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Kanye and Serena and Joe, oh my! What a lot of sorry folk.

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Serena Among the famously rude moments of the last week -- and there were a lot of them, weren't there? -- probably only one speaker is really sorry.

Not that Serena Williams necessarily is feeling pain for the line referee to whom she reportedly said some truly, um, over-the-line things about the possibility that a tennis ball would find its way down the woman's gullet via Williams' hand. Though treated as a physical threat -- and to some extent it was -- the outburst sounded more like the tantrum of a woman who feels her stardom elevates her above the rank of mere tennis officials. Make a call against me, the message went, and you will feel how powerful I am and how I can destroy the lives of mere mortals.

Williams notably was without apology after the kerfuffle, though she apologized today. Of course she's sorry. Her loudmouthed queen-bee moment lost her the match and ten thousand bucks in fines.

Kanyepic There are no such consequences for Kanye West after he jumped on stage during the MTV Video Music Awards during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to announce that really Beyonce's video was way superior. Because of course everything considers West the definitive arbiter in such matters, right? West is all about apologizing today, which gives him yet another day of the publicity he probably wanted in the first place.

And then, of course, there's Rep. Joe Wilson, from whom Democrats can never hear enough apologies for his "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's speech. The South Carolina congressman's apology was insincere, Democratic legislators insist, delivered only at the behest of Republican leaders, and therefore he should have to apologize on the House floor or face censure. Why, because his apology will be so much more sincere if it is forced by Democratic politicians rather than Republican?

Duvall We would include former Assemblyman Michael Duvall, who resigned and issued an apology after his inadvertently public comments about sexual exploits, but even he doesn't seem quite clear about what he was sorry for. The day after, he said that even though he had made the comments for which he was sorry, it didn't actually mean he kissed (and supposedly spanked) and told.

Apologies, consequences, whatever, the proof of remorse is in future actions. Will any of these people act differently after their apologies, sincere or not? In at least one case, sure. Duvall will absolutely be checking to see whether the microphone is on.

Photos: Serena Williams. Credit Timothy A. Clancy / AFP / Getty Images. Kanye West. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images. Michael Duvall. Credit: Hector Amezcua / Associated Press.

-- Karin Klein



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Kanye's disgusting childish act is the kind of thing that brings down the caliber of the entire show. As long as there are morons like him running around the building, the respect from the public simply won't be there. The VMA's (and other award shows) need to make a more concerted efforts to not invite these clowns to their high profile events. Kanye demonstrated what most of already knew. A professional artist he is NOT.

Michelle G

Are you serious? Do you not remember Fartman? Britney Spears, Madonna, and others writhing around the stage floor? He may not be very tactful as a rap artist, but he is a very important producer whose albums are highly regarded.


Can't they arrest the black guy for battery or something, didn't he wrench the mike from her hands...or maybe disturbing the peace, or can anyone jump up on stage and make a comment during an awards ceremony without consequence. I saw it on YouTube, that' the first I saw or even heard of the VMA Awards...That's one positive, I am now aware of the VMSs...


The tennis incident...Didn't John McEnroe exhibit that type of behavior all of the time when he was playing tennis. Although she is a little more scary than McEnroe, they should treat her the same as the other tennis players that have a hard time controlling their emotions. I don't remember if they were penalized, but I doubt it...there may be some underlying issues in this case, and we all know what those are...And besides, it's a tennis game, do people actually attend those...


Former Assemblyman Duvall apolgised and resigned and he doesn't know why...he knows exactly why, but now the true politician is coming out and he's having a hard time distinguishing the truth with a bold face lie. I just love politicians, they're all the same...And we elect them to office...what a system...



Big Jim Slade

This column must be a joke. As if celebrities and congressmen haven't misbehaved in all of recorded history...

All least Britney, Paris,or Lindsay didn't show her private parts at the VMA's.

Our Congress has allowed obvious liars and thieves to work in its "hallowed" chambers for two centuries. The list is long and illustrious. Every look up John Kennedy's grandfather, Honey Fitzsimmons?

And what about all the Democratic booing of Bush a few years back? I don't seem to remember any formal admonishment at the time.


I saw Kenyo West on Jay Leno...he can't even speak intelligently...what's he do again...rap albums or something...very impressive....NOT..


You forgot to write about Colin Farrell's outburst at TIFF (http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/tiff/news/2009/09/14/10884251-sun.html)!


What I found baffling about the Kanye incident was, when Pink stopped in front of him after he'd sat down, and simply shook her head in disgust, security told her to move along. WHERE was security when he crashed the stage?


That should be an easily won civil suit, it's all on tape and it's all inappropriate. What's the custodian doing near the stage during the production anyway...



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