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--or at least how I see itComedian and actor, Tracy Morgan
I believe in free speech, with that said if you choose to take that freedom and stick your foot in your mouth-well then that's on you.
Funnyman and "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan has done exactly that by going on a public diatribe about gays.
According to Hollywood Gossip, the "30 Rock" star was performing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on June 3 when he allegedly told the sold-out crowd, "Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying."
Okay forget the double negative-but really pussies about bullying? C'mon Tracy, you're killing me.
He later suggested that being gay was something kids "learn from the media and programming," and said he would stab his own son if he ever talked to him "in a gay voice."
What exactly is a gay voice? Is there a certain pitch or tone that signals one is gay and if so what are those levels? But more importantly, someone needs to call Child Protective Services on his ass for that last comment. Really? Stab your own son for speaking "in a gay voice."
I really hate it when people at their top of their game slip up and screw it all up over nothing.
There's no law that says that Tracy Morgan has to like gays, in fact I don't really care if he likes gay people or not. But it's one thing to not like gay people and another to go on a public tirade and that's where Tracy Morgan went wrong.
Apparently he's learned nothing from the many Black people who made the same mistake before him and found themselves in homophobe rehab and blacklisted from ever working in Hollywood again.
Now while Black people may overlook his comments-because if we're going to keep it real, there are many Black people who probably agree with what he said-the reality is that Black people aren't "30 Rock's" main audience and we certainly aren't the ones who green light Morgan's career moves. In retrospect, the only thing worse he could have done would have been to target Jews.
I have no sympathy for Tracy Morgan. Not only because of what he said, but more because he was stupid enough to say it publicly.
I am not one of these gay people who feel that everyone should love all gay people-especially when I know that I don't even like gay people myself half of the time.
Tracy Morgan made his bed and now he's going to have to lay in it. That's on him. I fully expect the usual suspects to issue statements condemning him and blah blah blah. Chances are they won't stop there. They'll petition to have him kicked off of the show and like with Isaiah Washington attempt to ruin another Black man's career. If that happens, Black people will probably get pissed and blame it on the gays, because while we all aren't "30 Rock" fans most of us do like Tracy Morgan the comedian and occasional film actor. Which is exactly what we don't need as we head into a highly politicized presidential election where as sure as I am Black, the Republican Party can be counted on to use gay marriage and immigration as issues to try and sway the Black vote.
And yes, I am sure Tracy Morgan's people will issue the appropriate statement apologizing. He may even get blackmailed (no pun intended) into doing a few gay bullying PSA's in an effort to save his career, but in the end, none of it is going to matter.
It's sad, but these days Tracy Morgan would have had a better chance at saving his career and face had he been a white man insulting Black people than a Black man insulting gays.
Based in Los Angeles, Jasmyne A. Cannick writes about the intersection of race, pop culture, and politics. She can be reached at www.jasmynecannick.com.