Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Homophobic Rant
WI Staff Report | 6/22/2011, 2:19 p.m.
Comedic actor Tracy Morgan has apologized for his homophobic rant during a recent performance in Nashville, Tenn. During the apology, Morgan whose performance has been widely condemned, said he hadn't meant to be offensive and has used his 20-year career to heal people rather than hurt them.
"I want to apologize to my friends, and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this," the "30 Rock" star said in an ABC News interview. "I didn't know. I didn't mean it... I don't have a hateful bone in my body."
During the June 3 rant at a comedy house, Morgan told the audience that if his son was gay he would pull out a knife and stab him to death.
Because his performance had not been recorded, the comment might have gone unnoticed had it not been for a posting on Facebook. The comments were posted by Kevin Rogers who had been in the audience - and to whom Morgan personally apologized.
"Tracy was sincere and spoke from his heart," Rogers was quoted as saying. "The best thing that has come from this is a national conversation that anti-gay violence is unacceptable and that homophobia is outdated."
Morgan has since has teamed up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, met with homeless gay teens and agreed to participate in an anti-bullying PSA, according to the ABC report.