Recently comedian Tracy Morgan came under fire for going too far with homophobic remarks during a stand up routine in Nashville. Morgan's act was so homophobic that people were walking out and gay and lesbian support groups were demanding an apology. I came across a really great article on the Globe and Mail web site: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/lynn-crosbie/tracy-morgans...
The article poses some valid questions about entertainment, free speech and hatred. Personally I am on the side of free speech and agree with the article's conclusion
"Can you sincerely ask a religion, a canon of ethics, to apologize? Yes, you can. You can speak up, and educate...Worse, by being tight-lipped, ignorant, censorious prigs, we are also at fault. I would rather fight than switch to the paranoid land of surveillance and retribution that is language, under arrest."
Thoughts? Would you walk out? Do you support the right of someone to say what they want, even if clearly hate filled? When does it stop being funny?
He wasn't jokes... he was ranting. It was more of a speech then any punchlines. All you have to do is switch out gay with Black or Jew and have someone say " If my son came home with a black girl I'd stab him"
Or if My daughter dated a jew "I'd stab him". Then it wouldn't be a question of "is it hate or comedy"