Sam Newman Apologises For Offending… People
Posted by Clem Bastow on June 26, 2008
Sam Newman last night apologised in a fairly vague manner for his recent “behaviour” on The Footy Show (i.e. stapling a photo of Caroline Wilson’s face to a lingerie-clad mannequin and then groping it between the ‘legs’. Oh, and then calling the female AFL board members “liars and hypocrites”. And then…).
Here’s what he said on Channel Nine News:
“I’m sorry, I have obviously offended people, and for that I’m sorry,” Newman said on Channel 9 news last night.
He said counselling had helped him to see he could be abrasive, rude and arrogant.
“Can you believe that? You could knock me down with some plumage that people could think that about me.
“Maybe I could just moderate some of the things I do.”
Is it just me, or is that apology a bit non-specific? You would’ve thought that his borderline slandering of Dr Susan Alberti, Beverly Knight, Sally Capp, Peggy Haines and the five other female signatories who wrote to Nine calling for Newman to be counselled would surely deserve a separate, public apology.
The thing is, an apology was absolutely necessary in general, but to say he has “offended people” – well, the simple fact is that the majority of The Footy Show‘s viewers probably thought it was totally hilarious. I realise it’s just semantics but his apology is so vague it doesn’t really address why “people” were offended in the first place.
Meanwhile, this is what Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight has to say about it all:
Pretty telling, isn’t it? Poor old persecuted Sam, being attacked by those nasty women (zombie mannequins, if we are to take his Romero-esque title at face value) who are all the same, and just want to ruin his harmless fun. What’s your take on the whole mess?