Actor Jason Alexander has apologised for joking during a TV talk show that he considers cricket to be a "gay" sport.
In a blog post, the former "Seinfeld" star explained Sunday what led to his remark on CBS's Late Late Show.
He writes that he at first didn't grasp why some might object to the comment, but that subsequent conversations with his gay friends led him to realise his insensitivity.
"I asked a few of my gay friends about it. And at first, even they couldn't quite find the offence in the bit. But as we explored it, we began to realise what was implied under the humour. I was basing my use of the word 'gay' on the silly generalisation that real men don't do refined things and that my portrayal of the cricket pitch was pointedly effeminate, thereby suggesting that effeminate and gay were synonymous," Alexander explained.
"The problem is that today, as I write this, young men and women whose behaviors, choices or attitudes are not deemed 'man enough' or 'normal' are being subjected to all kinds of abuse from verbal to physical to societal. They are being demeaned and threatened because they don't fit the group's idea of what a 'real man' or a 'real woman' are supposed to look like, act like and feel like.
"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 realisation brings some comfort."
Click here to read Jason Alexander's full apology
Alexander's remarks came in Friday's show in which he tells host Craig Ferguson that aspects of cricket make it a "gay game" compared to other sports.
The actor's 1,000-word-plus "message of amends" says that the joking remark plays into "hurtful assumptions and diminishments" about people.
He also writes that as an actor with many gay friends, he "should know better."