Chris Rock and '30 Rock' actor speak out about Tracy Morgan's anti-gay rant
Chris Rock and a "30 Rock" actor are speaking out about Tracy Morgan's controversial anti-gay rant he gave at a recent comedy show.
Facebook user Kevin Rogers said he attended the event where Morgan made his remarks, which took place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on June 3 (Warning: Contains offensive and explicit comments).
Rogers quoted Morgan, 42, as saying that being gay is a "choice" and that lesbians pretend to be attracted to other women sexually and actually just hate men. .
Rogers said Morgan also made fun of homosexuals amid a recent teen bullying wave, adding that they should stand up for themselves rather than "whine" about their treatment. He also quoted Morgan as saying that if he had a gay son, he would stab him to death if he was unable to talk to the comedian "like a man."
Actor and comedian Chris Rock initially came to Morgan's defense on June 10 when he Tweeted, "I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate [expletive]."
Rock then clarified his remarks on June 11 in a Tweet saying, " Tracy Morgan is a tad off we all know that so when Tracy says something i usually don't take it anymore serious than i would a statement from Gary Busey or Flavor Flav."
"When i first heard the statement i thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying ill kill you if you ever bring home a white girl but after reading everything Tracy said wow i get it that [expletive] wasn't called for and i don't support it at all. now can i please go to the Tony awards without getting my [expletive] kicked," Rock added.
Meanwhile, Morgan's "30 Rock" co-star Cheyenne Jackson also commented about the comedian's remarks. Jackson, who is openly gay, has also had roles on "Glee" and starred in several Broadway shows. Jackson has been a part of the "30 Rock" cast since season four.
The actor said in statement to Out Magazine, "I am disgusted and appalled by Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant."
"The devastating repercussions of hate-filled language manifest in very real ways for today's LGBTQ youth. I've known Tracy for two years, spent many long hours with him on set, and I want to believe that this behavior is not at the core of who he is," he added. "I'm incredibly disappointed by his actions, and hope that his apology is sincere."
Morgan apologized for his rant on Friday, June 10. In a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com Morgan said, "I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville."
He added, "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."
"30 Rock" creator and star Tina Fey released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter calling Morgan's rant "disturbing."
"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers '30 Rock,' without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket," she said.