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Tracy Morgan sparks outrage in Australia

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Apr 15, 2013 | 7:02am EDT

Women's rights activists in Australia are calling for a boycott of Tracy Morgan's stand-up tour after up to 50 fans walked out of his show in Melbourne over alleged sexist content. The 30 Rock star performed at the city's Hamer Hall on Saturday night (13Apr13) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but was met with harsh reviews from critics, who labelled the show over-priced, unfunny and misogynistic. Following the performance, Melinda Tankard Reist, who runs women's rights group Collective Shout, vowed to campaign against the comic's remaining dates at the Regal Theatre in Perth on Monday and Tuesday (15-16Apr13). On her blog, she writes, "It was good to know at least some people walked out. Even better would be if those planning to attend his gig at the Regal Theatre tomorrow (Monday) night boycotted it. Collective Shout is calling on Regal Theatre to not give Morgan a platform for Morgan's misogynist hate speech." Slamming the show's content, she tells Australia's Herald Sun, "We have government-funded campaigns to stop violence against women and yet this behaviour continues in mainstream popular culture. What message is he sending to other men?" A spokesperson for the show's promoter, Live Nation, insists they only received one complaint following his performance in Sydney on Friday (12Apr13).

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