Damon Wayans Jr. Apologizes for Old ‘Tranny,’ ‘Fag’ Jokes

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actor Damon Wayans Jr. attends the premiere of Disney's 'Big Hero 6' at the El Capitan Theatre on November 4, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Actor Damon Wayans Jr. apologized for a number of “hurtful” tweets he says came at the “expense of the LGBTQ community,” days after it was announced he would produce an hour-long drama about a “gender non-conforming” young person.

Last week, The CW Television Network announced that Wayans Jr. would serve as an executive producer for Glamorous, a new series following the life of gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands his dream job interning at a cosmetics company whose products he slated on his YouTube channel.

However, it has now emerged that in tweets posted between 2010 and 2011, the 36-year-old used terms such as “tranny,” “fag,” and “no homo,” something that has caused anger among LGBT activists.

“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,” Wayans said in a statement provided to Deadline. “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.”

“Continued learning, acceptance and thoughtful words are all important actions that will help make society a kinder and safer place for all people,” he continued. “You know better, you do better. I am very proud of the work we are doing at Two Shakes entertainment.

Wayans Jr., who has starred in televisions series including Happy Endings and New Girl, has previously expressed anti-American political views. In July 2017, he mocked those celebrating July 4th Independence Day celebrations, describing them as “Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day.”

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