Tracy Morgan apologizes to Nashville audience for homophobic tirade

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Tracy Morgan, who’s spent the last week apologizing for a homophobic rant that culminated in him saying that he’d stab his own son if he acted gay, returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, to apologize to the Nashville audience that attended his notorious performance. Morgan met with offended audience members at the Nashville Convention Center this morning, and later told reporters, “I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt,” according to the Associated Press. Video after the jump.

Criticism exploded on the Internet soon after an audience member posted details of Morgan’s June 3 tirade on his Facebook page, titled “Why I No Longer ‘Like’ Tracy Morgan,” and gay advocacy groups, NBC and 30 Rock‘s star Tina Fey also expressed their displeasure and disappointment in the comic’s remarks.

Morgan has since made efforts to make amends, meeting with gay youth in New York City and telling Russell Simmons in an interview, “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.”

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  • Vince from NYC

    Enough already.. Theguy is a comedian who got famous by saying outlandish things. The guy already admitted he was out of line. These giant groups such as GLADD and the PTC wait around for celebrities to make a mistake, or take a tidbit out of context and pound them into annihilation..

    • Dish

      Enough!

    • Bob

      Enough of this tool.

      • Jon

        Vince GLAAD is actually supporting him right now, did you even watch the video they were there with him. Get your facts straight before spouting off ignorance.

  • Gerald Sparks

    I see the major stockholders who are openly gay finally got their way and have forced this Morgan dude to backtrack. (Kiss Azz)

    What an “Uncle Tom” Morgan is.

  • Gerald T Sparks

    I see the major stockholders who are openly gay finally got their way and have forced this Morgan dude to backtrack. (Kiss Azz)

    What an “Uncle Tom” Morgan is.

    • Zaidi

      You, obviously, have a problem with people letting go of their fears, and allowing the best that is in them to shine. You should try it sometimes. It’s called Humanity.

    • shane

      WHAT?! how is the issue of his homophobia at all related to his “blackness?”

  • tahina

    Ok it’s done..keep moving or until the next comedian or politician falls in “disgrace” again..and it doesnt take that loooong.

  • Greg

    Jeez, give the black man a break. Shouldn’t GLAAD be spending more time taking kickbacks from AT&T?

    • Greg,

      grow up and stop using the race card as an excuse for everything, it’s tired

      • Tom Perdue

        Are you playing the race card by saying “give the black man a break.” Doesn’t sound like this had anything to do with race. Good for Tracy for taking responsibility. Nobody wants to hear about stabbing kids

  • hey,

    Tracy Morgan thought he was playing to the local audience, apparently he thought there are no gays in Nashville. Plus he forgot about something called the internet. It was a thoughtless remark. People are never sorry for what they do, otherwise they wouldn’t do it or say it. People are only sorry for getting caught. And all the backpedaling in the world cannot make up for what was said, to attempt to get a big laugh, and it backfired.

    • Southern Justice

      You mean there ARE queers in Nashville?

      The home of country music?

      Lemme get my guns oiled up again.

      I thought we got em all out 5 years back.

      Time to clean the chicken coup again I see.

      • Kvinna

        Oh, go hang yourself with your white sheet!

    • Southern Justice II

      You mean there ARE queers in Nashville?

      The home of country music?

      Lemme get my guns oiled up again.

      I thought we got em all out 5 years back.

      Time to clean out the chicken coup again I see….

      • Tedd

        Southern Justice is an ingorant moron.

    • Thad Brickton

      What? People are never sorry for what they do? Are you serious? You know that (most) humans have the ability to rethink past events and reevaluate the wisdom of their actions, right? Not everyone uses perfect judgement in all situations, and people often regret things that they do and say.

  • hoppins mike

    It’s ok Tracy. We still love you. I still love Michael Richards, and Gilbert Godfrey as well. Free speech is a wonderful thing; so is humor. Those making a big deal out of it need both more humor and a better understanding of our American rights. (love you man. Take a deep breath and smile ).

    • Mark

      You obviously don’t understand freedom of speech, which is not the same thing as freedom from the consequences of speech.

      The 1st Amendment says our government can’t restrict our right to speech. Last I checked, GLAAD wasn’t part of the government – not that they were trying to silence Tracy anyway. They were simply calling him out and asking him to issue an apology. Tracy was under no obligation to do so. He could have easily said, “F-you GLAAD, I meant ever word I said.” His freedom of speech is still firmly in place.

      • Linda

        The problem I have with this story is that not too long ago Isaiah Washington was tarred and feathered in the press, fired from Grey’s Anatomy for the same subject we are talking about. His freedom of speech was not taken into consideration but Morgan’s is? I question Hollywood’s ethics and selective sweeping of verbage under the rug here.

  • annalise

    He must have been trying to cater to the audience, too, by saying he would “stab” his son. Huh? What a very odd thing to say. I can’t think of an audience anytime anywhere that would find that funny. He’s wildly stereotyping people who live in the south (or maybe just getting even for the years of abuse). Some of them have come in to the 21st Century; perhaps African-
    American men should begin to do the same. Don’t mean to stereotype myself, but geeze, this keeps coming up in the entertainment field where people are usually more liberal than in the general population.

  • Buford T Justice

    You mean there ARE queers in Nashville?

    The home of country music?

    Lemme get my guns oiled up again.

    I thought we got em all out 5 years back.

    Time to clean out the chicken coup again I see….

  • Mark Hager

    There is no “undo” button. If it said that if my daughter came home with a “N” word (man), I would lynch him… my career would be over. It was not part of a “joke” and it was not funny. Done is done. Sorry.

    • Southern Belle

      If my little white daughter came home with a nig*ger as a boyfriend, I would stab them BOTH as well!

      Damn tootin I would!

      • Kvinna

        You’re a damn bigot. Stay in the south with your husband-brother!

    • Southern Belle Anna

      If my little white daughter came home with a nig**ger as a boyfriend, I would stab them BOTH as well!

      Damn straight tootin I would!

    • Southern Belle Anna

      If my little white daughter came home with a n*i*g*g*e*r as a boyfriend, I would stab them BOTH as well!

      Damn straight tootin I would!

      Her great granddaddy would turn over in his Confederate garve if he found that out.

      • Kvinna

        Her great-grandaddy could care less at this point. Do us all a favor and stay in your shack!

    • Southern Belle Anna Perkins

      If my little white daughter came home with a n*i*g*g*e*r as a boyfriend, I would stab them BOTH as well!

      Damn straight tootin I would!

      Her great granddaddy would turn over in his Confederate grave if he found that out.

      • Thad Brickton

        Were four posts really necessary to get this idea across? We get it, you’re very, very stupid.

  • Mr.Beepo

    Remember when he was funny?
    Neither do I.

  • Roscoe P Coaltrain

    I see the major stockholders who are openly gay finally got their way and have forced this Morgan dude to backtrack. (Kiss Azz)

    What an “Uncle Tom” Morgan is.

  • TOM

    He’s forgiven. Move on with this story.

  • Willy416

    I am an Asian and straight (for ID purpose only). I just want to say what you did is right Tracy for coming out and show you’re sincerely sorry and all. Coming from an isolated and degraded upbringing I am in another category of itself and get stung in different sort of angles. And so I kind have a feel as to how the gay community is feeling, if I may say so myself. I hope they find forgiveness from your message.

  • YAIYO1962

    Get over it already! Go on with life Tracy. People have said worse in their living rooms around their children ~ you just said it in public

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