Damon Wayans Jr. Apologizes for 'Hurtful' LGBTQ Comments
Damon Wayans Jr. is apologizing for tweets he sent out in 2010/2011 that have since been deleted.
"When I was a young comic trying to find my voice, I made some immature and hurtful tweets that I deeply regret at the expense of the LGBTQ community. When I tweeted those comments, almost 10 years ago, I was unaware of the emotional impact they could have," he explained to Deadline. "I am not excusing that behavior but that is not who I am today. Society evolved and so have I and it is something I will continue to do both personally and professionally."
The tweets resurfaced after it was announced that Wayans would exec produce the new CW show Glamourous, which focuses on a gender nonconforming YouTube star.
He continued: "Continued learning, acceptance and thoughtful words are all important actions that will help make society a kinder and safer place for all people. You know better, you do better. I am very proud of the work we are doing at Two Shakes entertainment. The company was founded with the mission of working with diverse voices, both in front and behind the camera. When Glamourous was pitched to us I thought it was brilliant, heartwarming and important. We will continue to be committed to pursuing protagonists who don’t traditionally get to be at the center of a show and bringing their stories to the screen."
In one tweet, he wrote: "being on the road during the day sucks tranny balls!"
Wayans also used the phrase "no homo" and also threw around the derogatory term "fag."
Wayans has chosen to come forward and apologize as many other Hollywood heavy hitters—Kevin Hart, James Gunn, Sarah Silverman—have also apologized for past tweets.