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May 17, 2014

Sorry I'm not sorry: Classic non-apologies


CHIP WILSON: Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon Athletica Inc., apologized to his employees, not the general public, after saying in a television interview that some women’s bodies “just don’t actually work” in his company’s exercise pants.

In a video posted online last year, Wilson said to his workers: “I’m sorry to have put you all through this.” But he didn’t retract his original statements.

ROB FORD: After Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was accused of smoking crack, he lashed out at the media, and then made a non-apology apology for an interview in which he suggested a reporter was a pedophile.

Ford said it is “unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media, but I wish to sincerely apologize.”

TED NUGENT: After calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel,” rocker Ted Nugent apologized “for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel.”

He went on to say that he should have called Obama a “violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is.”

PAUL LEPAGE: Maine Gov. Paul LePage used a sexually vulgar phrase and said a Democratic senator had a “black heart” and “ought to go back in the woods and cut trees” for criticizing a LePage budget proposal.

He later apologized to pretty much everyone except the senator, saying he was sorry if he offended anyone, but was trying to “wake the people of Maine up” to the fact that lawmakers are raising taxes.

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