Thursday, June 30th, 2011

OK, Let's Not Go Looking For Reasons to Be Offended by Tracy Morgan Now

Tracy Morgan has wrapped up his tour of atonement after his homophobic rant, and he returned to the stage in New York last week. And wouldn't you know it, he said something that isn't politically correct! And now people are trying to get him to apologize again.

He said "Don't ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They're strong like chimps." He later talked about dating a "a girl he described as 'a cripple' with a prosthetic arm, a mechanical larynx and a portable dialysis machine."

Cue the outrage!

The Arc, a nonprofit advocacy group serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is already demanding an apology.

“Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately," Arc CEO Peter Berns, told E! News. "This quote is far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

"Mr. Morgan has an incredibly powerful platform from which to fix this, and if he's learned anything in the last few weeks, he can't bomb this apology," Berns continued.

OK guys, that homophobic rant was not good, but these are jokes. If you start demanding formal apologies for use of the words "retard" and "cripple," well, there will have to be a whole lot of apologies from a whole lot of comedians. Let's let the man be who he is: crazy and sometimes offensive. He crossed the line and atoned for it, but don't expect the guy to suddenly turn into some squeaky clean comedian.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Megan-Patterson/513945580 Megan Patterson

    Man, when did it not become OK for Tracy Morgan to say this stuff? BECAUSE HE HAS ALWAYS SAID THIS STUFF. ALWAYS.
    Also he is a comedian and not politically correct stuff is hilarious. See: Like 90% of The Office, but especially the British one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caroline-Anderson/731041782 Caroline Anderson

      @Megan Patterson Yes, but the jokes in the British Office that aren't politically correct are showing off how uncomfortable it is when people are offensive. The butt of the joke is the person who is saying the politically incorrect stuff. I think that's a false equivalency. It's like when Sarah Silverman takes heat for writing "racist" jokes. The racist is always the butt of the joke.

  • Chad Vincent Stanton@facebook

    This that "slippery slope" conservatives are always yelling about

  • Chad Vincent Stanton@facebook

    This that "slippery slope" conservatives are always yelling about

  • Colin Perkins


    Slippery Slope??? That's racist! You need to apologize right now!

    • Mr Ignorant Thursday@twitter

      @Colin Perkins

      In fairness, they are actually really slippery.

  • Crackerjacker

    "Oh he said a thing that I don't like, now I don't like him, because I can't reconcile myself with people who aren't completely nice and inoffensive. Why can't he simply 'not be', or be somewhere where I can't read what he says."

    Ugh. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Like, don't like, do whatever. But this was just all kinds of crazy.

  • whosaidhello

    Tracy Morgan's book is full of highly offensive jokes about his life. I think he should apologize to himself. I know he was offended. This should not be tolerated!

  • Mr Ignorant Thursday@twitter

    This is the smartest thing Tracy could have done. Now everyone who decried his "homophobic rant" is compelled to gauge whether or not his "retard jokes" are okay. Eat it, comedy police.

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    Retard is a strange case. Unlike other forbidden words, "retard" used to just be the actual description. Then it became offense because people used it as an insult. The problem is, the insult isn't in the word, but the meaning. People call other people "special" or "handicapped" when insulting each other. They can keep changing the word, but it doesn't matter. There is no PC word for people with special needs, because within a year or so, whatever that PC word is, will be used as an insult.

    If a group is trying to get themselves (or those they represent) exempt from being the butt of a joke, that's offensive.

  • Tobias Aplin

    I almost wish Tracy wasnt on 30 Rock so he didnt have NBC forcing him to apologize for his comedy, no comedian should ever be forced to take back what they say. Would you make any other artist apologize for their art? Fuck no you wouldnt…

  • bigchiefstevsie

    WOW this is an example of so many things that are wrong with politically correct speech.
    First of all, I don't think Morgan should have apologized for his so called homophobic rant in the first place. Sure, he said something offensive, but he's an offensive comedian. We already knew that. We really shouldn’t need someone to apologize for every little inappropriate, hurtful thing they say. Secondly, I think these new jokes are equally offensive (in fact, I might even find them to be a little bit worse). So will there be the same amount of outrage? Probably not. Disabled people are not in the media spotlight right now. Instead, we're already telling people to calm down. The whole situation is a load of crap. You can't pick and choose which subjects are taboo for comedians and which ones aren't. You can't have full blown media outrage over one comment and then brush another aside because the topic isn't as current. But to fight that is to fight a losing battle.
    All we can really do is leave it be and stop giving the man so much attention. The world will go on no matter who Tracy Morgan distastefully makes fun of.