Magazine December 31, 2018, Issue

Apologies to None and All

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2015. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

A few years back, I began jotting down some of the more curious apologies I ran across in news reports. Though my list was by no means exhaustive, it offered an entertaining sample of some exceptionally unconvincing acts of contrition from around the world.

Only recently I learned of a famous “French DJ” who was forced to publicly apologize “for asking a female soccer star to twerk onstage.” It seemed inauthentic to me. I read that leaders of the Anglican Church of New Zealand had finally said sorry “for a Colonial-era Maori land grab.” I remain unconvinced. According to CNN,

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