The Blemish » apologies Better than a slap to the face Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:29:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Philly Newspaper Caption Creator May Have Been a Teeny Bit Racist Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:21:24 +0000 An editor from the Philadelphia Public Record newspaper has been fired after running a racist caption. In a photo of City Councilman Mark Squilla sitting with a group of Asians in Chinatown, the editor made up a bunch of Asian-ish names and eventually gave up on making them sound plausible and went straight into racist. He came up with names like “Hao Hello,” “Du Wei,” “Me Too,” “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo.”

Philadelphia Public Record publisher Jimmy Tayoun said it was a “proofreading error” and that “nobody was offended so stop trying to start trouble.” Of course, that’s the totally wrong thing to say when you offend a group of people with blatant racism. They did, however, issue an apology for the offensive slur on their website writing, “So solly, Cholly.” No, just kidding. They definitely did not do that.

In our Aug. 21, 2014 issue an offensive slur was accidentally published in the Philadelphia Public Record. This shocking lapse of professional conduct occurred contrary to our editorial directives and in no way reflects the views of our staff or our organization.

An internal investigation is underway to uncover the source of this intolerable abuse and to prevent it from ever happening again. We apologize whole-heartedly to the Asian American community and to all Philadelphians of this vibrant, diverse city who work together to make it the best place in America to live and to grow.

While Tayoun probably still didn’t think it was a big deal, he fired the editor responsible for the caption.

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Gary Oldman Apologized to the Anti-Defamation League Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:03:18 +0000 Gary Oldman’s people are doing damage control after his interview with Playboy came out. If you’ll remember, he defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin and believed that Gibson was being railroaded because the Jews control Hollywood. The Anti-Defamation League called him out on his old man rambling accusing him of propagating anti-Semetic stereotypes. The ADL rightfully called Oldman out on his idiocy saying Gibson wasn’t ostracized by Hollywood because he was “biting the hand that fed him” but because he exposed his bigotry and hatred. In response, Oldman sent out an explanation.

Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:

I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.

I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.

I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace–Gary Oldman.

Did he just kiss some Jewish ass in that letter? Yup. For the record, I agree with the gist of what Oldman has to say about the world becoming too politically correct but the examples he uses to illustrate his point are absolutely retarded. Whoops, I’m sorry. What I meant to say was “fucking retarded.”

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Jonah Hill Dropped the F-Bomb. The Other F-Bomb. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:40:37 +0000 Jonah Hill was being followed by two photogs around LA over the weekend when they started asking him questions and talking about his board shorts, “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.”

After about a minute of that, the photog left saying, “Have a good day. Enjoy.” Jonah Hill was having none of that and shot back with, “Suck my dick, faggot.

He called into Howard Stern this morning to apologize.

I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool. And in that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people. I grew up with gay family members. I’m leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest coworkers, a best friend who is gay who’s getting married who I’m going to stand at his wedding. I am not at all defending my choice of words, but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don’t intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate. And that’s bullshit and I shouldn’t have said that.

Good job working in the “some of my best friends are gay” line. What better way to show everyone how tolerant you are than by having a friend from the group you offended. That’s why I have one friend from every minority. No one will ever be able to call me out on anything.

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Shaq Finally Apologizes for Mocking a Disabled Man Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:18:21 +0000 After Donald Sterling was called out on his blatant racism, Shaq decided to call the man he mocked in an Instagram photo and apologize.

If you’ll remember, Jahmel suffers from ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder which causes a few developmental abnormalities. NBA stands for everybody, you guys.

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Michael Bay Sorry About His Meltdown Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:16:56 +0000 If you hadn’t heard, Michael Bay embarrassed himself on stage at CES during the Samsung presentation. He tried giving his talk in spite of of a broken teleprompter but it wasn’t happening so he simply walked off stage. Bay took to his site and apologized explaining that he was just too excited.

Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

The worst thing about this was he didn’t even punctuate his exit with anything. Not an explosion or even a dismissive fart. At least give the people something.

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Shia LaBeouf Apologized With Sky Writing Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:43:59 +0000 Having plagiarized Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel and then plagiarizing apologies from famous people because he wanted to make it seem like it was done on purpose, Shia LaBeouf has finally apologized to Clowes for real the only way he knows how. With sky writing. Over LA.

On New Year’s Day, Shia hired WorldWideSkyAds to vaporize “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES” across the sky in Studio City. The apology was visible throughout LA Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Clowes probably missed the apology. Because he lives in Oakland.

Don’t think Shia is any less of an asshole though. He wants us to know he was mocking us with his “plagiarized” apologies. He plagiarized yesterday,

And another reappropriation. This time from Jay-Z.

Shia must think he’s real clever by doing this. He probably giggles and pats himself on the back after every tweet. Imaging how smug he must look after every tweet makes me want to push him in a puddle.

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Shia LaBeouf Sorry He Plagiarized His Short Film Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:33:38 +0000 Shia LaBeouf directed a short film, “,” that basically fires shots at film critics. Funnily enough, these same critics realized the short was plagiarized word for word from an illustrated short by Daniel Clowes called Justin M. Damiano. Clowes wasn’t credited in the film. Shia’s short, which had been online, has now been password protected after the backlash.

Late last night, Shia LaBeouf issued an apology in which he claimed to have been merely inspired by Clowes work and just forgot to credit him.

Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.

I fucked up.

It’s one of those apologies that walk the line between a real apology meant to gain back respect and a brush-off. If we saw Shia apologize to Daniel in real life, it would look like this: “Sorry, bro.” *shrugs, raises fist for a dap*

Hilariously, the first part of Shia’s apology may have also been plagiarized. Which makes me think he’s just trolling everyone.

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Justin Bieber Called Bill Clinton to Apologize Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:20:25 +0000 After video came out of Justin Bieber peeing in a mop bucket and spraying cleaning solution on a picture of Bill Clinton while shouting “Fuck Bill Clinton,” Bieber thought it would be best to call Bill to apologize. You see, he didn’t mean it. He actually thinks Slick Willie is pretty dope. Especially after that whole cigar incident. “That shit was tight, yo!,” he probably said.

Reports say they had a “great conversation” and that Bill accepted his apology. They then both popped their collars to show signs of mad respect.

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Alec Baldwin Is Not Homophobic Says Alec Baldwin Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:35:13 +0000 After Alec Baldwin ranted at that “toxic little queen” George Stark of The Daily Mail last week, a few people were of the opinion that Alec Baldwin might be a homophobe. Alec Baldwin wants to clear something up. Alec Baldwin is nothing of the sort. In fact, Alec Baldwin has a gay friend or something or other.

Issuing a statement to GLAAD, Baldwin tried to explain away the gay by saying the word “queen” has nothing to do with being a homosexual.

“My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.  My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service. As someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize.”

“A queen to me has a different meaning,” he said. “It’s somebody who’s just above. It doesn’t have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen… I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn’t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation.”

“If homosexuality was an issue for me, I would have moved out of New York years ago. I find that laughable.”

A light bulb just went off in Paula Deen’s head and she quickly smiled to herself while jotting down, “If black people were an issue for me, I would have moved out of the South years ago. I find that laughable.” Thank you, Alec Baldwin!

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Damon Lindelof Sorry for the Alice Eve Underwear Scene Tue, 21 May 2013 18:26:56 +0000 Guys, Damon Lindelof wants to apologize for putting in a random scene of Alice Eve in her underwear in Star Trek Into the Darkness. He says it was gratuitous.

  • I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress.
  • We also had Kirk shirtless in underpants in both movies.  Do not want to make light of something that some construe as mysogenistic.
  • What I’m saying is I hear you, I take responsibility and will be more mindful in the future.
  • Also, I need to learn how to spell “misogynistic.”

Well it was still appropriate for me! #boobs io9 via MTV:

Why is Alice Eve in her underwear, gratuitously and unnecessarily, without any real effort made as to why in God’s name she would undress in that circumstance? Well there’s a very good answer for that. But I’m not telling you what it is. Because… uh… MYSTERY?

Sigh. I really miss the 90’s. Everything was gratuitous back then and no one had to apologize for it. See: Species.

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