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Lea Michele And The Art Of Giving A Non-Apology Apology

Expected nothing less from her.

If there’s one thing that gives the GOAT team joy during these dark times, it’s when a celebrity screws up big time and proceeds to dig themselves deeper by giving a crappy apology. Happily, this exact non-apology scenario has happened with Lea Michele finally breaking her silence after being called out by her Glee castmates for her racism and just generally being an awful person.

The GOAT team dive right into this Lea Michele non-apology drama on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Just a quick reminder of what exactly went down, Lea Michele tweeted something in support of Black Lives Matters and the George Floyd protests only for fellow Glee alum Samantha Marie Ware to call her out for her racism while working together back in the day.

After subsequently copping it from other Glee cast and celebs from other projects, Lea Michele has finally broken her silence by giving an apology – exclusively – to People. And folks, it is a fine example in the art of the classic ‘non-apology apology’ that celebs live to dole out these days.

In fact, Lea Michele’s apology is so stuffed with clichés and follows such a tried-and-tested formula that you can literally break it down into bare parts. Which is exactly what we did, so let’s start with the first paragraph:

“One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face.”

Nice, she starts with the old table-setting intro to set the scene in very vague terms without actually mention anything or anyone in particular. Could easily be copy and pasted into literally any other apology ever given and it’ll still have the same effect.

“When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”

Translation: The only reason I’m sharing this statement is because I got called out and it’s literally costing me my influencer partnership money.

Note how she doesn’t directly address the claims or directly name Samantha or any of her Glee castmates who called her out. Good use of the old side-step technique.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.

Ah, the classic “I don’t remember” bit is deployed here in an attempt to absolve herself from any responsibility before being topped off with the frequently used “I’m not a racist but…” move. A bit clumsy TBH.

“Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

The ol’ “I’m sorry for whatever I did to make you feel this way, but I’m not really that sorry” schtick. Note how she still doesn’t directly apologise to anyone by name but does strategically slide in the word “apologise” in the perfect spot to seem like she’s sorry.

Nice touch with the “privileged position” bit because not only does it show Lea Michele still not admitting she’s a privileged white person who’s done shitty things, she’s also not copping to what she’s being accused of doing.

“I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”

Ooof, this is a big whammy of a finish. Starting with the classic pregnancy “I’m a mother” mention in an attempt to garner sympathy, she finishes with the tried-and-tested “I’ve listened and will be better in the future” ending sentence after demonstrating the complete opposite just moments prior.

So in short, Lea Michele’s “apology” says absolutely nothing of substance nor does it really count as an apology since she doesn’t acknowledge any of the racism claims leveled against her, her Glee cast mates by name, or even say a simple sorry that doesn’t feel disingenuous.

But hey, there is one takeaway from this “apology” from Lea Michele: she has learned absolutely nothing about being a POS or racism.

Take notes, celebs. This is a textbook example of a “non-apology apology” for next time you screw up.

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Ellen DeGeneres Shares Her Support For Black Lives Matter, But Only After Getting Called Out

Seems like she just can't say anything right these days.

Ellen DeGeneres’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2020 has just gotten worse after posting on Twitter about Black Lives Matter and the protests over George Floyd’s death, and getting called out for being disingenuous with a dollop of hypocrisy to top it all off.

The GOAT team talk about the protests over George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

This latest saga of “Ellen DeGeneres getting called out for doing something shitty” started when she shared a post on Twitter about racial injustice in America.

The message read: “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and love.”

Normally this isn’t a “bad” message to post on Twitter per se, but given the racial tensions in America right now, the escalating protests, the Black Lives Matter movement gaining steam, and Ellen DeGeneres’ recent history of being tone-deaf and/or hypocritical, people quickly called her out on the tweet.

Some thought her message was vague in its wording and how she used the term “people of colour” to reference the current protests when it is the black community who are experiencing all this pain.

Others weren’t too fond of how Ellen’s message of unity came off as hypocritical given her staunch defence of her friendship with George W. Bush, and how she was advocating for “racial justice” yet not actually doing anything to help the cause (or her laid-off staff for that matter).

Needless to say that the wave of backlash wasn’t pretty and Ellen quickly deleted her tweet, though not before people grabbed some screenshots for everyone to see.

After taking a few days to reflect – and probably to digest all the criticism over why her OG tweet was received so poorly – Ellen then shared a new message to Twitter.

This time she actively acknowledged the Black community and the protests being held over George Floyd’s death. She also made sure to tell everyone that she made donations to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU.

Just to really get the message across, she also shared a video of herself expressing her thoughts about what’s happening in America right now.

While Ellen has yet to comment on why she deleted her original tweet, nothing more really needs to be said given how her new tweet was evidently crafted in a way to address the backlash she initially copped.

Given the amount of influence Ellen still wields and how America is being run by a wannabe dictator at the moment, at least she’s using her massive platform for some good despite initially stumbling pretty badly. That’s better than doing absolutely nothing of substance.

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JK Rowling's Confusing Transphobic Tweet To A Poor Kid Is A New Low, Even For Her

Hoo boy.

It’s no secret that Harry Potter author JK Rowling likes to post problematic things to Twitter every now and again, especially transphobic stuff. That sort of thing no longer shocks or surprises us as much as it once did. Having said that though, I’m pretty sure no one expected her to tweet that sort of crap to a poor kid who just wanted their artwork to be recognised by the author of Harry Potter.

The GOAT team dive right into the whole JK Rowling anti-trans debacle on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Let’s start from the top because there’s a lot to unpack.

So JK Rowling is running a (slightly suss) competition for her new children’s book, The Ickabog, where kids can submit their artwork and the winners will have their drawings be used as illustrations for the printed edition of the book. While the Harry Potter author won’t be judging the entries, she is retweeting a lot of entries on Twitter and leaving nice messages for the kids.

That is until JK Rowling shared a tweet that started off as a compliment, only to wildly pivot into a completely unrelated comment relating to the case of Tara Wolf, a trans activist who was convicted of assaulting a transphobic radical feminist.

She quickly deleted the tweet, but the internet is quick to capture any and all offending posts on Twitter.

Now it’s pretty obvious that it was an accidental copy-and-paste job that ended poorly. After all, who hasn’t started writing a message only to accidentally paste something we didn’t mean to?

It’s something that Rowling acknowledged in a follow-up tweet, and unlike Harry Potter it’s actually something believable for once.

But where this goes completely off the rails is JK Rowling’s follow up tweets in which she doubled down on the transphobic comment.

While Rowling once again reiterated that her now-deleted tweet was an accident, she says she still stands by the transphobic comment. What’s even worse is the gall she has in claiming that it is akin to censorship and authoritarianism whenever people call her out on her bullshit.

There are literally people dying at the hands of police and not receiving any justice while the supposed leader of the free world is getting into a spat with Twitter and threatening the concept of freedom of speech because he’s a sook. Yet JK Rowling thinks she’s the one being attacked. Good frigging grief.

Welp, if you needed any more evidence that JK Rowling is full of transphobic thoughts but doesn’t like to be called out as a bigot then there you go, folks.

Condolences to the poor kid who got the original offending tweet. They probably just wanted a bit of acknowledgement from the author of Harry Potter but got a massive milkshake duck moment instead.

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