This is a truly modern apology, and may well set the precedent for The Twitter Defense.
Former American Idol contestant David Archuleta came under media fire recently when he Tweeted the following quote from Mormon Church leader Boyd K. Packer:
Now he’s claiming he never realized the Tweets could be interpreted as antigay, and the fact that he couldn’t fit the entire thing into one message, thus isolating the “expressed between a man and a woman” phrase, gave it unintended emphasis.
Here’s the message he sent out to his fans:
I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line “expressed between a man and a woman in marriage” being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet. I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family. I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David
And the world keeps turning.