The “30 Rock” star is working on several steps he will be taking to redeem himself. He also revealed two things which may surprise people. He was a victim of bullying himself as a child and his father died of an AIDS-related illness back in 1987. He found himself in trouble at the weekend for saying that if his son told him he was gay he would stab him.
“I know how bad bullying can hurt,” Morgan said. “I was bullied when I was a kid. I’m sorry for what I said. I didn’t mean it. 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. My dad wasn’t gay but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that. Parents should support and love their kids no matter what. Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. Our laws should support that. I hope that my fans gay, straight, whatever forgive and I hope my family forgives me for this.”
In an effort to prove that he will put actions behind his words, Tracy Morgan announced that he will be meeting this week with LGBT teens who were shunned or left homeless by their parents as well as parents who lost their children to anti-LGBT hate crimes.Next week, Morgan will return to Tennessee with GLAAD and hip hop mogul, Russell Simmons, to meet with those offended by his remarks and make a public statement about how he supports LGBT people. Tracy will also film a PSA as part of GLAAD’s upcoming “Amplify Your Voice” campaign.
Simmons, a long-time friend of Morgan, revealed that Tracy cried when he realized how much he had hurt people with his words. But he does not hold Tracy solely responsible.
“The sad truth is that sometimes artists and rappers say what people in their community are thinking. I knew that Tracy was a person who wants to make people laugh and that he said what he said because in the communities he plays to there is homophobia. It is prevalent,” Simmons said.
Now Simmons has urged Tracy to use his platform of comedy to eradicate homophobia. Simmons said that he genuinely believes that Morgan will take this on as his personal cause.
“He said to me, ‘I ain’t got s–t to do and I want a cause.’ He says he wants to work for GLAAD and that he has found a calling and a cause and I believe he is sincere,” Simmons said. “People have to learn and be educated and Tracy is a guy who comes from a community that is homophobic which is why he can be so helpful.”
So, is anyone going to believe Tracy Morgan on a pro-gay platform?