Apologies of the week

Justin Bieber had to apologize to Seth Rogen this week.
Justin Bieber, above, apologized to Seth Rogen this week.

MSNBC apologizes for ‘ill-advised’ Cinco de Mayo segment

“The anchor of MSNBC’s ‘Way Too Early’ apologized Tuesday for ‘ill-advised’ references to Mexicans and Cinco de Mayo. Thomas Roberts, who hosts the show from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., told viewers via Twitter that a segment that featured a correspondent in a sombrero swilling tequila was not intended to demean Mexicans.” CNN

Lara Spencer apologizes for ‘Cinco de Drinko’ comment on Good Morning America

“ABC’s Lara Spencer is apologizing for referring to Cinco de Mayo as ‘Cinco de Drinko’ on a ‘Good Morning America’ segment this week. The anchor wore, then twirled, a sombrero and mentioned that the holiday was the biggest day of the year for margarita sales. She held what appeared to be a margarita. The Associated Press

‘Long hands’ mayor apologizes for clutching a reporter’s thigh

“Bolivia’s ‘long hands’ mayor apologized for this latest temptation caught while clutching the thigh of a television reporter sitting next to him during an official ceremony. Percy Fernandez, 75, is the elected mayor of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia largest city and apparently has a ‘long hands’ and ‘forcibly kissing’ record.” Merco Press

McDonald’s apologizes for ‘insensitive timing’ of fundraiser

“McDonald’s is apologizing for the timing of its McHappy Day fundraiser, which was held across the country on Wednesday. Wednesday also marked the 22-year anniversary of a mass murder at a McDonald’s in Sydney River, [Nova Scotia]. Three young people were killed and one critically injured in a violent botched robbery at the restaurant on May 7, 1992.” CTV News Atlantic

Justin Bieber apologizes to Seth Rogen for being ‘a bit shy’

Justin Bieber has responded publicly to fellow Canadian star Seth Rogen, who called him ‘a d**k’ in a radio interview this week. ‘Seth Rogen sorry I didn’t bow down when I asked 2 meet u,’ Bieber tweeted early Thursday. ‘Was probably a bit shy and didn’t want to be over the top but still. love ur movies.”’ Global News

Singer Carnie Wilson apologizes for calling Donald Serling’s girlfriend ‘a man’

“Former Wilson-Phillips frontwoman Carnie Wilson has apologized for calling disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s girlfriend V. Stiviano ‘a man’ and ‘a he’  during Wilson’s appearance on CBS’s The Talk.’” Towleroad

Rialto,Calif., school officials apologize for Holocaust assignment

“What started as an eighth-grade critical-thinking writing assignment has become a source of relentless controversy for Rialto school officials, who apologized profusely and publicly this week for asking that students consider whether the Holocaust was created for political gain or didn’t happen at all. … ‘From the bottom of my heart, I feel sorry for this whole thing happening,’ said ‎interim Supt. Mohammad Z. Islam, adding that he accepted full responsibility for the incident.” The L.A. Times

Porsha Williams apologizes to gays for sermon

Porsha Williams has apologized for a sermon she gave three years ago about trying to ‘save’ gays and lesbians. The ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star issued the apology Tuesday in an exclusive statement to People magazine. ‘My heart was heavy and it’s imperative for me to address the issue,’ Williams told the magazine in a videotaped message. ‘God loves all of his children.’” ABC

Candidate for lieutenant governor apologizes for slavery comment

“Alaska lieutenant governor hopeful Dan Sullivan said Wednesday he apologizes if he offended anyone with his use of the term ‘slavery’ in comments he made about the payment of union dues. But in a statement late Wednesday afternoon, the Republican and current mayor of Anchorage said he remains opposed to rules compelling mandatory union membership for certain work, which he referred to as a form of ‘economic slavery.’” AP

Tim Draper compares California government to slavery, then apologizes

At Vator Splash, a startup conference in Oakland on Tuesday, the venture capitalist put forth one such idea that did not go over so well: California, he said, needs to be divided into six separate states, because its current government is headed toward ‘slavery. … The government always used to work for us,’ he said during an on-stage interview, according to the San Francisco Business Times. ‘Over the last 15 to 20 years, I feel like the government is saying, You’re working for me. We’ve gone from, in effect, a very free country to one where it’s moving toward, I guess it’s slavery.’ The VC today reached out to the Business Times to say he regretted ‘misusing the analogy of slavery.’” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Daily Mail pays ‘substantial damages’ and apologizes to J.K. Rowling

“The Daily Mail has printed an apology to the author JK Rowling in which it states that it has paid her substantial damages over an article that claimed she had told a misleading ‘sob story.’ The article, published on 27 September 2013, suggested she had falsely accused churchgoers of stigmatising her because she was a single mother. It was headlined ‘How JK’s sob story about her single mother past surprised and confused the church members who cared for her.’” The Guardian

Superintendent apologizes, says Bible controversy mishandled

“Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie on Tuesday publicly apologized to a fifth-grade student who says his teacher wouldn’t let him read his Bible in class, with the superintendent saying  ‘this is a situation that should’ve been handled differently.’ … This does not represent the values of our school system,’ Runcie said. ‘This was a isolated incident at the school.’” The Miami Herald

Congressional candidate apologizes for remark

“A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives says he misspoke when he used a poor choice of words to describe his feelings about certain agencies of the federal government. During a public forum in Waycross, Bob Johnson, a Savannah surgeon, said he would rather chance more terrorist attacks than have more Americans screened by security at airports. His comments were in response to a question about the Transportation Security Administration, the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, the man accused of releasing information on NSA’s eavesdropping activities. … ‘I spoke passionately about the constitutionally conservative ideals I value so strongly,’ said Johnson. … ‘And in the heat of the moment, while making the point that I would much rather fight the enemy than our federal government, I said something stupid.’” Military.com

Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
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