Louis C.K. will tell you he doesn’t have an anti-gay thought in his head. But the red-headed comic says the culture lost a teachable moment when Tracy Morgan went on an apology tour for his hateful rant against homosexuals.
C.K., currently promoting his self-financed comedy special, told Nightline that he wished MorganGate had gone down much differently than it did.
But C.K. also feels that Morgan’s critics did themselves a disservice by being quick to attack Morgan instead of opening up a dialogue about the subject.
“The opportunity that was lost was for the gay community to ask Tracy, ‘Why did you say that? What was your dad like? What is being a man like to you?’ It could have been the starting point of a conversation that might have actually made a difference in the way people feel about homophobia,” C.K. said.
“But to say, you can’t say that, and that’s hate speech, and to go on a ‘sorry’ tour, that’s a waste of time to me. I think it was a wasted opportunity.”
Morgan’s fellow comedians were mostly silent regarding the backlash to his anti-gay routine. Not only is C.K. defending Morgan – to a degree – he’s offering a credible solution at the same time.
Now, if only we had a teachable moment surrounding the vile things C.K. said about Sarah Palin.