Following his recent anti-gay comments made during a stand-up show, Tracy Morgan has continued to apologize for his insensitivity, publically calling homophobia a "sickness," speaking with gay rights group GLAAD and planning to meet with LGBT youth community members in New York.
During a June 3 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Morgan went on a homophobic rant during which he said he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son if he were gay. After being called upon to apologize by GLAAD and other gay rights groups, Morgan released a statement insisting he is "not a hateful person," apologizing for his comments and noting that he's "an equal opportunity jokester."
"Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia," Morgan told Russell Simmons in an interview posted by Global Grind Sunday. "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. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying."
The 30 Rock star also noted that despite what he said in his stand-up routine, if he really 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 he would have in society."
On Monday, Morgan spoke with GLAAD, offering another apology and expressing that he understands the pressures of bullying. "I know how bad bullying can hurt," he said in a phone call. "I was bullied when I was a kid... I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.
"My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987," he continued. "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."
Morgan has accepted an offer from GLAAD to sit down with those who have been affected by anti-gay violence. "He committed to meet in New York City later this week with LGBT youth who have been hurt or left homeless by parental rejection, as well as families who have lost children to anti-gay violence," GLAAD's Deputy Director of News and Field Media Aaron McQuade wrote on their website.
Morgan also agreed to appear in GLAAD's upcoming PSA campaign, "Amplify Your Voice," as well as return to Tennessee, where he originally made the anti-gay remarks, to personally apologize to the audience members.