[Wait, What?] Tracy Morgan’s Homophobic Rant in Nashville, Updated

Late Friday night, a friend in Nashville (who incidentally is gay) posted on Facebook, angry about some offensive things Tracy Morgan said during a stand-up performance.

At the time, I didn’t know the details of what was said, and it didn’t really register fully, due to the late hour. Then I saw this post from The Hollywood Gossip reporting some of the specific content of Morgan’s rants. Whoa. It’s a bit difficult to imagine statements like these being made in a comedy club environment in this day and age- and be warned, some of what he said is very hurtful and shocking:

  • Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.

  • “Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.”

  • My son “better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I’ll pull out a knife and stab that little n-gger to death.”

  • “I don’t “f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking dick up their ass… they can take a f*cking joke.”

  • The eyewitness on Facebook said that while perhaps 10 to 15 people left Ryman Auditorium following that portion of the rant, far more of those present cheered Morgan on, whooping and hollering support. The attendee also reports Morgan stated that he knows being gay is a choice, because “god don’t make no mistakes”- with the implication being gay people would be a mistake if they were “born that way.”

    Morgan has not to our knowledge addressed the statements he made on stage in Nashville, but the auditorium that hosted the event commented:

    “The Ryman Auditorium regrets that people were offended by statements made by Tracy Morgan during his June 3 appearance. The Ryman does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.”

    It appears from the eyewitness account that this was not a small three to four joke arc- the bit seems to have gone on for some time. What’s more. the witness says Morgan’s “demeanor” changed during the segment and he appeared to be “filled with some hate.”

    Do you think Morgan’s hateful comments were totally out of line, or does anything go at a comedy show?