Tracy Morgan has been receiving a ton of backlash from the homophobic remarks he made during a recent comedy routine in Tennessee.
In an effort to make things better, the comedian has released another statement apologizing for his actions and has teamed up with GLAAD.
“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. I hope that my fans gay, straight, whatever forgive and I hope my family forgives me for this.”
Morgan also plans on meeting with LBGT teens from Ali Forney Center in NYC this week. Next week, Tracy along with Russell Simmons and GLAAD will visit those in Tennessee who were offended by what he said during the show. Lastly, he will be filming a PSA as part of GLAAD’s “Amplify Your Voice” campaign.
GLAAD released the following statement on Tracy’s behalf:
“By not only apologizing, but sending a message of support for gay and transgender people, Tracy will help many realize that no one should be treated differently or subjected to violence,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “It is so important that Americans hear from allies like him as well as gay and transgender youth shunned by their families and parents who have lost their only children to anti-gay violence. We look forward to working with him on spreading this message to Americans.”
It almost sounds like Tracy is going on an “I F*cked Up Really Bad” tour. Glad to know he’s trying to make up for his mistakes though!