Response to Tracy Morgan's recent homophobic standup routine has been mixed. Vulture's got a pretty good roundup; Morgan's 30 Rock costar Cheyenne Jackson wrote a strong denunciation of Morgan, while Alec Baldwin was more glib, Tweeting, "Oh that Tracy." Tina Fey made a statement this weekend, and it's (unsurprisingly) strong, thoughtful, and ethically sharp.

I'm glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to "work out" their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community.

It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.

I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.

The other producers and I pride ourselves on 30 Rock being a diverse, safe, and fair workplace.

Classic Fey; despite the nastiness of Morgan's remarks, her response actually manages to be both forceful and dryly funny with just a hint of "stern parent" tone around the edges. Morgan has professed great respect for Fey in the past, so her criticism may mean more to him than a lot of people's. I'll be interested to see, too, if 30 Rock finds a way to address this when it returns for its sixth season next year.

Commentarium (15 Comments)

Jun 13 11 - 4:50pm

I thought 30 Rock was being held until mid-season because of Tina's pregnancy. I don't think Tracy Morgan should be fired, even though what he said was deplorable.

Jun 13 11 - 5:12pm

Ah, you're right about the season timing--I corrected the post. Thanks.

Jun 13 11 - 4:50pm


Jun 13 11 - 6:28pm

I love how Fey excoriated Morgan while still maintaining a wry tone. Well done.

Jun 13 11 - 7:12pm

And she still managed to make sure people still watch her show and put a paycheck in HER pocket.

Jun 13 11 - 8:19pm


Jun 14 11 - 12:30am

Why? Is it bad that Tina Fey wants to make money as an actress?

Jun 13 11 - 8:41pm

He's very sleepy!

Jun 13 11 - 8:50pm

I would hardly call this a "slam." She pretty much waves away any outrage people have been feeling or any need for retributive action on her part. Do I think she needed to fire him? No. But I think the whole staff of 30 Rock has come off as pretty smug and dismissive in this incident.

Jun 13 11 - 11:20pm

Well, they should take this opportunity to fire him anyway, he's really too unattractive for TV.

Jun 13 11 - 9:31pm

Slammed by no less a moral authority than Tina Fey? I doubt Tracy will be able to show his face again in public. Ever.

Jun 14 11 - 12:26am

Tina Fey is really good at those words.

Jun 14 11 - 7:24am

I know, right? It's like she actually puts words onto paper for a living or something.

Jun 14 11 - 10:02am

Is Sleepy one step away from Dreamy?

Aug 30 11 - 4:23am

Hats off to whoveer wrote this up and posted it.