Tracy Morgan Returns to Nashville to Apologize for Anti-Gay Rant


The online outcry against Morgan came immediately following his stand-up show June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page about Morgan's over-the-top comments. In a post, titled "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, he wrote: "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly, and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

His remarks were roundly condemned by GLAAD and other gay rights' groups; NBC president Bob Greenblatt, who said his comments "will not be tolerated"; and "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey, who found the routine "disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue."

Morgan quickly issued an apology.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others," he said in a statement. "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."

But he didn't stop there.

He bared his soul to rap impressario Russell Simmons, telling him in an interview posted online that his "unfiltered" style of comedy sometimes results in him saying "stupid" stuff.

"The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight," Morgan said. "I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society."

He told Simmons his "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."

Then he came out as a supporter of gay marriage.

Last Friday, he met with teens at New York City's Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization serving homeless gay and transgender youth.

Siciliano, the director, said in all of his years of working with kids who have been cast out by their families, Morgan's visit was a first.

"I've never seen anyone say I'm sorry and accept responsibility for their homophobia," he said. "It takes a strong person to apologize. Irregardless of what motivated it, I did appreciate it."

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