NEW YORK -- An advocacy group for the developmentally disabled is demanding that comedian and actor Tracy Morgan apologizes for jokes he made in New York about "retarded kids," E! Online reported Tuesday.
Morgan came under fire earlier in June for telling an audience in Nashville he would stab his son to death if he told him he was gay. He also said homosexuality was "something kids learn from the media and programming."
Performing Saturday at Caroline's comedy club in Manhattan -- just days after he met with gay and transgender homeless youth in New York as part of his public penance for his Nashville comments -- Morgan reportedly warned his audience not to "mess with women who have retarded kids."
"Them young retarded males is strong. They're strong like chimps," he said.
Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, said Morgan "should apologize immediately" for his comments.
"This quote is far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families," Berns said. "Mr. Morgan has an incredibly powerful platform from which to fix this, and if he's learned anything in the last few weeks, he can't bomb this apology."
The comedian's two sets at Caroline's were the first time he had performed since the June 3 incident in Nashville. During Saturday's performances, he addressed the controversy by denying that he is homophobic and joking that his father was a member of the Village People.
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