It's 2011'"it's no longer cool to use homophobic slurs, especially if you're a celebrity. Gay people are rightfully standing up to prejudice and ignorance, and many celebrities support the gay rights movement. Even those that disagree usually stay civil, but every once in a while, some celebrities choose their words very poorly when discussing homosexuality. Here are three celebs whose homophobic words got them into hot water.
Tracy Morgan - Tracy Morgan made news this week for a shocking anti-gay rant, in which he said that he would "pull out a knife and stab" his son for being gay. The offensive lines were part of a over-the-top standup act that was posted on Youtube, almost immediately creating controversy and rebukes from gay rights activists. Morgan, who stars on NBC's "30 Rock," was quick to apologize, releasing a statement that denied that he was hateful or prejudiced.
Tim Hardaway '" In 2007, Tim Hardaway discussed the possibility of gay players in the NBA on a Miami radio show, saying "I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."
While Hardaway's words were shockingly direct and embarrassing to the NBA'"so bad that they banished him from the 2007 All Star weekend'"at least it inspired this hilarious response video from Jimmy Fallon and gay rights crusader/deep space explorer George Takei. Hardaway eventually apologized in full for his remarks, making a special point of apologizing to any fans who were hurt by the comments.
Mel Gibson '" Mel's history of offensive social commentary goes back to 1992, when he responded to a Spanish reporter's question about gay men with an apparent lewd (and incredibly juvenile) gesture. However, it should be noted that there were questions about Gibson's exact quote, as the original report had to be translated from English to Spanish and then back to English.
Even so, Gibson didn't deny the comments outright, and repeatedly pointed out that he has a right to an opinion and that he gave an honest answer. There's no word on whether his opinions of homosexuals have softened over the years since the interview, although Gibson did draw a lot of heat from the LGBT community at the time.
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- Tim Hardaway
- Tracy Morgan
- 30 Rock
- Mel Gibson
- George Takei