Yahoo readers react after Eddie Murphy says his old jokes about gay people make him 'cringe'

Eddie Murphy will always be remembered for his hilarious impressions, hit movies, and star-making turn on Saturday Night Live, but there’s one thing he may want people to forget: his old stand-up jokes mocking gay people.

During his 1983 stand-up special Delirious, the comedian said, “I’m afraid of gay people.”

Objections to the material followed Murphy into the next decade, and he issued a statement in 1996 apologizing for the routine, saying in part: “I deeply regret any pain all this has caused.”

Murphy recently sat down with CBS Sunday Morning and was asked what he thinks about his controversial jokes today.

“Some of it, I cringe when I watch them,” said Murphy. “I say, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe I said that,’” he added.

Murphy continued, “That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate it — I still appreciate it, and I’m looking at it within the context of the times, you know. I’m going, ‘I’m a kid saying that.’”

Yahoo readers weighed in on Murphy’s comments, with one saying they were glad to see the comedian learning from his past mistakes:

Yahoo readers react to Eddie Murphy's comments about his old jokes


Another reader, Jon, says Murphy is right that the context of the original joke is important to take into consideration:

Yahoo readers react to Eddie Murphy's comments about his old jokes


Mike writes that the comedian shouldn’t have ever apologized in the first place:

Yahoo readers react to Eddie Murphy's comments about his old jokes


But another wasn’t so forgiving, and said Murphy’s comments weren’t sincere:

Yahoo readers react to Eddie Murphy's comments about his old jokes


And one reader wasn’t buying what the Shrek star was selling:

Yahoo readers react to Eddie Murphy's comments about his old jokes


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