Damon Wayans, a son of the legendary Wayans family, has issued a statement apologizing for past comments he made on Twitter about members of the queer community.
The tweets recently resurfaced after Wayans was announced as the executive producer of an upcoming CW show called Glamorous which centers around a non-gender confirming YouTube personality. CBS green light the show in conjunction with Wayans’ production company Two Shakes Entertainment and writer Jordon Nardino.
The Happy Together star released a statement to Deadline summarizing his thoughts since the backlash came to a head over the weekend.
“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 Jr. said in a statement 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. 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 GLAMOROUS 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.”
The now deleted tweets were orchestrated from 2010-2016. In one instance Wayans wrote, “being on the road during the day sucks tranny balls!” In another Tweet social media dug up, Wayans used the term “no homo” as well as the inexcusable word “fag”. In 2016, he responded to another social media user using the term “tranny,” according to Out, a LGBTQ-centered publication.
Some are praising Wayans’ quick apology, while others doubted the sincerity.
Wayans’ situation is highly compatible to actor Kevin Hart’s debacle once he stepped down from hosting the Oscar’s after past tweets aimed at the LGBTQ community again surfaced. These back to back incidents point to the gift and curse of social media and remind us that what we put out into the ethers remains permanent, even if we mash the “delete” button.