Tracy Morgan Apologizes For Anti-Gay Remarks
Tracy Morgan returned to Tennessee Tuesday to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made during a comedy show there earlier this month. Morgan spoke alongside Kevin Rogers, who initially reported on Morgan's anti-gay rant in a Facebook post. Representatives from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and local advocates also attended the press conference.
Morgan directed his apology to family, friends and anyone who may have been insulted by his performance. "I totally feel that, in my heart, I don't care who you love, same-sex or not, as long as you have the ability to love," Morgan said. "I don't really see gay or straight, I just see human beings now."
The 30 Rock actor faced public scrutiny after Rogers posted his discontent with Morgan in a Facebook note entitled "WHY I NO LONGER 'LIKE' TRACY MORGAN – A MUST READ." Rogers, who attended the June 3 performance in Nashville, wrote that Morgan said homosexuality was a choice and that the gay community shouldn't "whine" about bullying. Rogers also posted that Morgan said if his son "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.”
Morgan first apologized for the incident in a June 10 statement to GLAAD. "I am an equal opportunity jokester and my friends know what is in my heart," he wrote. "Even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.” Morgan later worked with GLAAD to speak to homeless LGBT youth at the Ali Forney Center in New York.