Did Tracy Morgan Really Feature Gay Joke In The Last O.G. Trailer? (OPINION)
Comedian Tracy Morgan's fall from grace after unleashing an anti-gay tirade during a standup routine in 2011 was short-lived, and while his initial quasi-apology - "I apologize to those folks that came to the show and were bummed out" - didn't dazzle LGBT advocates, his contrived followup was enough to appease Hollywood insiders and keep Morgan on 30 Rock until its final season in 2013.
Morgan maintained working relationships with celebrities who initially reprimanded his offensive comments, such as Tina Fey, and now he's back on top of the comedy world with the new well-reviewed TBS series The Last O.G. Which, in its first trailer, features a gay joke. And no one cares. And now I'm writing about it instead of K.J. Apa's latest Riverdale appearance, and I'm not happy about it. I'll get to you soon Apa.
For those needing a refresher, during a standup routine at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Morgan provided the unfiltered insight:
God don’t make no mistakes; all this gay stuff is bullshit. There is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that’s just a woman pretending because she hates a fucking man.
If my son were gay he better come home and talk to me like a man and not [like a homosexual — Morgan mimicked a feminine voice] or I’d pull out a knife and stab that little N***** to death.
And scene. What a hot take. Forgiving and forgetting are tenets of the actual O.G., but are contingent on the offender at leasts pretended to repent, learn, and grow. I can't imagine Mel Gibson has developed a deep appreciation of Jewish culture, but he's not opening up his flicks with "So two Jews walk into a bar."
The trailer for The Last O.G. features Morgan's character Tray Barker's return to Brooklyn fifteen years after being in prison. His interaction with two black men soon turns hilarious as the audience learns that they are homosexuals, as conveyed through through their exaggerated mannerisms and love of brunch. Again, such a hot take. Morgan (also one of the series' executive producers) is obviously on top of his comedy game.
Both of Morgan's references to gay men over this seven year span criticize "fem" versus "masc." Masculine gays have advantages in this world - such as the fact that they can more easily conceal their sexual identity if they so choose to. The "fem" gays are the ones who are often poked fun at in the media and bullied in school. We as a community have a problem with the phrase "Masc4Masc" on dating apps as the preference reads as exclusionary, and we should have a problem with making fun of effeminate gays on a television series viewed by millions of impressionable people.
The T is that if the only punchline of a joke is that it's gay, it's homophobic. Morgan's character is in disbelief that two gay men could reside in his former stomping grounds. But we're not laughing at his out-of-touch, fish-out-of-water reactions. We're laughing along with him. Men who portray feminine characteristics. What a hoot. We thought they would be normal, but now we know that they're not. And that's funny. That's an interesting perspective. Looking on the bright side, at least Barker didn't have a knife.
This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.