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'30 Rock' takes on Tracy Morgan's antigay comedy routine

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In case you missed it (and judging by those ratings, you did), Thursday’s episode of 30 Rock addressed the scandal involving Tracy Morgan and his antigay slurs last June. In the episode, Morgan’s character Tracy Jordan ignites a protest after he angers audiences with his homophobic stand-up routine.

Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) reacts by telling Tracy he’s a public figure and “believe it or not, the dumb things you say may influence or hurt people. You need to apologize.”

So in true 30 Rock fashion, Jordan apologizes to the makers of Glad bags rather than GLAAD, a.k.a. the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Liz ends up apologizing for Tracy by saying “he’s not capable of hate…he’s just an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

“I thought it was hilarious,” GLAAD’s senior director of programs Herndon Graddick told The New York Times. “We’ve been called worse than trash-bag manufacturers and forward to seeing the second part next week.”

Morgan came under fire last summer for an antigay rant during a weekend gig at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. He issued apologies (“I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others”) and met repeatedly with GLAAD. See the clip:

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