Once a Bully Victim, Tracy Morgan to Apologize in Person for Homophobic Rant
Tracy Morgan continues his attempts in making amends for his homophobic rant during a stand-up routine in Nashville, Tennessee. On Monday, June 13, the Tracy Jordan of "30 Rock" spoke on phone with GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, and agreed to go back to the country music capital and apologize in person to the audience members he offended.
The 42-year-old comedian is also committed to meeting with LGBT teens from the Ali Forney Center who have been hurt or left homeless by parental rejection as well as family members who have lost children to anti-gay violence. Additionally, he will participate in GLAAD's upcoming "Amplify Your Voice" PSA campaign to combat anti-LGBT bullying.
During the call, Tracy confessed that he himself was a victim of bullying when he was a kid. "I know how bad bullying can hurt. I was bullied when I was a kid," he said. "I'm sorry for what I said. I didn't mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. 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. 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."
Tracy came under fire last week after he said during his Nashville set "if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death." He has since offered his apology, and added, "I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others."
NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt and "30 Rock" creator/star Tina Fey have both issued statement of their own in response. Tina, in particular, stated, "I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian coworkers at '30 Rock', without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket."
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