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I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to “work out” their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.
It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.
I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.
The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.
30 Rock star and executive producer TINA FEY, regarding Tracy Morgan’s recent homophobic standup set in Nashville.
Alex Knepper, an openly gay conservative, bumped into the young student of “natural law” at CPAC… It’s a revealing exchange. Sorba is quite fixated on the issue of homosexuality, for some reason…
“So, you’re the infamous Ryan Sorba,” I said.
“You’ve made quite a name for yourself.”
“Haha, yeah. Where are you from?”
“I go to college around here, American University.”
“What are you studying?”
“I was double-majoring in Political Science with a political theory focus and International Relations with an Islamic Studies focus, but I think I’m going to drop the latter. I can’t take the relativistic preaching, the whitewashing of the burqa, Sayyid Qutb, the entire religion.”
“Yeah, I know what you mean. So what did you think of my little tirade, then?”
“Oh, I thought it was quite evil, actually. I’m gay.”
“You mean you think you’re gay.”
“No, I’m gay. Do you think it’s a choice?”
“I think it’s the result of a complex process of social and environmental factors, but that it’s reversible.”
I posted this douche’s rant at CPAC the other day. You can find that video and the rest of the above exchange at thedailydish