The apology + recipe combo…
This week, Twitter user @itszaeok asked his followers, “What is the worst celebrity apology you’ve ever seen?” People came through with some pretty bad examples of celebrities’ apologies after they were canceled, called out for being problematic, or accused of something.
Head’s up: This post deals with anti-gay, anti-trans, racist content, and sexual assault.
Like, what in the hell is this?
“Hey, what’s up everybody? I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees — to a song I love — that I grew up on,” she said. “I love Lauryn Hill, and I really am sorry if I offended you,” she said plainly.
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When Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots was called out for not using his platform during Black Lives Matter protests and the 2020 election, and then apologized like this:
Tyler Josephy/Twitter / Twitter: @maseraati_
“This isn’t a Notes app moment. I’m doubling down on my platform tweet. It was fantastic,” he also shared on Twitter.
When ex-Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he had been “working for 20 months” to get the N-word out of his vocabulary after his racist conference call was leaked:
@itszaeok Papa John’s saying he’s in therapy to learn how to stop saying the N word
In his apology interview, he seemed to focus more on finding out how his words were leaked. “I never dreamed that people that I cared about — that I loved, that I made multimillionaires — would do what they did,” he said. “Shame on them.”
When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard gave this awkward apology for not declaring their dogs when entering Australia, which has strict biosecurity laws:
Johnny and Amber’s. Before these two were a huge headline I laughed my ass off at this apology video when it came out. It’s the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen 😭
“Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals, and people,” Amber said flatly, before Johnny added, “It has to be protected.” So awk.
When Mario Batali attached a recipe to his apology after he was accused of sexual misconduct:
“I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans, and my team. My behavior is wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.” Then, he shared a photo of Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.
She also quit Twitter — where she addressed the controversy — after she was continually called out for using a Blaccent in her roles.
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When Mark Wahlberg said he had turned his life around after 45 days in prison, after he was twice-charged for racially motivated hate crime attacks as a teenager:
@itszaeok Mark Wahlberg saying he had done the work do make things right when he barely did time for his crimes because he stopped hate-crimping people, which apparently made his life harder.
He only served 45 days of his 2 year sentence.
When TikToker Sienna Mae Gomez was accused of sexual assault by fellow TikToker Jack Wright and returned to social media by dancing in a video:
Sienna Mae / Twitter: @SoobiMeaI
When Matt Damon recently admitted he just stopped using the f-slur because of his daughter:
@itszaeok matt damon saying it took his daughter writing him a whole essay to realise using homophobic slurs is bad
“I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You! She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Times.
When the owner of Dolls Kill clothing allegedly praised police for attacking a protester and then apologized with this awkward video:
@itszaeok Not really a celebrity, but the owner of dollskill clothing’s “apology” comes to mind…
And lastly, when actor Ronen Rubinstein reportedly joked about a character’s hijab on 9-1-1: Lone Star
@itszaeok he was apologizing for a video of him mocking a hijabi character from 9-1-1 lone star on set of the show
“The last thing on my mind was offending anybody,” he said.
Did they miss any examples? Let me know in the comments below!
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