I was trying to figure out which bits to quote to give an idea of how great it was, but you really have to read the whole thing. I will settle for the closing paragraphs (but you really should go an read the whole thing, he does a great job of walking you through what he was thinking when he did it, how he first reacted when he was told it had been offensive, how he re-examined what he had done, how it was offensive, and how he felt knowing that he had offended some):
quote:So, I would like to say – I now get it. And to the extent that these jokes made anyone feel even more isolated or misunderstood or just plain hurt – please know that was not my intention, at all or ever. I hope we will someday live in a society where we are so accepting of each other that we can all laugh at jokes like these and know that there is no malice or diminishment intended.
But we are not there yet.
So, I can only apologize and I do. In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come. I hope my realization brings some comfort.
I like his transparency. He didn't apologize if *you* were offended, the classic non-apology, but recapitulated the process that led to him realizing that he had offended some people.
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