published Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Tracy Morgan apologizes for anti-gay rant in Nashville

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    In this March 26, 2011 file photo, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan appears onstage at the “The Comedy Awards” presented by Comedy Central in New York. Morgan says he's sorry for telling an audience that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son for being gay. The comedian and "30 Rock" actor apologized Friday, June 10, 2011, to his fans and the gay and lesbian community for what he called "my choice of words" during his June 3 appearance at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Comedian Tracy Morgan has delivered a personal apology to gay advocacy groups and audience members in Nashville, Tenn., who were offended by an anti-gay rant during his June 3 show there.

Morgan met with them Tuesday morning and later addressed reporters at the Nashville Convention Center. He did not take questions.

Morgan said: "I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt."

It's the second public apology from the "30 Rock" actor. He met with homeless lesbian and gay youth Friday in New York City. Morgan agreed to the Nashville meeting at the request of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Jarrett Barrios.

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bigbearzzz said...

I guess it's wrong to have an opinion anymore...or is it wrong to express said opinion...either long as we kiss everybody elses @ss and make sure nobody's lil feelings get hurt thats what counts the most.

June 21, 2011 at 1:20 p.m.
XGSBoss said...

Really? You defend someone's right to kill (or say they would)their own son? Well, God did it, so why can't we?? Genius...

June 21, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.
Jon8136 said...

Society has moved way past this point as i am going to state, and that is unfortunate. I do not Hate anyone for being what they choose to be, but it is an ABSOLUTE ABOMINATION for man to lie with man and woman to lie with woman. GOD made Us Man and Woman. Is the rectum to be used as sexual pleasure or ONLY TO EXPEL HUMAN WASTE THAT COMES OUT OF OUR BODIES....THINK ABOUT THAT!!!

June 21, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Who is this guy? Never heard of him! Second-tier TV actor trying to promote his career by manufacturing a kerfluffle in his supposed comedy routine, then apologizing for it day after day. Who cares what these no-talent, so-called actors think about social or political issues of the day?

June 21, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
GreenKepi said...

Gotta be careful when saying anything about a 'protected' class...he should just stick to 'bashing' Christians and Jews....

June 21, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Selah said...

GreenKepi...well said...the gay rights community has a double standard...

June 21, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
XGSBoss said...

Yeah, it's ok to joke about killing christians and jews. Helluva double standard. All the gay comics joke about it! But let one straight comic joke about killing his own son if he were gay!! Jeez, those queers get all offended!!

June 21, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
01centare said...

GreenKepi, Jews ARE a protected class.

XGSBOSS, I agree. As long as there are fruitcakes out there who would take such inflammatory words as a call to action, by all means, someone in such a position has to be careful what they say. What if someone had stood up before a crowd and said the same thing about another race or religion group? Just because he's a comedian that doesn't give him the right to be a careless jack@ss with his words!

June 21, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

Good grief people, we all have the right to say what we want. We just don't have the right to say what we want without repercussions. Morgan said something that a lot of people who buy tickets to his shows and watch him on TV find bigoted and stupid. He was criticized by people who found it offensive. He had the choice to stand by it or apologize for it. In an attempt to undo some of the damage to his fanbase, he decided to apologize. It's no different than a company that does something that offends part of its potential customer base and making the decision to apologize (see the recent upset over NBC's editing of the pledge).

Also, since when are gay people a protected class? Can anyone point out some special legal protection that gay people have that straight people don't? And since when are Christians horribly bullied, but never expected to apologize? Some specific examples, please...

June 21, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
allypalally said...

Hey Jon8136, it saddens me that there are people like you out there with that kind of mentality. Abomination?? It isn't hurting you if a gay man sleep with another gay man and same goes for women so why the harsh attitude? You obviously never had your prostate stimulated. I feel sorry for you. As for Tracy Morgan and his rant, these things happen too often in today's world. What's wrong with poking fun or making light of a dark situation? Same goes for the Muslim community. They are a protected group of people only because a few of them are absolutely insane and the rest of the world fears retaliation if they're (Muslims) are made fun of. Think I'm wrong? Check out South Park episodes "200" and "201". Freedom of speech is out the window.

June 21, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.
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