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Tracy Morgan, former Saturday Night Live comedian and star of 30 Rock, has come under fire for delivering severely homophobic remarks during his stand-up comedy routine at a June 3 performance in Nashville, Tenn. An audience member has revealed that Morgan railed against the campaign to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in schools, said that President Obama should "man up" and stop paying attention to some LGBT issues, and asserted that being gay is a choice.
Kevin Rogers, an audience member during the June 3 show, reported a full summary of what Morgan said in a Facebook note.
The most serious of the reported comments was Morgan's statement that if his son is gay, he better approach Morgan like a man and confess, or he would pull out a knife and stab his son, who he referred to as the N-word, to death.
Rogers writes that Morgan concluded his rant by expressing disregard for any offense the LGBT community would take to the stand-up routine. "Tracy said he didn't fucking care if he pissed off some gays," Rogers writes, "If they can take a fucking dick up their ass ... they can take a fucking joke."
Rogers' note included further details about the routine:
Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay shit was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that "Born this Way" is bullshit, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because "God don't make no mistakes" (referring to God not making someone gay cause that would be a mistake). He said that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that's just a woman pretending because she hates a fucking man. He took time to visit the bullshit of this bullying stuff and informed us that the gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying. He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little fuckers that bully them, not whine about it.
Morgan has a history of making blatantly homophobic comments during his stand-up routines. In a November 2009 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York, he called being gay "a choice," and in a February 2010 appearance at Northwestern University, he made similarly offensive statements. According to Kevin Sullivan, a reporter for one of the university's online publications, during the February show Morgan "explained that while he harbors no hatred for homosexuals in general, he doesn't appreciate when they try to 'suck [his] dick.'"
This morning Morgan has come under fire from dozens of media outlets, suggesting that the comedian will likely face the same negative media attention as other comedians who have previously gone on homophobic or racist rants, like Michael Richards.
Morgan's publicist declined to comment on the June 3 appearance, but several LGBT bloggers are calling for a public apology from Morgan.
UPDATE: Truth Wins Out reported today that Morgan has confirmed and apologized for the homophobic rant. He said:
I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and 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.