Public Skewering: Apologies of the Week

A sportswriter retreats as tweet is slammed as sexist by Amy and Seth
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2015 12:30 PM CDT
Public Skewering: Apologies of the Week
A file photo of Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler on SNL. Meyers and Poehler revived their "Really?" routine this week to admonish a sexist tweeter.   (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson)

The biggest apology of the week came from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but it was hardly the only one to make headlines:

  • Shamed: “I apologize from my heart to those who have died or been injured. I feel a heavy responsibility.”—Shigehisa Takada, chief executive of the Japanese supplier Takata, over his company's air bag issues.
  • Unsportsmanlike: "I got carried away responding to playful ribbing ... and, in my stupidity, overcompensated by saying something ignorant and extreme. 100% mistake on my part, for which I'm deeply sorry."—Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated, after tweetiing that women's sports weren't worth watching. He then got skewered by Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler.
  • Flag gaffe: “Our local store made a mistake. The cake in the video should not have been made and we apologize.”—Walmart spokesperson, after a store in Louisiana made a cake adorned with an ISIS flag, ordered by someone trying to make a point about the chain's ban on the Confederate flag.

  • Civil discourse: "But for those of you who were offended by what was intended as a very genuine attempt at fostering a civil discussion, I apologize."—John Micek, opinion editor at PennLive, after announcing a decision to "strictly limit" letters in opposition to same-sex marriage in the week of this week's Supreme Court ruling. The site is affiliated with the Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Celebrity interference: “I sincerely regret not discussing my editing rationale with our partners at PBS and WNET, and I apologize for putting PBS and its member stations in the position of having to defend the integrity of their programming."—Henry Louis Gates Jr., after PBS said it would postpone his Finding Your Roots series because of its Ben Affleck miscue.
(More apology stories.)

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