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Tracy Morgan appears in a 2010 promotional photo for the series 30 Rock. - Provided courtesy of Art Streiber / NBC Universal

Tracy Morgan jokes about the mentally disabled, group wants apology (Poll)

06/21/2011 by Corinne Heller

Tracy Morgan continues to stir anger with his stand-up comedy and the latest culprit appears to be the mentally disabled.

The New York Times said the 42-year-old "30 Rock" actor used the "R-word" when he joked to a crowd at a New York club on Saturday: "Don't ever mess with women" who have kids who are mentally disabled, adding that such children were "strong like chimps."

A spokesperson for the actor had no immediate comment. The group The Arc, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it "calls for an apology from @RealTracyMorgan for his use of the #RWord ... How about some #Respect?"

The national organization was known by its unabbreviated name, which contained the "R-word," until 1991.

Morgan made headlines earlier this month when a man posted a message on Facebook condemning Morgan, saying that he made insulting comments about homosexuals at a comedy show in Nashville.

Morgan apologized for his words through a press statement after many people, including fellow actors, members of gay rights groups and NBC's entertainment chief condemned his comments. Gay rights group PFLAG had called on Morgan to "take meaningful action to prove the sincerity of that apology."

Morgan told The New York Times after that controversy: "My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987. My dad wasn't gay but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Last week, Morgan apologized in person to gay advocacy groups and the audience member who posted the Facebook message. The two later hugged.

The New York Times said that at the Saturday comedy show, Morgan joked about the controversy he stirred with his anti-gay remarks, quoting him as saying: "My father was the lead singer in the Village People. I would sing the 'Y.M.C.A.' the loudest. I was sitting right there when he wrote the song, my daddy. The Indian was my godfather."

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