Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tracy Morgan Invited to "Move Beyond a Simple Apology" and Party With Nashville Pride

Posted by on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

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In case you missed it, here's a brief recap: Comedian Tracy Morgan said some particularly mean things about gay people at his recent Ryman show. (At Bonnaroo, a friend of mine could only shake his head as he told me about this unfortunate segment of the program.) Then Morgan apologized. Then he said he's coming back to Nashville, either to participate in a protest of "Don't Say Gay," apologize to his Ryman audience, or maybe both. Morgan hasn't announced exactly where he'll be or when, but Pith has learned that there's at least one invitation he hasn't RSVP'd for yet: Nashville Pride Fest.

Board member Joey Leslie says Nashville Pride has extended an invite to Morgan to join them at their festival this Saturday (presented by Hallmark Volkswagen from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park) but has not gotten a response. "What venue would be more fitting?" Leslie asks. (Full disclosure: Leslie also works as digital marketing manager for SouthComm, the parent company of the Scene.)

Citing the public criticism Morgan's received — including from his 30 Rock costar Tina Fey — the Nashville Pride board writes in an email, "We invite him to move beyond a simple apology and show true remorse with action, proving that he truly believes his comedy crossed the line. We hope he can join Nashville's gay community of thousands and present the Tracy Morgan his GLBT fans know and love from SNL and 30Rock, and in doing so, can let positive actions speak louder than his hurtful words." Full email below.

Nashville Pride would like to extend an invitation for Tracy Morgan to attend the 23rd annual Nashville Pride Festival on Saturday, June 18. He would have the opportunity to "clear the air" with the GLBT community in Nashville and abroad from the festival main stage.

We know he's taken a lot of heat both from the press and from the likes of beloved Tina Fey, NBC and Human Rights Campaign — and we fully support each of their statements. This is an opportunity for Tracy to untarnish his brand, make amends to the GLBT community and its allies and prove he's not the homophobe he appeared to be during the recent hurtful and disturbing 'comedy' routine performed at Music City's historic Ryman Auditorium on June 3.

We invite him to move beyond a simple apology and show true remorse with action, proving that he truly believes his comedy crossed the line. We hope he can join Nashville's gay community of thousands and present the Tracy Morgan his GLBT fans know and love from SNL and 30Rock, and in doing so, can let positive actions speak louder than his hurtful words.

Sincerely.
Nashville Pride board

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