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Katherine Heigl made a mistake. And, unlike many celebrities who have been called out for mistakes, she's not dismissing criticism as "haters" and "trolls."
She's owned her error and apologized, thanking her fans for what they said.
This is the way to do it, folks. Take a look:
Katherine Heigl shared her post-baby body just months ago and earned praise.
But when she shared humorous photos of various tombstones and other grave markers from a trip to a cemetary, fans were quick to point out that making light of the dead was not in great taste.
See, she had posed alongside these grave markers and shared the images on social media, along with funny captions.
(Remember, some of those people probably have real, living descendants who remember them and won't see the humor in your posts)
So Heigl took to Instagram video to apologise.
"Hey everybody," Heigl says. "So I’m in the car driving home from my family time in Buffalo."
It seems like a shame to go to Buffalo in the summer and miss the city's legendary snow, but oh well.
Heigl continues, saying: "and I noticed on my Instagram page that the post I posted earlier was getting a lot of reaction."
Instead of turning off comments or doubling down, as so many would have done, she listened.
Heigl kept an open mind "and I realized you guys are right and that was not appropriate and was disrespectful and I’ve taken it down."
It's true! The only remainder of the humorous posts is a video of her husband, Josh Kelley, on his page as he pretends to walk hand-in-hand with a ghost.
(Some might consider it irreverent, but it's not about any specific tombstones, so it's fine)
The actress then explains, for anyone who missed the discourse, why her previous posts were insensitive.
"But somebody commented," Heigl says. "And … was kind of just saying they didn’t think it was an appropriate thing to do."
That person (whose name she can't remember at the moment) also guessed her motive.
Heigl says that this commenter called her out, but knew "that I was probably trying to make a hard moment lighthearted and that’s exactly what I was doing."
Graveyards can be emotionally challenging to visit.
On top of the more obvious grief, sometimes seeing a grave for the first time can make something much more real than it is.
It definitely makes sense that she was tried to lighten her own mood.
"It’s kind of a heavy thing to go and visit my loved ones’ graves," Heigl explains. "And I decided to try to find some moments of levity and humor and didn’t realize how inappropriate I was being."
Really, the only inappropriate part was putting that levity on Instagram.
"So I deeply apologize," Heigl continues. "And I thank you guys for understanding that sometimes I don’t think things through clearly enough."
That can happen to any one of us, any day of the week. Most of us just don't have millions of fans who will instantly see our mistakes.
Heigl then thanks her fans: "And I am grateful for your input and for kind of giving me a head’s up when I’m maybe going too far."
That is such a good response.
"And thank you," Heigl adds. "For forgiving me."
Heigl continues her message in a second video, which we merged with the first in this post for your convenience.
"Next time," Heigl says. "I will be more thoughtful about other people’s feelings and not just my own."
It's great to look after your own feelings! But while social media is wonderful, some things are just a little too insensitive to share.
"Anyway," Heigl continues. "I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday."
She addresses this with the perfect attitude — a combination of friendliness and sincerety.
Heigl adds: "and again, thank you for kind of stepping up and saying something."
It can be so easy, she knows, to be obsequious on social media when speaking to celebrities.
Heigl concludes: "and bringing something to my awareness that needed to be brought."
In case you're wondering why Heigl is earning praise for her simple apology, you have to remember that the celebrity bubble tends to reinforce the idea that there are people who just want to tear them down.
When Khloe Kardashian feels outraged when fans give her advice, that's part of it.
Some celebs will get defensive and double down on their negative actions or statements.
We could easily imagine someone posting funny photos from a cemetary and then responding to criticism with "What? Are we not allowed to take silly pictures with the Great Pyramids? They're giant tombs!!" or something like that.
While celebrities are right to ignore trolls, not every criticism comes from a "hater."
Heigl should be commended for knowing how to parse the difference and read comments with an open mind.
Also? Can we just add that those glasses are such a great look on her.
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Now, Garrett is issuing an apology. Is it good enough?
Garrett Yrigoyen had “liked” a series of images on Instagram. Among them were images mocking immigrants, mocking trans women, fat-shaming women, and promoting conspiracy theories about survivors of the Parkland shooting.
Now that he’s been caught, Garrett took to social media to post an apology.
“To those who I have hurt and offended: This is all new to me.”
That’s not an apology, but it could be the start of one.
“I went on the Bachelorette for the adventure and possibility of falling in love, not fame.”
That sounds an awful lot like he’s sorry that his activity was exposed, right?
“I did not know what to expect once the show aired.”
He does apologize, after a fashion.
“I am sorry to those who I offended and I also take full responsibly for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive.”
While some would have appreciated phrasing that doesn’t appear to cast blame on those who were offended, he did say that he is sorry.
“garrett_yrigs12 was my former Instagram handle and I decided to take it down and start fresh.”
His new handle is gy_yrigoyen.
He says that he remade his Instagram, giving himself a social media blank slate, because:
“I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself.”
He then says that this has been a wake-up call.
“I am not perfect, and I will never be anywhere close, but now I will always be more informed and aware of what I am liking and supporting, not just on Instagram, but in life.”
Well, it’s good that he’s thinking about it, at least.
“I never realized the power behind a mindless tap on Instagram and how it bears so much weight on people’s lives.”
He again seems to be blaming the people impacted by his activity rather than himself, but perhaps this is simply how he writes. (We all have peculiarities in our writing styles)
“I did not mean any harm by any of it.”
He says that simply because he enjoys memes about unabashed cruelty towards entire demographics of people does not mean that he’s a bad person.
“My Instagram ‘likes’ were not a true reflection of me and my morals.”
Furthermore, it sounds like Garrett did not enjoy people referring to him as a bigot.
“I am not the negative labels people are associating me with.”
He claims that people who know him in person don’t see him that way.
“For those who do know me, I am a sincere, genuine, loving, light-hearted, open-minded, and non-judgemental individual.”
He prefers to describe himself as affable.
“I like to make new friends with anyone I meet and want everyone to find their happiness …”
He thinks that others should take his experience to heart when they are on social media.
“Let my mistakes be a lesson for those who mindlessly double tap images, memes, and videos on any social media content that could be many things including hurtful, degrading, and dehumanizing.”
Though she is noted for her left-leaning views, Becca Kufrin defended Garrett in the wake of his scandal.
“I want viewers to be open to everyone, and I want them to go through this season with me and watch my love story unfold with all of these men.”
Last season had a racist suitor. We suppose that it’s no surprise that this season seems to have an everything-ist.
“I did things in the past that I’m sure wasn’t the best thing, but I just want people to stay open-minded to everyone.”
Either Becca is just very nice (she is), or she’s going out of her way to back up Garrett.
“I can’t fault on anyone for what they believe and who’s to say that anyone is truly what they believe in if they just double tap.”
Doesn’t that depend upon what they believe? There’s a difference between having a stance on immigration and laughing at the idea of a brown-skinned child being tossed over a wall.
“I can’t speak to that because that’s just not me. I am a strong woman and I do believe in certain things, but again, that’s what’s so great about our country — everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”
Garrett’s story of his social media scandal being a wake-up call that led him to rethink things and become a better person is nothing short of incredible.
But some fans took the comments to suggest that it is literally incredible. As in in-credible, not credible.
The posts that he seemed to enjoy so much transcend political opinions and, as bloggers such as Reality Steve noted, cross the lines of what is considered basic human decency.
One of the worst posts that he “liked” labeled the survivors of the February 14 Parkland shooting as “crisis actors.” It has not even been four months.
He would have had to have made a total personality turnaround in a very short time.
Has becoming famous and being held responsible for his abhorrent opinions made Garrett into a better human being overnight?
Or has he simply become embarrassed that he was exposed?
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