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9th Jun '18 10:45:09 PM nombretomado
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5th Jun '18 5:14:58 PM TheKoS
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'''Douchebag[[note]]who looks like a guy but is really a stupendously ugly fat chick[[/note]]:''' Okay. I'm sorry your kid's a brain-dead stinking blue cheese fat-ass.

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'''Douchebag[[note]]who looks like a guy but is really a stupendously ugly fat chick[[/note]]:''' Okay. I'm sorry your kid's a brain-dead stinking blue cheese fat-ass.''(smacks Peter's can of Patriot Ale out of his hand)'' fat-ass!
27th May '18 12:09:26 PM wingedcatgirl
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* Commenting on Secretary of War Simon Cameron's reputation for corruption, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once told [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]], "I don't think that he would steal a red hot stove." When Cameron demanded that he retract the statement, he [[ExactWords told Lincoln]], "I believe I told you he would not steal a red-hot stove. I will now take that back."

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* Commenting on Secretary of War Simon Cameron's reputation for corruption, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens once told [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln President Lincoln]], "I "[[DamnedByFaintPraise I don't think that he would steal a red hot stove.stove]]." When Cameron demanded that he retract the statement, he [[ExactWords told Lincoln]], "I believe I told you he would not steal a red-hot stove. I will now take that back."
18th May '18 3:00:10 PM TVRulezAgain
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* In ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' (at least the French version), Haddock has to apologize to the Thompsons for saying that a circus (actually a Moon crater, called a circus in French) needed two clowns, and that they would suit perfectly. He then proceeds to say: "The circus does not need two clowns. Therefore you would not suit perfectly." One of the Thompsons tries to ponder on what that actually implies, but the other is perfectly happy with this "apology". The English version changes the confusion to the Thompsons thinking the Sea of Nectar is literally the seaside, and Haddock claims that they're looking for two Punch and Judy men on the pier, for which they would suit perfectly. The apology goes about the same way, with Haddock "explaining" that they're not hiring after all, which doesn't address the insult at all.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' (at least the French version), Haddock has to apologize to the Thompsons for saying that a circus (actually a Moon crater, called a circus in French) needed two clowns, and that they would suit perfectly. He then proceeds to say: "The circus does not need two clowns. Therefore you would not suit perfectly." One of the Thompsons tries to ponder on what that actually implies, but the other is perfectly happy with this "apology". The English version changes the confusion to the Thompsons thinking the Sea of Nectar is literally the seaside, and Haddock claims that they're looking for two Punch and Judy men on the pier, for which they would suit perfectly. The apology goes about the same way, with Haddock "explaining" that they're not hiring after all, which doesn't address the insult at all.



* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'': Though it's entirely possible that in Derek's case, he is [[TooDumbToLive being genuine]].

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* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'': Though it's entirely possible that in Derek's case, he is [[TooDumbToLive being genuine]].



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* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Stephen likes to invert this by proclaiming "I accept your apology" to someone who has not, in fact, apologized in any way. And of course, given that he's playing a satirical character, almost every apology to people he offends comes off as this.

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* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Stephen likes to invert this by proclaiming "I accept your apology" to someone who has not, in fact, apologized in any way. And of course, given Given that he's playing a satirical character, almost every apology to people he offends comes off as this.



* The [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] puppet show ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'' had a song called "If We Were Talkin'," which pretty much consisted of Rabbit and Tigger doing this to each other after an argument, at least until Piglet suggests that they could work things out. "If we were talking, which were aren't since that nasty somersault / I'd say I'm sorry that our accident was totally his fault." ... "If we were talking, I'd say sorry his world record was a bust."
* A rare ''accidental'' example in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor attempts to apologise to Barbara for kidnapping her and accusing her of trying to kill him. Due to the fact that he has NoSocialSkills it comes out as self-aggrandisement and blaming her for everything and he never actually says the word "sorry". Barbara's facial expression suggests she notices this, but at the same time she sees that it's meant sincerely and he's just communicating it badly, and accepts it.

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* The [[Creator/DisneyChannel Playhouse Disney]] puppet show ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'' had a song called "If We Were Talkin'," which pretty much consisted of Rabbit and Tigger doing this to each other after an argument, at least until Piglet suggests that they could work things out. "If we were talking, which were aren't since that nasty somersault / I'd say I'm sorry that our accident was totally his fault." ... "If we were talking, I'd say sorry his world record was a bust."
* A rare ''accidental'' example in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor attempts to apologise to Barbara for kidnapping her and accusing her of trying to kill him. Due to the fact that Because he has NoSocialSkills it comes out as self-aggrandisement and blaming her for everything and he never actually says the word "sorry". Barbara's facial expression suggests she notices this, but at the same time she sees that it's meant sincerely and he's just communicating it badly, and accepts it.



** There was also the episode where Brian writes a best-selling book and Stewie becomes his agent. But soon, all the fame goes to Brian's head and starts acting really mean towards Stewie and even going as far as to firing him. At the end of the episode, Brian tries to apologize to Stewie, but claims that Stewie was the reason he acted like that.

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** There was also the episode where Brian writes a best-selling book and Stewie becomes his agent. But soon, all the fame goes to Brian's head and starts acting really mean towards Stewie and even going as far as to firing him. At the end of the episode, Brian tries to apologize to Stewie, but claims that Stewie was the reason he acted like that.



** Of course it's helpful that he never specified '''which''' half of the cabinet EITHER statement was talking about.

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** Of course it's It's helpful that he never specified '''which''' half of the cabinet EITHER statement was talking about.



** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and all but three of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.

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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and all but three of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.



* The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch recently released a press statement, responding to an earlier statement he had made in which he basically said that the company has no problem only selling to "cool" people, and that you can't be cool unless you're thin. In his [[http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-abercrombie-ceo-20130517,0,6746760.story new statement]], he "apologizes" for that remark, stating: "I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense".

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* The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch recently released a press statement, responding to an earlier statement he had made in which he basically said that the company has no problem only selling to "cool" people, and that you can't be cool unless you're thin. In his [[http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-abercrombie-ceo-20130517,0,6746760.story new statement]], he "apologizes" for that remark, stating: "I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense".



** Their left-wing rivals ''The Mirror'' had another example: after American film producer Steve Bing ordered them to apologize for calling him "Bing Laden", he sent them an extremely grovelling and abject text of his apology which was to be run or they would face legal action. They ran it ''on the front page'' under the headline "A SINCERE AND HEARTFELT APOLOGY TO STEVE BING, PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN"...along with a feature inside the paper on "why Americans don't understand irony or sarcasm". Of course, their British readers ''did'' understand that they were obviously not serious...and, true to stereotype, Bing did not.
** To be fair to Bing, many American's would have found that pun to be in poor taste (and probably still do).

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** Their left-wing rivals ''The Mirror'' had another example: after American film producer Steve Bing ordered them to apologize for calling him "Bing Laden", he sent them an extremely grovelling and abject text of his apology which was to be run or they would face legal action. They ran it ''on the front page'' under the headline "A SINCERE AND HEARTFELT APOLOGY TO STEVE BING, PHILANTHROPIST AND HUMANITARIAN"...along with a feature inside the paper on "why Americans don't understand irony or sarcasm". Of course, their Their British readers ''did'' understand that they were obviously not serious...and, true to stereotype, Bing did not.
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not. To be fair to Bing, many American's would have found that pun to be in poor taste (and probably still do).
16th Apr '18 9:43:03 PM KaminaSquirtle
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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and well over 3/4's of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.

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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and well over 3/4's all but three of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.
16th Apr '18 1:32:54 PM ironballs16
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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of [[WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and well over 3/4's of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.

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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of [[WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] ''WebSite/ChannelAwesome'' put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and well over 3/4's of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.week.
** In the same month, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, upset after the State legislature (also Republican) overrode his veto of increasing Education spending to resolve a teacher's strike, alleged that "somewhere in Kentucky today, a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them." After public backlash, [[https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/kentucky-governor-apologizes-after-linking-child-abuse-teacher-protests-n866156 he issued an apology stating (in part) the following]]. Translation - "I'm sorry you were too stupid to understand what I was intending."
--->'''Bevin''': For those of you who understood what I was saying, thank you, but clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was I was communicating. I apologize for those who were hurt by the things that were said.
10th Apr '18 8:49:12 AM kablammin45
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** April 2018 presented a rather infuriating example of this as well; Former contributors of [[WebVideo/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] put together an extensive document blowing the whistle on the site's terrible management, abuse (from the verbal to the physical to the ''sexual'') from the higher-ups (especially CEO Mike Michaud), and poster boys [[WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic Rob and Doug Walker's]] lack of will or care to do anything about it. Shortly after the mess became public and they could no longer ignore it, Channel Awesome [[https://twitter.com/ChannelAwesome/status/980956519280861184 posted an "apology"]] on their Twitter account where they told their viewers and their former contributors that they "sincerely regret that you felt that way", basically attempting to evade responsibility for nearly ten years of behind-the-scenes abuse. This resulted in the InternetBackdraft to end all Internet Backdrafts, with disillusioned/disappointed fans leaving in droves and well over 3/4's of their remaining contributors leaving in less than a week.
23rd Mar '18 10:19:49 PM thecarolinabull01
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "So Funny, I Forgot to Laugh" centers around the title character making fun of Sue Ellen because of a fur sweater she wore to school; claiming that she looks like a sheepdog. Sue Ellen then tells Mr. Ratburn about this and he tells Arthur to write Sue Ellen an apology letter. Arthur does apologize in the letter, but also points out that he thinks that Sue Ellen is just overreacting.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "So Funny, I Forgot to Laugh" centers around the title character making fun of Sue Ellen because of a fur sweater she wore to school; claiming that she looks like a sheepdog. Sue Ellen then tells Mr. Ratburn about this and he tells Arthur to write Sue Ellen an apology letter. Arthur does apologize in the letter, but also points out that he thinks that Sue Ellen is just overreacting. He does eventually give her a sincere apology however.
17th Mar '18 12:59:47 AM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Tarvek "complements" Gil on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120217 his deception in Paris:]]
-->'''Tarvek:''' ''*with apparent sincerity*'' You were ''trying'' to convince me that you were a disgusting, swinish, lecherous, drunken ''sot.'' Well I want you to know, it ''worked.'' Well ''done!''
7th Mar '18 5:50:20 AM KnightSpark
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* Played humorously in ''Series/That70sShow''. Kelso tells the guys that he got into some trouble with Pam Macey, mainly him unable to... well, let's just say in his case, [[TheLoinsSleepTonight the South didn't rise again]]. Eric and Hyde proceed to mock him about, which Fez chatises them for. Then we get this gem from him:
-->'''Fez:''' Kelso, I just want you to know that I feel bad for you and that I am sorry... '''[[SuddenlyShouting YOU ARE NOT A MAN!!!]]'''
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