he said. The implications were a tacit endorsement of prejudice, discrimination, hate, and violence against a minority. He was gratuitously playing on the fear of a segment of the straight community who wish they could act on that fear to feel superior and less threatened. All the apologies in the world do not take away from his so-called "comedic" expression and reinforcement of that fear and violent ways to deal with it.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  65. Maria Zeledon

    While it is true that theater has the freedom to express ideas that are not acceptable with the government and society, we are in time of such violence in our society that if this is entertainment what does that say about his audience, and about him feeding on it. Teenagers suffer so much with insecurity and the fact that Mr. Morgan not only advocates violence and hatred against others, but as well as within families by his comments about his own son.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  66. Sean Rozas

    Tracy Morgan is a revered comedian with a lot of experience AS A COMEDIAN. The goals a comedian must achieve include talking, joking and elaborating on a specific topic to make people feel comfortable and to make people laugh. As far as I'm concerned, Tracy did just that. This man did nothing wrong. If what he had said bothered the communities of politicians based off of the observation of a single reporter, than every comedian should be condemned and slurred because of what they say about other seriously challenged topics such as murder, poverty, war, immigration, race, drugs.

    These are all topics that are severely touchy on the media and yet any comedian who talks about these topics are not slurred. Instead they are appreciated and loved for their words of comedic wisdom. People who live their life in the comedy spotlight have to choose wisely about which topics they feel are necessary for the event. Being in an incredibly racial and restricting community, Tracy spoke about the gay community. My theory is backed up by the state's recently passed laws about immigration and such.

    To demand such ridiculous requests as to apologize for free speech, speaking to the families of those who have children that have committed suicide or died because of their sexuality is completely unethical. Comedy is comedy in any sense, and Tracy Morgan expressed just that. Comedy.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  67. Paul graham

    Funny he got paid to act in Longest Yard / but can not tell a joke with many downing him .Many can act anyway in the world for $$$$$$$/but can not joke this world and all talk about each !!!!!!!lol
    God help

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  68. suzie

    Tracy Morgan needs to face the same social and career consequences that Don Imus and Michael Richards did. I am sick of being told we need to right anti-black racism like it's a cancer, then have black bigotry get a free pass. This is every bit as bad as what those two did

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  69. Cindy

    What I most troubled about is not the offensiveness of his act against women and gays or even his racist language – it is that his threat against his son was ignored over the gay angle by the press. Does anyone else think threatening to stab your child is what people should be concerned with instead of if he hurt some people's feeling with his appalling sexist, bigoted, and racist act? I'm for free speech, but with freedom come resposibility. His speech threaten a specific violent action against his son. I don't know if he indeed has children, but if he does, I would worry about if they are in the care of man who has so little respect for them and others. Not funny.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  70. Abe Thomas

    I think that Tracey 's words are just one person rant get over it the only group that one can insult is the African Americans without any kind of apology we claim to be a christian nation and we are believers in the HOLY BIBLE well it's GODS words lets just honor them in my opinion ity's not a healthy lifestyle and if it were correct then people couldn't have evolved if that practice were correct we are a sick country all most beyound repair.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  71. David Pumo

    This has nothing to do with free speech. He is free. He spoke. That doesn't guarantee him that people can't speak against what he said. This also has nothing to do with being too PC. His words go way beyond socially acceptable by any stretch. If he were talking about kniffing a black person, or a Jew, or a woman, those groups would be up in arms. The genuine hatred and ignorance he expressed borders on illegal. He might not be inciting, but he is condoning and approving of violence against children for being gay or gender non-conforming at a time when anti-gay violence and teen suicide is a hot button issue. If 30 ROCK doesn't fire him over this, it is beyond ridiculous.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  72. mike mathews

    What is this 1984? Make sure you think the right things or else...

    June 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  73. Too much hate.. not enough understanding

    I have read most of these comments and do believe that everyone is entitled to Free Speech and their own opinion. That being said, there is a huge difference between Free Speech and Hate Speech... and that is where we have trouble in this country. Just because we are free to say whatever we want, does not automatically mean that what someone is saying is acceptable and that it will not incite violence. So, along with Free Speech must come personal accountability. If you say something stupid or hateful, or you cross a line, you should apologize. Free Speech is not a Free Pass to spew hatred and division just because you differ in opinion. It seems the people that agree with Tracy Morgan are supporting his right to say it. Agreeing with someone’s hatred or poor choice of words also does not make it right (you are free to feel that way, but you are not free to encourage hate – which is why we now have laws against hate crimes). Hiding hatred behind jokes is not American (or human) either. Once being gay is no longer considered unacceptable or hated, then comedians can make all the jokes they want. But to say “it’s just jokes” is not really understanding the deeper problem. Minority groups have a documented history of having to struggle in this country and when hate is continuously spread about any one group, it only perpetuates the cycle of hate in our younger people. What most straight people don’t seem to grasp is that most of the images of gay people over the years in the media represent the gay community in a very poor light. Since homosexuality is not really discussed in schools or the family, the only vision that young people get of gay people is a very negative one. So the cycle of hate continues. You don’t have to like gays, or associate with them if you don’t want to, but to encourage the hate is just self serving and unGOD-like (and stop hiding behind religion – we are all educated enough to know that the Bible does not represent the exact words out of God’s mouth. It is a compilation of stories and teachings handed down for thousands of years that have been translated and transformed multiple times by man.) (I graduated from Catholic School so I am not hating on religion). We are the UNITED States of America where everyone is created equal, not the ONLY IF YOU AGREE WITH MY OPINION States. Gay people pay taxes just like straight people, but get fewer benefits for the same investment. So anyone that says ‘stop crying’ or makes similar comments, has never been on the receiving end of discrimination or direct hatred for being who they are. If you have been on the receiving end of discrimination (it seems homophobia is fairly strong in the black community), and you still spew this type of hate, then you truly part of a problem that you yourself did not feel was acceptable. Anyone that says “being gay is a choice” is sadly misinformed and should read some real scientific research before opening your ignorant mouth. To spread misinformation and ignorance is only adding to the problem. Face it… even straight people have many unpleasant characteristics. But, that does not make you less of a person. (How ironic that straight people are mostly responsible for the decline of marriage in this country, yet they want to preserve the right for themselves) So, remember, the next time you spew hate and hide behind Free Speech, there is someone on the other side that will return it in kind. Let’s not hide behind Free Speech to further personal agenda. Rather we should use it to find common ground and really live the words of our Declaration of Independence!

    June 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  74. Val

    When will the POLITICALLY CORRECT SYNDROME gonna stop? Tracy Morgan's rants, comments, etc. during his Comedy Show/Act are absolutely FINE.
    If it is wrong to make comments about Gays, then should it be wrong to make comedic comments about whites, blacks, reds, yellows? About Doctors, Dentists, Politicians, Lawyers, Lobbyists? About Americans, Asians, Europeans? About Rabbi's, Priest's, Ministers? About the Irish, Italians, Polish, Russians, Greeks? Where is the line?
    There should not be a line. This is Comedy, period. It is Free Speech.
    If we can't laugh at ourselves then we have a REAL problem.
    If some person or group does not like the comedy about their race, religion, sexual persuasion, ethnicity, etc., then take advantage of your freedom and don't listen to the radio, CD's, TV, nor read the Newspaper and Internet, or just move to a country where you will not be represented by comments that HURT YOUR FEELINGS.
    Tracy, you did no wrong. Keep up the your good show.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  75. Rebecca

    The thing I find most intresting about the interview with Kevin Rogers was how he is up in arms about the comments directed towards homosexuals but he completely disreagards the comments about women. When asked if anyone left the venue Kevin replyed "through out his entire perfromance there were times that we noticed that people were, you know his performance includes alot of comments about women and his belief of their place in this world..." So making comments about women is fine but god forbid he talks about gays in a deogatory way. No one has a problem with Tracy Morgan bashhing women. Bottem line none of his joke are appropriate, and they are all offensive.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  76. James

    I can't speculate what's on Tracy Morgan's mind, but as an African-American I can honestly reveal that there is rampant homophobia and tacit indulgence for anti-gay slurs in the black community. Psychologically, many black males fell so marginalized and emasculated by their relatively low position in society, they lash out at others they deem inferior or weak to boast their wounded egos. Clearly, Mr. Morgan is rich, famous and worldly, so he has no such excuse for his behavior. What if a white comedian joked about harming his daughter if she brought home a black man? We wouldn't tolerate such violent and hateful comments about race (and gender) from a celebrity, so we shouldn't accept them about gays either.

    Lastly, there's a big difference between "redneck" jokes and mean-spirited jabs at someone's religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation. Comical criticism about behavior related to social class and subcultural differences is universal – minorities tell jokes about the poor and uneducated people in their communities, foreigners tell jokes about the clueless American tourists that travel to their countries. At one time or another, everyone has a moment when they are the "redneck" – the fish out of water.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  77. T.J.Tucker

    I believe that every word that's listed in the american dictionary should be protected by the First Amendment . I also noticed that Not one person was offended or even commented on Morgan's use of the " N word " within the same comedic rant. If there is No Outrage for the use of him using the " N word" then why is there an Outrage for the use of him using the term gay, especially when there was No malicious intent.

    June 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  78. Ethan Clarke

    Boo Tracy did he react to Michael Richards comedy? How would he react to a white comedian telling the audience: my daughter told me she's gonna marry a Black man – so I pulled out lmy gun & shot her....?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  79. Jake

    It's comedy if you don't like it then change the channel, everyone else gets made fun of what is so special about gay people. You people need to grow some thicker skin, honestly by making a big deal of it your discriminating homosexuals worse then he is.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  80. Tom

    Tracy Morgan needs to be removed from 30 Rock or the show is going to go down WITH him.

    Will Boycott NBC so long as Morgan remains employed there.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Felix

    It's not the "stab" remark that bothers me. That could be seen as a parody of overly macho, homophobic fathers. It's what he said about lesbians (and no, being a man, I'm obviously not one).

    In what context is denying the possibility of homosexual love a joke? I suppose if he were parodying homophobes, but I can't see Morgan's remark about lesbians as even being an attempt at comedy. It seems as if he was saying what was on his mind... in other words, what he really believes, no matter how much backpedaling he may do for damage control.

    He certainly has a right to free speech, and I also have the right to call him a talentless bigot, which is what he is and all he is.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  82. Deb

    The issue is one of free speech, and those offended by any of Mr. Morgan's comments should boo, leave, demand a refund, boycott, blog or take any other non-violent action they choose to voice their objection. We may dislike Mr. Morgan's jokes, and perhaps even think he's a real jerk for making them, but are we really ready to restrict comedic speech to only those jokes that can't possibly offend someone? It's time to toughen up America, and keep our eyes on the ball. Afghanistan is news, Mr. Morgan certainly isn't.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  83. Ethan

    Boo Tracy did he react to Michael Richards comedy? How would he react to a white comedian telling the audience: my daughter told me she's gonna marry a Black man – so I pulled out my gun & shot her....? I'd be as offended at that as I am by him!

    June 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  84. Nick

    Really I love how you think that gay jokes and redneck jokes are not the same. It is the intent of any comedian to make people laugh no matter who's feelings are rubbed the wrong way. Actions are what become problems, simple jokes are that simple jokes. My entire point is the sympathetic posters really should quit, its a stupid joke with very ignorant comments surrounding the whole thing. Also nice job revealing the whole black inferior comedian homophobia thing. Uhh really that wasnt a secret and not sure what makes them so inferior, is it they are black or what? Im not racist just keep hearing this nonsense about race and you specifically pointed it out. Its about gay peeps. Yes I'm European-American sounds cool right I like that better than white. About as irrelevant as anything else in this post. Just saying

    June 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  85. Cooper

    What?!!???? An African-American male made some anti-gay comments? That must mean the sun WILL come up in the East tomorrow! And water is wet!

    Seriously, guys, black males will never accept us as gay men. Listen to their cultural voice in rap music, movies, and their comedic acts. The vast majority of it is seriously homophobic. Surely this is common knowledge by now. I wouldn't buy a ticket to see most comedians, anyway, but it doesn't take Morgan showing his true self for me to be stupid enough to buy a ticket to see a black male comedian.

    June 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  86. Cynthia Wagner

    I was there! There was a Groupon special. I have since asked for a refund.

    I was sitting with my arm around my lesbian partner for the entire show. I love comedians. I LOVE “30 Rock.” I posted on Facebook about being excited to see him, and people wrote back warning me that I might be let down. I just thought they were not as open minded as myself. But they were correct.

    Tracy started off with a bunch of offensive jokes about sex. No big shocker there. But halfway through, as he went into the homophobic rant, the entire atmosphere became very uncomfortable. Mind you, I do NOT get offended easily. I’m a social worker, I can play the devil’s advocate like nobody’s business. I dare you to offend me. But I was so baffled by Tracy.

    But at one point, Tracy stopped telling jokes JUST to spew hatred... And I want it to be known. Tracy Morgan did NOT make any gay jokes. Period. He was pacing back and forth while looking down and expressing his hatred on certain things in the world. I wanted to yell at him, "Be a comedian!" And once again, let me repeat, Tracy was NOT making gay jokes. There was not one gay joke in there. I would have happily welcomed a gay joke. Unfortunately, I'm used to it. Everyone was in an awkward hush. We were all waiting for a punch line, but there wasn't one. I mean Tracy even went off on hip hop music, specifically naming “Gin and Juice.” I mean, who picks on Snoop Dogg?? That’s ridiculous.

    I felt sick to my stomach. His words echoed in my mind for DAYS. I work at two hospitals, one ER and one psychiatric hospital. At the psychiatric hospital I see plenty of Middle Tennessee teens attempt suicide due to gay bullying. They can’t take it anymore. Just because people are afraid to address it, does not mean it does not happen. I had an acquaintance take her son out of school due to the physical beatings he was receiving for being gay. There is a real concern people are not talking about. And Tracy was ranting about killing his homosexual child, well it may be a little too soon to address that topic. In Texas in April Norma Hurtado, and her mother, were gunned down by a teenager’s father, enraged over his daughter’s lesbian relationship. This stuff really is going on.

    We waited until the end of the show to leave. I refused to let him run us out of the room. And don’t get me wrong, PLENTY of people left throughout the show. Which made me feel bad for Tracy, because the place was MAYBE 1/3 full. We waited until most of the crowd left before we got up. I didn’t hold my partner’s hand as we left. I was extremely anxious at that point. For DAYS, I searched local news sites to see if anyone said anything. Nothing. I was wondering if the Ryman would say anything. Nothing. I am sure they were ashamed of him.

    I hope Tracy is doing okay. I’m worried about him. I’m saddened by his true colors. I absolutely ADORE “30 Rock.” I have every season on DVD, and I will continue to support “30 Rock.” I just feel sorry for the hardworking and talented cast and crew that might feel the ramifications of his actions.

    June 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  87. Emmanuel

    Tracy Morgan is a comedian and comedians are known for saying outrageous things on stage so I don't understand why people make a big fuzz about these types of things. what I really don't understand is why NBC has to come out and say that what he said was not right. NBC is his employer not his babysitter and if he said these things on his own stand up show that has to do nothing with NBC, there is no reason for them to make a statement about what happened. I feel as though people have stopped using their right of free speech because of fear of what these organizations and groups might say. If people don't like what they hear you simply ignore it.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  88. wm gemlich

    Dear Mr Velshi: The bashing of the Gay community has been off limits for some time now. Tracy Morgan had to have known that it was not right to do the skit. I also blame the people sitting in the audience for laughing at the crass joke. But, it is another example of how terrible our society has become. For the past 30 years, our movies, tv, stand-up comics have done nothing to make ths Nation a better Naton or its citizens, better citizens. This Nation is in dire strates and no one seems to care.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  89. Mahabir Swami

    I have heard enough of these apologies. One's deeper feelings and prejudices is revealed by their language. Once something is said the damage is already done. It is too late to make an apology because the damage has already been done. One true feelings are found in one's language.

    So hold your apology – it does not good.

    The damage has all ready been done!

    June 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  90. flick222

    I've never seen so many stupid comments defending Morgan's rants. Jokes are one thing, but hate filled rants are another, and especially when he said he would stab his own child if he told him he was gay. Yeah, that's really funny isn't it? I bet you are the same people who can't stand the Westboro Baptist Church, but what they say is no different than what Morgan said.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  91. Phil

    The people leaving comments that this is "not so bad" and "they are just jokes' I don't really believe have read or heard the whole story. He said he wanted to kill gays and he would stab his son if he were gay. Is that really a joke? If so why doesn't 3 Rock run that on their show, that is, have Tracy's son on the show come out as gay and Tracy can stab him. That would be a riot!? Unreal that people are tolerant and defend this loser

    June 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  92. Justin James

    Isn't it ultimately self-defeating to be offended by a comedian? I mean, let me get this straight (no pun), in the context of a comedy-club performance, its not okay for Tracy to let loose during a performance and tell a good ol' fashioned joke about stabbing when it involves a gay, but the context of stabbing his son, the "little n****r", as the transcript put it, is perfectly acceptable material, or in the very least these racial epithets and black-family violence are considered to be less offensive than the notion of promoting violence against homosexuals? Perhaps modern audiences find a certain level of violence and racist attitudes during performances acceptable and could "tell" that he was joking about that part, but consider also that, as the transcript put it, the joke was not about the entirety of being gay, but rather talking "gay" to your father, which according to Tracy, deserved a stabbing. What is talking "gay" you ask? Well, don't look for the answer here, or at a comedy club.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  93. Paul

    Tracy Morgan's remarks are simply ignorant, hateful and disgusting. He should be fired for this. Free speach is important but it is not right to preach hate. Get with it America.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  94. Lloyd Thornton

    Tracy Morgan should donate $10,000,000.00 to the "It Gets Better Foundation"! If he can put his money where his apology was, then we could consider accepting his word. However, for the time being, I will be boycotting "30 Rock" next season, even though I thoroughly enjoy the show. My permanent disgust for Morgan will take precedence over my love for Tina Fey.

    June 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  95. frank in ohio

    as a comedin he should know better

    June 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  96. J.

    He wasn't really joking. He was using humor as a way to get across his hatred. Just like some of you are using the free speech argument because in all honesty you agree with him, but are too scared to say so. I, for the life of me, don't understand the hatred directed at gay people. You all hate them so much for no reason.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  97. Scott

    I REALLY wish people would stop invoking free speech as a reason why rants and insults like Morgan's are grounds for criticism. Freedom of speech has nothing to do with this: he is free to say what he said, and the public is free to condemn what he says as hateful, antiquated, harmful to young people who are grappling with the very issues that Morgan is mocking, etc. There's this recurring theme that liberals curtail freedom of speech that disagrees with their agenda, when nothing of the sort is happening. No one is demanding that the government silence him. He is being condemned for hateful speech, and his critics are exercising THEIR free speech by doing so. Honestly, people, freedom of speech does not mean every spoken thought needs to be left untouched or uncriticized. Living in an open forum means that Morgan is subject to criticism.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:59 am |
  98. Andy

    I am not gay, I did not vote for our current president, and I am eligible for senior citizen discounts. That being said, I find the recent attempt at humor by Tracy Morgan to be far more than simply an anti-gay issue. His sniveling apology for his “choice of words” is a cowardly act and a phony attempt to appear sincerely apologetic. All those apologists who cite the First Amendment and a comedians right to say what they choose take note; Lenny Bruce and Thomas Jefferson would both be appalled.

    It’s not the words that are so repulsive but the intent behind the reprehensible personal sentiments he expressed that are intolerably repugnant. Change his target of a gay person to some other identity and the gist of his alleged joke to his son or daughter telling him that he or she plans to marry this person. I guarantee that merely changing the words (target) would only make the ugliness of his sentiments even more reviling to far more people and render his excuse of what he calls a joke far less tolerable.

    Mr. Morgan does not have the excuse of Michael Richards who directed his ugly comments at hecklers in the audience nor was he drunk like Mel Gibson when he went off on his ugly rants when being arrested. Both of these incidents happened in “the heat of the moment.” Mr. Morgan took the time to think through and plan what he said, yes even the words he chose, and intentionally expressed extremely violent and hateful intentions towards his own child say what he said. One doesn’t have to be gay or gay friendly to recognize the vulgarity of someone considering stabbing their own child to death and excusing something so morally incomprehensible … then excusing it by saying it is just a joke.

    I hope that NBC executives and Mr. Morgan’s colleagues, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, confront this with far more than double-talking excuse making. If he is allowed to remain on their sitcom I will boycott the show and its sponsors with the hope that many others will do the same. Finally, I have no idea if Mr. Morgan is the hateful person he denies being … I do know, however, that his remarks were hateful and the broader sentiments revealed by them should disgust anyone who believes in loving your neighbor as you love yourself …. as well as your own children.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:33 am |
  99. Juanita

    So we live in a society now where you can't tell jokes that might offend some people? Get me off this planet.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  100. David

    Kevin Rogers. If you are so sensitive, you shouldn't go to a Tracy Morgan show. I personally think you set him up. Tracy makes fun of everyone. You said have gone to his shows before, you' knew what you were going to get. What ever happen to freedom of speech? I hope you will feel bad if his career is ruin because of you.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  101. rudy garza

    jimmy the greek, richards from seinfeld, the list goes on and on...hey tracy, how you doin'?

    June 11, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  102. marj m.

    Grant it Tracey Morgons jokes were clearly not funny, but why make such a big deal when white people make awful racist jokes all the time and even get extra fame and even admiration. ie Don Rickles, is called Mr. Warmth for his not always funny racist comments. I think all racist jokes are truely wrong and can be dangerous. There is a way to be funny without being cruel! Come on people, let's play nice!

    June 11, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  103. Dan from Chicago, IL

    TJ, I just want you to know that being anything other than heterosexual is a sin and an illness. My father also had this illness and could not deal with it and bringing up four boys decided to commit suicide also. Well I grew up with the tendencies and acted out in them in my teens, but asked Jesus for help and got married with a woman who had a child. I still had the tendencies and she had a miscarriage in 85', but I went on trusting in Jesus and had another boy in 91' and now I have no tendencies to be a women. So with Jesus you can be healed and walk away from sin.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  104. Wendy

    I don't want to make this a black & white thing first and foremost, however in Tracy's apology he stated that it wasn't from the heart. Do I condone his act, NO b/c there are so many other things to joke about. On the flip side, do you see a big deal being made over Rush Limbaugh's RACISM? His comments actually come from the heart & he's not joking by far, yet he's still on the airways, still has a show and is still makiing racial comments each and everyday. If it's freedom of speech, it's freedom of speech, however if you're going to make a big deal of jokes, make a big deal of people who have TRUE HATE IN THEIR HEARTS!!!!! I within a joke, lies the truth (to some extent) and like a previous commenter said, he wouldn't be happy if his son were gay and I also agree that he wouldn't stab him to death neither.....bad joke b/c I didn't find it funny, it takes a lot to make me laugh and 9x out of 10 comedians are making fun of it right, no, but it's been that way since I can remember. If people are asking him to change his routine, ask Rush Limbaugh to change his as well..........NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!

    June 11, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  105. Tim Ackroyd

    The issue here doesn't seem to be free speech. Mr. Morgan didn't appear to be inciting violence, threatening national security, or defaming a particular person. He had the right to say what he wants. We also have the right to think its disgusting and to complain about it. Is he ignorant? Yes. The overwhelming number of research studies indicate sexual orientation is not a choice. Does he have the right to believe and say that God makes 'mistakes' by making gay people? Sure. Just as others can point out that he has no evidence to back up his point. When I was a kid, I preacher told me that the punishment of Cain (who killed his brother Abel)was to be turned black so that all would know who he was and to shun him. This is, of course, complete nonsense, but the preacher had the right to his religious views. What to do? Well, if you think someone stabbing their kid because they are gay is funny, keep supporting him. If you don't, then be vocal about it and withdraw any economic or political support. Freedom of speech also means freedom to debate; just be sure to ask yourself why you hold your opinions before you start shouting them from the mountaintops.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  106. Luke

    Saying you'll "stab your son if he's gay" isn't funny. It's sort of like something the KKK would want to do. This has nothing to do with being "PC". Gays, blacks, whites, Christians, Jews and Muslims and others are the butt of millions of non-PC jokes. I get that. This has to do with supporting something that is dangerous. Where is Al Sharpton to defend the gays against Tracy?

    June 11, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  107. Gregory

    He should be fired from 30 Rock. There is no place for that kind of vile talk in entertainment today. And BTW, this is not a free speech issue. He should not be arrested or charged with anything. But the public has a right to shape the entertainment they are exposed to, and as much as I LOVE 30 Rock, if they don't fire him, I'll never watch another episode.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  108. j. lethal

    the thing about freedom is speech is that it comes with strings attached depending on what it is you me freedom of speech is especially designed if somone doesnt agree with anything about the government. most comedian stand up in my opinion would be super controversial to a sensitive person ears. rather you agree or disagree with tracy morgans choice of words, he didn't break the law. I'll admit to his comments being controversial though.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  109. br

    the fact that so many here absolutely miss how unfunny and sad this's just tragic. It's easy to say. it's not a laughing matter, especialy within the black community where homophobia is almost a badge of honor. It highlights just how much work has to be done to educate in this country. A man said he would "stab his own son in the face" if he foundout he was gay...and you say "oh, it';s just a joke, take it easy". Well, to someone who's child has committed suicide because of being ridiculed, berated and less human than the rest of is NO LAUGHING matter. America: grow up.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  110. Peter

    IT'S A COMEDY ROUTINE. It is not fair to re-read a transcript of the actual words out of context. Much of the artists humor is lost, and for Tracy Morgan humor is the whole point. Offending some people is a tollerable, unintentional consequence. Based on the observations of the same reporter objecting to the show, the crowd was enjoying the act with clapping and laughter. Pollical correctness runs amuck again, and wastes energy censoring those that are not actually the bigots. Let's focus the rage towards those that actually hold the hateful beliefs.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  111. cnj

    aahhh good ol tracey morgan, what did the audience expect...idiot folks.. not supporting the remarks, but c'mon, really? its tracey morgan on his stand up... have anyone else seen his past stand ups? why would you go and expect him to be sensitive suddenly. made anti-gay remarks before...he's one funny dude though.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  112. Paul

    If you want to live as disgusting a lifestyle as the gay community, then you should just get used to the jokes that will come your way....come on there is a lot of material for a comedian to use for his act when speaking of the gay community. You are what you get used to it!

    June 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  113. Mike Fessler

    Get over this, people! He has a right to feel as he does and say whatever he wants. You don't have to like it, and you DON'T have a right to demand that he be censored. Being gay is pretty obviously NOT a choice for most of them, but that doesn't change the fact that they ARE biological freaks. I will NEVER accept them as part of "normal" society, but they should have rights just like anyone else.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  114. Garnet Gervais

    Gee, white guy does a rant on black people using the 'n' word, the entire world is at his throat. Black guy does rant on gay people, advocating violence and people say he's a comedian, what did you expect? Really? Are you kidding me? Richards apologized repeatedly and sought help for his issues. Morgan, not so much. I used to think Morgan was funny. I don't anymore and I'm straight.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  115. King

    This is ridiculous. It was part of a comedy routine. Even if you THINK he really meant it, so what? People routinely say outlandish things about sex, race, ethnicity, religion, skin color, social class, employment and sexual identity in comedy routines. It's all fair game. I did not think the pseudo-routed excerpts were all that extreme, unless you take them completely out of context and try in assess their literal value, like society has suddenly and collectively got a case of severe autism when it comes to this type of humor. See look, I did it myself, just there. The real question I have is that this whiny doofus that posted all the stuff is probably breaking the law in some way by reproducing part of the routine online, a routine that like all professional bardly entertainment (music, film, print) is protected from piracy and unlicensed reproduction.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  116. See Novak

    If you are white your are expected to respect women, gays, etc., drive an environmentally friendly car, study hard and do well in school, provide for your family, etc.

    If you are black, many people give you a "pass".

    June 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  117. Joe in Kansas

    No, this is not "just jokes." Yes he has free speech and can't be arrested anymore than the KKK can be arrested for hate speech, but this IS hate speech. Imagine a white guy telling "jokes" that if his daughter came home with a black man he'd shoot him in the face. Now imagine being a black person in the audience and hearing that cheered, hooted, and affirmed.

    He has a "right" to tell all these jokes he wants. And the rest of us have a right to be outraged by it. And those who aren't should seriously ask themselves why they aren't! Hate is hate. Not funny!

    June 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  118. 19random35

    No one is saying he should be arrested or that such speech should be a crime, but people also have a 1st amendment right to say this guy is a fool for what he said and that he sucks as a comic for such unclever, unfunny material.

    Also, most of us don't find redneck jokes funny either, cuz they are just not clever. They are the equivalent of knock-knock or blonde jokes. The only people that like guys like Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy, two "redneck" comics, are "rednecks."

    Plus, jokes against minorities or gays aren't the same as redneck jokes because this country does not have a history of whites being treated as subhuman. I know some whites feel like they are oppressed but as a white straight male I can say that's nonsense.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  119. Marie

    ok firstt hing is why even bother what anyone says about gay people in reference to RAY who seems to thinkthat Catholics are the worst hipocrates well ray seems to me gay people are the biggest Hypocrites and liars they hide and dont want anyone to know they are gay and they should hide

    June 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  120. LO-G

    Tracy is being funny!!!! if it wasn't funny too you dont laugh!!!! when you go see comedy shows you expect to see and hear things that go aginst the grain of public OPINION!!!!!

    June 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  121. Edward

    All these comments are interesting, statistically speaking. Seems to me media has an agenda or market hungry.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  122. Bubba

    Sir – Have to agree with Mr Morgan's comments. They are consistent with bible teaching. The homosexual is deviant and must be abolished. Studies have proven a strong link between pedophilia and gayness.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  123. Jezuz

    Comedian or not I don't think it's fair to poke fun to the issues that affect LGTB people around the world. So this was his opinion? Maybe he should have kept it to himself. I think it's very insensitive of him and even though he apologized, I believe he needs to look at himself in the mirror and realize that he's not that great himself and maybe he needs to go and visit victims of anti-gay violence around the US and realize how his comments were plain ignorant.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  124. christiancouple

    The guy is a comedian so deal with it. Homosexuality is wrong and is the source of so much confusion in our society. Jesus is capable of helping you with any sin. Try HIM!

    June 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  125. Chevronexxon

    Tracy Morgan is funny, but there is nothing funnier than angry gay people trying to convince everyone that they are "normal". Homosexuality has always been a trifle against the grain. and by the way Tracy is comedian and by definition he is joking., he should never have apologized. Seriously, I will ALWAYS Laugh at Gay people and its my right as a free American to be disgusted by them and be able to say so as well, its the same rights that protect them to be able to parade around in daisy dukes embarrassing themselves. If you can walk around the middle of the street with your ass cheeks hanging out and kiss each other then Tracy Morgan can make fun of you!

    June 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  126. P

    Relax's comedy.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  127. chis

    gee i wonder if Kevin Rogers the photographer is GAY??? Hmmm... hey Kevin, bet you were laughing your a(ss off when Tracy was cracking jokes about rednecks, blacks, mexicans, and asians... then he decided to joke about Gay's and now "its just unbelievable what i heard".... gimme a break...

    June 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  128. matt

    white people jokes – fine

    black people jokes – fine

    gay people jokes – WHAT ARE YOU MAD?!


    June 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  129. Jason

    This again goes to show gays are mentally ill people used by politicians, entertainment industry and media for their benefit. If they are so proud, why do they want to treated like handicap?

    June 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  130. Wayne

    I'm so sick of people who defend hateful speech by referring to the 1st Amendment. No one is asking that Tracy Morgan be arrested or indicted for his comments so please STFU with the 1st Amendment.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Judi Lemons

    After teaching for 26 years and hoping tolerance is filling people's souls rather than hatred, an ignorant "celebrity" promotes stepping back a hundred years regarding civil rights for all! Well Tracy, you know what that say about people who point fingers, one points and the other three reflect YOU! The true victims here are his children and anyone who USED to admire him!

    June 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  132. Matt

    I'm a White Anglo Male and I'm picked on everyday by Blacks, Latinos, Asians, other whites, women, gays, etc. I have friends of all religions, color, nationality, etc and my live-in G/F is Asian. I'm rarely offended when someone picks on me because everyone does. On top of that I have to watch everything that comes out of my mouth because I'm white. I can't say I'm proud to be white because then I'm labeled a bigot. But a black man can say I'm proud to be a strong black man and it's cool. Dr Phil picks on men a lot of the time and gets away with it. If a man cheats on his wife, according to Dr Phil we should burn him at the stake, but if a woman cheats on her man, according to Phil, the man drove her to do it.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  133. Grace

    Tracy Morgan has been one of my favorite actors/comedians for a long time, but I must say that this is out of line. While I do support the 1st amendment and the right to freedom of speech, I would nearly equate this to the Westborough Baptist Church's violation of individual rights.
    A lot of posts above have equated these jokes to other racist jokes or redneck jokes, however we have to see that those people aren't discriminated against in the United States! Homosexuals are rampantly discriminated against, even by our own government. Example: Gay marriage?
    There are some posts above that say that Straight Christians need to stop pulling things straight from the bible and stop judging. Taking my race and religion out of this, we see that this is the exact kind of hate that we need to stop spreading as a society! While some Christians are very extreme, others aren't.
    I think that Americans need to band together to just help out discrimination in general. I sincerely hope that Tracy Morgan meant his apology and feels guilty about the things he's said. However, let's look at this as a wakeup call: Nobody's religious or racial group would like to be on the end of this rant. So let's stop spreading the hate so we can stop recieving the hate.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  134. TB

    Get over it!

    What part of Freedom of Speech do you not understand. If you don't like it, leave. Obviously THIS guy didn't leave... and he's embarrassed of those who clapped... but what did he do, he facebooked.

    I am anti gay ... not Homophobic... just plain ol' anti gay!

    June 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  135. John

    This is hilarious_First of all, I thought Tracey Morgan was gay because of the few times I watched 30 Rock – I thought that was the deal with his character and he seemed a natch_ and this dude being interviewed is so effeminate and he looks at least 35 and he said this whole episode “outed” him. DUH, Mom and Dad, your photographer son who is approaching middle age and only brings home his pals at Thanksgiving…hmmm…red flag, not that it’s a problem or anything, but if he’s such a defender of the Gay Nation and proud of his community, why not proudly tell Mom and Dad, I like to play with boys, instead of girls! _LMFAO_ROFL

    June 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  136. Isaac

    ruin his carreer like they did with michael richards

    June 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  137. Ryan

    Its called a joke...Whats the huge don't like being picked on don't endorse his comedy.Boycott him personally.But this "issue" has been blown out of proportion.If that's the case Whites,Blacks,Asians and every race should stop going to comedy clubs cause comedians pick on them.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  138. Think Outside the Box

    The funny thing is that sexuality really works the same way both way. If being gay is a choice then being straight is also a choice. If anybody regrets their choice to be straight then maybe they should choose to be gay instead of belittling people who choose to be gay. If being gay is a choice, then people must be choosing to be gay to make themselves happy instead making themselves miserable just to conform to the rest of the society. What most people don't really get is that homosexuality is actually probably a very human evolutionary response to our world being full with 6.5 billion people. If Tracy Morgan or any other comedians want to be funny about gay people, there are many ways that they could do it in a more positive ways. They don't have to be funny in a negative way.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  139. BTB

    This is not some comedian "crossing the line" in some risky stand sounds like this guy actually believes his own homophobic B.S. Making a joke about killing your own kid because he's gay is way out of line.
    Comedian's can make fun of alot of stuff, but when you target people based on things they can't change, sexual orientation, skin color, religion, ethnicity, a malicious and harmful way...that's uncalled for.
    I hope this loser goes the way of Michael Richards of Seinfeld fame...never to be heard from again.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  140. Nick

    He shouldn't have apologized. It doesn't make a difference. NBC and all other related parties shouldn't apologize either. I've been offended at live comedy as well. It bothered me for a second, but I remembered I wasn't the only one getting offended tonight. Oh well.

    This guy in the interview has a freakin chip on his shoulder. He must deep down feel ashamed of himself or else he wouldn't have gotten so worked up. As for the "killing" part, who hasn;t ever heard an "I'm gonna kill that guy" joke? Grow up, fools.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  141. Jim

    Since when did freedom of speech get limited so much? This is a private show that people pay to see. You certainly have your right to express your feelings but this coverage is ridiculous. Tracy should not have to apologize for being outrageous. I support Tracy Morgan, and he should be able to say whatever he likes at a show no matter who is in the audience. I think CNN is wrong and not being objective to give this amount of coverage on this issue. I hope this doesn't change Tracy's approach to comedy because that would be a shame.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  142. Steve

    Pretty much on the same page as the Michael Richards rant a few years ago. Sure, he has his 1st amendment rights, and sure he can say what he wants. That still doesn't excuse him though. Just because you *can* do something doesn't make it right to do it.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  143. Eric

    Once again this is something that really isn't news and yet the internet has made this an issue. I have no issue with gays/lesbians and I'm sure some of these jokes were offensive but that's kinda how stand-up works. Name 1 stand up act that isn't offending some group somewhere.

    This is NOT NEWS. I wish news sites would stop posting irrelevant crap like this....

    June 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  144. Justin

    I seriously think we're getting to that point where enough is enough of this "I am an American and I have rights" attititude. American is falling into the toilet cuz of all this BS. Yeah we went a long time making people repress all their emotions because it's "Unamerican" but enough is enough of this crap.

    I am gay, and I never "chose" to be gay, just like how no "straight" person chose to be straight. We are who we are, and we like what we like. Stop making people feel like crap about themselves just because the bible thumping American redneck thinks it's wrong. And what the hell do gay people do that is so offensive anyway? Yeah, a good portion of gays may act slightly fem, but what are they really doing that's hurting anyone, seriously? I just don't get where the hate comes from, I really don't.

    What would happen if I walked up to tracy and said "man if my daughter brought home a black piece of crap like you, I'd stab her in the neck" I think I'd get punched in the face, and deservingly so.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  145. Luis

    The man is a comedian. It's his job to make you laugh. You pay his salary, when you attend his show. If you personally don't find him funny, then don't go. Now, making him apologize by threatening NBC and his manager will only get you a "forced" apology. Can you imagine where he would end up if he didn't apologize. On a different note, the difference between straight people and gay people is that a gay couple thinks they are entitled... they will flaunt their choice without caring who watches. I understand it's their choice, but it affects me when I have to explain to my children why two wormen are making out as if they were on a corner couch in a dark club. Straight people show some affection towards each other, but rarely do they put on a performance that gay people tend to so often... only my thoughts...

    June 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  146. eastone

    No one would debate that Morgan has a RIGHT to say what he said....I just wonder why he would WANT to perpetuate hatred and ignorance with his statements. Really, if my kid grew up to be Gay, I wouldn't stab him. But if he grew up to be Tracy Morgan.....hmmmmmmm.......I would be crushed

    June 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  147. mac

    Who cares.

    Sticks and stones....

    If my son came home gay, I simply would not have a son. I would be devastated.
    its my personal preference that I do not accept the idea of homosexuality. I find it vulgar and offensive and against most everything I morally believe in. I do not wish any ill or harm toward anyone who is gay and I honestly wish them the best. They have the right to be gay.
    But they have the right to be gay, and far away from me.

    If gay was natural, you would have asexual reproduction, last time I checked the human race did not.

    I do not condone Mr. Morgans words or actions, but if my son came home gay, I wouldn't be happy and I would be angry and crushed. I would not harm him because he is my son and I love him. But I would have not raised him to be gay , so I basically would have no so left at all.

    call me a fool or un educated or un cultured. But I hold 3 degrees from 2 of the most prestigious universities in the Nation and have spent over 20 years old my life traveling the globe. I have more culture in my pinky than most flamboyantly gay men have in the Perez Hilton make up bag.

    June 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  148. Anwar

    Lisa Lampanelli thats all I'm saying this is really ridiculous. why the double standard? Is it b/c he's a man? B/c hes a blkack man

    June 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  149. David

    As a national figure in media and film and Saturday Nite Live, Tracy Morgan has acted extemely irresponsible and dangerously homophobic
    towards the gay community!!!!

    America and the rest of humanity do not need any more exteme examples of violent actions and hate against our gay young people even in so called jokes and comedy

    I am deeply disappointed and beleive that any bashing towards women, race or sexual persuasion must be immediately dealt with

    June 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  150. Mo Morris

    I love how people are coming to Morgan's defense. I wonder if these are the same people who had their panty's in a wad over Michael Richardson's "comedy" about hanging black people a number of years ago.

    There is edgy comedy and there's downright bigotry. Morgan crossed the line with this one. He's just proven he's a no talent hack and I'm surprised he's lasted this long in the industry.

    If a white comic had said he'd stab a black child for coming home and complaining about racist harassment at school he would be vilified.

    The double standard when it comes to black comedians is pathetic. Any criticism of them is instantly called racist.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  151. Cody

    Who cares what he says?! He is a comedian! It's his job to say outrageous things. It's absolutely hillarious that people get all bent out of shape when he does his job and actually does say crazy/inappropiate things! Job well done Morgan! You have outraged many haha.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  152. Josh

    I have no idea what Tracy is apologizing for. He is doing his job...making people laugh. If you dont like christian music, do you listen to it? No. If you dont like seafood, do you eat it? No. So who cares what Tracy Morgan is making jokes about at one of his shows. You know its comedy. If you take it serious them you have bigger issues. They are called jokes. I know even gays heard of em. Stop being so sensitive over stupid crap. I dont see him with pickets out in riots hating on gays now do we? Leave the man alone and let him make his jokes. Oh no, someone made a joke about a straight man...thats discrimination and Im hurt. Give me a tissue. lol

    June 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  153. Tony

    Jokes are jokes! Everyone is getting bent out of shape because he said he'd stab his gay son but what about the "N" word. No one mentions this word. He used it at the end of his joke. It has been used to degrade generations and generations of African-Americans. Its funny when the jokes ISN'T ON YOU!

    June 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  154. josh

    as a person in the public eye, he is subject to it's scrutiny. so if his fans or employers don't like his comedy, he may lose work. but that should be the only consequence. he has his right to put in whatever he wants in his show. him being forced to visit gays and their family's is ridiculous. but hey as long as we're doing that, lets force weiner to visit his teen victims familys. same thing right?

    June 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  155. Will

    To read the comments left about this article just reinforces the prejudice that people continue to feel towards the gay community. "get over it", "stop being so sensitive", "its just comedy" are ignorant responses. And for any heterosexual person to declare that their certain being gay is just a choice, please try to remember the exact moment in their lives when they made a conscious decision to be straight. Hateful speech is hateful and it leads to hateful behavior, like Wanda Sykes said, it wasn't too long ago when people enjoyed a nice picnic before the public hanging of a black man, as a society we have to work hard to change and strive to be better.

    June 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  156. Gary walker

    We all know that in humor there is a lot of truth . The person who is
    delivering " the joke" knows that it is one sided and when challenged
    they back peddle and apologize . Why are they sorry ? not for what
    they said but will it affect there future , and the answer is yes it will.
    Tracy Morgan is projecting his own self loathing and fears on to
    other minorities and tries to dress it up as humor . When it is actually
    self loathing and God forbid that one person takes what he said
    seriously and kills there child . Tracy is a bully and a bully is nothing
    but a coward who learned to hide behind humor at the expense
    of others hoping that no one would look to closely at him and see
    that he has nothing but anger= fear . If he really needs good material
    he can look inside himself it is all there.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  157. Atticus Finch

    Well, we see now the endpoint of two centuries of civil rights work for African-Americans in this country; they're now just as entitled to be bigoted cretins as anyone else. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is weeping.

    June 12, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  158. David Myers

    The man crossed the line into hate crimes when he said if his son was gay he wanted him to come home and tell him about it, but if he did so with some kind a effeminancy in his voice he would stab him in the chest with a knife. That is incitement to violence. People watching this said his tone changed and it became clear he was saying what he believed not just making a joke. Besides, who would joke about stabbing thier own son in the chest because he was gay, or worse . . . effeminant gay.
    Yes we have freedom of speech, but not freedom to condone, promote or suggest through hatred, and explicit statements (about what he would do) the committment of violence or murder.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  159. David Myers

    Since when has joking about stabbing your son in the chest, for whatever reason, funny?

    June 12, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  160. Gary

    I am pretty sure that Tracy Morgan is the first black man to play the Ryman Auditorium since Charlie Pride, and this is what happens. So sad!!!

    June 12, 2011 at 2:30 am |
  161. george

    It's sad that the gay civil rights orgs are not calling for the removal on Tracy. If what the attendee said was correct he's violent coments were joke, and the this guy got plendy of claps. I do feel it he was western European white, GLAAD & the others would get him removed. When Al Sharpton, I think he's a revend, he called us Greeks homos in his bigoted statements about black superiorty at a NJ college in the 90's. He never said sorry or even acknowlege it. And two face GLAAD either said nothing or it never made it on the gay radar scren, even after our protests. Maybe God should revoke his mail order clergy licence.He's a damed coward. Sharpton's radio show"Like it is" is full of stuff like this. That's Amercia for you were too dumb down with laughter to sense this hate. It's not ententainment. Maybe they should his children from Tracy's loving home envorment. thanks, George

    June 12, 2011 at 4:27 am |
  162. Al Duhan

    Comedy is comedy, leave it alone and it will go away. He didn't hurt anyone

    June 12, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  163. john leddy

    a lot of the defenders of morgan say that comedy pushes the envlope, crosses the line etc. however when someone say of his son, that if he were gay "i would stab that n i g g e r to death" that is unforgivable. especially when we have talented young people who are commiting suicide because of homophobia. apologies don't cut it. it is what you believe mr morgan that is killing people

    June 12, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  164. john leddy

    in addition, have any of you who have watched his interviews on letterman or leno thought that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs? just askin.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  165. TS1984

    I like how this guy is black and he has the audacity to bash gays. Blacks are discriminated against just like gays are. You would think they would be on the same side of the fence...

    June 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  166. FireTracyMorgan

    Tracy Morgan should be FIRED from 30 Rock NOW!!!!!!

    June 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  167. Valerian

    It is perfectly within Tracy Morgan's exercise of free speech to make anti-gay "jokes". It is also within my exercise of free speech to say that I didn't find them funny.

    I find it both rather amusing how many commentators on this site speak as if Morgan's was not allowed to have free speech simply because others didn't like what he said.

    Yes, he has free speech and exercise it. So did GLAAD.

    I also exercise my free speech and say you are an idiot, Ronald. Just because many people have no problem with homosexuality, it does not mean we "fear homosexuals". What on earth would there be to fear? You say homosexuality is selfish and deadly. Well, so is playing football and bungee jumping, but no one seems to moralize over them. The term "homophobia" would not even exist if people didn't get worked up over other people's sex lives.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  168. Airman


    I'm currently fighting the war in Afghanistan and I'm amazed at all of the ignorant comments from the people who I'm sworn to protect and defend.

    Yes, you have free speech to make all the stupid comments that you want about how gays are immoral, going to hell, how it's a choice to be gay–please, keep talking–you only continue to show your ignorance.

    I'm digusted that you are the ones I might give my life for. Shame on you.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  169. David G.

    Just like people have a right to believe gays are this born that way. People have a right to believe that they are. I think the problem is that gays want everyone to accept them. Not everyone are for gays rights. Just like there are racist, mean and vile people. That just the way the world is. People say stupid stuff everyday. I believe Tracy has a right to tell jokes about gays. The joke bomb and he apologies. I don't think he should be fired because of it.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  170. DL

    Just askin: when is stabbing a child for being Gay funny? Is Morgan clueless?

    I've never thought he was funny though.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  171. Jack Burton

    We have outrage over the comments of another comedian. This time it's Tracy Morgan and his unsavory comments about gays.

    Well you know what Mr. Morgan, don't you dare go and apologize to the gay and lesbian community for doing what you do. You are a comedian and you are not responsible for the things you say. After all, it is what we expect from comedians today, right?

    There are countless times a comedian used off-color humor and offended someone. Whatever group that is offended in turn demands an apology and then the comedian issues a heartfelt apology.

    There is always an exception. What is the exception you ask? The exception is when the off-color humor is pointed at God. Forget the fact that He created the universe and all that is in it. Forget that He is more important than any man, woman, or creature on this earth.

    No matter how offended the Christian community was at the "humorous" antics of Kathy Griffin and her insults launched at God during an awards acceptance speech; no apology was offered. It was said overwhelmingly on morning shows across America, "that's just what comedians do".

    Outstanding! Mr. Morgan, make sure you remind these morning shows who are outraged and calling for your execution that, "this is just what comedians do".

    June 13, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  172. Robert D

    Since when is stabbing your child (regardless of the reason) something funny? I realize there are a lot bigots out there replying trying to defend this bigot just because of the hate you have but seriously.... You laugh at someone talking about stabbing their child? If you try to defend him you're obviously just promoting hate and violence towards gay people. I seriously doubt you'd be laughing at him if he was simply promoting that people kill their children. The point he was trying to make is that he wants to kill gay people.

    I hope 30 Rock fires him. I like that show but won't be watching it as long as he's on it.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  173. Connie Servative

    Making gay jokes is one thing, saying you'd kill your own n****r son with a knife if he came out as gay is another. So to all you bigots who think this is funny GFYS no one else will.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  174. Dimitri

    Being able to get in front of a group of people and be free to say stuff like this is what makes this country great. Last time I checked, freedom of speech wasn't conditional. If it offended people, I'm sure Tracy Morgan will feel the consequences of that. But we shouldn't argue about whether it was "right" for him to say these things just because you may not agree with him. I personally thought what he said was in poor taste, but then again I'm not a big Tracy Morgan fan to begin with. 😉

    June 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  175. Eric

    Let me first say that I support the gay community 100%. I have numerous gay friends and if my son came home one day and dropped that type of news I would support him all the way. BUT...

    @ Mark "It's the new world and every assh_le gets a voice."

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    I realize i'm being counterproductive to my own point by continuing to post on this article, but would this have made this big of a headline 10 years ago? No. Whoever was at the show that was offended would have gone home, called a few friends and vented about it, and the universe would have gone on with its life.

    This media saturated culture that we live in truly disgusts me. Can we please turn back the clock to a time where every trivial little detail didn't make major headlines....

    June 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  176. Renee

    Personally I don't think there is anything humerus about making fun of anyone based on color,creed,or orientation. If being gay was a choice well then I'm proud to choose ..but it's not it's just what I've always been. and before you point fingers..I've tried making the conscious choice to be failed miserably and has hurt a very special little girl in the process..all people are protected under our constitution and yes freedom of speech is protected, but I do believe our forefathers thought we would have a little more civility to our speech. I feel Mr. Morgan should donate his time and see what those he so casually insulted have to deal with by working with a community center or abuse shelter that deals with the gay population..then maybe he won't be so glib about his disasterous act. As for the comments of stabbing a child..I find even a thought going through an adults mind like that concerning on many levels. Perhaps instead of condemning though we should simply accept we're not ever going to all like what any one person says

    June 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  177. fletc3her

    It makes me sad to see that so many people are willing to defend hatred and bigotry. Threatening to kill your own family members for being who they are is beyond the pale. Tragically, you bigots sometimes get your wish when gay children are the victims of domestic violence and bullying. I hope someday we can grow to be a country where all god's children can be cherished.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  178. Ron

    Maybe Morgan felt that kind of humor would go over big in the Bible Belt.

    I was visiting Memphis once and an acquaintance there showed me one of his little treasures. It was a satin Klan robe with "N___ Blood" on it. He treated it like it was the Shroud of Turin.

    June 14, 2011 at 3:41 am |
  179. ED

    Wow, that kind of hateful speech should not be tolerated. Nothing about what Tracy Morgan said was funny. It`s just appalling. It makes me sad that people are actually supportive to this kind of hate in this day and age. No one should be judged based on sexual orientation. People are people and no one should be looked down upon just because they love someone of the same gender.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  180. Sue

    I realize that Tracy's haters can be mean, nasty and racist.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  181. Serious face

    I would be all up for saying people are overreacting if he hadn't blatantly made a death threat towards his son if his son happened to be gay. That right there is too far. How many of you would be defending him if he said he'd shank his son for sleeping with a Hispanic woman?

    June 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  182. Bella

    I get it that the joke isn't funny but I also believe in freedom of speech. Haven't you ever heard of a comic's joke that bomb? I think the gay community is way too sensitive. People make mistake. I am sure he has learn from this and probably will NEVER tell a gay joke again. I think it sad that freedom of speech is dead.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  183. Nia

    Okay, although I believe as the Bible does that like lying or gossiping, homosexuality is an abomination, the God I know is one of love, one that would never condone the kind of words I heard coming from Morgan's mouth. I can have gay friends and probably do and if I do, I can love them, respect them and make them feel as loved as I do by God, even while retaining my belief, because truly my belief is my right to have, and that I love my neighbor and treat him or her as I would like to be treated were I in his or her shoes is a God mandate. I hated his message and felt uncomfortable and saddened by those words. A black joke with those words would have been fighting words. And so, clearly, gays have a right to feel offended, saddened, and attacked without being labeled as "too sensitive". Come on people, we can do better than this!! I apologize again for Morgan's foolishness.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  184. Tommy

    Anyone who goes to a comedy show and feels hurt or personally attacked when the comedian jumps on their race/religion/sexuality/whatever feels that way from shame. Think about it, this guy hadn't even told his mom... he was obviously ashamed and that's why he felt hurt.

    Don't get me wrong, If I was gay I probably wouldn't be sitting there belly laughing with everyone else... I might even feel awkward for a minute, but I wouldn't be offended for crying out loud.

    In defense of the gay community I guess its the fault of the rest of us that some of them still feel ashamed of being gay. No one should have to feel ashamed about their sexual preference or beliefs. But at the same time, if you aren't comfortable in your skin and haven't yet decided to write-off bible freaks and other such idiots... then you don't need to be going to a comedy show.

    Saying that Tracy Morgan should be fired for this is insane.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  185. Mike

    You stated,"They couldn't help being Black being gay is a choice." Can you prove to me that being gay is a choice? Why would I, I gay male, choose to live a life that other people torment and some kill from hated. I want to know where you facts come from "being gay is a choice."

    July 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  186. WestCoastC

    It is almost comical that people think it should be ok to put down and make fun of gay people even to the point of saying I would rather kill my child then let them live gay.
    This speech is ok and Freedom of Expression should be allowed by conservative religious groups. Yet if sex or gay themes are used and talked about then they form coalition to stop it from being expressed.
    Can't have it both ways, can't say people can put down gays because its Freedom of Expression but then say but can't talk about gays and sex!

    September 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
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