So Tracy Morgan has issued another apology calling his own words “hurtful”, “indefensible”, “wrong” and “really stupid shit.” He also has said that if he had a gay son, he would love him as much as he would a straight son if not more, to protect him from the difficulties homos face in society (are you listening, Ann Coulter?). But does this seal the deal for Morgan’s spoken apology requirement? And if so, what should his next steps be?
I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid shit. 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.
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. 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 country. I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying. I would never want any young person to think that I wasn’t on their side and if any young person thinks they can bully a young gay kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you. Or Brooklyn if you can’t make it into Manhattan.
When all of this set in, I realized how hurtful my words were. Not asking anyone to feel sorry for me or pity me, but I definitely don’t want or need people to defend me. In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible. I appreciate the love from my friends and fans, but I was wrong. Period. Now, I just gotta think of some funny shit, not some shit that gets me knocked upside my head.
This is not about any intimidation [that I might lose my job or face severe career consequences], this is about what’s right.
By speaking with Simmons, it looks like Morgan wants his apology to reach the African-American community—a smart move for him to begin making amends. He has also said that he wants to meet with bullied gay kids and speak at a gay marriage rally. Oh my…
But while some have called for Morgan to basically disappear from the American comedy scene, it’s a lot more useful to have him remain and continue working towards mutual understanding. So what should his next moves be?