A Televised Gaffe: Apologies of the Week

Kelly Osbourne had people asking, 'Did she just say that?'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2015 12:39 PM CDT
A Televised Gaffe: Apologies of the Week
Kelly Osbourne was in mea culpa mode.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Embarrassing mistakes by the EPA and a bounty hunter resulted in some of the week's public apologies:

  • TV misfire: "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted f----- up today."—Kelly Osbourne, after asking on the View, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilets, Donald Trump?"
  • Who gets the fine? “First off, I’d like to just say I’m sorry for what’s happened. This is a huge tragedy, and it’s hard being on the other side of this, in terms of being the one who caused this incident.”—David Ostrander of the EPA, after his agency spilled toxic mine water into a Colorado river.

  • Very mistaken identity: "I apologize. It's not what I did that is the problem. It's not what I did that has me incarcerated right now. It's who was involved."—Brent Farley, bounty hunter who led a raid on what he thought was the home of a fugitive. It was the home of the Phoenix police chief.
  • Unsportsmanlike: "We apologize for today’s tweet. It’s not a comment about sexual assault. Sex without permission is always wrong and not accepted."—Vanderbilt University, after sending out a "tone-deaf tweet" about the football team that asserted, "We don't need your permission!" Four players are currently in the midst of a rape case.
  • A special plea: "I want to first start off by saying that I am sorry to all those who were offended by my tweets to my friend. It was never meant to harm anyone. Me and my buddy were just joking around. ... I would be grateful if you guys would take down these tweets and articles about me. I am truly not a bad guy and I don't want this resting on me for the rest of my life."—Damon Singleton, football player at Ball State, after homophobic slurs surfaced.
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