Well, we asked the question. In response to a report that Tracy Morgan allegedly went on an anti-gay rant at his Nashville show on June 3, we asked in a press release for Morgan to either confirm or deny the report, and if confirmed, issue an explanation and/or apology. Morgan’s publicist has not replied to Truth Wins Out’s request for a comment, but another reporter apparently got through, as reported by the Examiner:
Nicole Charbot [sic], Morgan’s publicist, issued a statement simply saying “There is no comment. Thank you.” When concern was shown for the well-being of Morgan’s child, Charbot issued another simple statement which read, “There is no comment, thank you for your inquiry.”
That’s got to be disappointing for the many gay fans of Tracy and 30 Rock.
UPDATE: The co-founder of Unicorn Booty, Kevin Farrell, got the statement from Tracy Morgan’s publicist. Here is their statement, as well as Kevin’s letter to her. [Good work, by the way, Kevin!]
UPDATE DEUX: Lest anyone think this is happening in a vacuum, reports of Tracy Morgan’s onstage homophobia have circulated for years. I admit that, as a longtime fan of Tracy’s [his Brian Fellow SNL sketch is one of my all time favorite things] and of 30 Rock [indeed, on a lazy Sunday less than two weeks ago, I had a veritable 30 Rock marathon], I was actually not aware of it. But quite a few readers have made comments to the effect of “Google ‘Tracy Morgan homophobic.’ He’s always been like this.” So I did. Here are some of the links that came up. Much of it seems to center around a specific Carnegie Hall show in 2009:
November 10, 2009, New York Daily News: “Audience members walk out of Tracy Morgan’s Carnegie Hall performance.” Describes similar jokes as recounted in this week’s report, about homosexuality being a choice.
November 10, 2009, Rod 2.0: “Fans flee Tracy Morgan’s raunchy, homophobic Carnegie Hall show.”
The Advocate: Tracy Morgan calls being gay a choice.
It’s interesting that one of the jokes described in these pieces is virtually identical to Kevin Rogers’ report. It just sounds like he may have stepped it up in Nashville last week.