Damon Wayans Jr. is doing serious damage control after a string of old homophobic and transphobic tweets have come back to haunt him.
The offensive tweets were written by the New Girl actor back in 2010 and 2011 and include words like “tr*nny bitch”, “f*gs” and “no homo”.
“Just has a REALLY good veggie burger! #nohomo,” a 2011 tweet reads.
Another tweet, written in 2016, calls out a fellow comedian’s “tr*nny getting shot bit” and said “being on the road during the day sucks tr*nny balls.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
In a statement, Wayans called his old tweets “hurtful” and “offensive.”
“When I was a young comic trying to find my voice, I made some immature and hurtful tweets that I deeply regret at the expense of the LGBTQ community,” he says.
Wayans also went on to say the tweets were written almost a decade ago when he was “unaware of the emotional impact they could have.”
Except for the one about sucking “tr*nny balls” written in 2016. But maybe that one doesn’t count?
“I am not excusing that behavior but that is not who I am today,” he says. “Society evolved and so have I and it is something I will continue to do both personally and professionally.”
Of course, the timing couldn’t be more awkward as the CW just announced the 36-year-old has been cast in the new show Glamorous, an hour-long drama about a gender-nonconforming high school student.
Speaking to Out, Wayans adds that he now understands “acceptance and thoughtful words are all important actions that will help make society a kinder and safer place for all people.”
“You know better, you do better.”
Let’s hope so.