Tracy Morgan is still dealing with fallout from the homophobic tirade he unleashed at a stand-up show last week. He offered yet another apology today — and it’s one that, frankly, seems genuine and fully remorseful:
“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.
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 s***, not some shit that gets me knocked upside my head.”
When I covered this last week, I stated my opinion that the intensity and vitriol contained in Tracy’s comments was something that would be very difficult, if not impossible, to actually make right. However, in the days following the controversy, Tracy’s been defended far and wide in Hollywood, — by people whose livelihoods depend on his success (Tina Fey), but also by friends who were quick to point out that while Tracy said some inexcusable things, he’s essentially a very devent guy. Chapelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan, a pal of Tracy’s, tweeted:
“Just gotta say, Tracy Morgan is a buddy of mine. He said some stupid shit but he’s as pure-hearted as anyone I know. Was a weak moment.”
And you know what? I believe him. And I believe this apology which is as genuine and responsible a statement as I’ve seen. Everyone as the right to apologize and we have the ability to forgive them — as long as they, you know, don’t do it again.
(Interested in more on the topic? Blogger Louis Peitzman offers some pretty insightful remarks on the whole situation over at the Huffington Post.)