TRACY MORGAN RESPONDS TO ‘SEXIST HATE SPEECH’ CRITICS
16 April, 2013
In front of a sold out Regal Theatre in Perth last night, 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan addressed the bad press he received in Melbourne on the weekend.
“All I’m trying to do is make people laugh,” he said onstage.
Fans allegedly stormed out of Hamer Hall during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in disgust – some demanding refunds – claiming he was misogynist and lacked humour. Women’s rights campaigner Melinda Tankard urged for the cancellation of his remaining Australian dates.
“Collective Shout is calling on Regal Theatre to not give Morgan a platform for Morgan’s misogynist hate speech,” Tankard posted on her website.
“It’s fear, [Tankard] doesn’t understand me,” Morgan told Perth fans. “I love her anyway,” he added.
Social media exploded with conversation after the initial MICF reviews surfaced.
“Unfunny, sexist, racist, misogynistic, disgusting rubbish,” one Melbourne attendee posted.
“I left thinking he is chauvinist pig and I can’t believe I paid almost $80 for it!” commented another.
On occasion last night Morgan made jokes at the expense of his enemies and refused the censor his material. “Go home and blog some shit ’cause you ain’t gettin’ any,” he said. “I don’t give a fuck what you think.”
In an interview with theMusic.com.au Morgan said, “People need a story. People want drama. Some people are just waiting for scandal, for gossip. But I don’t care about that. Because I’m a focused man. I’m a grown man. I’m 44 years old. I’m not a little kid anymore. I’m not a teenager. If I was going to go off the deep end, I would’ve gone off the deep end long ago.”
Reporting by Daniel Cribb