Comedian Tracy Morgan is in full damage control mode after a homophobic rant at one of his shows. He’s already apologized for the ugly remarks, but now he’s going further, by voicing his support for gay rights. In an interview published on GlobalGrind.com, Morgan spoke with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons about the “indefensible” rant, and where he stands on gay issues:
Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself….. I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female.
And about that remark that he would stab his son if he turned out to be gay?
The truth is 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 that he would have in society.
So if Morgan doesn’t really hate the gays, what prompted the hateful outburst? As Tina Fey noted, comics sometimes “‘work out’ their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience.” Morgan himself tried to explain:
I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid shit.
Morgan’s campaign to make amends will continue. He’s returning to Tennessee next week to join GLAAD in protesting the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. There are also plans in the works for an anti-LGBT bullying PSA.
Photo from GlobalGrind.com.