Tracy Morgan is trying to prove that actions speak louder than words.
star and comedian has come under fire from colleagues, gay rights
organizations and the general public after spewing off several homophobic jokes during a Nashville, TN stand-up show last week. Though he has apologized profusely for his remarks, Morgan is now stepping into action.
The actor tells
E! News that later this week, he will meet with gay youth who have been
shunned by their own families as a result of their sexuality, as well
as family members of those who lost their lives to anti-gay violence.
Next week, he will travel to Tennessee with GLAAD in protest of the
recently passed “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prohibits discussion of
homosexuality in public schools before the ninth grade.
“I know how bad bullying can hurt,” Morgan explains. “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
“My dad wasn’t gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of
how people treated people who were sick with that,” he continues.
“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.”
In an interview with Global Grind, the “Saturday Night Live” alum also
sets the record straight on his joke about what he would do if his son
came out as gay.
“The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he
was straight,” he says. “I might have to try to love even more because I
know the difficulty that he would have in society.”
Again, Morgan details his view on same-sex equality during the interview.
“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,” he continues. “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
What do you think? Will Morgan earn your forgiveness, or were his jokes too far out to come back from?