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Does Anyone Actually Think Tracy Morgan Is Sorry?

Tracy Morgan has been on a Ride of Contrition, making the rounds to say “sorry” for saying he would stab his own son if he came out as gay. Morgan talked to homeless youth in NYC, and has now participated in a press conference in Nashville with GLAAD to continue his apologies.

“I don’t have a hateful bone in my body,” he says during the conference. “I didn’t mean it.”

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Seems to just be going through the motions...

Although it’s commendable that Tracy Morgan is attempting to make right, there are two things that just don’t settle well.

1) It seems that GLAAD has been using this situation as an opportunity to get as much press as possible, and rather than focusing on things that could actually make a difference – what if Tracy were to mentor someone in need? – it seems that there is just photo op after photo op. No substance, just superficial attempts at rectifying those incredibly dark and vicious words.

2) It seems that Tracy Morgan is incapable of actually being sorry. He just doesn’t sound sincere. He gives off a “just because I have to” demeanor, without any authentic sense of caring about the words he said. Perhaps he doesn’t truly understand the impact that words can have on culture – remember, some people in the Nashville audience were actually cheering when he said these terrible things – or perhaps he is just overwhelmed by how big this issue has become.

3)There’s also the fact that Tracy didn’t start apologizing until he HAD to. Prior to breaking the story of his homophobic meltdown, our very own Kevin Farrell reached out to Morgan and his publicist for an apology or comment. None was given. The next morning Unicorn Booty’s story about Morgan was the number four trending topic on Twitter in the entire country and our article had been read over 100,000 times. Only then did Morgan’s publicist offer up an apology on behalf of her client. If he is sincere in his remorse, why did it take an entire week and the glare of national negative press for him to offer up an apology?

Either way, a story line from 30 Rock comes to mind, when Tracy Morgan goes away and hides because he was tired of the public taking him too seriously. He just wanted to be “crazy Tracy” again, and just couldn’t handle it. Well, Mr. Morgan, this isn’t 30 Rock, and words have an amazing capacity to affect real-world emotions and actions.

Is it just us, or does Tracy seem to just be going through the expected motions of a star in scandal? We’d like to see some actions that have true impact, like volunteering to mentor homeless gay youth, or helping out at the Trevor Project, or donating a big, fat chunk of cash to help protect teenagers who’s parents have actually kicked them out and/or threatened to stab them for being gay!

  • I’m sure that Tracy is probably a good person but he is operating under the same Puritanical religious beliefs that most of the other religious fanatics are. They have been told that God defines marriage as between a man and a woman and that God hates gay people. If you were told that, and believed it, you’d say the same things that Tracy does. They have been told that this angry, judgmental, spiteful God that they serve won’t love them if they don’t follow these “rules” that have been written, misinterpreted and manipulated by MAN who then projects these beliefs onto their God. He’s simply a product of the system more than he is the source of the problem. He is doing what he needs to do here to save his career not expressing a change of heart. The only thing he is sorry for is saying out loud that he would stab his son if here were gay. He has focused on that as the problem (son stabbing/bullying) and doesn’t seem to get the broader ramifications of his words or actions. People in the 40’s and 50’s probably used to cheer and support comedians when they made racist hate jokes…didn’t make it right then…doesn’t make it right now.

  • I think he’s sorry…sorry he got caught, that is. If he didn’t mean what he said, then why did he say it? It’s now the PC thing to do when your opinion offends people – apologize and swear you’ll never do it again. We used to be able to apologize beforehand if we knew people were going to be offended. Stating an opinion shouldn’t be wrong anymore if we do so w/o hatred. What Morgan said WAS hateful & he SHOULD apologize for it…but only if he really means it.

  • I think Tracy Morgan has backed up his words with actions- I was surprised that he went to a homeless shelter for LGBT youth, and went back to TN to apologize.  I think he could have gotten away with a simple statement saying he was sorry.  His actions have put the problem of LGBT bullying in the headlines for the last week.  We’ll never know Tracy’s heart of hearts, but his actions have been the right ones. Hate is wrong- so is holding a grudge.  Let’s give Tracy Morgan the benefit of the doubt.  Kobe Bryant? Now THERE’s someone who doesn’t seem like he’s sorry. I would like to see a spotlight cast on him.

  •  Hey Unicorn Booty, let’s move on. Where’s your outrage at the Southwest Airlines pilot and his rants against gay people? I’m thinking you are wasting time with Tracy, move on. There is so much more hate for you to combat.

  • Sheila Rose Crowe

    I thought my mother was a bad parent but hey at least she never threatened to kill me over being gay!  That poor boy will have issues all of his life with a father like that.  You can never take that sort of thing back, I don’t care how much he apologizes.  He had the thought and even expressed it and that is all that matters.

  • ShowMeGuy

    **Actions speak louder than words**
    We will see how he runs for the next 18 months.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry for him. Does that count?