Actor Damon Wayans Jr. has said sorry after past homophobic and transphobic tweets resurfaced.
The New Girl actor called the comments ‘hurtful’ and ‘offensive’ in a statement.
Apologizing, Damon said: ‘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.’
The star used language such as ’t****y bitch’, ‘fags’ and ‘no homo’ on the social networking site between 2010 and 2011.
In 2016, he posted a tweet commenting on a fellow comic’s ’t****y getting shot bit.’ He also said ‘being on the road during the day sucks t****y balls.’
He also said in 2011: ‘‘Just has a REALLY good veggie burger! #nohomo.’
The tweets have since been deleted.
‘I am not excusing that behavior’
‘When I tweeted those comments, almost 10 years ago, I was unaware of the emotional impact they could have,’ he furthermore said in his statement,
‘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.’
Damon furthermore told Out that ‘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 news follows a CW announcement attaching Damon to new show Glamorous, a drama about a gender-nonconforming high school grad.
Damon has also appeared in films like How To Be Single and Let’s Be Cops.