Merrill Newman’s back home, so I guess it’s safe now to say that his apology sounded totally phony.
Newman’s the 85-year-old Californian, a Korean War veteran, who went on a package tour in North Korea, was grabbed off the plane at the end, and detained for six weeks on charges of spying.
His captors videotaped him making a confession and apology. (North Korea has the potential to be a reliable source of material for SorryWatch.)
“You celebrate the birth of Humphrey Bogart?”
Brian Pallister is a Canadian politician in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Recently, after question period at the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, he extended holiday greetings to many, for the benefit of Natalie Pollock, blogger and cable-access performer.
In Pollock’s video, he smiles, peering down into the camera. “I want to wish everyone a really, really merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, all the holidays – all you infidel atheists out there, I want to wish you the very best also. I don’t know what you celebrate during the holiday season, I myself celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s your choice, and I respect your choice. If you want to celebrate nothing, and just get together with friends, that’s good, too. All the best!”
Posted in Bad Apologies, Political Apologies Tagged agnostics, atheists, Brian Pallister, canada, cardinals on holly branches, Christmas, disbelievers, Hanukkah, heathens, humanists, infidels, Jennifer Howard, Manitoba, Natalie Pollock, nonbelievers, pagans, penguins with watermelon, polar bears in woolly hats, scoffers, skeptics, unbelievers, Winnipeg, wolves in red suspenders
This pug requires shaming.
Unlike this golden retriever, who seems sufficiently shamed.
Certainly this dog is right to apologize for jumping on the guest. Don’t do that, dog. Even if your owner has failed you by not providing sufficient obedience training. However, I would argue that no apology for the panty-millinery is necessary, because duh, if one doesn’t want the dog to nudge the underthings onto his head, one should put them in the drawer. Jeepers, dog-owner, are you new here?
Market Street, San Francisco, in 1900. What did San Francisco ever have that Oakland didn’t?
KQED, a San Francisco Bay-area public media outlet, recently ran a cheery piece on one of their blogs, KQED Pop. That’s a “daily blog that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry.”
They overdid the cringe. The piece by Serena Cole, “A San Franciscan’s Guide to Living in Oakland,” particularly the second paragraph, upset a lot of people who might not actually like to cringe.
Posted in Bad Apologies, Media Apologies Tagged bad spelling, classism, high-crime neighborhood, KQED, KQED Pop, Oakland, Python reference, racism, San Francisco, Serena Cole, super-cute cupcake bakery
Kirkus Reviews named A Thousand Pardons (apology-centric novel previously discussed on SorryWatch) to its list of the Best Books of 2013. (On the other hand, Bookforum said its “awkward mix of narrative strategies—realistic on the surface, fantastical beneath—is the worst of both worlds, and ultimately bears only a passing resemblance to the one we actually live in.” So, your call!)
For what it’s worth, SorryWatch would have given the book a B+, if we debased ourselves with letter grades for books.
An agony of remorse.
SorryWatch went to Burning Man this year. Actually half of SorryWatch went to Burning Man. The Sumac half.
Sumac and The Horse Doc (not her actual playa name) were lounging on the couches at Liminal Labs when thoughtful, kindly observers xtraslky and Dr. Cheezie told us there was an apology camp at Burning Man – Playapology.
We did some research to find the exact location, and biked to the camp, which was at 9:15 and Consumer. It is difficult to do legwork at Burning Man, since people are constantly stepping into the roadway and offering you vodka tonics or iced coffee or grilled tri-tip or spraying you with water or calling out raunchy invitations, but we managed. We did it for you.
Wait, wait, what was SorryWatch wearing, you may ask? Enough.
Posted in Good apologies Tagged Black Rock City, Burning Man, camp clap, ignore my uniform, never want to see a crepe again, playa, playa name, Playapology, sorry in advance, trash fence, where's our minstrel
I am addicted, hardcore, to the Fox show Sleepy Hollow. It is utterly insane. Ichabod Crane is a former Revolutionary War soldier who wakes up in modern-day Sleepy Hollow and fights demons and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (one is headless, btw) with a small-town police lieutenant and a quirky A-Team of allies. The show just keeps throwing nutty plotballs at you (as Genevieve Valentine puts it in one of io9.com‘s delightful recaps, “use those Egyptian glyphs you carry with your Thracian Phiale to speak to Moloch in Hessian German before the cult can use Cromwell’s Tudor Norse Runes against you! Wait, what?”) but the actors keep grounding this mishegas in reality. Nicole Behaire and Tom Mison are gorgeous, have chemistry to burn, and can rock both humor and pathos (he’s a man cast alone into a brave new world; she’s got a super-damaged childhood and a lot of loss of her own to contend with). John Cho is simultaneously scary, funny and sad as a cop-turned-demon-minion, and Orlando Jones is just perfect as the police captain who does not want to believe his town is overrun by otherworldly harbingers of doom, but circumstances and AK-47-wielding monsters being what they are, he’s starting to adapt. Jones is hilariously deadpan, taking long beleaguered pauses as he and his deputy discuss her need to liberate a demon skull from the morgue to save the universe.
not a scene from the show.
Jones’s apology for a tweet is what brings us here today. (Sorry it took me so long to type this sentence. Have I mentioned I love this show?) Continue reading
Posted in Bad Apologies, Celebrity Apologies, Historical Apologies, Twitpologies Tagged Olivia Pope, Orlando Jones, rape, Sally Hemings, Shonda Rimes, Sleepy Hollow, SPURIOUS QUOTE DANGIT, Thomas Jefferson
A guest post by Carole Newton McManus.
Among the dozens of unpleasant tasks a person has to deal with after the loss of a loved one, perhaps the most odious is dealing with insurance companies.
When my husband Jeffrey died in July, I was told by Blue Shield of California that they’d have to process a “split” of our family health insurance, changing the primary subscriber name from his to mine. This bureaucratic ordeal ended up taking two and a half months, two faxes and six phone calls to resolve.
Of all the very repetitive and scripted conversations I had with Blue Shield representatives, the most surreal began with “Do you know how you were related to Jeffrey McManus?” Continue reading
Posted in Belated Apologies, Corporate Apologies, Guest Post, Institutional Apologies, Uncategorized Tagged Blue Shield, bureaucratic weasels, Carole McManus, Carole Newton, Carole Newton McManus, insurance, Jeffrey McManus
At the wheel, nervous passenger in front seat. (Okay, my mother, in town for the day.) One of those times when bad drivers burst out of every alley. (“Oh no, I’m late for my frenzy!”)
A different taxi, a different gesture. It wasn’t like this.
On the freeway, a taxi suddenly darted into our lane, apparently not seeing us. Dangerously close. I braked. Nervous passenger gasped. Continue reading
Posted in Good apologies, The Mechanics of Apology Tagged blind spot, cab, dignity, engine roar, insurance rates, lane change, sarcastic misanthrope, small good things, taxi, traffic lanes, turn signals
Your column was deeply offensive.
The editor of Guns & Ammo made a horrible terrible epic mistake. He overestimated his readers. To their faces. Worse, he overestimated his advertisers.
The December issue of Guns & Ammo, “The World’s Most Widely Read Firearms Magazine,” ran a column by Dick Metcalf, called “Let’s Talk Limits.”
In the column, Metcalf said crazy things.
Posted in Dog-whistle Apologies, Media Apologies Tagged concealed carry, Dick Metcalf, dog-whistle apology, First Amendment, Guns & Ammo, InterMedia Outdoors Network, Jim Bequette, NRA, People of the Gun, Robert Farago, Second Amendment, The Truth About Guns