When the story of Tracy Morgan’s “anti-gay” comedy rant originally broke I wrote snarked that we wouldn’t hear anything more about it because Morgan was inoculated. After all, he’s openly hated-on Sarah Palin and did not direct “The Passion of the Christ.” That was my mistake, though not necessarily my fault. Because the pecking order of preciousness keeps changing to suit whatever the Left’s cause du jour is, I had forgotten that as of now “sexuality” trumps being both “black” and “liberal” in the PC-Hierarchy Of Those We Must Never Offend. So now it actually makes perfect sense that Morgan has been sent on a humiliating and very public re-education tour in order to save his career.
Today, we receives yet another disturbing and frightening report that reveals just how little our Entertainment Overlords value the First Amendment and the true concept of artistic freedom:
Tracy Morgan met with a group of homeless gay teens and families who have lost loved ones to hate crimes Friday in New York City. The gathering was organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) following homophobic remarks made by the 30 Rock star during a June 3 show in Nashville, Tenn.
Morgan has since apologized for his remarks and announced Friday that he’ll return to Tennessee on June 21 to ask pardon from those offended when he said he’d “pull out a knife and stab” his son if he were gay. …
Morgan’s stage remarks caused an uproar, with NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt and Tina Fey both issuing statements in response to them. “I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance,” Greenblatt said.
Fey also said she was happy her co-star apologized saying “I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville” in a statement to THR.
If you read the full piece, you’ll see that comedian Chris Rock stood up for Morgan (kind of) and that Wanda Sykes bizarrely blames the State of Tennessee for all of this. Sadly, Morgan’s “30 Rock” co-stars, Alec Baldwin and Cheyenne Jackson both joined Tina Fey in throwing Morgan under the bus. And by doing so, these artistic cowards have only encouraged the guardians of Hollywood’s New PC-Production Code to keep on keeping on. How ironic — but in a fascist kind of way.
Hollywood’s original Production Code (1930 – 1968), a self-imposed set of morality guidelines created by the studio system, never fails to receive anything but scorn from today’s liberals who look back on it as a relic of puritanical censorship that stifled creative freedom. That’s an unfair charge, though. If you watch films created under the watchful eye of this code, no subject matter was ever off-limits. Many films, especially the grittier fare that came out of studios like Warner Bros., examined all kinds of hot button issues including anti-war themes, incest, adultery, racism, anti-Semitism, the allure of crime, homosexuality, and even a complicated looks at the Church and Christian faith.
Unlike today, the old Production Code didn’t stop anyone from saying anything. What was regulated was “how”something was said and/or portrayed — and though I oppose any kind of artistic restriction, a very convincing case can be made that these restrictions made films better, smarter, and infinitely more clever.
Today’s PC-Production Code is much worse. Instead of the Catholic Church wielding all the muscle, now it’s left-wing special interest groups like CAIR and GLAAD going so far as to say portraying Muslim terrorists as Muslim terrorists is something called “Islamophobia” and a joke about electric cars being is bullying hate speech. This is not only absurd, it’s a form of censorship through the Orwellian notion of repressive tolerance.
Worse still, today’s PC-Production code is completely arbitrary and discriminatory. It’s just a fact that when it comes to protecting from “offense,” some groups are more equal than others. Had Tracy Morgan joked about stabbing his Tea Partying son to death, there might have been some complaints from the right (nothing wrong with debate or answering back), but do you think Morgan would currently be on a nation-wide humiliation tour visiting Tea Party groups. What about Christians or Mormons or conservatives?
Of course not.
Furthermore, no respected right-of-center group would ever demand such a fascistic re-education. At the most, they might pray for Morgan against his will or simply invite him to an event to get know who he’s mocking better.
I’m no Tracy Morgan fan but what’s happening to the “30 Rock” star right now is downright un-American.
Hopefully, I’ll live long enough to see a new Hollywood generation arise that looks back on this awful and chilling and creatively stifling era with a “never again” attitude.