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The Celebrity Apology™ is having a moment, with famous person after famous person apologising for stupid things they said online in years past. Just this year we’ve had journalist Alexi McCammond apologise (and resign from a Teen Vogue editor-in-chief position) for anti-Asian and homophobic tweets. We’ve had Chrissy Teigenapologise for cyberbullying and Billie Eiliish apologise for saying an anti-Asian slur. (And let’s not forget their predecessors in online apologising, Kevin Hart and Blake Shelton among them.)These stories made headlines for days – Teigen’s saga is still very much in the news, mostly because she continues to comment about being part of a cancel culture. Each of these women were Twitter’s Main Character but in an even more outsized way than usual. (As the internet axiom goes: “Each day on Twitter there is one main character. The goal is to never be it.”)Why have so many of us found these social media scandals compelling? Perhaps it’s because “cancel culture” has been cast as some great threat to modern life, and these celebrities seem to be living it. (Though it’s debatable if anyone we discuss in this story has been truly “canceled.”) Perhaps it’s because we all need something to talk about – anything – in the midst of a pandemic. Centre the person or group you hurt in your apologyThe problem some critics had with Teigen’s apologies was that they were a bit too Chrissy Teigen-focused: Given her long and, more important, very recent reign as the “clapback” queen of the internet, there was a bit too much distancing from her “past self.” And at times it seemed as though she was addressing the public and her fans more than the person she hurt. (It doesn’t help that as recently as last week, one of her targets, Courtney Stodden, said she’s yet to receive a private apology from Teigen.)Though she mentions Stodden in passing in the first apology, the overarching content of the apology came off a tad self-serving, said Amy Levy, the president of Amy Levy Public Relations. (Indeed, in the wake of the cyberbullying scandal, Bloomingdale’s walked away from a deal with the cookbook author while Macy’s, which is owned by the same parent company as Bloomingdale’s, wiped any trace of Teigen’s cookware line from its website.)“I think what Chrissy needed to do was put herself in Stodden’s shoes more and acknowledge how terribly that must have made them feel,” Levy said. “She should have said how awful it must have been to hear those words, how embarrassed it made Stodden and that she – Chrissy – would be heartbroken if anyone ever said that to her children.”Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world. I’m mortified and sad at who I used to be. I was an insecure, attention seeking troll. I am ashamed and completely embarrassed at my behavior but that...— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 12, 2021Get ahead of the story and respond quickly to limit any further damageIn December 2018, Kevin Hart basically tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars. That seems like eons ago, so we’ll recap for you: After Hart’s old homophobic tweets resurfaced, the comedian issued a series of statements and posts addressing the matter ― his friend Ellen DeGeneres even had him on her show to apologise ― but many of his actions only fanned the flames.For starters, Hart initially refused to apologize for the jokes. In a defiant Instagram video, he said those who were complaining were angry “trolls” and said he was done addressing the past. “I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were,” the comedian said. “I’m not going to continue to tap into the past when I’ve moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life.”Had Hart issued a more full-throated apology right away, he could have saved himself a lot of grief, Levy said.“One day Kevin Hart was set to be the host of the Oscars. The next minute, that opportunity was pulled out from under him,” she said. “At that moment, it was more important than ever for Hart to be prepared with the tools and resources to manage his situation quickly and effectively to limit any further damage to his reputation.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real)Don’t say “you misheard or misunderstood” meA good “I’m sorry!” requires the apologiser to take some ownership of their mistakes. The apology should never reframe the incident as more innocent than it seemed or as a big misunderstanding. “These kinds of apologies sound something like ‘I am sorry, you must have misheard me’ and try to make the receiver of the apology second-guess themselves or the situation,” said Jodi R.R. Smith, founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.We live in a 24-hour news cycle, and we’re overloaded with information, so it’s easy to second-guess ourselves even when we are fairly sure we heard right the first time. The “sorry, you misunderstood” apologiser takes advantage of this. “We see this with Billie Eilish saying she always used a ‘silly’ voice and that it was not mocking anyone,” Smith said. “Like Hart, she probably should have allowed the immediate defensiveness to pass before responding.”Billie Eilish issues apology for mouthing an anti-Asian derogatory term in a resurfaced video. pic.twitter.com/dzeMzHzJoQ— Pop Base (@PopBase) June 22, 2021Don’t say “I’m sorry you felt that way” Also stay clear of what Smith calls a “boomerang apology.” “This apology is characterized by twisting words so that the apologizer ends up blaming the apology receiver,” she said.“These apologies sound something like ‘I am sorry you feel that way’ or ‘I’m sorry if I hurt you. That was never my intention.’“I am not sure where this type of apology originated, but blaming the apology receiver only serves to defeat the purpose of why you are apologizing in the first place,” Smith said. Hart’s non-apology fell into this category. In his tweets and interviews, Hart focused too much on himself and what being called out meant for him rather than how his words might have hurt others, Smith said.“His apology tour on both radio spots and television shows made the entire episode about him and even positioned him as the victim in the situation,” she said. Don’t say “I’m sorry but ...” Whether you’re a celebrity with a 13-million-follower count or a random crank who acts up on a flight and gets recorded, you’ll do yourself no favors if you apologise but then go out of your way to justify the situation, Smith said. Blake Shelton issued this sort of non-apology in 2016 when homophobic, frat-boy-humor tweets he’d put out years prior resurfaced. Essentially, the country star and judge on The Voice shrugged off the criticism and said, “I’m sorry you took it that way, but this is just my very special brand of humour!” pic.twitter.com/RSoWqSlBlV— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 17, 2016Don’t assume an apology will automatically win back good standing with the publicSince her initial rounds of apologies, Teigen has tried to dip her feet back into the social media waters. Earlier this month, she shared a pic of herself lounging on the couch with a meandering caption about how “lost” she’s felt since her induction into the ‘Cancel Club.’Though Teigen received a ton of goodwill from her celebrity friends and fans, others were less sympathetic. “Cry me a river,” one comment read.“You showed no mercy to anyone. It’s like you’re only sorry bc you’ve been caught,” another upvoted comment read. As Teigen’s continued apology saga shows, you can go out of your way to apologise, but that doesn’t mean the public will accept it.“Chrissy had long been a high-profile firebrand before her bullying scandal came to light, but audiences gave her leeway because she was passionate about popular causes,” Nierman said. “With the scandal removing that buffer, no form of apology would have successfully persuaded certain critics to ease up.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen)Put action behind your wordsTime will tell if an apologiser is truly sorry. (Or if they’re just worried about lost revenue and career opportunities.) But while that time passes, a smart apologiser doesn’t just twiddle their fingers and wait for the TMZ headlines to blow over. They put actions behind their words.For instance, Levy thinks McCammond, the would-be leader of Teen Vogue, will recover just fine (indeed, she was recently rehired by her former employer, Axios), but in the moment, she could have taken some actionable steps beyond issuing an apology.“Alexi McCammond could have turned her negative into a positive by enrolling in a course in diversity and inclusion and volunteering at an Asian community organization like Asian Americans Advancing Justice,” Levy said. “Then “her education in this area could have appeared as an editor’s note in her first issue.”Teigen could take a similar approach, the PR expert said. (It’s certainly more action-based than opining about the “cancel club” on Instagram.)“I would have recommended to Chrissy that she then do some kind of community outreach work in the anti-bullying arena in a quiet/non-publicised way and then be quiet for a while after assuring the world that this behaviour won’t happen again,” Levy said. Moving forward, “post with purpose” and “share with care.” Most of us have made mistakes online. How do you ensure your days of sharing cringe-worthy commentary are a thing of the past? When posting anything on social media, try to remember at least two basic rules, Nierman said: “Post with purpose” and “share with care.” “In our fast-paced digitally connected world, it is extremely easy to have statements or online content taken in the wrong way or out of context – or worse, wilfully misrepresented and used against you,” he said. “To prevent this from happening, always post content with a clear purpose that is clearly interpreted as it was meant.”Remember, he said, “internet is forever,” so pause and think before hitting that send button.And if you’re a celebrity with a massive following wanting to avoid posting something damaging? Maybe go the Lena Dunham route and in moments of high-stress give your passwords to trusted assistants who’ll approve your messages beforehand. 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You might experience an unwelcome dose of déjà vu on social media this week, as photographs of empty supermarket shelves are being shared once more.But you don’t need to panic buy or stockpile loo roll – we had enough of that in March 2020, thank you very much. The shortages are largely down to the “pingdemic,” with supermarket workers, lorry drivers and factory workers being forced to self-isolate at home after being pinged by the NHS app, highlighting a potential contact with Covid. Iceland’s managing director, Richard Walker, told BBC 4′s Today programme the supermarket was having to hire 2,000 temporary workers to prepare for “the exponential rise in pinging”. Some Iceland stores have even had temporarily close amid staff shortages. Meanwhile, M&S has reduced opening hours in some of its stores to deal with shortages. “The dramatic pictures that you might have seen in the media are isolated incidents and not widespread,” Walker reassured customers. “But the people who should be panicking are the Government, and I believe that, you know, the sooner they clear up this mess, and get retail workers and HGV drivers on to the key worker list, the better.”The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged ministers to “act fast” to allow fully-vaccinated workers, or those who test negative, to be exempt from isolation after a “ping”.Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed that a “very narrow” list of sectors whose workers will be exempt from isolation rules will be published on Thursday afternoon. He would not confirm if this list will include the food sector, but urged the public not to panic buy. While panic-buying is an understandable reaction to an uncertain situation, it could have a profound impact on supply chains – and people’s lives. HuffPost UK previously spoke to therapists about how to resist the urge to panic buy and the message was clear: do things that reduce your own anxiety.Avoid scaremongering posts on social media and surround yourself with positive people. And remember, if your local supermarket is out of a certain item, you can always try independent corner shops which are often well-stocked with goods, as well as local farms, some of which will deliver to your door.READ MORE:How To Resist The Urge To Panic Buy (Again) During Covid-19Worried About Keeping Covid-Safe? Remember Japan's 'Three Cs'How To Ask Someone To Wear A Face Mask If You're Feeling Anxious
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