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Omar, Boebert Argue Apology in a Tense Call and Afterward

Members' conversation about anti-Muslim story doesn't settle the issue

(Newser) - After Rep. Lauren Boebert told an anecdote about mistaking Rep. Ilhan Omar for a terrorist , House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested the Colorado Republican call the offended Democrat and just talk it out. Boebert and Omar talked Monday, but the conversation didn't defuse the situation, the Hill reports. Afterward,...

Virginia Politician Apologizes Over Blackface Costume

Warsaw council member Faron Hamblin says his Eddie Murphy costume was a tribute, not an insult

(Newser) - Halloween has come and gone, but not without another entry in the annals of I'm-sorry-about-my-blackface costume. In this case, the controversy centers around a local Virginia politician. Faron Hamblin, a white member of the town council in Warsaw, posted an image of himself on Facebook dressed as Randy Watson,...

After Set Is Cut Short, a 3-Word Tweet From Phoebe Bridgers

Expletive-laden post came after singer's sound was cut during Austin City Limits music fest

(Newser) - If you're wondering how Phoebe Bridgers' performance went over the weekend at the Austin City Limits music fest, her three-word tweet shortly afterward sheds some light. "lol f--- acl," the 27-year-old singer-songwriter said in a since-deleted post, per Pitchfork . The tweet was sent about 17 minutes after...

MLB Announcer Apologizes for Apparent Slavery Reference

Jim Kaat made '40-acre field' remark about White Sox's Yoan Moncada during Friday playoff game

(Newser) - In the first inning during a playoff game Friday between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Jim Kaat made an on-air remark about one of Chicago's players that he says was meant to be praise. By the fifth inning, the MLB Network announcer was offering up his apologies....

ACLU Apologizes for Altering RBG Quote

Organization switched pronouns to 'they' and 'their'

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union is apologizing after erasing "she" and "her" pronouns from a statement by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On the anniversary of her death, the organization reinterpreted a quote Ginsburg gave on reproductive rights during her Senate confirmation hearings in 1993....

Mayor's Medal Bite Does Not Land Well

Japan's Takashi Kawamura apologizes after his jokey move ignites intense criticism

(Newser) - Olympic athletes have a little tradition of biting their medals. A Japanese mayor tried to join in on the fun, and the joke did not land. The trouble for Mayor Takashi Kawamura of Nagoya began Wednesday when he publicly congratulated a local medalist, softball player Miu Goto, reports Reuters . After...

Romania's Olympians Were Welcomed With a Dracula Pic
Broadcaster Says Sorry for
'Inexcusable' Gaffe at Olympics
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Broadcaster Says Sorry for 'Inexcusable' Gaffe at Olympics

Among stereotypical pics used in opening ceremonies: Chernobyl for Ukraine, pizza for Italy

(Newser) - Ukrainians tuning in to the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday were likely looking forward to catching a glimpse of the athletes representing their country, not a photo of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that wreaked havoc within its borders in 1986. If they happened to watch the sporting...

48 Years After Cop Killed Boy in Russian Roulette: an Apology

Dallas Police apologize for 1973 murder of Santos Rodriguez by Darrell Cain

(Newser) - Two boys were pulled from their beds, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police car in Dallas, Texas, in the early hours of July 24, 1973. Only one lived to see July 25. Suspecting the Mexican-American brothers had stolen $8 from a vending machine and hoping for a...

After Glee Over Cosby Release, Phylicia Rashad Apologizes

Howard University dean writes letter to parents, students: 'I vehemently oppose sexual violence'

(Newser) - Phylicia Rashad has long been a defender of Bill Cosby, who played her husband on The Cosby Show, but her recent glee over his release from prison has her facing new backlash. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's highest court vacated the 83-year-old's sexual assault conviction, making him a free man,...

Britney Spears Offers Fans an Apology

For pretending she's been fine these past 2 years

(Newser) - Early supporters of the #FreeBritney movement demanded Britney Spears be freed from her conservatorship even though she claimed she was happy and had an Instagram account that seemed to back that up. In her first public comments since this week's court testimony, where she proved she is very much...

Ikea Employees Outraged by Juneteenth Menu

Fried chicken, watermelon among items selected to honor Black Americans

(Newser) - An Ikea store in Atlanta is apologizing after offering a lunch menu of fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens to honor "the perseverance of Black Americans." Employees spoke out, claiming the menu was created without input from Black employees was sent to workers, and that...

Billie Eilish 'Appalled' by Old Video Clip

Singer apologizes for mouthing racial slur in a song lyric when she was a young teen

(Newser) - "I'm being labeled something that I am not," says Billie Eilish, who says she's "appalled and embarrassed" by a years-old video clip that appears to show her mouthing a racial slur. An edited compilation video spreading online seems to show the seven-time Grammy winner mouthing...

Museum Dumps a Most Controversial Exhibit

Shanghai's OCAT gallery apologizes for Song Ta's display that ranked women from 'prettiest to ugliest'

(Newser) - One of China's most respected modern museums is taking heat for a multimedia exhibit that used university students as its unwitting subjects. The South China Morning Post and BBC note the artwork by male artist Song Ta at Shanghai's OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, or OCAT, was displayed under...

Chrissy Teigen Responds to Courtney Stodden Bullying Claims

'I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be'

(Newser) - Courtney Stodden, the young beauty pageant queen who made headlines after marrying 50-something actor Doug Hutchison when she was just 16, recently sat down with the Daily Beast to talk about what she says was a "psychologically and mentally" abusive relationship with her now ex-husband. But Stodden, 26, also...

Amazon Issues Mea Culpa Over Pee-in-a-Bottle Debate

Company acknowledges that some drivers must resort to it

(Newser) - Amazon doesn't issue very many apologies, notes veteran tech reporter John Cook of GeekWire . But it made an exception Friday night in a blog post after a hubbub about peeing in bottles. The controversy began when Rep. Marc Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat, fired off a tweet last month critical...

Leno Calls His Asian Jokes a 'Legitimate Wrong'

Organizations had pressured comedian and networks for 15 years

(Newser) - Under pressure from Asian American organizations for years, Jay Leno has apologized for jokes he made in the past. "I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part," Leno said. He apologized on...

White Headmaster Told Black Boy to Kneel Like an 'African'

John Holian placed on leave at Long Island Catholic school

(Newser) - The headmaster of a Catholic school on Long Island has been placed on leave after reportedly telling a Black boy to kneel in apology, calling it "the African way." Trisha Paul's 11-year-old son, Trayson, told her that he'd been taken to the headmaster's office at...

Tokyo Olympics Chief Won't Step Down After Sexist Remarks

Yoshiro Mori apologized for saying meetings with too many women 'drag on,' but he won't resign

(Newser) - Anyone upset by sexist remarks made earlier this week by the head of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics might be glad to know he's now apologizing—but don't expect much more than that. "I will not be stepping down," former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro...

Liberty President on Massive Snowball Fight: 'I Messed Up'

University is making headlines for potential superspreader event

(Newser) - Liberty University is back in the news, this time because of a massive snowball fight in violation of the school's own coronavirus guidelines. The school had promoted Sunday's event in Lynchburg, Va., attended by hundreds of students who stood close together without masks. Photos uploaded to Facebook by...

SoulCycle Instructor's Vaccine Post Leads to Apology
Fitness Guru Jumps Line
for Her COVID Shot
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Fitness Guru Jumps Line for Her COVID Shot

Stacey Griffith of SoulCycle apologizes after torrent of criticism

(Newser) - If there's one thing fans of high-profile fitness instructor Stacey Griffith can take solace in these days, it's that she is the rare celebrity who knows how to deliver an unqualified apology. "I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for my recent action in...

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