Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin commentary wasn’t expected on TNT. Yet the Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin jokes were set up pretty well by TNT’s pregame team. In anticipation for the Heat-Knicks showdown, TNT had one of the Knicks’ most famous fans come on to talk to them. Therefore, they asked him about Tina Fey, and her famous resemblance to the former Alaska Governor. Yet they had to have known that Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin jokes were likely to be off color – but since they didn’t, they had to apologize quickly.
The 30 Rock star is known for his odd comments and behavior, as is his character on TV. So TNT’s Inside The NBA team brought him on for a few words, before the Knicks had their big showdown with the Heat. Yet their conversation turned to non-basketball related topics.
In this format, Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin comments didn’t seem likely to occur. Yet since the comic’s boss is Tina Fey, who is so closely linked to the Tea Party icon, the panel asked him which one of the famed women looked better.
After checking to make sure Fey couldn’t fire him, Morgan commented that Palin is “good masturbation material” especially with her glasses. Although he was on cable, this line of commentary was still considered inappropriate. Host Ernie Johnson quickly cut him off afterwards, but TNT was already in hot water by then.
Soon after the Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin joke was made, TNT released a statement of apology within minutes. Turner spokesman Jeff Pomeroy said that the comic showed a “lack of judgment” – although inappropriate one-liners are the source of his success on TV.
Nevertheless, it revived another old subject of debate, over how people discuss the ex-Governor’s appearance. Her looks have been the subject of discussion in the past, both for good and negative reasons. The most insulting comments can be framed as an example of how sexism follows Palin, and other female candidates.
Most likely, the Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin one-liner was far from the crudest thing said about her looks. Given the comedian’s reputation, he could have said far worse, and he likely would have on a network with less restrictions. By those standards, he was relatively mild, although still too inflammatory for TNT.
At the least, the Tracy Morgan Sarah Palin commentary ties the Mama Grizzly to yet another 30 Rock icon. Her and Fey are already linked together forever, while Alec Baldwin pretended to be won over by her in her SNL guest spot. Now the third member in 30 Rock’s star trio is no longer left out of Palin lore.
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