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Back to the scene of the crime: Tracy Morgan returns to Nashville today to make amends with members of the local gay community (and his Hollywood bosses and peers) after offending many people with his homophobic jokes at a June 3rd show. CNN reports that Morgan will be joined by members of GLAAD as he apologizes directly to show goers who were offended by his routine and as he meets with reps from the Tennessee Equality Project,

GLAAD President Jarret Barrios is optimistic about Morgan’s actions, stating “By not only apologizing, but sending a message of support for gay and transgender people, Tracy will help many realize that no one should be treated differently or subjected to violence.”

Show attendee Kevin Rogers posted Morgan’s remarks on his Facebook page and Jezebel quickly took the story viral. From Rogers’ blog: “(Morgan) mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f**kers that bully them, not whine about it.” He also quoted the comedian as saying that if one of his sons were gay, he’d “pull out a knife and stab him” and claimed Morgan’s delivery changed when he switched to this topic, as if he were no longer kidding. “His entire demeanor changed during that portion of the night. He was truly filled with some hate towards us.”

As celebrities who get caught tend to do, Morgan released an apology last week. He followed up with a call to GLAAD, in which he stated “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.”  He also emphasized that he understands what it’s like to be ridiculed for being 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 said. “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 met with homeless gay, lesbian and transgender teens in NYC last week. Clearly, he’s doing a lot to convince people that he’s not really homophobic. Are you buying it?

 

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  • I don’t think he’s homophobic, I just think he was trying to hard to be funny, and it worked against him. But he has a great PR team who is helping him do damage control.

  • No I don’t think he should apologize. People pull out all the stops when comedians crack jokes on gays but, they been cracking jokes on poor people, black people, people with disabilities, etc. for years. If you aren’t going to go in on them for those jokes then don’t blink at the gay ones either.

    It’s wrong to joke about anyone in a degrading manner but, it’s been going on for years. It’s what comedians do and he knew what he was doing he just might not have expected the backlash about it.

    He should just suck it up and he meant what he said as joke. He wasn’t trying to put anyone down, it was just a joke and as a comedian it’s what he does right or wrong. Comedians aren’t PC and that’s what makes them funny yo most people.

    • He doesn’t have to apologize…and people have pulled out ‘the stops’ in response to crude jokes about blacks, hispanics and asians too. He’s probably apologizing because a. he knows that he was to keep his job on a hugely popular TV show on NBC, and b. there are a number of gay and lesbians working in the field. You can’t just rag on a group and expect people to take it. He does have free speech, but that freedom could cost him a whole lot.

  • Mimi

    I am so tired of people apologizing for speaking how they really feel. 98% of the time, you’re just doing it to appease someone. You’re not doing it because you’re truly sorry. As Jay Anthony Brown and D.L. Hughley have both stated, ANYTHING GOES IN THE COMEDY CLUB! Jay made a very interesting point when he said that the comedy club is and should remain the last politically incorrect zone, where an artist should be free to express himself in any way he sees fit. I read an article online about how the problem was the fact that Tracy Morgan isn’t funny and had he been funny with his jokes about gays, no one would have said anything. Think of some of the funniest comedians from Redd Foxxx to Eddie Murhpy (only standup concerts, not movies) to Richard Pryor to Lenny Bruce. They were all offensive and made fun of every group, but they were funny so they got a pass. Tracy’s just doing damage control to keep his job and I think that sucks. Be a man. Stand by your words and let the chips fall where they may.

  • Kitty Brown

    I never knew about your father Tracy…sorry to hear because I can imagine how lonely that time must have been… Gay or GLAAD (such happy titles, for these miserable, selfish and spitefilled folk!, they get more done in the name of “gay” than disabled people). I dont feel that Gay or GLAAD realise that they are now bullying Tracy, he was set up… Its a message people, a message…Tracy is just a scape goat or a starter… Its like going to Mcdonalds and then trying to close it down because you wanted sushi… Chin up Tracy, cause you was just a pawn in this and not the target… xxx

    • chanela

      THANK YOU! it does kinda seem like the GLAAD folks bully anyone who doesnt constantly praise and stan for homosexuality. tracy morgan looks completely fake now.these apologies are BS how are you gonna force somebody to apologize for having their own views? i thought we had freedom of speech in this country. apparently not cause as soon as you have an opinion that someone doesnt like then you have to kiss ass and apolozise

  • Kitty Brown

    Tracy, if you apologized for your career for doing your job… Then you may have f’d up, you should have stood your ground and quit! Its only life & then you die… Black people are getting stirred up for you and the treatment of YOUR rights (my poor baby)… Life is short & that’s why it is precious… GLAAD are now STATING that YOU support them, they got YOU to endorse them… Quit babes (if you see the truth too) GLAAD GOT A FREE ENDORSEMENT FROM YOU…all thanks to your apology… They want more black gays, GLAAD are desperate for B.B.C now….. Tracy what are / have you done dude?