A SORRY LOT
Like Tiger Woods, these celebs also had to apologise recently, but are we ready to forgive & forget?
By Germaine Lim
February 28, 2010
AS the song goes, it’s too late to apologise – or is it?
Disgraced top golf Tiger Woods, 34, delivered not one but two apologies within a week for his extra-marital affairs.
The first came last weekend, when he apologised on TV for cheating on his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren and bedding at least 11 women.
The world watched – and most people didn’t buy it.
Then earlier this week, the couple issued a letter of apology to parents of Florida’s Premier Academy school, where his 21/2-year-old daughter goes to, for ‘any inconvenience… due to the increased media scrutiny surrounding our children’, according to Orlando-based television channel WFTV.
Woods certainly won’t be the last celeb to serve up a public sorry or two.
We read between the lines of other celebrity apologies and rate how sincere they were.
Kanye West, 33
Offence: The hot-tempered rapper crashed country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards when she won Best Female Video, insisting it was fellow nominee Beyonce who ‘had one of the best videos of all time’.
His mea culpa: West apologised on his blog for ‘going on stage and taking away from (Swift’s) moment’.
He also told US talkshow host Jay Leno: ‘I have to analyse how I’m gonna make it through the rest of this life and improve.’
Forgive and forget? As if!
Hasn’t his track record proved that this obnoxious man is incapable of learning from his mistakes?
Seriously, West, grow up.
The world doesn’t revolve around you.
John Mayer, 33
Offence: In a no-holds-barred Playboy interview two weeks ago, the Grammy-winner singer-songwriter described his popularity with African-American celebs as having a ‘n””’ pass’ and compared ex-girlfriend Jessica Simpson to ‘sexual napalm’ and an addictive drug.
His mea culpa: He took to Twitter to apologise for using the N-word.
He wrote: ‘I’ve created somewhat of a monster.’
During a recent Nashville concert, Mayer broke down and said: ‘In the quest to be clever… I did that at the expense of people I love and that feels absolutely terrible.
‘I quit the sound bite game, I quit the media game. I’m out. I’m done.’
Forgive and forget? Oh, for crying out loud. His tears won’t save his soul.
For all his vulgar verbal diarrhoea, his tearful apology screams pathetic.
We’d never thought anyone could trump West in the repulsive stakes. Mayer may just have.
Just too bad for Mayer. Simpson is reportedly going to get back at him when she appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show next month. Grrrl power!
David Letterman, 63
Offence: Sleeping with several female staffers on The Late Night show before his last year’s marriage to long-time girlfriend Regina Lasko.
His mea culpa: Four days after the news broke, talk show host Letterman swiftly apologised on his show, saying: ‘My wife Regina has been horribly hurt by my behaviour. Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.’
Forgive and forget? We give him credit for taking himself to task and being upfront about his adultery on national TV soon after news broke.
But he tried too hard to win audiences over by making lame jokes like how ‘my navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me’ when he got into his car the morning of the day he apologised.
He even threw in a joke apology to ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for making fun of her teenage daughter.
We’ll let this slide but don’t push it, Letterman.
Chris Brown, 21
Offence: Last February, the R&B singer was charged with assaulting then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, leaving her with a battered face that took weeks to heal.
His mea culpa: Four weeks after pleading guilty, he issued a video apology on his YouTube page and acknowledged that what he did was ‘inexcusable’.
He added: ‘I have told Rihanna countless times, and I’m telling you today, that I am truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation differently and better.
‘What I did was unacceptable, 100 per cent. I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please.’
Forgive and forget? Brown said it was a moment of folly and had done it in a fit of anger.
Well, that’s what most wife-beaters say. And they usually never change.
According to LA Times, there had been two previous unreported acts of violence on Rihanna by Brown. She forgave him on both occasions.
We won’t be fooled. We will never accept physical abuse. We’ll be praying for you, future Brown girlfriend.