Two years ago, Tracy Morgan triggered a firestorm with a “joke” saying he’d stab his gay son if he whined about being bullied. A lot of us have never forgiven the funny man.
But he’s eager to make amends and even touch his gays. In fact Queerty contributor Evan Mulvihill (below right) found out first hand when the comic not only returned a compliment, but reached out to offer a playful pat on the cheek.
Here’s the intrepid Mulvihill’s account of the red carpet encounter:
I didn’t expect to run into Tracy there, you see, I was covering an HBO documentary about Elizabeth Taylor called The Battle of amFAR at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theatre. But there he was, strolling in for the premiere of Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic with his pregnant fiancee Megan Wollover on his arm.
I asked him about his little falling-out with the gay community.
“Yeah, some people took certain things the wrong way,” he said.
But he tried to make good, right? There was that a whole episode of 30 Rock about it.
“Yeah, I did some things with GLAAD,” Tracy said. “But that’s the way I feel anyway. I woulda did that without the falling out. You know what I’m sayin’? ‘Cause that’s the type of person I am. It was a misunderstanding and it got cleared up.”
Would he really have had any interaction with GLAAD without the son-stabbing comment? Doubtful, but at least I can go back to liking him now. So I let him know I loved his comedy despite the hatefulness of his words .
“You know, I love you too!” he said back. “I love the way you look, boy!”
And then it happened — he gently brushed my face with his hand.
“It was a misunderstanding,” he continued. “It was a bump in the road, and I’m glad that got cleared up, man.”
Just to be clear, I asked him if he’d accept his child if he or she were LGBT, especially considering he was rubbing his baby mama’s pregnant belly just moments before we talked.
“Of course, absolutely,” he replied. “Magic Johnson did. I wouldn’t see no reason why not to. As long as he don’t owe me no money!”