|I hate when celebrities apologize.
||[Feb. 19th, 2007|09:45 am]
It's like celebrities can say whatever the fuck they want, because they know they can just apologize or "have their publicist release a statement" a couple of days later and it's like it won't count. I guess in this case, he actually lost some commercial deals or something, so I suppose that's good. But this is just such bullshit. It's not like anyone really believes he didn't mean it. I mean, I know this is just a weird choice of words, but look: "telling a Miami television station that he "didn't mean" to say what he said in a South Florida radio interview last week." It seems to me that he "didn't mean to say it" but he "did mean it." See the difference?
Also, the article calls his comments a "homophobic outburst" - bullshit. He knew exactly what he was saying. The guy straight up called him a bigot, before he got to "I hate gay people" and he made no attempt to dispute that. That's not an outburst, and you don't get to apologize for something that you said when you were calm and collected and sober. I found an actual sound clip so you can hear for yourself.
Radio guy: Tim Hardaway, last question before we let you go: How do you deal with a gay teammate?
Tim Hardaway: Woah. First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of all, you know, if he was on my team, I would, you know, really distance myself from him, because I don't think that's right, and you know, I don't think that he should be in the locker room while we're in the locker room. And it's just a whole lot of other things, so I wouldn't even be a part of that. But you know, stuff like that going on, and there's a lot of other people here like that, that's still in the closet and don't want to come out the closet, but you know, I'd just leave that alone.
RG: You know that what you're saying there though Timmy is flatly homophobic, right? It's just--it's bigotry.
TH: Well you know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known, I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. I don't--you know, I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world for that, or in the United States for it, so yeah, I don't like it.
Anyway, I wish that just once, a celebrity would say something shocking and offensive because they actually mean it. And then stick to it. Or, I wish the apology would get almost no coverage, so the celebrity would have to buy their own airtime and make a serious effort to get people to hear their apology, instead of just saying it once in a press conference or interview no one sees, then letting the media tell everyone how truly deeply sorry they are. Or, I wish people would disregard these lame little apologies. Although to be fair, I think a lot of people do.
By the way, Tim. I don't hate you. If it makes you feel any better.