After a carefully worded statement on Friday, 30 Rock co-star Tracy Morgan today did another mea culpa for his homophobic remarks during a stand-up show in Nashville, this time in his own words. In an interview with Russell Simmons, Morgan apologized profusely for his jokes, which included mocking gay kids for being bullied and threatening to kill his son if he turned out to be gay, and called his statements “indefensible.” Here are highlights of what he said:
“I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid shit. 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 and if any young person thinks they can bully a young gay kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you. Or Brooklyn if you can’t make it into Manhattan.”
“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 shit, not some shit that gets me knocked upside my head.”
“I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female.”
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