Once again an apology makes the news:
From what I can tell, the text of the apology …
“The producers of ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by the brief reference in the season premiere,” cable news channnel ANC quoted the statement as saying.
“There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines,” it said.
The incident that prompted the call for an apology?
The episode showed actress Teri Hatcher, who plays Susan Mayer, asking during a medical consultation to check “those diplomas because I want to make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.”
ABC’s apology clearly falls short. It suggests that brief references should not be offensive. It then states that “there was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines”. What? What else could it be? It wasn’t a compliment! That was the point of their joke! Maybe they forgot that people from the Philippines watch ABC.
A better way? “We offer our apologies for the insensitive and racist comments we included in our premier. It was out of line, and those responsible for the decisions to include such material in our program have been disciplined.”
Now that’s an apology you rarely see.