30 Rock star Tracy Morgan offers a mea culpa to Russell Simmons in a new interview at Global Grind.
"I guess the reason I am successful is because I am so unfiltered. And sometimes as a result I say really stupid shit. The truth is if I 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 that he would have in society."
"Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia. 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."
Morgan called GLAAD and shared some very personal memories:
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.”
The actor says he is most disappointed about his comments "about kids and bullying" and has promised to meet with LGBT youth and their families. Morgan also tells Simmons that he supports marriage equality and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In March, music and entertainment/fashion mogul Russell Simmons received GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award presented by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Both are veteran supporters of gay rights. Tracy Morgan had an early career boost on Russell Simomons' Def Comedy Jam.