“Say Sorry Barry” wants Barry to apologize for his recent comments targeting Asian shop owners and Filipino nurses. Among those scheduled to appear at the event is David Chung, a member of the city Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs commission, who sharply criticized Barry and his previous non-apology apology at a D.C. Council hearing last month.
Will Barry give the public apology he has thus far skirted? Probably, if history is any guide.
The Asian tempest, you must understand, has been a mini-version of Barry’s various other public cycles of infamy and redemption. They go something like this:
1. Make a mistake.
2. Say you were misunderstood or taken out of context. Alternately, offer other excuses.
3. Give apology-of-sorts, saying sorry for giving “offense” or taking partial responsibility while deflecting full accountability.
4. Endure ongoing public rebuke.
5. Complete cycle by begging forgiveness in friendly territory — more often than not, in a church.
Tomorrow’s event starts at noon at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church.