I wish this whole Tracy Morgan scandal would just go away. He made some really distasteful comments about homosexuals, and apparently totally went off on women too (though no one seems to care so much about that). None of it was funny; he's a jerk, and that should be the end of the story with fans rolling their eyes, and never going to see him again. Instead it's turned into one big public relations bonanza for the guy with other comedians now coming out to defend him.
First up is Chris Rock who offered a predictable reaction via Twitter, "“I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s—”
Tina Fey was more thoughtful in her comments, but in the end, concluded "he's not a hateful man."
I would beg to disagree with her on that point. There's a common saying about truth in comedy, and I think Morgan must harbor some of these feelings somewhere. But I do agree with the part where she said "he is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person." Well, I agree with the self-centered part anyway.
She did say she found his comments "disturbing," but went on to talk about how she's glad he apologized, and that she hopes his apology will be accepted, blah, blah, blah. I love Tina Fey (who doesn't?), but in this case, while I understand her wanting to defend the artistic freedom of her fellow comedians, I wish any statement she would have offered would have gone more along the lines of, "He's an asshole, moving on ... "
He apologized, which I'm sure he was forced to do one way or the other, but that doesn't mean he's sorry, nor does it mean he won't do it again. In fact since this little episode has gotten his name out there so well, he might even go further the next time. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it ups his ticket sales significantly as everyone wants to go hear just what this crazy, edgy comedian might have to say. Oh, he may lose a few fans, but I bet he'll gain even more, sadly.
And if he wants to go there again, fine. I find him anything but funny, but I do think he should have the right to try ... even if he ends up looking like an ass. But if he does, rather than launch a free public relations campaign for the guy, can we just chalk it up to him being the idiot hater he is and move on without him?
What do you think of Tina Fey and Chris Rock offering support for Tracy Morgan?
Image via david_shankbone/Flickr