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Tracy Morgan heads to Tennessee for an apology tour

by Adam Russett on June 14, 2011

During a stand-up show in Tennessee last week, comedian and 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan was lambasted for some of his jokes, which much of the crowd didn't find too funny. The one-liners went past the realm of humor and took on a dangerous, homophobic slant that caused members of the audience to walk out of the show. 

One of the "jokes" in question talked about a hypothetical scenario about his son coming home and telling Morgan that he was a homosexual. Morgan said that his son "better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I'll pull out a knife and stab that little [expletive] to death."

Many organizations had called for Morgan to apologize and it appears that the comedian will be heading back to Tennessee to set the record straight with his fans.

"The truth is if I had a gay son, I would love him just as much as if he was straight," Morgan said in an interview with Russell Simmons. "I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society."

In fact, reports that activist and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons may have been one the first people that Morgan came to after he started receiving flak for his comments.

"He had been crying. He was really devastated," Simmons told the website. "He spilled his guts to me." Still, he noted that Morgan's personal beliefs may have fallen to the wayside as he tried to play on the crowd. "I knew that Tracy was a person who wants to make people laugh and that he said what he said because in the communities he plays to there is homophobia. It is prevalent." 

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