When people in Tennessee walk out on your show because it’s too antigay, you know it’s bad. Tracy Morgan performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, filling his entire act with offensive gay “jokes”.
An attendee said,
“It was the worst thing I’ve ever heard…so not funny.”
I’m guessing his entire act was: “Boys who like boys? That’s crazy!”
Among other gems, Morgan said he thinks homosexuality is a choice, lesbians are pretending to be gay because they hate men, and Obama should “man up” and stop standing up for gay kids. Comedy gold. Morgan had another offensive performance on June 3 when he said he would “stab” his son for acting gay.
I’m not sure at what point homosexuality will stop being funny to people, but the fact that most of his audience walked out and booed him shows us that while the rest of the world is evolving, some celebrities are not.
Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 after making an antigay slur at a Laker’s game. Unlike Morgan, however, Kobe felt remorse for his mistake, saying:
“The comment that I made, even though it was not meant as what it's perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong.”
Singer and The Voice judge, Blake Shelton, recently apologized for his antigay parody to Shania Twain’s hit “Any Man of Mine”. Shelton wrote on his Twitter page:
“Rewriting my fav Shania Twain song…Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’ heaving kind of guy.”
Don’t flatter yourself, Shelton. I don’t know if this statement is more offensive because of its antigay context or because it’s such a lame joke. Shelton initially laughed off the backlash of his comment, but later issued a half-hearted apology:
“It honestly wasn't even meant that way. I now know that their (sic) are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere. But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings... I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!"