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Jason Alexander forced to apologize for homophobic joke June 29, 2012

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Former Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander was forced to apologize in June 2012 following a homophobic joke as a guest on CBS’s “Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson. Alexander called cricket “a gay game” compared to other sports, saying that the pitch was less of a “manly baseball pitch” and more of a “queer British gay pitch.” After being criticized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Alexander promptly issued an apology, stating:

“My daily life is filled with gay men and women, both socially and professionally. I am profoundly aware of the challenges these friends of mine face and I have openly advocated on their behalf. So, I can only apologize and I do. In comedy, timing is everything.”

While Alexander’s apology apparently quelled the backlash, gay critics were not pleased. According to one pundit from Queerty.com, Alexander’s apology was long-winded, and the fact that his joke was actually prepared before the show meant that he had few excuses.

To see Alexander’s appearance yourself, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Was Alexander’s joke offensive enough to warrant a public apology? Why, or why not?

2.  How might a previous incident involving Alexander’s former co-star Michael Richards, who was caught using the “N” word to berate hecklers, have made the joke a more serious matter?

3.  Will this incident tarnish Alexander’s reputation? Why, or why not?

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