Adam Polaski

Are We Ready to Laugh at Tracy Morgan's Homophobia?

Filed By Adam Polaski | January 12, 2012 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: 30 Rock, GLAAD, homophobic rant, Liz Lemon, TIna Fey, Tracy Jordan, Tracy Morgan

TracyMorgan.jpgIt's been a little over six months since comedian Tracy Morgan found himself sticking his foot in his mouth after a severely homophobic stand-up routine where he said that if he would stab his son if he were gay.

He did the GLAAD Apology Tour back in June, acknowledged how messed up his statements were, and half-heartedly explained, "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others."

Now, Morgan, Tina Fey, and the writers of 30 Rock are spinning off the real-life scenario into a subplot of an upcoming episode of the hit, Emmy-winning NBC show.

Thomas Roberts, an openly gay anchor on MSNBC, tried to explain the thought process:

Well, you know how a lot of their episodes mirror their lives ... They've incorporated [Morgan's rant] into the Tracy Jordan storyline. Liz Lemon writes Tracy's apology on the show and says he's not a homophobe, he's an idiot. That offends idiots, so while NBC is being picketed by the LBGT community, now it's also being picketed by idiots led by Denise Richards. She's the leader of the idiots.

I suppose we'll have to withhold some judgement until we see the episode, but what do you think, Projectors? Is the wound from Morgan's bigotry still too raw to turn into a comedy sketch? Is there humor to be had in celebrities' terrible "comedic" decisions?

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