Randy Rainbow Apologizes: Tweets 'Made Him Sick to His Stomach'

Saturday August 22, 2020

Damn those tweets.

Randy Rainbow apologized Thursday for the numerous racists and transphobic tweets that were found on his feed on Tuesday and were gone by Wednesday. But not for long — some users posted screenshots of the now deleted tweets, one even posting a database to find access to the more offensive ones easier.

For more on the tweets in question, click here.

Variety reported Rainbow told The Advocate that the decade-old tweets were made in his "maiden quest to be funny."

"I tweeted some jokes that were completely offensive and insensitive to look back on them now, especially with no context or nuance and through the prism of where we are in 2020 with racial inequality and the fight for social justice, which I'm proudly a part of," he told the Advocate.

"In light of issues that are now at the forefront, which I'm passionate about and have spoken up about over the years, these tweets just sound racist and awful. I'm embarrassed by them," he added. "They make me sick to my stomach, in fact, and I deeply apologize to anyone I offended."

The comedian goes on to say that he is not racist or transphobic.

"I'm a gay Jew who was brought up in a very open, accepting family," Rainbow told the magazine. "There is not a racist or intolerant bone in my body. When I say that I have evolved with the times, I mean that my comedy has. I did not need to be taught not to be racist or transphobic because I never was."

Citing comedians like Howard Stern, Sarah Silverman and Joan Rivers, he said his humor was emblematic of its time.

"The comedy landscape was completely different back then," he said. "This kind of edgy shock comedy was not only acceptable but a prevalent style. I was an aspiring comedian in my 20s working the stages in gay nightclubs where we said the most outlandish, raunchy things we could think of. I was searching for my comedy voice, my persona, and I was emulating styles and jokes of people that I was seeing in the mainstream."

Rainbow claims that the tweets were meant to be said in the voice of a character he invented in his head.

"There was some Karen Walker from 'Will & Grace,' there was some Joan Rivers, there was some this, some that. I was regurgitating what was accepted then as edgy, which in the light of today is totally unacceptable," he said.

Rainbow also alludes to a conspiracy against him that is being investigated, casting himself, in spite of his tweets, as a warrior in the culture wars.

"I'm being threatened. I'm being harassed, It's no coincidence that it's happening in the midst of a very contentious election because I use my platform every day to speak truth to power and shine a light on inequities and injustices of the world, and expose truly intolerant and racist people," he told The Advocate. "There are nefarious people out there who want to silence me because they don't like what I really have to say."

Here are a sample of the tweets.