Eddie Murphy No Longer Finds His Old Homophobic Jokes Funny

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Eddie Murphy is experiencing a bit of a comeback in the Year of Our Lord 2019, thanks to his pretty good Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name and a more or less triumphant return to Saturday Night Live as a host. He’s also, it seems, doing a little self-reflecting, which is progress, I think?

Murphy was on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend plugging Dolemite, when correspondent Tracy Smith asked him about some of his decidedly homophobic standup from the 1980s. (I’m not going to include the “jokes”, but Queerty has a good rundown.) “When you watch that stuff, do you laugh? Is it still funny to you?” Smith asked. “Some of it. Some of it, I cringe when I watch,” Murphy responded. “I’m like, oh my God, I can’t believe I said that!”

He went on to say:

I’ve seen stuff that I’ll go, like, oh, that’s, ooh, yeah, you’ll get a joke that’s cringey. But that’s not to say that I don’t appreciate it. I still appreciate it. And I’m looking at it within the context of the times, you know. And I’m going, okay, I’m a kid, saying that.


You can watch the whole interview here. [CBS News]

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Moses Hightower

The trippy thing is, relative to the discourse of the early 80s, the underlying message of that bit - “you can be friends with gay people” - was actually progressive.

But yes, it’s buried under a pile of gay panic and a startling number of “fa**ots”, not to mention the embarrassing ignorance about AIDS.