Comedian Tracy Morgan apologized Friday for a comedy routine in Nashville last week that many have condemned as anti-gay.
“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,” Morgan said in a statement. “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 details of Morgan’s Nashville rant went viral after Kevin Rogers posted details on Facebook in a column titled “Why I No Longer ‘Like’ Tracy Morgan — A Must Read.”
“I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I’m well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor,” Rogers wrote. “I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.”
But Morgan crossed the line when he opined 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.’”
“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,” Rogers recalled.
“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 went on to say that if his son came out to him then “he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death.”
“Tracy then said he didn’t fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass… they can take a fucking joke,” according to Rogers.
TMZ reported that Morgan was booed and several people walked out on his performance.
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