More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Tell Chris Rock That Language About Stabbing Kids is Dangerous
On Friday, Tracy Morgan apologized to LGBT community members and supporters who called on him to address his violent, anti-gay rant. GLAAD urged NBC to denounce Tracy Morgan's anti-gay rant, and 30 Rock's Tina Fey and NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke out about against Tracy Morgan's words Friday evening.
GLAAD continues to call on Tracy Morgan to take the next step. We offered to arrange a meeting between Morgan and a family whose LGBT son or daughter has been the victim of severe violence because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. We have also offered to arrange a meeting between Morgan and LGBT young people who have been hurt by parental rejection.
Unfortunately, Chris Rock chose to publicly support Tracy Morgan's words on Twitter.
Kevin Rogers, who was in the audience at Tracy Morgan's performance in Nashville, reported that Morgan said “if his son that was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death.”
On Friday evening, Chris Rock tweeted: "I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate sh*t"
Well, WE don't want to live in a world where actions don't have consequences. GLAAD responded to Chris Rock with this tweet: ".@chrisrock Language about stabbing kids for being gay isn't 'foul.' It's dangerous. http://bit.ly/mzvArg #LGBT #gay"
We urge those on Twitter to post the following tweet to Chris Rock: