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Wednesday
Jun292011

Tracy Morgan Offends Mentally Disabled

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan is in hot water again for comments he made during a stand-up routine.

The nonprofit organization The Arc is demanding an apology from the comedian for remarks he made during a performance at a New York City comedy club on Saturday.

E! Online reports during the 30 Rock star's second show at Caroline's, Morgan told the audience not to "mess with women who have retarded kids."  He reportedly went on to say, "Them young retarded males is strong.  They're strong like chimps."

Morgan then reportedly followed that with a joke about hooking up with a girl he labeled as "a cripple" on a dialysis machine who had a prosthetic arm.

The Arc's CEO, Peter Berns, told E! News, "Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately.  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."

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Saturday's stand-up appearance was Morgan's first performance since his infamous homophobic rant in Nashville, Tennessee on June 3.  Morgan has apologized several times for his anti-gay comments.

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Sunday
Oct312010

No 'Dilemma' Here: Ron Howard Defends Gay Joke

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Ron Howard has come out in defense of his decision to keep a joke that has been deemed offensive by pundits and a gay rights group in his new movie The Dilemma.

Howard, who directed The Dilemma, defended the joke's inclusion in a note released Friday. The derogatory gag's inclusion in the film's trailer caused an uproar when it was released earlier this month. The controversy prompted the studio, Universal, to remove the line from the trailer.

In the trailer, a character portrayed by Vince Vaughn says: "Electric cars are gay. I mean, not 'homosexual' gay but 'my parents are chaperoning the dance gay.'"

"The Dilemma is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids," Howard said in the note. "It's true that the moment took on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising, which I think was appropriate. I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”

CNN's Anderson Cooper and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke out against the film's trailer in the wake of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after being bullied for being gay. Both Cooper and GLAAD objected to the use of the word "gay," calling it an unnecessary slur against homosexuals.

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