Top 5 Apologies of the Week
From the Colosseum to US state houses
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2015 11:16 AM CDT
A file photo of tourists at Rome's Colosseum.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Files)

(Newser) – An apology over a racist chant wasn't the only public mea culpa to make headlines this week:

  • Weiner flashback: "I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community."—Justin Moed, Indiana state lawmaker, after he was caught sexting with none other than Sydney Leathers, she of the Anthony Weiner scandal.
  • That old thing? "We apologize for what we did. We regret it but we did not imagine it was something so serious. We'll remember for a lifetime."—Two California tourists, ages 21 and 25, unnamed, who got arrested after carving their initials into the Colosseum in Rome.
  • Too far: “I apologize for posting this on Facebook. Like too many people these days, I fell into the trap of posting something first and then thinking later.”—Michael Willette, Maine state senator, after posting a cartoon in which President Obama promises to deal with ISIS at a family reunion.

  • To the first lady: "I offer my sincerest apologies for a comment that I made about the characterization from a make-up artist that I made about you in the Univision entertainment program El Gordo y La Flaca."—Rodner Figueroa, who got fired as a Univision host for saying Michelle Obama looked like a member of the Planet of the Apes cast. Figueroa insists he was talking about a makeup artist's transformation into Obama, not the first lady herself.
  • Not so vogue: "I wanted to extend my sincerest apologies for the offense my post has caused."—Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, editor at Vogue, after tweeting a photo of a homeless person in Paris reading the magazine.