Most people attending the festival agree the comedian’s an idiot — but won’t quit their “30 Rock” habit
Alex Magnelli has never seen "30 Rock."
And because of Tracy Morgan's anti-gay rant last week — in which he said he'd stab his son if the boy were gay and sounded effeminate — Magnelli said he has no plans to ever watch.
Morgan's comments during a comedy show in Nashville last week were "horrible," Magnelli, a student, told TheWrap soon after the gates to the L.A. Pride festival opened on Saturday. "I was a fan of Tracy Morgan before this."
Plenty of people shared Magnelli's sentiment. They said Morgan's comments were stupid — and that the "30 Rock" star is not funny.
But they also said they don't think the comments will change what they watch on TV.
"I like Tina Fey, so I'll still watch it," Courtni Segler, a phlebotomist, said. "I'm not going to let him ruin my programs."
On Friday, Morgan issued an apology and both NBC and "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey released statements condemning the comments.
Segler, visiting Los Angeles from Oxnard, said that Morgan needs to offer an apology "that's heartfelt … an open apology — like a televised apology."
But late Friday night, hours before Pride began, comedian Chris Rock tweeted, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in a world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s—."
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation quickly responded: "Language about stabbing kids for being gay isn't 'foul.' It's dangerous."
And at the Pride festival in West Hollywood Saturday, Loryn Moore said she was disappointed.
"You kind of think people are really open nowadays. It's 2011! Get with the times. Use your brain."
She refused to take the "stabbing" comments literally, though.
"We know he's not serious," she said. "But he failed to be funny."
Before the festival began, Kirk Luetkehans and David Jaquez sipped coffee outside a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Santa Monica Boulevard.
"I've always assumed Tracy Morgan says some really stupid and offensive things," Jaquez said. "I don't think he's all that funny — especially when you rely on offensive jokes."
He said he doesn't watch "30 Rock" all that often and won't watch it more — or less — now.
Luetkehans called the comments in "extremely poor taste. It just makes him sound like an idiot."
But Luetkehans said the stabbing comments are so over-the-top, it's almost hard to take them seriously.
He noted that some parents do real harm when they hear their children are gay: They disown their own children.
Down the block, Tom Longevin, a writer, put it like this:
"My feeling about actors is, they should never be allowed to talk without a script or dress without wardrobe."