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YouTuber Apology Parody

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"I'm sorry for putting lots of ads in my last apology video."

"I know everyone is angry about that video where I made a homeless man twerk while I rained dollar bills on him, but in my defense, I suffer from... eosinophilic esophagitis...?"
Terrible Writing Advice, "Apology Video Template"

(starts recording and adjusts camera; big sigh)

...So, fellow Tropers, you might have heard some rumors about me. Perhaps they've said that I did something absurdly offensive, or I posted something incredibly racist on social media. I may have even committed a horrendous crime that I really should be in custody for. Since the backlash is getting too large and people won't know I'm sincere if I apologize with just a text post, I'll make an apology video and post it on YouTube (or some other video-sharing site). Of course I'll start my video with a long sigh, and then I'll get very emotional and use lots of Jump Cuts as I try to apologize, occasionally playing with my dog in hopes of leeching some Cuteness Proximity...

These kinds of videos are rife for parody, but they're still considered necessary to repair one's image whenever a vlogger gets into trouble. This trope covers parodies of apologies made by video creators, though the trend of YouTubers giving emotional apologies in the mid-to-late 2010s (and the ensuing parodies) is the Trope Codifier. They're the favorite tool of the Bad Influencer. Parodies often start with a Clickbait Gag and exaggerate the offensiveness of the transgression being apologized for. The apology parody could use the words of spoofed creator, but make them full of sarcasm and actually unapologetic, blaming it on everybody but themself.

Compare to Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Witch Watch:
    • In chapter 64, Kan talks about wanting to make a prank that goes overboard for his and Nico's YouTube channel, then following it up with an apology video with them in suits. As it turns out, Keigo made a video from stuff that Kan had previously made up about marbles, which went viral, and so Keigo, Kan and Nico end up having to make an apology video together.
    • Chapter 87 centers on Nico turning her male roommates into girls to make videos with their female personas on a new channel. Things goes well until Keigo/Keiko turns into Wolf(ina) on a livestream and exposes her breasts. Afterward, their channel is deleted and the other four (still as girls) apologize together on her behalf on a video on the old channel.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Animated 
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Twice, when Miles relays what happened in the Time Skip between the end of the last film and the start of this one. The first time was for endorsing a brand of baby powder as Spider-Man (which, via Freeze-Frame Bonus, got a ratio of 87 likes to 69 million dislikes, even though it though it has less than 11 million views), and the second time was for growing a moustache as Spider-Man (90 likes to 90 million dislikes, despite, again, having far less than 90 million views).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Stephen Colbert, in episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, makes fun of a video by Johnny Depp and Amber Heard where they apologized for sneaking their dogs past Australian customs. Colbert then follows this up with his own apology to Australia, where he and an actress apologize for bringing an assortment of weirdly named fauna to Australia.
  • Saturday Night Live: The Daniel Kaluuya / St. Vincent episode had a sketch featuring a fictional YouTube channel called "Prank Posse," where the YouTuber's history of abusive behavior and problematic pranks (such as "Shrek Costume at Funeral" and "Racist Fart on Bus") comes to light, which he keeps addressing with somber but clearly insincere apology videos. He nearly kills his friend by tossing a television on him as a prank, makes an apology video where he promises to delay an upcoming video where he pranked said friend into kissing his penis, then releases the video anyway, remarking that the worst part about the situation is that he lost his sponsors. At the end of the video, his friend tosses a television on him as revenge, quickly says "I would like to apologize" to the camera when he sees his friend isn't moving, then runs away.
  • During Stargate Atlantis, David Hewlett (who played Rodney McKay) released a behind the scenes video of him rapping about Stargate. Not much later, he also released a video where he profusely apologized for being horrible at rap, although the sarcasm isn't really obvious until the punchline.

  • Mr. Grande has "The YouTuber Apology Song," which every YouTuber sings along when they do something wrong. The song makes fun of the tropes used in apology videos, like apologizing for being in a very dark place, the lack of makeup, a simple background, and their Crocodile Tears.

  • The play A Series Of Public Apologies In Response To An Unfortunate Incident In The School Lavatories is a satire revolving around a series of these, first for the titular Incident, then for the apology for the incident, then for the apology for the apology for the incident... In case of curiosity, the incident was a student writing "EAT MY SHIT. EAT MY SHIT ALAN" on a toilet wall in blood and faeces.

    Video Games 
  • Dead Island 2 combines this with an Apocalyptic Log when you explore the Goat Pen, a Bel Air mansion where a group of influencers lived. On a whiteboard, you can find a script for an apology video that one of them wrote, wishing that they took the outbreak more seriously and got out of Los Angeles in time.
    I'm alone in the house, it's 1 AM, and I just wanted to say sorry to all many fans that I disappointed, but most importantly my sponsors — I'll do better next time. <CRY HERE FOR SYMPATHY> This isn't scripted, this is from the heart. Please take the evacuation seriously, it was a mistake, I shouldn't have joked about it — love you all.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 

  • Vat19 parodied this trope to promote their Hottest Chocolate Bar product.

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia has a Freeze-Frame Bonus gag involving this. During a montage of Anne staying up all night browsing the internet, she's shown looking at a video on Toob from a user called Amy-Chan about writing believable isekai fanfiction. To the right is a queue of other videos, and up next is Amy-Chan's apology video, with a thumbnail of her crying.
  • Animaniacs (2020) has the Warners apologize to the viewers for calling Ralph a "silly goose", which apparently offended a lot of geese. When the Warners realize they didn't do anything wrong, they stop apologizing and start relaxing in the pool, causing the dislikes to rapidly increase.
    Yakko: Ah. I'm glad being famous hasn't changed us.
    Wakko: Yeah. We've always been terrible.
  • The South Park episode "Coon 2: Hindsight" parodies the commercial where Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP, apologizes for an oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico. The parody cuts to Hayward in different scenic environments saying "we're sorry."

...So, in conclusion, the reason I posted that stuff was because of trauma from my bad esophagus. I'm sorry if you were offended. (reaches to stop recording)


Lincoln's Apology Video

Lincoln tries to do an apology video, but it does not go well.

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