Another Google Maps Fail: Apologies of the Week
Also, a politician's failed attempt at humor
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2015 12:05 PM CDT
Visitors take photos of the White House on the sidewalk in front of the White House.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – An awful Google Maps hack and a certain reality show figure generated some of the week's public apologies:

  • Offensive map: "Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused."—Google spokesperson, after it emerged that the White House showed up when racial slurs were punched in. (A previous hack involved the Apple logo.)
  • Fall from grace: "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret."—Josh Duggar, of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting clan, after reports surfaced that he molested five girls.

  • Joke bombs: “I said something offensive, and for that I sincerely apologize.”—Loretta Sanchez, Senate candidate in California, after making a Native American war whoop and gesture as a joke while addressing Indian Americans.
  • Sour notes: "Daryl, if you're out there, I apologize. Where do I get off criticizing you?"—David Crosby, on Howard Stern's show, apologizing months after dissing Daryl Hannah—girlfriend of his old pal Neil Young—as a "poisonous predator."
  • Out in front: "I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming #JurassicWorld press tour. I hope you understand it was never my intention to offend anyone and I am truly sorry."—Actor Chris Pratt, proving he's got the standard celeb mea culpa down pat for whenever he needs it.