Earlier, I questioned Steve Blow’s word usage in a blog post about molestation. At first, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, that maybe he hadn’t really thought out what he was going to say, and just dashed off a blog post.
But then more and more commenters began telling him how wrong he was. How using words like “mainstream” and “refreshing” to talk about female molestation made it sound like there was a group of people it would be OK to molest.
“My goodness, nothing but literalists in the house today?
Word o’ the day: Tongue-in-cheek — “humorously ironic, mocking or insincere.”
A few more people go after him in the comments, and then he finally “apologizes.” I use quotes, because let’s read it:
“If you have to explain humor, it has failed. My attempt here at some sardonic humor has obviously failed with a number of readers. I apologize. No offense was intended — except toward pervy priests of any persuasion.”
In other words, “I’m sorry, readers, that you’re too stupid to get my humor. A number of you gauche illiterates didn’t get it, but clearly someone out there does, or I’d say it failed with everyone. Epically.”
The correct apology would go something like that, “I’m sorry, you guys. I didn’t think when I typed, and I clearly tried to make a very serious and sad situation humorous, at the expense of the victims. ”
That, dear Mr. Blow, is how an apology works. We’ll try humor later.
UPDATE: If the post was just a joke, why did the Dallas Morning News delete it? No worries, we have the screen shot here.