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| No Apologies
|Posted Thursday, January 02, 2014
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a statement saying that you are sorry about something : an expression of regret for having done or
said something wrong
apologies : an expression of regret for not being able to do something
: something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize
said on her MSNBC weekend news program. Although Ms. Perry
was not the perceived offender, she apologized for joining in with her
guests about what some deemed offensive. It was her show and
possibly, could/should have behaved better. Nonetheless, she
apologized once, twice and several times afterward. I suppose she felt
that the repeat apologies were needed; not for her offender(s) but for
the sake of her job. (Martin Bashir apologized for his statements
against former governor Sarah Palin, and now is a former MSNBC
at the paparazzi. While there is never an excuse, I can only imagine
that Mr. Baldwin was truly upset, as he would receive plenty
backlash. Not necessarily from the GLAAD and/or LGBT
communities, but from his Hollywood friends, coworkers, sponsors,
producers and directors.
questionable skit about what kids think and their reaction to what adults
show, but in his defense, the skit was all in good fun and was not ignorantly or purposefully
offensive. Perhaps he apologized not for anything he did, but for the sake of his job. He
apologized for the responses from the innocence.
crack cocaine. Would it be offensive to ask why are the mass
majority of crack users much heavier in body weight? Was Mr.
Ford using crack while taking the city's numbers from red to
black? In this instance, he should have apologized, but if it were
me, I would keep my job while seeking treatment.
|I do not think people should feel pressured to apologize for their statements. Why apologize if it is not sincere.
were upsetting to both gays and Blacks. When interviewed by Drew
Magary from GQ magazine, he was asked, "What, in your mind, is
sinful?" Mr. Robertson told Mr. Magary what was more sexually
desirable for him. He did not say he hated gay people. Later, Robertson
made statements about what he witnessed (with his own eyes) while
working with Black people. He did not say use a racial epithet when
describing Blacks, but he DID use a derogatory term when referencing
Whites. Perhaps he owes someone an apology, but certainly not me.
President Obama apologized for saying that after ObamaCare goes into effect, people could keep their same health care
plans. Yes, he was wrong. An apology was made and those affected are forced to choose other plans. Is it unfair?
No. Are the other plans better or worse than their old plans? Certainly. Was Medicare this easy when first
Paul Deen apologized for using a derogatory term when describing Black people. Personally, I was not offended, but for
those that were, was the apology needed and/or appreciated?
I am tired of all the retractions of what someone deems upsetting and/or politically incorrect.
Some people just have diarrhea at the mouth and simply not able to taper what comes spilling out. Sometimes, some
people need to say how they feel and others need to hear it.
Stop filling your mouth with blood when your heart and tongue is itching to reveal your truest thoughts. As Dave
Chappelle's character Clayton Bigsby the wizard said during his klan meeting, "Open up your heart and let that hate
Get that pain off your chest and release the stress.
Shame on them that their skin is so thin that they believe an apology is
due when their feelings are hurt. In this day and age, we should be over
the fact that racism and other prejudices exist and will ALWAYS exist till
the end of time. Yes, I would like to have hope and optimism that the
hatred will end, but I know better. I am a realist.
is out and I know not to support or socialize with such ignorance. I have
a choice. We have freedom of speech as well as a freedom of choice
and when the hate is revealed, you know and now know what to do.
When someone's feelings are hurt, I get tired of the senseless defensive line that we have freedom of speech to say what
we want to say. Although we do have that freedom, it does not mean we should act on it. Sometimes, we should just
forbid to reveal our ignorance; being peaceful.
|The first amendment to the constitution reads as follows:
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We have freedom!
to open our mouths and allow ignorance to be revealed every chance we
when the red camera light is on. (Everyone knows that video cameras
are everywhere and almost everyone owns and carries a camera with a
something, it does not mean we are obligated to behave one way or the
other. As someone once told me, "Like it or not, that is just who I am."
Well, I do not like it but at least now, I know. I do not need an explanation and certainly not an apology. As I said, at
least I know.
Either choose to reveal or conceal, but whatever you do, do not apologize, as most apologizes are damaging and really
crappy as well as insincere.
Alternatively, least we forget some things are just a misunderstanding and taken too far. Likewise, some things need to
be said, but not everything is racist and not everything deserves the attention we give it.