Tracy Morgan opens up about anti-gay comments

Tracy MorganComedian Tracy Morgan is making amends for his homophobic tirade during a Nashville comedy show. The 30 Rock star – who caused controversy for saying that he would “stab” his son if he found out he were gay during a routine on his “Damage Control Tour” on June 3 – spoke with The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and apologized for his hurtful comments.

“I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone,” Morgan said. “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.”

Morgan is set to return to Tennessee and meet with audience members who were offended by his remarks. He is also planning on shooting a PSA for GLAAD’s Amplify Your Voice campaign, bringing support to the LGBT community. “The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight,” he said in an interview with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. “I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society.”

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  1. Mike • June 14, 2011 @ 11:46 AM

    I always find it odd how comedians think that somehow anything they say in their skit is immune to the regular moral laws of society. I also find it sad that they will stand back afterwards and say how they regret the decision and understand the implications of their comments (especially when they are racist or homophobic). Either stand by what you said or don’t say it at all. It is really sad how far they will go for a laugh.

  2. Germain • June 14, 2011 @ 1:37 PM

    The Irony of the fact that his tour is called “Damage controle” is not lost on me.

  3. C-Dub • June 14, 2011 @ 9:21 PM

    TSK TSK TSK…for Shame.

  4. Chris • June 14, 2011 @ 10:47 PM

    People need to realize comedians are comedians. What they say is a joke weather it offends them or not. you wouldn’t take to heart what a actor says in a film because the actor is playing a character. Its the same situation. I’m sure he wouldn’t literately stab his son, come on people, tracy morgan has always had that type of crude humor.

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