I have to admit, I expected better when I saw the headline, “Jason Alexander offers the greatest apology in history for ‘gay cricket’ joke.” I mean, the greatest? In history? Is this the best humanity can do or has ever done?
SO, let me know if I’m just an overly critical philosopher here, but it doesn’t seem the greatest apology to write at length that it was completely unclear to you and to your gay friends — of which you have so many — as to what you said that could possibly be bad, but that after much mind-bending and soul-searching, you see macroscopically that oppression is bad, and that because oppression continues, we’re not yet ready for your awesome jokes referring to some sports as ‘gay.’
I swear, I really was feeling receptive to J.A. when I started reading this! But paragraph by paragraph, he started to bug me. Maybe it was just the chronological presentation. Philosopher Nick Smith, the author of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies, urges our attention to the value of apologies, their roles and functions. I can see the value of Alexander’s extended explanation in light of his initially dismissive twit-tweet that people have no sense of humor. I shall try to look upon this positively as an offer of serious uptake. But I still feel irked.