"Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately," says the Arc, a nonprofit that serves the intellectually and developmentally disabled. The comedian's under fire yet again for a joke made during a performance, this time at Caroline’s in Manhattan last Saturday. During the show, he reportedly said that people should not “mess with women who have retarded kids.”
“Them young retarded males is strong,” he went on to say. “They’re strong like chimps.”
Yes, this would be same exact same Tracy Morgan who recently apologized for saying he would stab and kill his son if he were gay. That particular comment was made during a stand-up routine in Nashville on June 3, and subsequently triggered a massive outpouring of criticism from the public, Morgan’s colleagues, and GLAAD and other LGBT rights organizations.
So everyone said he should apologize for being a homophobic douchebag, and that's exactly what he did. He said he was sorry multiple times, including in person to Kevin Rogers, the attendee who had posted the comments on Facebook. All's well that ends well, right? Until he turned around and made fun of disabled kids, that is.
Arc CEO Peter Berns says Morgan's most recent comment is "far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families."
Here's the thing, though. What possible point can there be in demanding an apology? The guy already apologized for saying offensive things about one group of people, then turned right around and dropped another bomb that was specifically designed to offend. Asking him to apologize again is a complete waste of time. It's not going to change him. It's not going to hit him where it hurts.
At this point, I think that anyone offended by Tracy Morgan needs to vote with their viewing habits. Don't watch 30 Rock. Boycott events that Morgan's involved in. And instead of demanding that Morgan get up and pretend to be sorry again, the Arc should be asking for companies to pull their advertising from NBC.
Not that this is likely to happen, of course. Author Rob Rummel-Hudson makes a great point on why we probably won't see any serious repercussions from Morgan's latest controversy:
In the entertainment industry, I suspect that the degree of the offense is largely determined by the power of the group being offended. Power as defined by purchasing power, political power, the power to organize and fundraise, the power to withdraw financial support, the power to boycott. The power to be heard.
I don't condone what Tracy Morgan said, but I'm equally frustrated with the idea of demanding yet another apology from him. For this guy, it's time to either create some real consequences, or leave him be to say whatever shitty thing he wants.
What do you think should happen to Tracy Morgan at this point?
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