Blog favorite and screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy suggested asking: What are the best and the lamest celebrity apologies? Caitlin’s own picks and pans:
My votes for best apologies include: Hugh Grant on “The Tonight Show”; Bill Clinton after the Monica episode; David Letterman when he came clean about his affair with a staff member; and Charlie Sheen for [insert seedy act here]. Sheen gets away with everything!!!
My votes for lamest ones include: Mel Gibson issuing a statement through his publicist after the sugar tits and “Jews are responsible for all the wars of the world” rant; Jimmy Swaggart crying uncontrollably; and Ashlee Simpson after she got caught lip-syncing on SNL.
I agree with Caitlin that Letterman got through by staying straightforward and mixing in a modicum of honesty. I’ll even give Jesse James cred. for the same in one line: “I deserve every bad thing that is coming my way.” For that line alone, Jesse J’s ‘public apology’ deserves a scarlet ‘A.’
Less convincing is Tiger Woods’ mistress Joslyn James posting multiple graphic text messages from Tiger on her website and at the same time issuing a ‘public apology’ expressing her very deep concern for Elin Woods.
But Tiger Woods himelf seems to me to be improving his ‘apology game.’ While his press-conference apology felt a bit stilted and defensive, Tiger seemed more honestly chagrinned in his recent Golf Channel interview, in which he labeled his own behavior as ‘disgusting’ and allowed that what his deceased father would say about it all was probably not repeatable on TV.
Who are your picks and pans in this dark art? And what’s your best advice to Aspiring Apologists?
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