Tracy Morgan has been accused of being homophobic due to a detailed description of a stand-up routine on Facebook. Allegedly, Morgan used several homophobic jokes and slurs during part of his routine in Nashville, Tenn., June 3. But although these alleged jokes took place last Friday, they are just making their way through the Internet now thanks to a Facebook user and former fan named Kevin Rogers.
As it turns out, Rogers posted his recap of the show June 4, where he explained "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan: A Must Read." It lived up to its billing because it described a routine in which the 30 Rock star attacked gays and lesbians, and even joked that he would stab his son if he talked in a gay voice.
In addition, he was accused of saying that kids are gay because of the media, gay kids should stop whining about being bullied, and women are only pretending to be lesbians. According to Rogers, these statements didn't appear to be jokes, as Morgan's "entire demeanor changed" during this part of the show.
This routine was supposedly performed last Friday, with Rogers typing the recap a day later, yet it is only now making headlines. The story seems to have finally broken because of the organization Truth Wins Out, which fights extremism against gays, lesbians and transgendered people. The group posted Rogers' accusations on its website and called on Morgan to apologize for the jokes while asking 30 Rock boss Tina Fey to respond as well.
The comic is popular because he will say and do just about anything -- on 30 Rock and in real life -- no matter how crazy it sounds. But his behavior is mainly regarded as eccentric, not hateful, so this may be harder to excuse for him.
Homophobic jokes have endured throughout the decades, as Morgan's comic idol Eddie Murphy frequently got in trouble for them in the '80s. Even as today's culture fights to be more sensitive toward homosexuals, being gay is still often treated as a laughing matter. Earlier this year, the trailer for Vince Vaughn's The Dilemma came under fire because his character referred to electric cars as gay.
In that context, electric cars were called gay because they weren't cool, not because it said anything against homosexuals. But by equating gay to not being cool, that did appear to say something about them.
In a time when that kind of context has now come under fire -- even from the NBA in a series of ads -- it is getting harder to joke about homosexuality without appearing homophobic. But it is still possible to find that balance, and, if Rogers' report is true, Morgan was not even close to finding it.
- Tracy Morgan
- Eddie Murphy