Joe Mirabella

Tracy's Morgan's Homophobic Rant: The Joke's on Tennessee

Filed By Joe Mirabella | June 12, 2011 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Bill Haslam, Don't Say Gay bill, homophobic rant, Kevin Rogers, Tennessee, Tracy Morgan

KevinRogers.jpgTracy Morgan's homophobic rant brought out the worst in group think. According to Kevin Rogers' eye witness account of Tracy Morgan's homophobic routine, the Nashville audience was largely supportive.

According to Rogers' CNN interview the crowd cheered Morgan on as he described the brutal stabbing death of his hypothetical gay son. What does that say about Nashville?

Group hate is ugly. It leads to the worst possible human behavior, such as genocide and mass executions like we saw during World War II's Holocaust.

Tennessee's LGBT population has been brutalized by anti-gay legislation all year. The "Don't Say Gay" bill would make it illegal to say "gay" in school. Another bill made it illegal to protect LGBT people from discrimination in cities like Nashville.

Morgan's rant shined a giant spotlight on Tennessee's group hate and demonstrated the ugly results of institutionalized homophobia. An audience full of people actually thought it was funny that Tracy Morgan would stab his gay son to death. According to Williams, "they cheered him on."

As apologies fall from the sky from NBC Executives, Tracy Morgan, and anyone who has ever been near Tracy Morgan, I want to hear another apology. I want to hear from the Governor of Tennessee himself. His political leadership fuels a culture where the murder of gay children is laughed at. His leadership has put young people at risk because they won't be able to turn to trusted adults in an educational setting to discuss their lives without breaking the law. He is the leader of the angry mob who is willing to cheer at the most brutal and disgusting hate I have heard in a long, long time.

So what do you say, Gov. Bill Haslam? Will you apologize for leading your state into a feeding frenzy of hate against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community? Or do you think a public display of enthusiasm for the murder of gay children represents the so-called Christian values you wear so loudly on your sleeve?

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HAA! Tennessee is practically cosmopolitan compared to Mississippi and Louisiana.

Acknowledge he did wrong? Ha! Republicans are so busy casting us aside like the political cards as they see us, that they don't understand how they hurt us. It's unfortunate, because there's been a lot of outcry against the state bills in Knoxville. The mayor of Nashville is going to do a pride walk on the 15th. We have allies in this state, but the vocal majority plainly doesn't give a shit.

Marc Paige | June 13, 2011 9:48 AM

It's obvious Tennessee was a factor in Tracy Morgan's hate. The comic would never have said these same words playing Los Angeles or New York, but he thought he could get away with it in Nashville. And sadly, instead of boos, he got mostly laughs. Indirectly, the Tennessee GOP, with their "don't say gay" and don't protect gays legislation created the climate where Tracy Morgan felt safe to say he'd stab his gay child. Thank you Joe Mirabella, for pointing this out.
Note to Tracy: There are gay people, and straight people who don't hate gays, in Nashville, too. It's 2011, so the kill the gays comedy routine is going to get you into trouble, just about anywhere in America. Time for new material.

All gays are sissy limp-wristed faggots.

How do you feel about that? Ironically, that's exactly what you just did to the state of Tennessee. To suggest that an entire state's "group hate" condones the murder of a gay child is ridiculous and not that far removed in principle from what Tracy Morgan said.

As a gay man, an author of m/m romance novels, the partner of the same wonderful man for the past 13 years, a registered Democrat, AND a Tennessee native, I am greatly offended.

The villian here is Tracy Morgan. Not the state of Tennessee nor its governor.

Shame on you.