Tracy Morgan Breaks Silence, Calls Homophobia a 'Sickness'
Tracy Morgan is taking back his anti-gay statements at a Nashville, Tenn. show on June 3.
“Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia,” Morgan said in an interview with Russell Simmons on Russell Simons Presents Def Comedy Jam, which was posted by Global Grind. “My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself.”
He added: “I don’t care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone. I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying.”
Morgan noted that “if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight ... I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty he would have in society.”
The 30 Rock actor had said during his Nashville set that if his son was gay, “he better come home and talk to him like a man ... Or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N to death,” according to an attendee.
This caused an uproar, with NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt and Tina Fey both issuing statements in response to Morgan’s remarks and subsequent apologies on Friday. “I speak for NBC and myself personally when I say we do not condone hate or violence of any kind and I am pleased to see Tracy Morgan apologizing for recent homophobic remarks in his standup appearance,” Greenblatt said in a statement.
Fey also said she was happy her co-star apologized saying “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” in a statement to THR.
“Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community,” she said. “It also doesn't line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.”
Wanda Sykes and Chris Rock spoke out about Morgan's remarks. Rock tweeted: "I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate shit." "I fault the TN lawmakers. They've created an anti-gay environment," Sykes tweeted at Morgan.
Morgan's 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin also responded, tweeting, "No one's making excuses for Tracy." Cheyenne Jackson, who has appeared on the NBC comedy, was "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's statements.
On Monday, Morgan also said the following to GLAAD: “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 wanted to use comedy to hurt anyone. ... People 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.”