Fresh from our "Have you met this guy?" file, comedian Tracy Morgan is under fire again for his comedy routine. The Arc, a nonprofit advocacy group serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the latest organization demanding an apology from the comedian for remarks he made during his stand-up routine Saturday — his first performance since his infamous anti-gay rant.
This time he made fun of the mentally and physically challenged in the form of "cripples" and "retarded kids."
The 30 Rock actor put his foot in his mouth this time while performing two hour-long shows on Saturday night at Caroline's comedy club in New York, where he once again denied that he was homophobic and claimed his father was the lead singer of the Village People.
Marianne Garvey reports that during his routine, he told the crowd not to "mess with women who have retarded kids." "Them young retarded males is strong," he said. "They're strong like chimps."
He then segued into a bit about hooking up with a girl he called "a cripple" with a dialysis machine and a prosthetic arm, while groans could reportedly be heard from the crowd.
"Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately," The Arc's 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 added.
It was the comic's first time onstage since his June 3 show, in which he said he'd "stab" his son if he came out as gay.
Tracy Morgan has stepped in it again. Our question is, why are people up in arms over Morgan's type of comedy now, since he's being doing it for decades? We suppose it's because he's on 30 Rock, but Tracy Morgan has been a firecracker who will do and say anything forever, which is probably why he was hired for Saturday Night Live and subsequently 30 Rock.
He might as well get ready for every activist group to be demanding an apology if they're scrutinizing his comedy routine, because he offends everyone — sort of like Lisa Lampanelli, whose brand of comedy could be considered racist, homophobic, xenophobic and sexist, yet is loved worldwide. We have yet to see any activist groups calling for boycotts or retractions or apologies from Lampanelli. So we're wondering if this is a case of Morgan being offensive and not funny— i.e., going too far — or the need to control what a black comedian gets to say, even under the category of comedy.
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