To my readers:
It has become known to me that my journal entry entitled “TSA Sponsored Event No. 36: The Black & White Affair” has sparked serious water cooler debate and has become the centre of controversy.
After the initial barrage of replies, I, at first, had no intention of responding because I found it against my nature to give credence to what I might consider hate mail; however, after careful analysis and some thoughtful remarks from a friend, I have decided that it is in all our best interests to make a public statement of apology.
Firstly, I would like to open with very real regret that anybody was offended by my remarks. I had no impish intentions of insulting anyone, and I certainly wasn’t judging or attempting to put anyone down. What I thought to be amusing comments in my usual sardonic style were not received in that way, and for that I offer humble apologies.
I simply had no idea that my opening remarks about Perez Hilton would go unnoticed, and that my borrowed style of commentary would be seen as offensive rather than a laud to that infamous gossip columnist’s E! TV show. In future, I will remind myself of my audience and remember that what is known to me may not be known in wider circles.
As penance, I believe it will be necessary for me to recuse myself from the next few TSA sponsored events. It is glaringly obvious that I will never be able to take a picture or write a commentary without anyone coming to the irrational conclusion that I have nefarious intentions of exploiting the public at large. As it was pointed out, things will never be the same.
Furthermore, I am cognizant of the fact that there will be a few individuals who cannot accept this apology for whatever reason. It may be that you do not think I am sincere or perhaps exacerbating the drama of the moment is more electrifying then simply letting it pass. I have nothing to say to that except the mark of a civilised individual is the ability to apologise when necessary and accept an apology when earnestly offered.
Lastly, I shall close this by saying that although requested, I cannot in good conscience remove my journal entry. As I mentioned before, I had no diabolical scheme of offending anyone, but this is still my journal and these are my personal thoughts whether they are well-received or reviled. Following that poor advice would be tantamount to admitting that my initial objective was to insult. Since I will continue to write whatever comes to mind on any given subject, and because no one will ever let me forget this debacle, there is little point in a false attempt to exonerate myself of something that will continue to exist. Having nothing further to say on the subject, I once again genuinely apologise.