Damon Wayans Jr. issues apology after catching fire over resurfaced anti-LGBTQ+ tweets
Damon Wayans Jr's old tweets were unarchived by keen-eyed fans, and the result was not so good on his part. It turns out that years ago, he would use some derogatory terms that are extremely "hurtful" to the LGBTQ+ community.
"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.”
Amid Damon Wayans Jr being the executive producer of the new CW show "Glamorous" which is centered n a gender non-conforming YouTuber, some of his derogatory tweets against the LGBTQ+ community were unearthed. Instead of denying and turning it into a bigger issue, Wayans made sure to take full responsibility for his actions and genuinely apologize for them.
In a statement that he released, he shared his regret over the things that he once said without thinking of their implications.
“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."
He adds that although he admits saying those things in the past, Damon assures everyone that he is not the person he once was and promised everyone that he will continue to evolve and become a better version of himself.
When I tweeted those comments, almost 10 years ago, I was unaware of the emotional impact they could have. 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.”
As for what the executive producer has learned during the issue, he says,
“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."
The unearthed tweets have been deleted but were dated from 2010 to 2011. In one of them, he replied to a Twitter user saying "tranny [expletive]." He also wrote, "Being on the road during the day sucks tranny [expletives]!" Although Wayans claims to have said everything ten years ago, the most recent of his tweets was reportedly in 2016, when he used the term "tranny" yet again.
Now that he's issued an apology, Damon will continue his job as executive director of CW's "Glamorous", which is a lighter load compared to his previous role in the Fox TV series "Lethal Weapon." Wayans announced his departure from the show in October, citing that it was taking a toll on his personal life and hindered him from being with his family.