History Main / BackHandedApology

2nd Aug '16 7:02:06 AM JamesAustin
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* There is a rule in the British Parliament that forbids personal insults. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli said "Half the Cabinet[[note]]Committee of high-ranking government ministers[[/note]] are asses.", He was ordered to apologize and he said "Mr. Speaker, I withdraw that remark, half the Cabinet are NOT asses." in a tone of voice that implied that the other half ''are'' asses.

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* There is a rule in the British Parliament that forbids personal insults. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli said "Half the Cabinet[[note]]Committee of high-ranking government ministers[[/note]] are asses.", He was ordered to apologize and he said "Mr. Speaker, I withdraw that remark, half the Cabinet are NOT asses." in a tone of voice that implied that the other half ''are'' asses.
30th Jul '16 5:32:48 PM nombretomado
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* DaveBarry once wrote a column about telemarketers which included the phone number of a major telemarketing company. Over the course of the following week, that company got swamped with so many calls from people complaining about being harassed by telemarketers that they couldn't get any work done. Dave Barry's next column covered this reaction, and ended with a highly sarcastic apology to the telemarketing company for the trouble he caused them, which included the phrase "I probably should not say that your new phone number is..."

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry once wrote a column about telemarketers which included the phone number of a major telemarketing company. Over the course of the following week, that company got swamped with so many calls from people complaining about being harassed by telemarketers that they couldn't get any work done. Dave Barry's next column covered this reaction, and ended with a highly sarcastic apology to the telemarketing company for the trouble he caused them, which included the phrase "I probably should not say that your new phone number is..."
15th Jul '16 2:46:24 AM NNinja
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* Ruby Rose from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' gives one to Weiss after Weiss sums up how their first fight as a team [[{{Understatement}} didn't go very well]]
-->'''Ruby:''' I'm sorry that you need my help to win a fight.
14th Jul '16 4:38:11 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowThwThird'', one of the taunts for male voice is this:

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowThwThird'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', one of the taunts for male voice is this:
14th Jul '16 4:37:51 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowThwThird'', one of the taunts for male voice is this:
--> Boss: "I'm sorry for your mum!"

21st Jun '16 11:54:33 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Lemongrab''': ... [[SincerityMode I am sorry]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Make pies, slave]].

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-->'''Lemongrab''': ... [[SincerityMode I am sorry]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Make pies, slave]].slave.
21st Jun '16 11:54:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Squirt and Shimmer do this to each other in "Stumped" on ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' after having a fight over a hollyberry. Holley demands that they stop fighting and apologize to each other. "Sorry your ugly scarecrow won't have a head," shouts Squirt and Shimmer retorts "And ''I'm'' sorry that you're the world's worst berry thief!" Later, the two apologize to each other for real after they cool off and realize the pettiness of their earlier behavior.

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* Squirt and Shimmer do this to each other in "Stumped" on ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' after having a fight over a hollyberry. Holley demands that they stop fighting and apologize to each other. "Sorry your ugly scarecrow won't have a head," shouts Squirt and Shimmer retorts "And ''I'm'' sorry that you're the world's worst berry thief!" Later, the two apologize to each other for real after they cool off and realize the pettiness of their earlier behavior.
9th Jun '16 8:43:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheCarpetPeople'':

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* ''TheCarpetPeople'':''Literature/TheCarpetPeople'':
3rd Jun '16 10:25:38 AM williamdwells
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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 fatass.

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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 fatass.fat-ass.



* Creator/OrsonWelles's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_9XTnlJKM apology]] for the ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio theatre incident[[note]]Which happened in a periodical radio theatre timeslot, and during which there were four reminders that it was theatre[[/note]] essentially amounted to, "I'm sorry, I just didn't know so many people were stupid."

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* Creator/OrsonWelles's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_9XTnlJKM apology]] for the ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' radio theatre incident[[note]]Which happened in a periodical radio theatre timeslot, time-slot, and during which there were four reminders that it was theatre[[/note]] essentially amounted to, "I'm sorry, I just didn't know so many people were stupid."



** Their leftwing 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.

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** Their leftwing 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.not.
** To be fair to Bing, many American's would have found that pun to be in poor taste (and probably still do).



* General George S. Patton famously slapped two soldiers suffering from shellshock (even brandishing his pistol threateningly at one) and was ordered to apologize in lieu of a formal reprimand. His private apologies to the two men were reported as "no apology at all, an attempt to justify what he'd done." When apologizing to his soldiers at large, Patton only made vague references to being "too hard" on the men serving under him, and later wrote in his diary that he felt no shame at all at what he'd done and greatly resented having to apologize at all. For the record, the two men who were slapped seemed satisfied with their private apologies, one even remarking that Patton was under stress himself when the incident occurred.

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* General George S. Patton famously slapped two soldiers suffering from shellshock shell-shock (even brandishing his pistol threateningly at one) and was ordered to apologize in lieu of a formal reprimand. His private apologies to the two men were reported as "no apology at all, an attempt to justify what he'd done." When apologizing to his soldiers at large, Patton only made vague references to being "too hard" on the men serving under him, and later wrote in his diary that he felt no shame at all at what he'd done and greatly resented having to apologize at all. For the record, the two men who were slapped seemed satisfied with their private apologies, one even remarking that Patton was under stress himself when the incident occurred.
2nd Jun '16 5:29:48 AM Viira
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Peridot is such an asocial freak that even when she is heartfelt in apology, it [[ThatCameOutWrong comes of as insincere.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Peridot is such an asocial freak that even when she is heartfelt in apology, it [[ThatCameOutWrong comes of off as insincere.]]
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