UPDATE (6/10/11): The Human Rights Campaign has refused Tracy Morgan’s apology. Fred Sainz, HRC vice president for communications says, “Tracy Morgan exercised extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing. But that’s just not enough. He’s a role model and Morgan now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous ‘comedy’ routine. He also needs to go further than his apology and correct the record: no one should feel ashamed because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and they should definitely not become a victim of violence. Words have consequences and Morgan should be held to a higher standard. Until he does something meaningful, his brand will remain tarnished.”
Tracy Morgan has just issued an apology for a routine in which he said he would stab his hypothetical gay son if he whined about being bullied among other anti-gay things. Do you accept? Let’s hear him out:
“I want to apologize to my fans and the gay & lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others. While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.”
His publicist issued an apology to GLAAD after both GLAAD and the HRC issued statements asking the comedian to speak out against his own words:
“Tracy Morgan’s management needs to investigate these allegations and should they prove true, we call on him to remove these violently anti-gay remarks from his show and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
From the HRC:
“Hateful remarks that mock youth suicides and the very real emotional and sometimes physical bullying LGBT kids face on a daily basis have no place in a comedy routine,” said HRC Vice President of Communications, Fred Sainz. “I’m shocked that Tracy Morgan would find humor in so viciously attacking our youth. If these allegations are true, Tracy Morgan must immediately accept responsibility and apologize. His employer, NBC Universal, also must come forward and condemn these atrocious comments.”
It’s telling that Tracy Jordan’s publicist Nicole Chabot originally told queer publications like Unicorn Booty and Instinct, “There is no comment, thank you for your inquiry.” They wouldn’t apologize until GLAAD came after them and the entire internet erupted with the story of his anti-gay rant.