It’s not what actress Eva Mendes said this week that is shocking and offensive, it’s the fact that she apologized for it!
The 41-year-old actress and brand new mom told Extra, “You can’t do sweatpants. … No, ladies, No. 1 cause of divorce in America, sweatpants, no!”
Mendes got some serious backlash from women who were offended by the joke. She responded by doing the thing that scares me the most – she apologized!
So just to clarify, in our brave new world we have lying, cheating politicians and celebrities, caught in the act of things like destroying emails, who NEVER apologize. But citizens who make light-hearted comments that could offend some crazy feminists are forced to apologize for their opinions.
It’s mob rule and it’s a slippery slope.
Every time someone caves to crazy people with public apologies, it becomes more and more acceptable for the mob to tell us what we are allowed to say out loud.
In fairness, her apology (below) seems like more of a way to mock those who criticized her. You be the judge.
Dear favorite pair of sweatpants. I was just kidding when I said you’re the #1 cause of divorce. Everyone knows that orange crocs are the #1 cause of divorce. Either way it was a bad joke and feel terrible if you or anyone thought I was serious. Thanks for understanding sweatpants. Sorry orange crocs.
Boyfriend Ryan Gosling backed up his woman:
Obviously sweatpants thing was a joke. Wearing them now. That’s right, tweeting in sweatpants. Rats! Said too much! You win again Twitter.
— Ryan Gosling (@RyanGosling) March 20, 2015
Examples pile up of ridiculous apologies that erode our freedom of speech.
In January, a QVC shopping channel host was forced to apologize to viewers and the model on a split screen for this comment about owning a Dooney & Burke purse:
“You may look back and think, ‘Why did I wear my hair like that?’ But you’ll like your bag still.”
The model in the split shot (who had nothing at all to do with the sales pitch) happened to be black. The apology was ridiculous and insulting to people who really are discriminated against.
Last month, E! News cancelled its No. 1 fashion show shortly after co-host Giuliana Rancic was forced to grovel at the feet of the public to apologize for a joke that offended people with dreadlocks.
Even iconic comedian Jay Leno is fed up with the absurdity of it all. In a recent interview Leno blasted college kids for being so “politically correct.”
“No, being anti-guacamole is not racist,” he said.
We have created these monsters.
So, weigh in on the debate over sweatpants all you want. And please don’t ever apologize for the First Amendment, for heaven’s sake!
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