Monday, September 14, 2009

Just Apologize and It'll be Okay

So all we have to do is apologize and all is forgiven??

This is not a political blog, and I have never shared my views here. Regardless, I have something to say, and what better place to say it? Last week Ted and I watched what our president had to say in regards to healthcare. By now, most of you have heard about the outburst that republican Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted out "You lie!" when President Obama mentioned illegal immigrants in his speech.

Of course emotions can get the best of all of us. HOWEVER, it is my opinion that one should absolutely NOT disgrace one's self or one's family. I completely understand that he got caught up in the moment, but he should not have shouted out at the President of the United States (or anyone else in public, for that matter).

Rep. Wilson has issued an apology: This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.

And now all should be forgiven because he apologized. Heck, what he said is already "out there" and can't be taken back. We can't turn the clock back to before his outburst. Even though he's apologized, people won't forget about it.

I'm not a big tennis fan, but I know who Venus and Serena Williams are. Apparently Serena had an outburst of emotion at the U.S. Open the other day. It seems as though a line judge called a foot-fault and Serena disagreed. Loudly. Meanly. Soon after the incident, Serena issued an apology: (Saturday) night everyone could truly see the passion I have for my job. Now that I have had time to gain my composure, I can see that while I don't agree with the unfair line call, in the heat of battle I let my passion and emotion get the better of me and as a result handled the situation poorly.

She was fined $10,000, which is a drop in the bucket compared to her net worth. Again, her outburst is "out there" and can't be removed. People won't forget about it. She's in the public eye and everything she does comes under scrutiny.

Last night Kanye West jumped on the "just let me apologize and all will be forgiven" bandwagon with his comments as Taylor Swift received a VMA (Video Music Awards) for Best Female Music Video. As Taylor was accepting her honor, Kanye got right into the microphone and cameras and said, “Yo Taylor. I’m really happy for you. I’m gonna let you finish [which didn't happen] but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

How rude.

Of course, Kanye later issued an apology on his blog, ON HIS BLOG (talk about a lack of guts): “I’m sooooo sorry to Taylor Swift and her fans and her mom [Andrea]. I spoke to her mother right after and she said the same thing my mother would’ve said. She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she’s in the bleachers! …………………… I’m in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!…………….. Beyonce’s video was the best of this decade!!! I’m sorry to my fans if I let you guys down!!!!! I’m sorry to my friends at MTV. I will apologize to Taylor 2mrw. Welcome to the real world!!!! Everybody wanna booooo me but I’m a fan of real pop culture!!! No disrespect but we watchin’ the show at the cribe right now cause…. Well you know!!!! I’m still happy for Taylor!!!! Boooyaawww!!!! You are very talented!!!!! I gave my awards to Outkast when they deserved it over me… That’s what it is!!!! I’m not crazy yall, I’m just real. Sorry for that!!! I really feel bad for Taylor and I’m sincerely sorry!!! Much Respect!!!!!”

My personal respect for Beyonce' went up about 500%, and I'm not even a fan of hers, when she later won an award and asked Taylor to come up on stage and give her acceptance speech.

I don't know about you, but I know that I'm sick and tired of people making idiots of themselves and being so disrespectful to others, then thinking all they need to do is apologize and all is well with the world. IT DOESN'T WORK THAT least not in my book.

The only way we'll ever really know if someone is sorry for what they've done is if they never do it again. And that takes a LONG, LONG time to happen.


HereWeGoAJen said...

Well, apologizing is a step in the right direction, but you are right, it doesn't just start things from zero again.

Monica said...

It seems that today motto is "Better to ask for forgiveness than to ask permission".

Politicians are supposed to be professionsal as are atheltes supposed to be, artist usually think of themselves first anyway but it is not an excuse. People in the public eye forget that they have a great influence on others. This is something they should remember.

PERBS said...

I guess not having a television presently is a blessing. . . but then, I only heard of the one shouting at Obama. . .