My latest column for BitchBuzz examines the gendering of apology, based on a couple of events you may or may not have heard about unless, like me, you monitor all media like a Bond villain (yes, Kipper helps):
Here’s a study in contrasts: As our own Rebecca Thomson reported, there was a brouhaha about laddish mag Zoo’s agony aunt/actor/footballer-wannabe Danny Dyer’s ‘advice’ to a reader, advising him to cut his ex’s face so no one else will want to date her.
After the Twitter flurry, the mag posted a corporate ‘apology’:
Due to an extremely regrettable production error, an inappropriate and indefensible response to a letter has appeared in this week’s issue.
ZOO editor, Tom Etherington, apologises unreservedly for any offence the response may have caused and has launched an internal enquiry to ensure lessons are learnt.
Zoo and Danny Dyer condemn any violence against women. A donation will be made to Women’s Aid.
Production error, eh? Yeah, no one really believes that, but that’s their story and they’re sticking to it. A little grudging admission of error and token donation and DONE. You can almost hearing them washing their hands of this little annoyance…
As always, read the rest at BBHQ and see how Ellen Degeneres and clubbing baby seals fits into the story. I will finally be able to turn in all my grades today, I think, and be truly free of the semester’s duties (so I can turn to all the things I’ve had to ignore in the last few weeks, sigh). Right now, I’m just waiting around for UPS who have irked me more than necessary this week. Grrr. I was hoping to catch a matinee this afternoon, but I guess it will depend on when the driver gets here.