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01/19/2007

Apparently this Washington 'could not tell a lie' either

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 14-11As you've probably heard by now, "Grey's Anantomy" star Isaiah Washington has responded to this week's mountain of controversy by both admitting to and issuing an apology for his anti-gay statements.

Meanwhile, over in the doghouse, Michael Richards and Mel Gibson ready the guest room.

Star Issues Statement on 'Anti-Gay' Remarks [ABC News]

*EARLIER: GLAAD seeks apology from Isaiah Washington; George Washington's posthumous 'sorry' remains unsolicited [G-A-Y]
Knight on Ellen on Washington: He did, in fact, slur his words [G-A-Y]
UPDATED: Washington bizarrely, overcompensatingly speaks out for gaydom [G-A-Y]

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Personally, I found that apology to be immensely satisfying. Washington said all that needed to be said, and he said it succinctly: "I'm wrong, I'm sorry, there's no excuse for what I did".

In American culture, it's so hard to find someone who's both famous and willing to simply own up to their mistakes. Even apologies are frequently padded with "I didn't know I was offending anyone"-style statements, which only show that the person isn't sorry they said it--they're just sorry that they got caught. This statement was utterly different; he put the blame on his own shoulders, and didn't try to weasel out of guilt.

In a perfect world, of course, the F-word would never have been used in the first place--but in an imperfect world, I'd say this is a best-case scenario. If TR in particular accepts the apology, I'd call it "case closed".

Posted by: Katter | Jan 19, 2007 11:24:38 AM

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