Today, Tracy Morgan said he was sorry for telling an audience in Nashville, TN, that if his son were gay, he would "pull out a knife and stab him." According to the article in Boston.com, a Facebook account posted by an audience member from the TN performance said Morgan's stand-up routine was full of homophobic references.
So here I sit on the Friday evening before Boston's Pride Parade, and I'm left wondering have I lost my sense of humor? Am I so politically correct I can't laugh off edgy jokes? I suppose we all have opinions on this and I'm not here to tell people what they should think or how they should feel, but the story leaves me cold. It also disappoints me because lately the African American community in particular seems so homophobic. Recently Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) and Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) were fined for making homophobic slurs and rapper 50 Cent seems to be making a career of maligning the gay community encouraging gay youth to commit suicide... among other graphic comments.
The silver lining to this story is that there was a measured response on social media platforms like facebook and twitter and main stream media like my local paper, The Boston Globe, picked up and ran the story. A decade ago, I don't think anyone would have blinked and without sites like facebook or twitter the story would have never been told. However, my response to Tracy Morgan is "Apology not accepted."