by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Tracy Morgan just barely made it out of the hot water from his last homophobic comments. One would think the comedian would try to play it safe. Saturday night in New York was Morgan’s first performance since his anti-gay scandal, and he took a moment to address the issue saying, “You’re all sitting here waiting for me say something about the controversy, right?” Reports from the New York Times say that this statement brought on cheers and applause from the crowd gathered at Caroline’s Comedy Club. Morgan proceeded to say later in the show, “I don’t have that in me. I believe gay, straight, anybody, everybody’s supposed to be happy in this world, man.” He even told the audience he appreciated them coming out to support his show after his late fiasco.
After patching that up so nicely, it is a bit of a surprise that Morgan would then make joking comments about physically disabled people. It would not be a shock if there were handicapped people who took offense to his comment saying, “Don’t ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They’re strong like chimps.” He proceeded to share an anecdote in which he allegedly dated a crippled girl when he was a teenager. Reportedly, these comments earned him some “uh oh’s” and groans from the audience. No one knows what Morgan was thinking or when he will learn to be more careful about what he says in his comedic acts.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.