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YouTuber Apology Parody

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I'm sorry I put 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"

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. 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 use lots of Jump Cuts as I try to apologize...

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 late 2010s (and the ensuing parodies) is the Trope Codifier. 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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    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.
  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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.


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YouTube Apology Coaches

Yonnie and Fritz mentor a beauty guru on the proper way to make an apology video.

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