Last Friday on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) was asked if he ever played cricket. It’s safe to say he hasn’t because he called the game gay.
“It’s a gay game,” Alexander, 52, said. “There’s a lot of people wearing white. People wearing helmets for no discernible reason…Everybody breaks for tea in the middle.”
Ferguson joked, “Yea, it’s a cross between baseball and Downton Abbey.” Us Magazine
Apparently people tweeted Jason, “But I’M GAY!” It was their way of telling him they were offended. On Sunday, Jason Alexander apologized. Naturally. He used a variation of the old, “Some of my best friends are gay,” defense.
“A few of my Twitter followers made me aware that they were both gay and offended by the joke. And truthfully, I could not understand why.”
But after spending some time thinking about it, Alexander says he realizes he was wrong. “And the worst part is – I should know better,” he wrote. “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. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come. I hope my realization brings some comfort.”
So if you read carefully, Jason isn’t really saying sorry. He just says he won’t be making gay jokes until gay people achieve equal rights. “Their time will come,” vowed Jason as he stroked his notebook of gay jokes.
Asked what they thought about the apology, the LGBT community said it was “the gayest apology they ever read.”