Comedian Takes Heat For Anti-Gay Slur In Chicago Show

CHICAGO (CBS) — On the heels of the controversy of a rant that drew fury at Tracy Morgan of “30 Rock” fame, another comedian has been taken to task for using anti-gay slurs in his act – this time in a Chicago show.

Comedian Jo Koy appeared this past Wednesday evening at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., as part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

The Windy City Times reports during his standup routine, he began dancing effeminately and said, “I made this dance extra-gay, since I am not gay.”

Later, the Windy City Times reported, Koy was standing onstage with his zipper open as female fans screamed, and when a man in the audience said, “I saw it,” Koy responded, “What are you looking at, f***ing fa**ot?”

Koy, who is best known for his appearances on Chelsea Handler’s cable talk show, issued an apology via Twitter on Thursday.

“I sincerely apologize for the incredibly foul word I chose to use on stage last night in Chicago. It was a moment that I regret,” he wrote. “I realize that words can be hurtful , which is never my intent. I’m truly saddened if I offended anyone with my poor choice of words, particularly the gay community. Homophobia is not funny.”

The controversy follows another uproar stemming from homophobic remarks made by Morgan earlier this month during a performance in Nashville. The performance reportedly included a remark that if he would stab his son if he were gay.

Morgan also later apologized for the remarks, saying in part, “I am not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others,” CBS News reported. Still, he took heat from several other celebrities, including “30 Rock” creator and co-star Tina Fey, who called Morgan’s rant “disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community,” CBS News reported.

  • Kathleen

    So who says we all have to “LIKE” Gays? I DON’T LIKE THEM!
    This is still America & there always has been Freedom Of Choice, & Freedom of Speech! Anyone who doesn’t like that I think this way can kiss my grits!
    If it’s a person’s right to be gay…then it’s my right Not to be…& Not to like them if I choose! You can’t force someone to like, what they don’t like!

    • Jimbo

      I agree, Kathleen. I didn’t find anything he said to be offensive. People really need to lighten up. Besides that, if someone makes the choice in life to be a gay f@g, they should get used to the heckling from the normal people. They can also kiss my grits. S.O.S.

  • ho aewuzhe

    don’t you see what’s happening?? Another talentless loser that no one pays attention to sees someone getting attention by making a big anti gay slur attack, realizes that’s how he can get people to pay attention to him. It wasn’t an accident, it was planned, he’s got no other way to get people to listen to him. I’m not bothered, but he’s still an idiot.

  • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    Everyone involved are idiots, including the media who print this stuff because they are afraid of what will happen if they don’t. There are a lot more serious issues than this gay stuff, which is a big non-issue. For them it has to be an issus so they get their special rights and special privileges. Some non talented entertainer says something stupid and the move is to destroy him. Grow up you stupid people. Your not that important.

  • tom

    “The Windy City Times reports during his standup routine, he began dancing effeminately and said, “I made this dance extra-gay, since I am not gay.”

    umm… I’m gay and that doesn’t remotely offend me. i mean… that’s no more offensive than a black guy imitating a white guy. sheesh!

  • Mike

    Labels are going to be around for a long time, however there is something to remember that is if you accept yourself for who you are it does not matter what other people say. I look at it that any guy that is gay really wants to be a woman so just cut off your swantz and get some hormone shots and go for it. Most important if there is something I say and it does not bother me to say it, however it bothers you, then you are the one with the problem not me. Enough said..

  • Jamiee

    background for the “I’m not gay” statement: half the time he’s on Chelsea Handler’s show, Chelsea says he’s gay and he argues with her about it. it seems like a thing, though, not him actually making a big deal about being called that. so that first statement was a joke about a joke fans should get.

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