May 2, 2013

Oh my God, did a celebrity just apologize for something?

It’s a known fact that stars never really apologize. For anything. After an embarrassing incident--a DUI, a nasty Tweet, the unfortunate beating of a girlfriend--they issue statements that sound vaguely contrite, or, at least, that reflect an awareness of said incident. 

And then the media reports these statements as “apologies.”

They’re not. 

Case in point: Just this week, actress Tara Reid said something kind of snippy about Lindsay Lohan. Reid told TMZ that "If I get drunk, I'm a happy drunk. When she gets drunk, she's just mean." Apparently Reid felt sorta-kinda bad about this, because she later Tweeted this cryptic statement: 

“@lindsaylohan i truly do wish you the best of luck there is no war here. Your followed by for 4 leaf clovers.”

Reid expressed no awareness of what, if anything, she’d said to offend Lohan and didn’t seem particularly contrite. But blogs called the Tweet an apology anyway. 

Last month, rapper Rick Ross offered his version of a mea-culpa after releasing a song that glorified roofies and date rape. 

"I dont condone rape,” he Tweeted. “Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS.”

In other words, Ross was sorry that you misread him. It’s a backhanded apology, but, again, the media accepted it as sincere.

I first wrote about this topic three years ago. Since then, celebrities haven’t seemed to get any more genuine in their contrition. 

Until today.

Want to see what a bona fide apology looks like? I give you...Reese Witherspoon. In an interview on Good Morning America, she did it right.

“It's one of those nights," the 37-year-old actress said of her now-infamous verbal abuse of an officer during a DUI arrest of her husband, Jim Toth. "We went out to dinner in Atlanta, had one too many glasses of wine. We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. And it's just completely unacceptable. And we are so sorry and embarrassed. And we know better.

“It's something that will absolutely never happen again. Just bad judgment...I am so sorry. I was so disrespectful to [the arresting officer].”

Now if somebody could just get the memo to Lindsay Lohan...

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  1. Great column, Leslie! It takes a big person, often blocked in H-wood by a BIG EGO, to admit a faux pas. Thanx for bringing this to the fore.
    Dr. Gilda Carle

  2. I have a q for YOU, Gilda: When are you going to be on my new show?