Tracy Morgan had a PR meltdown a few months ago when he commented that he would stab his son were he to find out he is gay. It should be noted, however, these comments were made in a comedy club. A place where people go to watch other people say facetious statements. This matter didn’t really deserve the controversy it caused. Are comedians now expected to add an obligatory “J/K!,” after their punchlines now?
Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier angered everyone at Cannes when he responded to their handing him a microphone by saying, “I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit. I don’t mean I’m in favor of World War II and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass [pause] … How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I’m a Nazi.”
Please note that was a terrible way to get out of that sentence.
In 2002, Shaquille O’Neal said, “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.” I ran that through a translator. Turns out it’s just gibberish.