Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Comment on Gays

After saying that he would kill his son if he was gay, the comedian issued a statement refuting his comments on Friday.

Posted: 06/13/2011 11:16 AM EDT
Tracy Morgan is sorry

After receiving much criticism for his homophobic rant on June 3 at a Nashville standup comedy show, the 30 Rock and former SNL star and comedian Tracy Morgan has issued an apology.

 

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent standup act in Nashville. 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," he said in a statement on Friday.

 

Last week many organizations including GLAAD and the Human Rights Commission called on Morgan to give an apology.

 

Now that a statement has been issued, however, some still are not satisfied. In a statement on Friday the vice president for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil-rights organization, said that “he also needs to go further than his apology and correct the record: no one should feel ashamed because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and they should definitely not become a victim of violence.”

 

NBC Chairman, Bob Greenblatt and 30 Rock creator Tina Fey also released statements expressing their condemnation. 

 

(Photo: Anderw H. Walker/ Getty Images)

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