5 Apologies of the Week

Including mea culpas over weddings and feminism
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2015 10:10 AM CST
5 Apologies of the Week
Actress Kaley Cuoco and her husband, tennis player Ryan Sweeting.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Someone somewhere is always apologizing for something. Here are some high-profile ones over the past week:

  • Wedding bells: "Listen. Congratulations on your wedding. I feel terrible. Nobody told us."—President Obama, to Ed Mallue Jr. and Natalie Heimel after they had to move their wedding from a Hawaii golf course as the president played through.

  • Geography: “HarperCollins regrets the omission of the name Israel from their Collins Middle East Atlas. This product has now been removed from sale in all territories and all remaining stock will be pulped. HarperCollins sincerely apologizes for this omission and for any offense it caused."—Publisher HarperCollins, after releasing an atlas for students in the Mideast notably lacking one country.
  • Feminism: "Some people have taken offense to my comments regarding feminism—if any of you are In the 'biz' you are well aware of how words can be taken out of context. I’m completely blessed and grateful that strong women have paved the way for my success along with many others. I apologize if anyone was offended. ..." —Actress Kaley Cuoco, who told Redbook of her "old-fashioned" views about men and women. (The Washington Post deconstructs what it calls a classic non-apology.)
  • Marching bands: "Band nation—I hear you. I was out of line. I apologize. I do not condone bullying of any kind and that was not my intent." —Jim Rome, national sports talk show host, who tweeted the apology after an earlier tweet called band members "dorks."
  • Fast-food-style protest: “We work very hard to ensure that every customer in our restaurants feels welcome and is treated with respect. Clearly, the actions of this crew member undermined that effort. ... Above all, we would like to apologize to the officers involved in this incident.” —Chipotle chain, after an employee made the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture to NYPD officers who entered a Brooklyn restaurant.
(Read more apology stories.)

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