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The 13 Absolute Worst Apologies Of All Time

 

 

Taking responsibility, owning up to one’s shortcomings, and expressing remorse — no matter how you look at it, apologizing is never easy. Nonetheless, an “I’m sorry” has to be handled with some finesse, or it can come off badly — very badly — and these absolute worst apologies of all time are proof of that. Part of the reason these apologies that went wrong are so, well, wrong, is that instead of offering a simple, contrite statement of regret and ownership, the remorseful parties have tried to explain away their awful behavior. And awfulness tends to defy logic, so in trying to apply logic to awfulness, the contrite have instead been left flailing by their own inability to a say a simple “I’m sorry” and to then shut up.

From sexual harassment to suicide and from human rights abuses to criminal infractions, the worst apologies ever involve some of the biggest scandals of modern time. And, unfortunately, the memory of these scandals and their lingering effects continue. When no one takes adequate responsibility, wounds remain open, and recrimination and backlash fester. Read on for some terrible celebrity apologies that don’t cut it, no matter what way you slice it.

 

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