For those of you just emerging from under your weekend rock on this beautiful Tuesday, let me update you on the world of celebrity. Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and SNL fame said some hateful, homophobic things last week. What were they? We are not going to go into it here on this forum as this blog is a place of love and light. Okay, maybe not, but I don’t believe in reposting things that should have never been said in the first place. Suffice to say it inappropriate at its most base level. What we are going to talk about today is how much love I have for Tina Fey, who upon hearing Mr. Morgan’s anti-gay tirade replied thusly –
“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.”
Ah, Ms. Fey, as if I could love you any more. Only she could be this polite yet still drive home how absolutely wrong Tracey Morgan’s comments were. She brought it back to the big picture and managed to send a message to everyone else who might agree with Tracy’s thoughts (especially those in the entertainment biz). For anyone out there who believe’s that it is okay to spout hate filled rhetoric it’s not. I am not going to launch into a soap box tirade of something any well raised person should know, I just wanted to share the eloquent thoughts of Tina Fey and remind everyone that you don’t know the personal lives of the people around you so be tolerant in your thoughts and cautious in your words.
Finally, if you haven’t read Tina Fey’s book Bossypants then get off the internet and go read it now! It is way better than this blog, I promise. It is filled with heartfelt stories infused with irony, sarcasm and the type of self-referential humour for which Tina Fey is famous. I read it in two days while we were up at the cottage and I can’t recommend it enough.