West apologizes to Beck via Twitter for the Grammy incident.
I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 26, 2015
Rancic offers an on-air, minute-long apology to Zendaya regarding her comments about the artist’s dreadlocks.
This incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes — how much damage they can do. And I am responsibile, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.
ESPN suspends Olbermann for one week following his Twitter exchange with Penn State students regarding a story about a Penn State charity event that raised more than $13 million to help support children fighting pediatric cancer. Olbermann later apologizes for his posts via Twitter. ESPN:
It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON [the fundraising event] and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015
.@dave_seidel Again – get your $ back – you didn't learn how to read. PSU students are pitiful because they're PSU students – period.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015
I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 24, 2015
Afroman issues an apology for punching a concert goer on TMZ Live. Afroman claims he is seeking help for anxiety.
I’m here to apologize. I need some help. It was wrong. What happened shouldn’t have happened.
Krispy Kreme issues an apology after a store located in Hull, England uses “KKK Wednesday” to advertise its Krispy Kreme Klub promotion.
We do believe this was a completely unintentional oversight on the part of our longtime franchise partners in the U.K. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience or offense this misstep may have caused our fans.
In my Redbook article, some people have taken offense to my comments regarding feminism. If any of you are in the ‘biz’ you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context. I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologize if anyone was offended. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my heart and knows what I meant.
Journalists who have reported about Cosby over the past 40 year apologize for failing to follow up on sexual abuse allegations. Whitaker, his official biographer, responds to a New York Times column criticizing him and other journalists:
I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively.
A New York Post columnist, Richard Johnson, says the National Enquirer ran a story about Cosby’s daughter Erinn’s battles with drugs and alcohol, that Cosby himself gave to the paper in 1989 in exchange for killing a story about Cosby’s alleged infidelity with showgirls.
Lemon responds to criticism over his oral-sex questions to Tarshis.
As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question struck anyone as insensitive, I’m sorry as that was not my intention.
The Department of Veterans Affairs apologizes for causing “confusion” in reporting the number of deaths caused by delayed care at their facilities, and says “there was no intent to mislead anyone.” The VA says the numbers reported:
intertwined in written and oral statements leading to confusion. … VA inadvertently caused confusion in its communication on this complex set of reviews that were ongoing at the time. For that, we apologize.
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, while on air at the crash site, picks up and shows items from a victim’s suitcase. Almost immediately he realizes that he should not be doing this and says so out loud during the report. Both Brazier and Sky News “apologize profusely for any offence caused.”
CNN apologizes for Magnay’s “scum” tweet saying it was specifically referring to the crowd targeting the television crew not at Israelis in general.
Network spokesman in an email to Buzzfeed:
After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter. She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew.
The company apologizes to Ryan Block and his wife who called to cancel their service and got involved in a long phone call with a customer service rep who Block called “straight up belligerent.” The call lasted about eight minutes and was recorded. Block was met with questions like:
Why is it that you’re not wanting to have the No. 1-rated Internet service, No. 1-rated television service available?
The unnamed employee defends himself:
If we don’t know why our customers are leaving, how are we supposed to make it a better experience for you next time?
At a Congressional hearing on July 8, 2014, the number two official at the VA, James Tuchschmidt, says he is sorry that VA employees who reported problems were subject to retaliation. After listening to four VA employees testify for nearly three hours about the VA’s actions to limit criticism and strike back against whistleblowers, he says:
I apologize to everyone whose voice has been stifled. That’s not what I stand for. I’m very disillusioned and sickened by all of this.
In a homily given during a private mass today with six victims of clerical sexual abuse, Francis apologizes and asks for forgiveness:
I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves. This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk.
During a PBS interview with Gwen Ifill of PBS Newshour, Clinton apologizes for her recent comments concerning her wealth. Clinton tells
I shouldn’t have said the five or so words that I said, but my inartful use of those few words doesn’t change who I am.
Clinton also told Ifill that you’ve got to be:
a little crazy to run for president.
Bieber sings on video a racist parody of his hit single One Less Lonely Girl. Instead of “There’ll be one less lonely girl,” Bieber sings repeatedly:
There’ll be one less lonely n*****. If I kill you, I’d be a part of the KKK, and there’s gonna be one less lonely n—-r.
Bieber was fourteen years old at the time of the recording. TMZ says Bieber told both Usher and Will Smith about the videos, saying he knew almost immediately it was a stupid thing to do. Usher took him into a room and showed him historically racist videos to show him how hurtful these words can be. Bieber and his team say various people have tried to extort him over the last few years — demanding money for both this video and the one he made when he was 15. He says he will not be shaken down anymore. He says he wants people to see the video and he wants to accept responsibility.
Video surfaces of Bieber making racial jokes and using the N-word when he was aged 15. The jokes are made during outtakes of his “Never Say Never” video. In the video, Bieber asks why Blacks are afraid of chainsaws, and then follows that question with:
Run, n***er, n***er, n***er, n***er!
Bieber quickly apologizes for his statements.
As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was ok to repeat hurtful words and jokes, but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance.
I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again.
Alsina makes a public apology to BET 106 & Park’s Keshia Chante, for his outburst and rudeness to her when she asked him a sensitive question about his beef with Trey Songz.
I wasn’t mean. Here’s the thing. People get honesty and mean mixed up nowadays. You can say that now that I didn’t have to curse at her, but if you put me in a position. That’s how I felt. I went back to BET yesterday and that’s exactly what I said. Keshia was like, ‘I didn’t mean to disrespect you’ and I was like, ‘Well it wasn’t my intention to disrespect you.’ Before this conversation, I felt how I felt and I spoke on how I felt and I don’t take back nothing that I said.
I think sometimes people can be set up and people are just, quote unquote, doing their job…I speak from my heart, I got a big f-ckin’ mouth. It just is what it is. I don’t know how to change that, but in our reality, what I said was never about me trying to belittle the next n-gga or cause a problem with the next n-gga. It’s just, ‘This is how I feel.’ And I’m the idiot because I said what I said.
Clarkson begs for viewers forgiveness after he appears to use N-word during filming of an episode of TV series, Top Gear.
Ordinarily I don’t respond to newspaper allegations but on this occasion I feel I must make an exception. A couple of years ago I recorded an item for Top Gear in which I quote the rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. Of course, I was well aware that in the best-known version of this rhyme there is a racist expression that I was extremely keen to avoid. The full rushes show that I did three takes. In two, I mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur and in the third I replaced it altogether with the word teacher. Now when I viewed this footage several weeks later I realized that in one of the mumbled versions if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up it did appear that I’d actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe and I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the program that was transmitted…I have here the note that was sent at the time to the production office and it says:
I didn’t use the N-word here but I’ve just listened through my headphones and it sounds like I did. Is there another take that we could use?
Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word, as I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact my efforts obviously weren’t quite good enough, thank you.
Bundy, appearing on the Alex Jones radio show, demands that the New York Times retract its quotes of him making what are considered by many to be racist remarks about African-Americans. In the interview, he reiterates his views that blacks may have been better off as slaves. Bundy says he wants to tell “the black community” that he has “gained more respect and more love for you in the last few weeks than I ever had.” He then says:
Put it this way, I said I’m wondering, I’m wondering if you’re better off. The young women are having abortions, and the young men are being thrown in jail, and your older women are sitting out on the sidewalk with your children and grandchildren and they don’t seem to be happy. And what I’m wondering is are you better off in this type of slavery than when you were home with your family unit with your gardens, with your chickens, with your men working and your family life. Are you better off now or were you better off then? I’m a-wondering these things. … [I]t seems to me like maybe they were happier, maybe they did have better families,and their family structure was better [under slavery].
Jones attempts to explain Bundy’s comments by saying that blacks have “traded a new form of slavery for an old form of slavery,” and says that Bundy’s position is the same “libertarian, conservative refrain that I’ve heard from every libertarian and conservative black leader I’ve had on this show.” Bundy says the Times is “totally wrong” for labeling his remarks as racist, and says the Times misquoted him. In a separate interview, he apologizes for his comments:
I hope I didn’t offend anybody. If I did, I ask for your forgiveness…But I meant what I said. It comes from the heart.
Karpeles appears before Japanese TV news cameras in Tokyo, bowing deeply for several minutes.
LaBeouf issues a string of apologies to Clowes for the admitted plagiarism. The apologetic tweets begin sincere with:
Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it.
As the online accusations continue, LaBeouf’s tweets begin to show signs of frustration and sarcasm, many of which contain plagiarized content themselves. The most recent tweet contains a photo of an airborne apology, written in the sky by an airplane that was hired by the actor to say “I am sorry Daniel Clowes.”
CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT pic.twitter.com/jw9JlEi791
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 1, 2014
According to a previous post by McAfee, Wise had come to New Mexico to write about McAfee’s flying adventures for Wired magazine, and had spent the night with a woman who was not his wife. Their public display of affection had prompted McAfee to say to the other guests, “somebody get pictures of this to send to his wife in case we get a bad story from him”. According to McAfee, despite this being a joke pictures were actually taken and some of those did find their way to Wise’s wife. McAfee says Wise blamed him for sending the pics and apologizes on his blog:
I have erroneously accused Jeff Wise of improper behavior on a reporting trip that he did to my flying ranch in New Mexico. I finally received the photos from that trip and was going to publish them, and when I looked at them, to my horror, it was a different reporter (whose name I will obviously not release) from a different magazine, on a different trip. I wish that I could excuse myself due to the fact that I did dozens of interviews and appeared in dozens of magazines during my flying times in New Mexico, and could be expected to be confused, but that is no excuse. Jeff’s trip did not even include a campfire session…I was wrong. I apologize. I know that that does not help, but I am truly sorry.
John McAfee apologizes to me on his blog. http://t.co/cbeZWeI8 Wasn't expecting that!
— Jeff Wise (@ManvBrain) November 26, 2012
In an interview with Lauer on The Today Show, West apologizes to Bush for saying he doesn’t care about black people
I would tell George Bush in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.
McChrystal releases a written statement in response to the profile by Hastings:
I extend my sincerest apology for this profile. It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard. I have enormous respect and admiration for President Obama and his national security team, and for the civilian leaders and troops fighting this war and I remain committed to ensuring its successful outcome.
West calls Swift and apologizes for interrupting her speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Kanye did call me and he was very sincere in his apology. And I accepted that apology