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June 11, 2011

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“30 Rock’’ actor Tracy Morgan apologized yesterday for telling an audience in Nashville that if his son were gay, he would “pull out a knife and stab’’ him. In a statement, the comedian told his fans and the gay and lesbian community that he’s sorry for his “choice of words’’ during a June 3 appearance at the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman issued its own apology afterward for Morgan’s behavior. The actor’s outburst triggered heated comment on Twitter over the past few days. “I’m not a hateful person and don’t condone any kind of violence against others,’’ Morgan said. “While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context.’’ The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation condemned Morgan’s comments and demanded he remove anti-gay remarks from his show “and send a strong message that anti-gay violence is not something to joke about.’’ (AP)

Invitation to a divorce

After six years of marriage and two children together, White Stripes rocker Jack White and red-haired model Karen Elson are calling it quits. The couple planned to hold a party in Nashville last night to celebrate their pending divorce, which was announced earlier in the day. An invitation posted online said the get-together will mark White and Elson’s “6th anniversary and their upcoming divorce with a positive swing bang hum dinger.’’ (Reuters)

Cutting remarks

San Francisco’s anti-circumcising lobby seems to have a friend in Russell Crowe. The Oscar-winning actor lashed out at the practice of male circumcision in a series of comments on his Twitter account on Thursday. Hours later, circumstances had apparently changed for Crowe. He was having second thoughts about his cutting remarks. “I realize that some will interpret this debate as me mocking the rituals and traditions of others,’’ he said in a fresh tweet on Friday. “I am very sorry.’’ San Francisco voters face a proposal on the November ballot to ban the circumcision of male children under the age of 18. (AP)