Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance
Black has weighed in on Tracy Morgan's anti-gay comedy routine.
In a routine delivered last weekend in
Nashville, Morgan, the star of NBC's 30 Rock, condoned
anti-gay bullying and said he would stab his son to death if he found
out he was gay.
Black, who won an Oscar for penning
Milk and is openly gay,
to Greg Hernandez about the controversy.
apologized at this point,” said Black. “You know, these things
are learning experiences. I think as long as we react strongly and
let them know that it is not appropriate and that they do apologize
that we are using it as learning experiences. We’re saying, 'Hey,
you can’t do this and this is why.' If the apology happens, I
think it’s good. It’s helpful.”
openly gay celebrities, including
George Takei, Cheyenne Jackson and Wanda Sykes, harshly
comic Chris Rock came to Morgan's defense, suggesting he had a
right to say outrageous things.
apologized for his comedy set on Friday, but
gay rights groups said they hoped he would do more.