This is actually quite refreshing: after saying an offensive joke during New Year’s Eve, comedian Natasha Leggero is not rattling off some canned apology or plagiarizing an apology (looking at you, Shia LaBeouf). In fact, she published an open letter with the bold statement: “I’m not sorry.”
During NBC’s “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly,” Daly was interviewing Leggero, Jane Lynch, and Anthony Anderson about a tweet that SpaghettiOs sent on Pearl Harbor day — a controversial tweet that pictured the food’s mascot holding an American flag, with the caption, “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.”
Daly and Lynch were discussing why it was so offensive when Leggero responded, “I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew.” Apparently Leggero has been receiving a lot of flack for her comment, and thus her open letter was born.
Read the full letter below:
On New Years Eve I made what I thought was a harmless joke http://dailym.ai/1crNs71
Here is my response:
Well hello America!
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*** 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 SpaghettiO’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 not to say I don’t think comedians are a problem in this country, they are a financial drain on the people who date them and talk far too much about themselves. I’m thrilled to see how passionate (death threats against a five foot tall woman are always the height of passion!) people are about our country and our Veterans. I am too. My own father lost his hearing in the Vietnam War so the issue is pretty close to me too. So rather than apologize, let me offer another perspective.
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*** or doing something about the above problems?
For those of you that are currently doing both: Kudos!
To our vets: I love you. I truly hope you know that.
To SpaghettiO’s: Let’s do lunch.
To the Elderly: Chew!
To @nealrscott: It’s spelled Human Excrement not Increatment.
To those looking for an active way to address the above problems, do what I’ve decided to do instead of apologize: Make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans foundation. (link http://www.dav.org)
So what do you think of Leggero’s non-apology letter? Do you agree with her or do you think she should actually apologize for the joke?