Comedian Tracy Morgan has been apologetic since he uttered anti-gay statements in a stand up performance in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the Huffington Post reported. Morgan told an audience at the June 3 comedy show that if his son were gay, he’d better come home and talk to him like a man, not in a high-pitched voice or he would pull out a knife and stab him to death.
Comedian Chris Rock has defended Morgan then subsequently reversed his opinion, Entertainment Weekly noted yesterday. Initially, Rock tweeted: "I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate s–"
After Rock read what Morgan actually said, he changed his mind and tweeted: "…after reading everything tracy said . wow i get it that shit wasn’t called for and i don’t support it at all. now can i please go to the tony awards without getting my ass kicked."
Racialicious blogged about comedian Wanda Skykes’ tweet which responds to Rock’s tweets. Without mentioning Rock’s name, the former writer of "The Chris Rock Show" tweeted Friday night: "Ok, piss’d reading, I don’t want 2 live n a world where Tracy can’t say…’ I Do! U Keep the world, just break me off an evolved country."
The blog wrote on the three comedians:
Chris Rock seemed to be, indirectly, suggesting there were or could be laws against Tract Morgan’s right to free speech, which there aren’t. Morgan had the legal right to say what he did, just as the millions who stand against him, including Sykes, have the right to condemn his speech, and even to classify it as hate speech…
This week Rod 2.0 noted a Global Grind interview with Morgan and Russell Simmons (Morgan’s first big break was a spot on Russell Simmons Presents Def Comedy Jam).
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… I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. but I definitely don’t want or need people to defend me. In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible.
Eurweb reported today that Morgan spoke with GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios to commit to meet with LGBT youth hurt or left homeless by parental rejection, as well as to attend the organization’s upcoming "Amplify Your Voice" PSA campaign.