The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Tracy Morgan’s anti-gay tirade during a stand-up appearance in Nashville on June 3.
Morgan on Friday issued an apology for the remarks through a statement issued by his management company, but LGBT advocacy groups say that’s not enough.
“Tracy Morgan exercised extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing.
“But that’s just not enough.
“He’s a role model and Morgan now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous ‘comedy’ routine. He also needs to go further than his apology and correct the record: no one should feel ashamed because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and they should definitely not become a victim of violence,” said Fred Sainz, HRC vice president for communications.
“Words have consequences and Morgan should be held to a higher standard. Until he does something meaningful, his brand will remain tarnished.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has offered to arrange a meeting between Morgan and a family whose LGBT son or daughter has been the victim of violence because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity, and to arrange a meeting between Morgan and LGBT young people who have been hurt by parental rejection.
No response yet from the Morgan camp.