Roseanne, Samantha Bee, Joy Reid and the Apology Game

Liberty Nation | 6/3/2018 | Graham J Noble
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Do apologies even matter anymore? As a simple act of contrition in everyday life, they certainly do. In the national conversation about political or social issues, though, they have become a weapon. Demanding someone apologize for a deliberate lie is one thing, but insisting upon a public apology for a joke or an opinion has become a way of attempting to shame and silence those with whom we disagree. The end result satisfies no one; the person from whom the apology is demanded will either refuse that demand or they will make a bland and insincere mea culpa that nobody is really buying. Either way, the demanders of the apology are never satisfied, so why bother?

When a conservative – or someone like comedian Roseanne Barr, who played a conservative on television – says or writes something deemed offensive, abusive or needlessly insulting, the calls for an apology are immediate and loud. Even some conservatives will express their disgust and jump on the ‘you take that back!’ bandwagon. Roseanne publicly apologized. It did no good. An apology is either accepted or it is not and the left never accepts apologies from the right. Roseanne lost her show and likely will never work again in the entertainment industry.

When the ever-spiteful Samantha Bee, who plays a comedian on TV, recently described Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c**t” and suggested she sexually seduce her own father, no-one on the left demanded an apology. On the contrary, many leftists on social media – including celebrities – expressed their approval of Bee’s comment. The public apology from Bee was, of course, inevitable but it had no meaning. Everyone on both the left and the right knows very well that Bee is in no way ashamed of what she said. She meant every word of it and her apology was made only to get her network bosses off the hook. Could the same be said of Roseanne Barr’s apology? To be fair, yes, it probably could.
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