Who’s Sorry Now?

The recent spate of public apologies by famous people drove me to take a look at some of them a little closer.  The journey through Meaculpaville over the last decade or so proved one thing:  They only became “sorry” when they were about to be exposed.  Thus, their public contrition was less about their sins and more about being caught.  In other words, if the National Enquirer (by the way always right) was about to do an expose; then the person called the media and had a press conference. 

Here’s a partial list:

Politics: Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Mark Foley, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Ensign, James McGreevey, Mark Souder

Sports:  Tiger Woods, Michael Vick, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez,  Andy Pettite

Religion:  Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert

Business: Bernie Madoff, Jeff Skiling, Ken Lay, John Rigas, Henry Ford II

Miscellaneous:  James Frey, David Letterman, Don Imus, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, Bernard Kerik

Should have:  Larry Craig, Dennis Kozlowski, John Thain, Donald Rumsfeld, Barry Bonds, Elizabeth Edwards

Shut the fuck up:  Rod Blagojevich, Rielle Hunter

In the weeks ahead I plan on analyzing a few of these in more depth.  I will categorize them in terms of Most Believable, Most Arrogant, Whiniest, Lamest, Not Really Sorry and so on.  For right now my burning question is:

Where are the women?  Are women simply better human beings?  Are they more discreet?  Are they just smarter about deceiving us?  I really can’t remember a woman-in-the-public who has sinned and apologized.  Or just sinned for that matter.  Well there was Martha Stewart but that seems pretty petty compared to the list above.  Let me know, I’m sure I’m missing something.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Craig on February 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Leona Helmsley was just plain mean. Put her on there somewhere. I’ve worked for some horrible women too.


  2. Posted by Hillary on February 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Mrs. Robinson – good one! But you’re still right – very rare.


  3. Posted by Ann Marie on February 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Might I offer Claudine Longet? But in the end, I think Bob Weir wrote it best:

    Believe me, it’s the people that say
    That the men are leading the women astray
    But I say that the women today
    Are smarter than the men in every way


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