June 15th, 2011
12:49 PM ET
Actor James Franco has played a gay man or two, but when it comes to Tracy Morgan's recent anti-gay tirade, Franco said he sees the gray.
“I don’t in any way condone what he said and I am very sensitive to youth," Franco told CNN at the amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Inspiration Gala held Tuesday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Franco was being honored along with designer Michael Kors and said he understands how Morgan was caught in a whirlwind of controversy."A lot of the work I do is centered on youth...and to joke about that kind of thing I do not condone at all," Franco said. "But I think he, like a lot of other performers before him, has gotten into trouble because of that weird blurry line between performance [and] reality or how people take it because...Look I can name 20 movies right now where they make gay jokes where they didn’t get this kind of thing but because it’s a movie somehow like they can do that."
"But if it’s a night club it’s a different thing," Franco added. "So I can see how he might have gotten tripped up, but I’m sure he wasn’t speaking his true beliefs.”
"The Voice" coach Cee Lo Green told CNN he has been friends for years with Morgan and recognizes that "It's not easy to be politically correct 24 hours a day."
Green added that he commends Morgan "for coming back and being a better man to apologize for this...But it's kind of hard for me to have an opinion because I'm biased...I'm an advocate of free speech and to speak your mind and do what you feel is necessary but it's not always politically correct to do so."
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