The Judge Is a What? Apologies of the Week

George Takei takes back an insult
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2015 3:17 PM CDT
George Takei, in a file photo. He's walking back a controversial slam against Clarence Thomas.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson)

(Newser) – The week's public apologies follow statements or actions that were a little too ... something:

  • Too far: "My choice of words was regrettable, not because I do not believe Justice Thomas is deeply wrong, but because they were ad hominem and uncivil, and for that I am sorry."—George Takei, after calling Clarence Thomas a "clown in blackface."
  • Too awful: "We're appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened."—Google spokesperson, after the company's photo app labeled two black people as gorillas.

  • Too quick to post: “I’d like to apologize to the Echols family and others for posting a pic of their kids w/o permission. I didn’t mean to cause them distress.”—Jim Carrey, after posting a photo of an autistic boy amid his rants against California's tougher vaccine law. (The family accepted his mea culpa.)
  • Too expensive: "Straight up, we made some mistakes, we want to own that. ... We apologize to our customers for any discrepancies that may have occurred."—Whole Foods CEOs Walter Robb and John Mackey, in the wake of revelations it overcharged customers in New York City.
  • Too creepy: "We're sorry that our cap slogan caused you concern, that was certainly not our intention. These sayings are intended to give our consumers a little smile or pause for thought, not offense."—SoBe, after a joke message on a bottle cap—"Help me trapped in SoBe factory"—worried some customers.

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