People were pissed at Eddie at the time for making those jokes. He made jokes in Raw about the poor reactions to his jokes about homosexuals in Delirious. These things don't exist in a vaccum just because they're old.
Literally just watched this the other day on Netflix. It hasn't been buried...
It's such a weirdly mean spirited part of the special. Really made me do a double take when it happened. Like someone else said, there's not even a joke there, just "don't be gay." I hope he's changed his heart on this since, because it's just an ugly way of thinking.
It was in the 80's, so the height of people thinking AIDS was a disease made to wipe out gays. That's a lot of what his routines were about when he did routines about it. But he did apologize for it in the early 90's and as far as I know he hasn't made any jokes like that sense. So he at least seemed genuine with his apology.
Honestly, there is no move here he can make except for owning up to them, explaining without qualification how bigoted the statements were and either showing or explaining how he's changed. From there it's in the court of public opinion whether it's accepted or not
Maybe he’s.... changed since then? Hopefully? It’s not like homophobia was all that cool only 8 years ago though.
Dave Chappelle’s transphobia didn’t seem to hurt him and that was, what, this year? Last year? Tooooons of people defend him, but maybe people care enough about gay people to push the issue with Kevin Hart.