Marlon Wayans speaks out on Tracy Morgan: 'He has to be a little more responsible'


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Everyone from Tina Fey to Chris Rock seems to have an opinion about Tracy Morgan, who made headlines after he made a series of homophobic jokes during a stand-up show in Nashville last week. Now Marlon Wayans — who co-starred with Morgan in the 2006 comedy Little Man — has added his voice to the fray. “He has the right to say what he says,” the comedian told reporters at the 15th Annual Webby Awards yesterday. “But he has to be a little more responsible and write a little bit and think a little more before he does it next time.”

“But that’s why I don’t like people having cameras in the comedy clubs,” Wayans continued. “Because you’re just throwing thoughts out there, and that’s the creative process. You’re going to offend some people as you’re finding the lines. Now, he didn’t find a line, he found a cliff. But unfortunately, that happens.”

Wayans then asserted that he wasn’t “that mad” at Michael Richards after the Seinfeld star’s infamous racist rant, since, as a comedian, he respects freedom of speech. Still, he added, “Tracy needs to work his material” before performing it. “I don’t think he’s a homophobe,” Wayans concluded. “I’ve worked with him. Tracy’s a cool dude. I just think he says dumb stuff.”

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Comments (16 total) Add your comment
  • GeeMoney

    Who’s going to weigh in on this situation next? The President? Geez. Aren’t we over this yet?

    • Marianna

      Oh we couldn’t possibly be over this yet, at least not until Oprah and Whoopi have had their say. And me personally, I’ll be ever so disappointed if Ellen doesn’t have a soulful discussion with Rosie O’Donnell about it on her talk show. They could trot Dr. Phil out to publically berate Morgan on behalf of an outraged society and then Maury could finish things up with a DNA test to see if the kid was ever Morgan’s in the first place.

  • mel

    So, Marlon Wayans is still alive. Good to know.

    • Vince from NYC

      That’s what I was thinking.. I like a lot of his stuff, even his serious role in Requiem and I forgot he existed until this article..

    • Mr. Holloway

      Yes, but what does Arsenio Hall make of all this?

      • BJ

        Why are they only asking for black celebrities opinions?

  • RiffRaff

    I feel like all of these people that blather on about freedom of speech need to get a reality check. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Marlon Wayans is correct. Tracey Morgan has the right to say whatever he wants but he needs to exercise some resposibility.

  • Adam

    Even though I think Marlon is an atrocious actor, I think he has the right mind.

  • stu

    he’s aging very nicely.

  • marvelguy14

    I agree with what Marlon said yes we have freedom of speech to say whatever we want but at the same time you shouldn’t just say whatever comes to mind. And now I want to watch the Wayans Brothers, loved that theme song.

  • lucille

    makes sense

  • Life Sucks

    So now GLAAD thinks they rule Nashville and Tennessee. Telling everybody else what to think and what to say…well, we true Americans need to defend our freedoms, so…if my son told me he was gay, I’d find out who he had sex with and then stab THAT person. That’s okay, isn’t it GLAAD, I mean you rule the universe and all..

    • Being Real


  • Being Real

    I guess GLADD and whoever Happy to be is will be asking for a fat check soon. That’s all it’s about, free publicity, black mail money which Tracy Morgan will HAPPILY pay and some people with their personal issues getting attention. Come On!!! This man didn’t intend to hurt anyone and we all know it.

  • Being Real

    Oh let me get their name correct before I offend anyone: GLAAD

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