GLAAD, HRC Speak Out on Tracy Morgan's Anti-Gay Comments

7:54 AM PST 06/10/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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"We call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about," says the group's president.

GLAAD and the Human Rights Commission are speaking out against Tracy Morgan's alleged anti-gay comments made during a June 3 standup show in Nashville.

"Tracy Morgan's management needs to investigate these allegations and should they prove true, we call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.

"GLAAD is working to confirm the story with Morgan’s management and hopes to have more details today," continued Barrios. Reps for Morgan have said no comment to various outlets like the Washington Post.

“Hateful remarks that mock youth suicides and the very real emotional and sometimes physical bullying LGBT kids face on a daily basis have no place in a comedy routine,” saidHRC vice president of communications, Fred Sainz.  “I’m shocked that Tracy Morgan would find humor in so viciously attacking our youth. If these allegations are true, Tracy Morgan must immediately accept responsibility and apologize.  His employer, NBC Universal, also must come forward and condemn these atrocious comments.”

The 30 Rock star allegedly said he'd "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay, according to a theatergoer's Facebook account. Read more of the controversial comments here.

A rep for the Ryman Auditorium told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement: "The Ryman Auditorium regrets that people were offended by statements made by Tracy Morgan during his June 3 appearance.  The Ryman does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons.”

Morgan released an apology Friday morning.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville," he said. "I'm not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context," added Morgan.

Truth Wins Out director of social media Evan Hurst is calling on Morgan to address the allegations.

“Tracy Morgan needs to respond to these allegations," he wrote on the group's Web site. "Comedians have long pushed the envelope in tackling controversial subjects. Indeed, it’s part of their job description, and good comedians are able to do this and keep everybody laughing at the same time. However, abject hatred directed at vulnerable kids is not comedy, by anyone’s definition. If these reports are true, we expect a full explanation and apology.”

It wouldn't be the first time Morgan has drawn fire for his comments. In January, TNT issued an apology after Morgan said on a live Inside the NBA broadcast Sarah Palin is "good masturbation material."

And at a New York show two years ago, Morgan reportedly said that being gay is a "choice," prompting several people to walk out, according to the Advocate.

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