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Tracy Morgan Shut Your Effing Trap

June 29, 2011 2:27 PM

Earlier this month, Tracy Morgan went on a homophobic rant at a show and found himself in the middle of a PR shitstorm. His hate-filled spew included:

“Gays need to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying.”

“Gay is something that kids learn from the media and programming.”

“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 <referring to his son> to death.”

“I don’t fucking care if I piss off some gays, because if they can take a fucking dick up their ass … they can take a fucking joke.”

I’m gay and I thought his words were harsh, but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon that wanted to crucify him. I didn’t tweet about it, didn’t put anything on my Facebook wall and didn’t produce any blogosphere content on the subject. My feeling was he was a comedian just trying to get a laugh. Although I do think such rants feed into the bullying frenzy that has been ignited across America, right or wrong, his rant didn’t motivate me to react.

That all changed after his NYC performance this weekend where he made fun of the intellectually disabled. His ignorant spewing included:

“Don’t ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They’re strong like chimps.”

Not funny asshole. Now you are picking on a group of human beings who can’t defend themselves. A group of human beings who need a voice. Feeling like a man now, Tracy? I would argue that in spite of their disabilities, they have more intelligence when it comes to kindness and respect than you could ever find.

While the gay community has come a long way educating people about not using the word “fag” as a slur, those advocating for the intellectually disabled have a much longer road ahead when it comes to educating people to not use the “R-Word” as a slur. The “Spread The Word To End The Word” campaign has gotten a ton of traction and social sharing has amplified its voice and reach.  However, it still has a long way to go before it displaces the R-Word from today’s vernacular. The R-Word is hurtful, hateful, derogatory and downright offensive.

If you haven’t already, share the “Spread The Word To End The Word” through your social graph. Even more importantly, speak up and educate when you hear someone use the word. Most people are horrified when you bring it to their attention and most didn’t realize how hurtful the word is.

How do you feel about Tracy Morgan now: forgive or fry?

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10 Comments on “Tracy Morgan Shut Your Effing Trap”

  1. Shelley Says:

    Disgusting. I used to really like Tracy Morgan but this just ruined it for me. I know comedians walk a fine line and often need to shock in order to get a laugh. And I love the classic “shock comedy” folks like Carlin or more modern guys like Louis CK and Tosh as much as the next person. But there is something especially hurtful and intentionally malicious about those words, and even in the realm of comedy, lines have to be drawn somewhere.

  2. Meagan Shaffer Says:

    How did it even enter that man’s mind to speak like this on the heels of hit hate speech against gays and lesbians? Career is D.O.A!!!

  3. Kel Says:

    shelley, i couldn’t agree more. he crossed a line. and i too used to love him. what an absolute dumbass.

  4. Kel Says:

    meagan, i think he just trumped anthony weiner for the “what was he thinking” move. to do it right after he was slaughtered for the homophobic rant proves he is an idiot. he makes chris brown look like a thoughtful guy.

  5. linda Says:

    Very well put, Kel!

  6. Kel Says:

    thanks linda!

  7. Paula Kavolius Says:

    Wow! I honestly can’t believe that he can look at himself in the mirror.
    What a great blog, Kel! Thank you for pointing out what a life filled with judgement looks like from the inside. I have one word for this man: hateful.

  8. Kel Says:

    paula, i have one word for you: love. the work you do 7×24 to help people with developmental disabilities makes me tear up. thank you for discovering and celebrating the special in special needs. you have brought so much happiness to so many people — including me. i love you.

  9. Tiffany Hill Says:

    WOW. I had no idea he had said those things.

    He needs to be fried. A good friend of mine has a daughter with down syndrome and she has ten times the intelligence of his little toe. I’m surprised he is even considered a z-list “celebrity”. But, then again, so is Charlie Sheen. What is the world coming to?
    Thanks for highlighting his idiotic comments.

  10. Kel Says:

    thanks for the comment tiffany. i vote to fry as well. i’m sure your friend’s daughter would outshine him on many fronts.

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