Publicly asking for forgiveness once wasn’t enough for comedian Tracy Morgan.
The comedian made his second public apology Tuesday at a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation press conference in Tennessee, the same state where he originally spewed anti-gay comments.
“I don’t really see gay and straight,” Tracy said at the Nashville Convention Center. “I see human beings now.”
During his visit to a homeless shelter for lesbian and gay youth in New York, GLAAD’s president, Jarrett Barrios, asked Tracy to return to Tennessee to meet with some of the audience members from his June 3 show. The most important person in attendance? Kevin Rogers, the Facebook user who initially created the buzz around Tracy’s performance.
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs for GLAAD, said that before the official apology, Tracy revealed that even some of his own family members were upset about his ill-conceived jokes.
With a prepared statement at hand, Tracy spoke for five minutes, embraced Kevin and left the room.
“I don’t have a hateful bone in my body,” Tracy swore. “I don’t believe that people should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are. I totally feel that in my heart.”
We’ll have to wait to see if Tracy will make another pit stop in his national apologetic tour. One thing is for sure, when asked if Tracy was sincere, Kevin said that he got the feeling that he was.
— LeAndra Valentine
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