Tracy Morgan Makes Amends With Angry Gay Activists In Tennessee
Funnyman Tracy Morgan has met with gay and transgender youths in Nashville, Tennessee 18 days after he upset fans there with homophobic remarks during a stand-up comedy show.
The 30 Rock star was reprimanded by gay rights groups for suggesting he'd "stab" his son if he found out he was gay during his routine on June 3 and has since apologized for the ill-judged remark.
He also agreed to meet with homeless gay teens in New York on Friday in an effort to show gay rights groups he truly was sorry.
The meeting at the Ali Forney Center was arranged by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
And, on Tuesday, Morgan was back in Nashville to apologise directly to the fans he offended with his homophobic remarks.
Local GLAAD bosses set up the meeting with fans and gay and transgender residents at the Nashville Convention Center.
Morgan also addressed members of the media and spoke out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.
The comedian also met Elke Kennedy, the founder of Sean's Last Wish. Her 20-year-old son, Sean, was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in 2007.
He said, "I apologize to the people that were at the show. I want to apologise to my friends, and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this. I didn't know. I didn't mean it... I don't have a hateful bone in my body. I don't believe that anyone should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are.
"I totally feel that, in my heart, I don't care who you love, same-sex or not, as long as you have the ability to love. I don't really see gay or straight, I just see human beings now... From the bottom of my heart, I apologise to everybody... To err is human, to forgive is divine... Thank you everybody for forgiving me."
GLAAD spokesman Herdon Graddick says, "Tracy's remarks today have the power to reach millions with a message that gay and transgender youth should be met with support from families - not rejection or violence."
And Kevin Rogers, the Morgan fan who first reported the comic's remarks via Facebook.com, adds, "Tracy was sincere and spoke from his heart today... The best thing that has come from this is a national conversation that anti-gay violence is unacceptable and that homophobia is outdated."