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Tracy Morgan praised for meeting with gay teens

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The comedian and 30 Rock star, who has been publicly thrown under the bus by his peers for his rant at a show in Nashville, has been doing his best to save face.

Morgan has apologized and has since made good on his word to “meet with teens who had suffered due to their sexuality.”  The meeting was hosted by GLAAD. Morgan reportedly talked with two homosexual teens, Jayden Love and Raciel Castillo, who were kicked to the curb by their families.

The teens said in a statement, “We really appreciate that we were able to meet with Tracy Morgan. Our parents’ inability to accept us changed our lives for the worse. We hope that our stories have the power to change not only Tracy’s perspective, but those of any parent who may be struggling with accepting their child.”

Morgan’s gay “joke” has been criticized by the likes of co-star Tina Fey, NBC Entertainment head Bob Greenblatt, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and many others.  According to the L.A. Times, Fey remarked, “I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.”

The only apparent ally is fellow comedian Louis CK, who started a Twitter movement to garner support for Morgan, according to website Death and Taxes.  He writes:

“And people heard this Tracy sh*t mostly third-hand. He didn’t stand on a public stage and say this stuff. He didn’t make these announcements: ‘Here, America, are my views.’ Where you say something makes a huge difference about what you say and what it means and what you let yourself say.”

The president of GLAAD said in a statement, “Today, Tracy saw firsthand the toll that homophobia and anti-gay violence can take on a person’s life. By meeting with gay and transgender teens left homeless because of who they are, we hope that Tracy has come to understand that so-called ‘jokes’ about gay youth are not just irresponsible, they are damaging.”

His next appearance on his PR “tour” Morgan will return to Nashville to consult with the Tennessee Equality Project and make amends to the people who were offended by his set.

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