On Wednesday, NewsBusters was the first to expose NBC's New Year's Eve show for mocking Pearl Harbor survivors as only able to eat SpaghettiOs.
On Friday, Natasha Leggero, the vulgar actress/comedienne at the heart of this disgraceful episode, responded via Tumblr telling her readers, "I'm not sorry" (serious vulgarity warning though edited):
It’s been a busy few days but rest assured, I have received all of your messages and have been busy sifting through the different creatively misspelled death threats, rape fantasies and most of all repeated use of the the C word. In the past few days I have been called a c--t so much I felt like I was in a British pub rooting for the wrong soccer team. [...]
I wish I could apologize, but do you really want another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt? Let me just try instead to be honest.
I’m not sorry. I don’t think the amazing courage of American veterans and specifically those who survived Pearl Harbor is in any way diminished by a comedian making a joke about dentures on television. Do we really believe that the people who fought and defended our freedom against Nazis and the Axis powers will find a joke about Spaghetti O’s too much to bear? Sorry, I have more respect for Veterans than to think their honor can be impugned by a glamorous, charming comedian in a fur hat.
That's what this actress/comedienne considers thinking.
As for people that were offended wanting "another insincere apology that you know is just an attempt at damage control and not a real admission of guilt," if she doesn't know how to apologize with sincerity, this 39-year-old from Rockford, Illinois, has a lot of growing up to do.
After claiming that she's just as patriotic as anyone else in this country - with likely just as much sincerity as she was able to muster for the apology she refused to give to Pearl Harbor survivors! - Leggero continued:
On the one hand you have me, making a joke about how old people can’t chew tough foods very well.
On the other hand you have Veterans who receive inadequate care upon their return from active duty, rampant sexual assault against female soldiers, staggering rates of suicide, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, substance abuse and depression among soldiers and political gridlock that prevents these problems from getting solved quickly.
Where do you think your outrage and action would be better served, calling me a c--t or doing something about the above problems?
Leggero's solution? "Make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans foundation."
For her part, Leggero included a link to the foundation, and claimed that she had made a contribution herself.
This is to be commended, but without a real apology to those she's offended, all Leggero has done is spend some money to ease her conscience.
(HT The Wrap)