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Morgan Apologizes For Anti-Gay Rant

12:01 PM Friday 6/10/11 |   |

Tracy Morgan apologized for remarks he made against homosexuals during his standup routine at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium June 9.

Morgan, star of NBC's "30 Rock," went on a tirade that caught the attention of one audience member, Kevin Rogers, who posted his concerns on Facebook. It made news quickly.

"I have to say [the show] was hilarious and well worth at least 40 percent of the $86 we spent per ticket to see him," Rogers wrote. "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor."

However, Rogers said Morgan seemed "truly filled with hate against us."

"He said if his son … was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high-pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death."

Morgan also apparently said that President Barack Obama needed to "man up" and stop speaking in favor of gay rights. Other salacious comments were apparently made.

GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios condemned the rant, saying in a statement that Morgan needed to remove "violently anti-gay remarks" from his show.

Morgan issued a statement to The Huffington Post: "I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

The venue provided Pollstar with the following statement:

"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."

Comments

  1. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    06:29 PM, Jun 10, 2011

    yea,that attitude sucks.Freddie Mercury and Rob Halford gave me a greater respect for gay people.

  2. imslim wrote:

    02:52 PM, Jun 10, 2011

    some comics have so little "funny", that they have to be stupid and bag on people or subject matter for shock value.a week before the show at the Ryman, there were still seats within rows of the stage for this clown.i made the huge mistake of seeing him years ago at zanies, where he was drunk (puking in the restroom befor his set), stammering and staggering and cursing patrons out as they walked out of his show.i emailed the club afterwards and said it was by far the worst thing id ever paid to see and everyone shouldve gotten a refund.

    some guys try so hard to have a career, that they can end up losing them by such insensitive garbage.he'll never change, he'll also never be where he wants to be career-wise.

  3. jaredoliveira wrote:

    02:44 PM, Jun 10, 2011

    Tracy Morgan is a hate-filled person. I saw him in California a few months ago and he spent most of the show making fun of gay people. So what does that mean for the rest of his shows in which he's offended people? Only folks at the Ryman get an apology. Rogers seems a lot more generous about Morgan's performance because I didn't think he was funny at all. His 30 Rock and SNL persona is far more likable. His stand up persona is hateful and wannabe thuggish.



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