It seems millions of people and most major media now want an answer to our question: Did Tracy Morgan really say all those awful, hateful anti-gay things at his show in Nashville on June 3?
“30 Rock” actor Tracy Morgan has been accused of making anti-gay comments at a recent comedy show in Nashville.
Kevin Rogers, who said he attended the comedian’s June 3 show at Ryman Auditorium, detailed the alleged statements in a Facebook note, “Why I No Longer ‘Like’ Tracy Morgan.” Rogers claims that Morgan said being gay is a choice because “God don’t make no mistakes” and that lesbians are “just pretending.”
The Ryman Auditorium responded in a statement, saying the theater “regrets that people were offended by statements” Morgan made, adding that it “does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.” Morgan’s rep issued a statement saying, “There is no comment. Thank you.”
Truth Wins Out, a non-profit that “fights anti-gay religious extremism,” according to its Web site, has called on Morgan to respond .
The Advocate delves a little bit deeper into the chosen venue for this alleged rant — Tennessee. Wayne and I spoke with them this morning:
Morgan’s publicist has so far not returned email or phone messages from The Advocate. Truth Wins Out had the same experience, and it’s using its website to demand an explanation.
“No comment is not acceptable,” said Wayne Besen, the group’s founder. “If someone had accused me of making such remarks in a presentation, I would drop everything I was doing to clarify it. To try and sweep it under a carpet and pretend it doesn’t exist is offensive in itself.”
Evan Hurst, the group’s social media director, is from Tennessee and knows Rogers from his work with the Tennessee Equality Project, and that relationship gave him enough confidence in the account to warrant attention.
“We are pretty thick-skinned around here because you have to be,” Hurst said of Tennesseans, who have endured a recent spate of antigay legislation. “And for the number of people who were going, ‘I am genuinely offended by this, this is hurtful, and this is meant to hurt,’ I think we are looking at something different here.”
I’m so Southern, even in interviews.
I’ll be updating this post frequently, as I find more and more places covering it. Here are a few others who have picked it up:
Plus, I found a hilariously titled article from The Tennessean two days before Tracy’s Nashville show. The headline? What Will Tracy Morgan Say Next?
More to come…