Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Say You're Sorry

When my kids were little and they'd bounce a ball off their brother's head or shove their sister out of their way, I'd make them apologize.  Often they'd try to get away with offering up a lame "sorry" without an inkling of remorse so I'd make them do it over and over until I thought it sounded sincere.

How many times do we have to read or hear a politician/athlete/celebrity say something completely stupid/offensive/inappropriate and start with, "If I offended anyone...."?  How about, "Since I offended everyone....."?  Or "I shot my mouth off without thinking and I feel like a complete jerk."  Maybe, "I hope you won't judge me by this insensitive remark because I'm a better person than I just demonstrated."

The latest example would be newly-elected Gov. Robert Bentley (AL) who said only Christians were his brothers and sisters.  Maybe he should have spent his first week on the job looking for the cafeteria and bathroom and keeping his hands, feet and objects to himself.  A day later he offered up this:  "If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I'm sorry.  I'm sorry if I offended anyone in any way."

What the what???  Is there any way but to feel disenfranchised by his statement?

I think that if your remarks landed in most papers and news sites, you offended a healthy amount of people and your spouse/agent/designated toadie should yank you by the arm and tell you to stand up, look into the camera and say you're sorry without blaming anyone for your bad behavior.  Responsible parents have been doing that very thing forever.


  1. Kathy my mom just guided me to your new blog and as a fellow blogger/aspiring writer I can safely say this is a great source of inspiration and laughter. I thought you would enjoy this (http://www.citizenbrand.typepad.com/swenson/page/2/) tongue-in-cheek example of apologia written by one of my J-School Professors, David Guth. Best wishes as your endeavor of the blogosphere moves forward.

  2. Oh, thank you!!! As a writer you probably know how critical we are of our own stuff so I hit publish and hope it's not crap :) Thanks for the link - I so enjoy well written snarky.