Tracy Morgan Continues Apology Tour

Tracy Morgan Continues Apology Tour

The comedian opened up to Russell Simmons in response to his hurtful words.

Published June 15, 2011

Though he recently apologized for making hurtful, homophobic comments, Tracy Morgan is still making amends and attempting to do a bit of damage control.


The latest stop on Morgan’s apology tour was to speak with his old boss Russell Simmons about what he said and why his comments were wrong.


“Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia,” Morgan told Simmons. “My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone. Also, you should have the right no matter who you are to protect and serve our country. I am deeply sorry for the comments I made.”


Simmons said that despite knowing that there was no hate in Morgan’s heart, said he was “quite disappointed when I read about your comments you made about having a gay son and about gay people in general.”


Last week Morgan said that his son "better talk to [him] like a man and not in a gay voice or [he’ll] pull out a knife and stab that little n#**%! to death." Simmons had said “I was quite disappointed when I read about your comments you made about having a gay son and about gay people in general.”


Morgan, who got his first big break on Russell Simmons Presents Def Comedy Jam, told Simmons: “The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight. In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible. I appreciate the love from my friends and fans, but I was wrong. Period. Now, I just gotta think of some funny s*&^, not some s*&^ that gets me knocked upside my head.”


Morgan has also expressed his apologies to GLAAD and revealed that he knows how it feels to be bullied.


In a statement to the organization earlier this week he stated, "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 want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. 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. Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. Our laws should support that. I hope that my fans gay, straight, whatever, forgive, and I hope my family forgives me for this."


Morgan has agreed to partner with GLAAD and meet with LGBT youth this week who have been hurt or left homeless by their parents and family members who have lost children to anti-gay violence.  


(Photo: Brad Barket/PictureGroup)

Written by Danielle Wright


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