Psst. Hey Tracy...can you step away from Russell Simmons for a fast second so I can talk to you?
No man, just come over here for a fast minute. I promise I won't hit you again.
Alright. Come here so I can whisper this to you outloud in your ear? You ready my man?
What a shit storm you caused my man. What an incredible horrible shit storm. If my email blowing up, my Twitter blowing up or the idea that I got a lot of nice things said to me (along with ONE PERSON blowing up my Facebook about the idea of what is appropriate in comedy or not) was any indication of what you went through. Damn cuz. Just "Damn cuz"
And this is coming from a person who does comedy. Granted, comedy where I'm filling in for improv ensembles at the last minute because the owner decided to do a "Mandatory Improv Workshop" to the ensemble who was supposed to perform that night? But comedy nonetheless.
Brother, I still don't know where any of this came from. Especially after how you said you have been bullied and your pops passing away from AIDS. I mean, I can only assume that because he was not gay that the hatred that came your way during that bad time might be lag off from that.
Oh cat. By the way. This is about twenty five years late...my condolences to the loss of your father. I also lost a lot of people to AIDS during this time period. A lot. The majority were gay. Some were not.
You have had some pretty interesting supporters of this rant in the last few days. I'm going to be honest with you cat. Support from places you probably would have never expected to get support. Mostly from people who are not particular supporters of GLBT causes.
From people who defend you who have never been on a stage of a comedy club and does not know how to even draft a joke. Roland Martin was so focused on trying to spin it away from you onto Lisa Lampenelli while never treading the boards of The Comedy Chuckle, he lost his point about 23 paragraphs in. You picked up a fanbase that I get the feeling you don't want to have nothing to do with, my man.
I don't think you are funny? But I get the impression that you don't want that fanbase either. So my man, with all of what has gone down and what I have said I will say this...because human nature in this day and age says you stick to how you feel no matter what preventative actions have been done by the offending party. I will tell you this from me to you cat. Let me whisper this into your ear:
Thank you for doing this Tracy. Thank you for going to the GLBT community to teens who have been kicked out and abandoned by their parents. Thank you for meeting those kids who actually have been beaten by their fathers who announced they were different. Thank you my brother for meeting with those parents who supported their children in their happiness only to see them die because of it by the hands of someone hateful, bigoted and violent. Thank you cat. I appreciate it. Please hug Russell for me when we finish talking. Big props to him. He's alright. Good looking man too. Pass that along, please.
Now hip this: You aint gonna hear this from others. Matter of fact people are so damn angry over your rant that they will never want to see your face again in any public form. They will say you are doing this so you can save face (and your paycheck) and try to keep the fanbase that you have enjoyed watching 30 Rock. And let me tell you my man...that fanbase does not generally watch Fox News, Briebart, or even listen much to Martin from CNN.
Your audience has been Tina's audience. The ones who follow Rachel Maddow on Twitter. (oh...she's gay Tracy). People will call what you are about to do (and have) your "Re-Education to the liberal tree hugging, ironic T-Shirt wearing fanbase" But for comedy sake...do you really want Tina Fey pretending to be Palin in your audience...or actual Palin in your audience. I don't really think you want the audience who are the first to start screaming freedom of speech and the last people who will invite you to their private golf clubs. For real tiger, take a look at the comments in the section talking about your "Re-Education" My man. Do you really want them at your next set? I'm getting from the wonderful effort that you are doing for your bad comedy choice that the answer is a no.
I think you are officially trying to do the right thing now. Maybe it was one too many drinks before the opener in Tennessee...maybe you jotted down in your comedy notebook "Must please Tennessee" and try to do that with this material. Maybe you do believe that being gay is a lifestyle choice that you said in 2009...and now after this you are going to talk to the Gay community to find out otherwise.
I don't know, Tracy...I just don't know.
But I'm getting the feeling this time, you might be sincere. I think you ARE sorry for your material. I really do. You are going the extra mile for a massive unfunny dump onstage.
So from a sista to a brotha: Thank you Tracy.
Now...can we talk about the anal sex/corn stuff? For real. That shit is not funny and just nasty.
I mean my man. That aint funny. (and yea. reconsider the ladies you are doing if that is occurring. Seems to me they are not processing food correctly).
Alright. I'm done whispering. Russell is trying to get you out of here. I can dig it.
Causes Shaun Landry Supports
The Alzheimer's Foundation, NAACP, Breast Cancer Foundation, Gilda's Club.