The actress-comedian who spent New Year’s Eve ridiculing survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor isn’t backing down.
Natasha Leggero has had time to think things over since she first mocked World War II vets as being incapable of eating solid food, and she now says, “I’m not sorry,” according to an entry she made on social media.
When appearing with a panel of other actors on NBC’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve Times Square celebration, Leggero remarked to host Carson Daly that SpaghettiOs were “the only food they [Pearl Harbor survivors] can still chew.”
A firestorm of criticism ensued, and Leggero took to social media to respond.
After noting the avalanche of hate mail she received about her comment, she posted on Tumbler:
I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest.
I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.
So there we have it. No Melissa Harris-Perry “#MHPapology” tweets, or a tear-filled on-air act of contrition. Just an “I’m not sorry” for mocking the veterans, then a proclamation of admiration for them.
To her credit, Leggero asked her followers to “make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans Foundation,” then said she had already done so.
She closed with a message to SpaghettiOs: “Let’s do lunch.”
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