Earlier this month, comedian Tracy Morgan shocked many (including his “30 Rock” co-star Tina Fey) with sexist and anti-gay remarks he made during a stand-up show in Nashville. And though he’s subsequently made several public apologies, admitting his comments “went too far and [were] not funny in any context,” he’s not finished atoning.
On Monday (June 13), Morgan spoke with representatives for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — which had previously called on him to remove “these violently anti-gay remarks” from his show — and committed to meet with residents of New York’s Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and support to homeless LGBT youth and families who have lost children to anti-gay violence.
Morgan also committed to participate in GLAAD’s upcoming “Amplify Your Voice” public service campaign, which aims to combat anti-LGBT bullying, and, working with the Tennessee Equality Project, he will return to Nashville next week to apologize to audience members who were offended by his remarks.
“I know how bad bullying can hurt. I was bullied when I was a kid. I’m sorry for what I said. I didn’t mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone,” Morgan said in a statement released through GLAAD. “My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled, and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987. My dad wasn’t gay but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that.
“Parents should support and love their kids no matter what,” Morgan’s statement continued. “Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. Our laws should support that. I hope that my fans — gay, straight, whatever — forgive, and I hope my family forgives me for this.”
Morgan’s apologies stem from remarks he made during a June 3 show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, in which, according to a fan in the audience, the comedian allegedly proclaimed that he would stab his own son if he came out as gay, criticized the media for promoting a gay agenda, dismissed lesbians as women who were just angry at men, and called the wave of anti-gay bullying “insignificant.”
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