I’m Just Sayin’: Defending Tracy Morgan Is Ridiculous

UB reader Thomas sent us this viewer commentary on the Tracy Morgan, ahem, incident that apparently aired on St. Louis’ NBC affiliate channel, KSDK.

We were blown away.

First of all, no. Second, who is this dude and again, NO. Third, you’re defending a guy who threatened to kill his own child if he were to learn that his son was gay.

And fourth, it wasn’t the gay community that held Morgan accountable for his violent remarks, it was the people of Earth. Huge swaths of people outside of the LGBT community were shocked by Morgan’s tirade. Because again, he threatened to kill his own child.

Maybe Joe Hipperson is indifferent to the difference between comedy and blatant homophobia. He’s clearly familiar with the general abolishing of all good judgement, and I’m able to see how Morgan and Hipperson share at least that in common. But I’m becoming violently allergic to those willing to write off Morgan’s remarks as comedy.

The subtleties of Morgan’s meltdown occurring onstage in a city that was just stripped of the LGBT non-discrimination laws it had enacted, in a state that has been making international news for attempting to ban all mention that homosexuals even exist – these things are clearly lost on Hipperson.

But they certainly shouldn’t be lost on an NBC news affiliate. And by allowing the airing of, or even asking this moron for his opinion on the subject in the first place, KSDK, and NBC by extension are effectively cosigning it, regardless of the disclaimer airing at the end of the piece.


  • Eric Schoolcraft

    Well, to be fair, not only did our St.Louis NBC affiliate disclaim that the views and opinions of participants are not necessarily theirs, they also ran a rebuttal by another viewer of opposing opinion the next day.

  • Shylah Eells

    I think people forget what freedom of speech actually means. Freedom of speech means you are free to say what you want. However, you must take responsibility for what you say. If you make statements that are designed to provoke thought or offend people (even humor), you better be prepared to handle said offended people. In short, you should be accountable for what you say. 

    Tracy Morgan is a comedian, a performer, and what he said he said for the shock value. I believe he has the right to say whatever he wants (even something as tasteless as this) since he does in fact have a right to the freedom of speech. That said, Tracy Morgan better be prepared to deal with the people he has offended. I also believe that viewers have a right to their opinions/outrage too. That is, after all, how a dialogue is born. We speak and then we listen.

  • Christopher Wells

    I also think there is a problem in this country wher people just say what comes to mind to fast.  I was taught in High School health class, think about what you are about to say.  If you edit yourself a lot less hurt you can cause.  Whether the laguage be homophobic, foul or just wrong it should not be used in public.  Just becouse we have free speech laws does not mean they have to be used at all times.

  • I love his comment on “Eddie Murphy: raw” does anyone remember WHEN that came out?? early 80’s if I remember correct. Those were different times then.. thats when ‘comedians’ could get away with that kind of humor because we were no were near where we stand today. that said I really am speechless at the rest of this video… the hole ‘majority then minority’ thing makes me want to find him and slap some sense into him… obviously he has never been discriminated against, fired for, or called names for something he didn’t choose. 

  • Steve Cardinal

    I’m taking a quote from Edie Falco on this one. Who is this guy and why should anyone care what he has to say?

  • Michael Saldutti

    This guy is an idiot.  I’m just Sayin..

  • Hi, idiot: censorship means the government does not allow you to say what you want to say.  No one is locking Tracy Morgan up for his comments.  The simple fact is that what he said was not funny, and no one wants to hear it.  That’s the only rule in comedy–what you say must actually be funny.  You can’t just make random sexist/racist/homophobic comments and then use comedy as your excuse–not because it’s illegal to do so, but because there’s no audience who will believe it.  If I don’t want to listen to the ramblings of a bigot, that’s my right.  I’m not censoring him, I’m just letting him experience market forces.