Tracy Morgan thought he had overcome the homophobic remarks he made earlier this year, but then rapper T.I. brought the scandal back to life. The rapper recently told Vibe magazine that Morgan's anti-gay jokes were the funniest he'd ever heard.
"Tracy wishes T.I. would just shut up," a friend of the "30 Rock" actor tells me. "It has not only picked the scab off a very ugly wound, it has also put Tracy in a very difficult position. Does he issue a statement distancing himself from T.I. or does he say nothing?"
The comments that have Morgan straddling the fine line between staying under the radar and fighting back came from T.I.'s interview with Vibe, in which he referenced an off-color remark about gay men as "the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say."
T.I. then suggested that the backlash against Morgan's stand-up routine was un-American.
"They're like, 'If you have an opinion against us, we're gonna shut you down,' " T.I. said. "That's not American. If you're gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you're against it you should have the right to be against it in peace."