The latest on “30 Rock” star and comedian Tracy Morgan is on a rant he did in his recent stand up on if he found out his son was gay his reaction. Apparently he has voiced negative sentiments about gays in previous stand up routines. Yet this right here is the kicker:
“Gays need to quit being p**sies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.”
He added, “Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.”
When talking about the possibility of his son being gay — Tracy said he “better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I’ll pull out a knife and stab that little n**ger to death.”
Afterward, Tracy told the crowd, “I don’t “f*cking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking d**k up their ass … they can take a f*cking joke.”
TV One’s Washington Watch Host, Tom Joyner Morning Show & CNN commentator Roland Martin addressed this issue in his commentary on his site about it. Basically in his commentary he sites comedic routines from the likes of Steve Harvey, Chris Rock and the late greats Bernie Mac and George Carlin’s use of the N-word are given a pass on their shock thought provoking humor that involves race and sex because that is what they do. Yet in the same way Tracy’s isn’t and Martin’s thought it why was there a need for Tracy to apologize. Umm Mr. Martin seems to not only have forgotten about tragedies such as Tyler Clementi or worse off Matthew Shepard but in my view showcases the atypical norms I see of black men homophobia. This has not been the first time following Martin on Facebook I have seen aspects of his homophobic ass POV. He claims in his commentary he is using his brain and not a robot with his POV but I see it quite differently. As a matter of fact I challenged him on his views. He posted on his Facebook page saying how is what Tracy says different from the likes of comedian Lisa Lampanelli who is basically equal opportunity offender with her jokes. I told that fool last I normally saw of her shows her making jokes about gays doesn’t involve use of threats or violence. It’s making fun of what they do, who they are or how they have sex for the most part (same with how she does black, hispanics, whites).
Then he has the gall to post some status shit about Michael Richards (aka Kramer on “Seinfeld”):
“What was difference with Michael Richards? He went off on an audience member. That was a part of his show. There is a difference. Accept it.”
I told that foolish arrogant negro: “Ok Roland so Michael Richards going off on a audience member REALLY needed to involve an N bomb that was a part of the show?? Explain the difference as you give Tracy a pass (rolling my eyes)!”
His response back to me (atypical when someone brings up a challenge to his black ass): Aljorie, you’re showing that you can’t think for yourself. I’m not giving Morgan a pass. I’m explaining that comedians – ALL THE TIME – say some of the most insensitive, gross, vile and despicable stuff. It’s the nature of what they do.
My response back: Furthermore Roland the family of Tyler Clementi (you know the young man from Rutgers Univ) may not actually get your commentary and defense of Tracy and the “comedians do it all the time” BS…
Roland: Aljorie, not everyone has to “get” my response. But I do want folks to think about it
My response: Yeah I am among one of the folks who thought about your response and still don’t agree. But it’s all good!
Apparently though Tina Fey and NBC did not find his comments funny at all. Comedy is all from the perspective of how one takes it and what is going on in people’s minds and what is happening in society. What is wrong with a joke about if you found out your child was gay and you went thru the typical nature of being upset and cussing them out, etc but it not involving threats of violence? Comedy is all about being thought provoking and making people think.
At the end of his commentary Martin quotes Bernie Mac from “Kings of Comedy”:
It ain’t what you say it’s how you say it. It’s jokes. It’s fun. But it’s the truth. In the back of your mind, you be wanting to say this shit sometimes.”
Yes that is true!! But jokes shouldn’t come at the expense of being painfully hurtful and insensitive, especially in light of recent events of gay youth. It is a shame Roland Martin doesn’t see it that way.