We really, honestly don't know how to make sense of all of this.
Tracy Morgan has been pretty universally slammed for his recent violent, hate-filled and homophobic remarks regarding the LGBT community during a recent stand-up set in Tennessee, and now, he's once again not only publicly apologizing for his behavior, but wants to make it right with those he so deeply offended!
The 30 Rock actor will be meeting later this week with gay youth who have been rejected by their families because of their sexuality, as well those who have lost family members to anti-gay violence. He will then attend a press conference in Tennessee to protest the state's Don't Say Gay bill, which will outlaw the discussion of homosexuality in public schools before the ninth grade.
He also reveals in a statement:
“I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid shit. 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. 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 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. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying. I would never want any young person to think that I wasn’t on their side and if any young person thinks they can bully a young gay kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you. Or Brooklyn if you can’t make it into Manhattan. When all of this set in, I realized how hurtful my words were. Not asking anyone to feel sorry for me or pity me, but I definitely don’t want or need people to defend me. 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 shit, not some shit that gets me knocked upside my head."
"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."
Wow. Certainly sounds remorseful to us!
Much more like Tracy.
Which really makes us all the more baffled about his behavior that night! What on Earth would prompt him to act in such a way?!
Either way, we think that this a step in the right direction, and we sincerely hope that he continues down this path and really does want to change his thought process on the issue, instead of just saying and doing what he thinks he needs to to get back in the public's good graces.
We want to believe you, Tracy. Please don't disappoint us!
What do U think?? Should his comments be forgiven?
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