Daughter of Ardie Fuqua, critically injured in Tracy Morgan crash, wants TMZ to remove gruesome video

By | June 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm | 19 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , ,

The comedy community continues to hope for the full recoveries of comedians Tracy Morgan and Ardie Fuqua, who remain in the hospital following a horrific car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of Morgan’s friend and writer James McNair early Saturday morning. Fuqua was opening for Morgan on Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware and remains in critical condition with Morgan. Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea is also still hospitalized. In an unfortunate case of tragedy porn, entertainment site TMZ has released a video they obtained of the wreckage post-crash, including people trying to pull the comedians from the turned-over vehicle. Fuqua’s daughter, Krizya, took to Instagram in hopes of putting pressure on the website to take down the tasteless video (Laughspin is not linking out to the TMZ video, although it is easy to find on their website; we’ll let your conscience decide that one).

Photo by Corey Melton

In the quick-to-click culture of the Internet, we often forget about the family members of victims in “shocking” and “unbelievable” videos of human tragedies. People like Krizya, who has also grown up calling the 30 Rock star “Uncle Tracy”, are the ones who have to suffer the blow over and over any time TMZ or another news outlet Tweets out the footage, which offers nothing more to this story other than a visual of a turned over limo that we know contains severely injured people and one dead human being. Is it really necessary? Fuqua is a popular and beloved New York City comedian who hosts every week at the infamous Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village. Sometimes we need to resist the urge to digitally rubberneck and let the fallen recover without having to be reminded of the carnage they experienced when they log onto Facebook.

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  • regulater_5

    If it wasn’t her father she wouldn’t say anything she’d be one of the people trying to view the material. Freedom of press, if you don’t like it, move to Iran,

  • thenextone82

    If TMZ didn’t put up controversial videos, there would be no TMZ. I bet there’s a group of people that asks them to remove literally every video they show.

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  • Dan

    Leave it up! If the video bothers you don’t watch it.

  • piper

    fuck louis ck. ‘take it down, now’ OR WHAT LOUIS??? fuck you

    • JD

      You’re an asshole.

    • cinesimonj

      Yeah that’s right kiddo – every request is a threat. If you’re 6 years old.

    • Wendy Darling

      I guess you missed the “please.” See, it’s a request not to be dicks. I’m sure you’re familiar with the idea.

    • BK

      You’re worthless

  • Jorge Garrido

    Good editorial, Billy.

    • Michael T

      Totally agree Jorge.

      I support the effort to get TMZ to take it down out of respect for those friends and family of Tracy who are offended by it.

      But I must say using the adjective “gruesome” to describe the TMZ video might be overstating it a tad bit.

  • Pmurray

    I fucking hate TMZ and all these other parasites. But, they’re no worse than the mainstream media, they love footage like this because it’s great for ratings.

  • Grammer Police

    Ambiguous syntax: your headline makes it sound like the daughter could have been the one injured.

    • pocketfrog

      It’s tough to get it in headline-speak, but here’s my attempt:
      “Daughter of critically injured Ardie Fuqua wants TMZ to remove gruesome video of Tracy Morgan crash”
      Still not perfect though.

      • Assane Ndiaye

        I think you nailed it bro. That sounds pretty good.

  • lyle chipperson

    TMZ will censor language and nudity but have no problem showing gruesome accident footage.. FUCK TMZ

  • pocketfrog

    Louis CK agrees.

  • pocketfrog

    Louis CK agrees.