Tracy Morgan has had a long week. The ’30 Rock’ star got himself into some deep trouble with comments he made last week about gay people during a stand-up routine. As Tracy’s first big break was a spot on Russell Simmons Presents Def Comedy Jam, it is no surprise that the “godfather of hip-hop” reached out to the funnyman to check in with his long-time friend. With both of their permission, we give you the full transcript of their conversation.
Russell Simmons: I’ve known you since the beginning of your career and have always thought you were one of the funniest guys in the game. Ever since I saw you on Def Comedy Jam, I knew you were going to be extraordinarily successful. But, I gotta be honest, I was quite disappointed when I read about your comments you made about having a gay son and about gay people in general.
Tracy Morgan: 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.
Russell: Having fought for decades for the gay community in their struggle to be treated fairly and with dignity, I think you know you crossed the line. However, I know you…I know you very well. And I know that deep down inside there is no hate in your heart.
Tracy: 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. Also, you should have the right no matter who you are to protect and serve our country. I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying. I would never want any young person to think that I wasn’t on their side and if any young person thinks they can bully a young gay kid, come see me at 30 Rock. On the corner, I would be happy to meet you. Or Brooklyn if you can’t make it into Manhattan.
Russell: One thing that has bothered me a little bit is the fact that a lot of people are trying to defend you. I don’t think you needed anyone’s help in your defense –
Tracy: When all of this set in, I realized how hurtful my words were. Not asking anyone to feel sorry for me or pity me, but I definitely don’t want or need people to defend me. In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible. I appreciate the love from my friends and fans, but I was wrong. Period. Now, I just gotta think of some funny shit, not some shit that gets me knocked upside my head.
Russell: What about those that have been making threats that if you don’t do this, or if you don’t do that, there will be severe consequences to your career?
Tracy: This is not about any intimidation, this is about what’s right.
Russell: Well, I love you man. You have entertained us for a long time and I know you are sincerely sorry. I will always support you, cause we need big mouths in the gay rights movement. Especially this week, as we try to get gay marriage passed in New York.
Tracy: Thanks Russ for the support. I believe everyone deserves the right to be happy and marry who they want too; gay, white, black, male or female. Let me know where the rally’s at Russ. I’m there!…GO KNICKS!