Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Recent White Apologies, Ranked


16. "Thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant alot."—Justin Bieber, after he shouted "Fuck Bill Clinton!" while peeing in a bucket. [Twitter]

15. "I am learning." —Rachael Sacks, author of "I’m Not Going To Pretend That I’m Poor To Be Accepted By You." [Thought Catalog]

14. "I am learning how to learn." —Tal Fortgang, author of "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege" [NYT]

13. "I love Korea. Im sorry" —Justin Bieber, after he posted photos of his visit to a Japanese war memorial widely understood by other Pacific nations to be a shrine to Japanese war crimes. [Twitter]

12. "Sorry if it offended anybody." —Caleb Johnson, "American Idol" season 13 contestant, after he referred to fans requesting songs as "retards." [Facebook]

11. "It was not my intention to criticize Pope Francis." —Sarah Palin, after she criticized Pope Francis. [Facebook]

10. "Got carried w excitement over Cinco de Mayo celebration on GMA—sorry" —Lara Spencer [Twitter]

9. "Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word… My efforts obviously weren't quite good enough." —BBC "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson, after he dropped the N-bomb while rhyming "Eeny-meeny-miney-moe." [Twitter]

8. "It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently." —Github CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath, after former employee Julie Horvath revealed ongoing harassment at the company. [Github]

7. "I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I'm learning from in the world of politics." —Ted Nugent, after he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in
an interview with [CNN]

6. "I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last." —Michael Grimm, after he threatened to break a NY1 reporter in half. Grimm has since been indicted by federal prosecutors. [NYT]

5. “What I said was offensive,” —Rockingham, Vermont Town Manager Willis “Chip” Stearns, after he said that he hoped the deployment of K-9 units would make "a lot of Latinos leave" town. [Rutland Herald]

4. "I'm a monstrous hypocrite." —Hugo Schwyzer [Twitter]

3. "We failed." —Daily Oklahoman sports editor Mike Sherman on his paper's "Mr. Unreliable" Kevin Durant headline. [NewsOK]

2. “I wish I had just paid her off." —Donald Sterling [DuJour]

1. "We apologize for any inconvenience." —Instagram, after it accidentally shut down Rihanna's account. [Daily Mail]

#apologies #sorrynotsorry #whitepeople

Brendan O'Connor is a reporter in New York.

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“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.” — Bruins president Cam Neely

grendan (#269,504)

@Clarence Rosario oh that's such a good one

1526737429@twitter (#273,110)

This "update" (half-hearted correction) from ABC on citing someone as creator of #BringBackOurGirls:

joshc (#442)

I have to imagine that Instagram was referencing God's Final Message to His Creation ("We apologise for the inconvenience") from the fourth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy trilogy.

ronthony (#273,528)


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