Tracy Morgan returns to Nashville to apologize for anti-gay rant
Morgan plans to speak out (via a prepared statement) in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Central time from the Nashville Convention Center. Kevin Rogers, who posted about the performance on his Facebook page causing Morgan’s rant to go viral, and Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), will also speak to reporters via prepared comments. [Read More]
Tracy Morgan begins his apology tour, meets with gay, homeless teens
Tracy Morgan’s been crazy busy since he performed some rather colorful, seemingly homophobic stand-up material in Nashville on June 3. In addition to apologizing all over the place, he’ll be returning to Tennessee on June 21 to say sorry for the mate... [Read More]
The possible return of Charlie McCarthyism: 'homophobic rant' heat now on Jo Koy
From the free legal encyclopedia, is this paragraph, from their summary of Lenny Bruce’s Café au Go Go obscenity prosecution (“the most controversial obscenity trial in American history”): Herbert S. Rune, an inspector wit... [Read More]
Louis CK Defends Tracy Morgan: "Nobody gets to say that they represent anybody and they're offended on behalf of the whole world."
"I met him and he's a good guy. And I get a sense of him as a father, and there's no way he would stab his kid. It's a dumb thing to take at face value. You'd have to be a moron. And if you do, you are not allowed to laugh at any more jokes. You are not allowed to laugh at any jokes that have any violence or negative feelings attached to them, ironically or otherwise. I think there's a lot of hypocrisy in that." [Read More]
Marlon Wayans on the Tracy Morgan controversy
“He has the right to say what he says, but he has to be a little more responsible and write a little bit and think a little more before he does it next time. But that’s why I don’t like people having cameras in the comedy clubs.. Because you’re just throwing thoughts out there, and that’s the creative process. You’re going to offend some people as you’re finding the lines. Now, he didn’t find a line, he found a cliff. But unfortunately, that happens.” [Read More]
Gilbert Gottfried on being crucified in the media
"The media, the first thing they did is they called my jokes "remarks." And "comments." That immediately changes people's perception. They're not remarks or comments. They're outrageous jokes! If the media called them what they were, "jokes," people would be going: "Who cares? There's a comedian making jokes!?!" It's not a headline to say, "Gilbert Gottfried makes tasteless jokes." When have I ever done tasteful jokes?" [Read More]
The Chilling Effect Begins: Jo Koy catches heat for gay slur on stage
Hot on the heels of Tracy Morgan's anti-gay slurs, comedian Jo Koy dropped in on Chicago to perform at The Vic Theatre, opening the Just For Laughs Festival June 15. At one point in his stand-act he danced in a feminine fashion and said, "I made this dance extra gay since I am not gay." Later his zipper was open to the screams of several female fans in the front row pointing at his jeans. One male voice yelled, "I saw it." Koy replied, "What are you looking at, fucking faggot?" [Read More]
Did Jon Benjamin steal comedian Ray Ellin’s bathroom game show idea?
..couldn’t help but notice an undeniable similarity between one of Benjamin’s segments and that of comedian Ray Ellin. Of course, a small pocket of the Internet noticed as well. [Read More]
Tracy Morgan to return to Nashville next week to meet with offended audience members | GLAAD
Together with GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project, Morgan has said he will return to Tennessee next week where he will apologize to audience members who were offended by his remarks. [Read More]
Roland S. Martin: Tracy Morgan and the limits of comedy | CNN
Child abuse is a major problem in America. But don't let me pull out the video clips of comedians of all colors, genders and sexual orientations talking about beating a kid with anything they can get their hands on. Are we saying that because it's a societal problem, no joking and no laughing are allowed? When groups that have been oppressed begin to make sweeping pronouncements about what can or cannot be said, there are going to be the contradictions that have to be confronted. [Read More]