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Yet another group is demanding an apology from Tracy Morgan.
During the show, at Carolines Comedy Club in New York, Morgan quipped: “Don’t ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They’re strong like chimps.”
The remark earned him groans and shouts of “uh-oh” from the audience.
Now, the Arc, a nonprofit advocacy group that works on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is demanding an apology.
“Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately,” the Arc 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.”
There were reportedly no audience walkouts at the New York event as there had been at the Nashville show, where Morgan said he would “pull out a knife and stab” his own son if he were gay.
Those comments gained attention after audience member Kevin Rogers posted them on his Facebook page.
According to Rogers, Morgan “said if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death. … Tracy then said he didn’t [expletive] care if he [angered] some gays.”
Morgan’s tirade was full of homophobic references and expletives, according to Rogers’ Facebook account.
Afterward, several in Hollywood spoke out against the actor-comedian, including Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt and Morgan’s 30 Rock co-stars Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson.
He also committed to working with GLAAD on an anti-bullying PSA and meet with LGBT youth in New York and returned to Nashville last week to apologize to “my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this.”
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