Tracy Morgan apologized for his recent gay/homophobic rant. But GLAAD wants the 30 Rock comic to meet personally with people and families hurt by gay violence and bullying, representative of his "misguided" comments.
One person is saying, "sorry don't shine my shoes," and an apology is only the beginning to atone for reckless comments at the cost of others hurt by being "different."
Jarrett Barrios, a former state senator and current president of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), believes that Tracey Morgan should bear the burden of apologizing in person to those affected by his anti-gay comments.
To his point, today when a famous person puts their foot in their mouth, their well-paid publicist dusts off a form copy of a scripted apology. It's either read by a journalist who posts a copy on a television network, or it's Tweeted by the mudslinger.
Comics believe they have a blank check in going where no others can go, even if it means creating animus against gays, lesbians, and others similarly situated.
When cornered about their anti-gay behavior and bullying tactics on stage or in a press conference, they dismiss it as a "play on words." Certainly, Tracey Morgan is no different as he must have processed this before putting his leather uppers in his mouth.
Bear in mind that the old adage of "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is just thatÂ—"old" and outdated.
Today, words will break the hearts and minds of many considered different from the "normal" minions among mortal men and women.
There is so much more to talk about other than a person's sexuality and gender positioning that produces the same laughs and ticket sales.
To some, Tracey Morgan is an SNL alum and popular star from Tina Fey's 30 Rock. However, to others bullied and ostracized all their lives by "misguided" words and acts, he is larger than the tallest totem pole.
Should he meet with GLAAD and victims of anti-gay violence? What will it all accomplish in the end?
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