Peple say and do stupid things all the time. It’s no different in the time of pandemic.
Sometimes these people are government officials, politicians or celebrities.
When they say or do stupid things, usually a public backlash follows and they are forced to apologize for their „fuckery“.
Just in a last month or so, one police department had to apologize for using “The Purge” siren to signal coronavirus-related curfew, politician for claiming that blowing a hair dryer up your nose kills the coronavirus, doctor for advising using Africans as guinea pigs for finding a vaccine for COVID-19…
Perhaps one of the funniest apologies in the time of pandemic is the one by Police Chief Jimmy Broussard from Crowley (Louisiana) who asked for forgiveness from his fellow citizens after he alerted them to their coronavirus-related curfew with the sound from a fictional dystopian nightmare slasher film „The Purge“.
Residents of Crowley were left quaking when the siren was blared out by squad cars.
In the film „The Purge“, this particular noise indicates the start of an annual event, which sees all crime – including murder and assault – become legal for 12 hours leading to a wave of bloodshed.
Broussard said he didn’t want to use a regular police siren to alert residents to the curfew, and another officer pointed him to an old military siren, which happened to be the same one used in “The Purge.”
He claimed he had no idea the noise was linked to the horror franchise and promised his officers won’t be using that siren ever again.
Doctor suggested using Africans as guinea pigs for finding a vaccine for COVID-19
Another man who had to issue an apology is a French doctor who was lambasted after suggesting using Africans as guinea pigs for finding a vaccine for COVID-19.
He suggested the testing in Africa of a “repurposed” tuberculosis vaccine as a COVID-19 beater during an expert chat with a colleague on television.
After many complaints he apologized: “I want to present all my apologies to those who were hurt, shocked and felt insulted by the remarks I clumsily expressed.”
Government hadvising wives to avoid ‘nagging’ during lockdown
On the other hand, entire Malaysian government had to apologize after advising wives to avoid ‘nagging’ during coronavirus lockdown.
This happened after its Women’s Development Department published a series of sexist “tips” to help deal with the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, including advising women to continue to wear makeup and to “avoid nagging.”
All the way on the other side of the world Florida politician apologized after claiming that blowing a hair dryer up your nose kills the coronavirus because it ‘can’t survive temperatures of 136 degrees’
Bryant Culpepper, the commissioner of Okeechobee County, stunned colleagues during a meeting when he brought up possible treatments for coronavirus that he said he saw on a cable news channel.
Culpepper claimed coronavirus could not live at temperatures greater than 136 degrees Fahrenheit so he advised people to treat themselves with the common haircare product.
After Culpepper’s comments were blasted online, commissioner first doubled down on Facebook, writing: ‘No one is holding a gun to your head to do anything you do not want to do but for some, they don’t have a lot of options.’
However, soon he realized the error of his ways and had issued an apology.
Mock advertisement for “corona pizza”
Another in long line apologies is the one by a French television channel which apologized to Italy for airing a mock advertisement for “corona pizza” in which a coughing chef hacks green phlegm onto Italy’s national dish.
Foreign minister Luigi Di Maio slammed a 10-second gag on the satirical Groland programme on French network Canal+, in which the red tomato base, white mozzarella and green mucus make up the colours of the Italian national flag, as “bad taste and unacceptable”.
Boxer advised men how to hit their female partners during lockdown
When it comes to celebrities apologizing, WBO super middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders apologized for a video in which he advised men how to hit their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown.
In the video, the 30-year-old British boxer threw two punches at a bag in his barn, saying this was how men could manage “if your old woman is giving you mouth”.
“As she comes in she’s just about to say something, all of a sudden you explode, bam,” Saunders said in the video while demonstrating how to “hit her on the chin” and “finish her off”.
Hosting ‘sex party’ during lockdown
Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker on the other hand apologized for hosting ‘sex party’ with a friend during coronavirus lockdown.
Walker and a friend invited two escorts to his flat and proceeded to have a “sex party.”
After realising his mistake, the England international has since apologised.
“I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made,” Walker said in a statement.
These are just some of the most notable weird apologies by high profile individuals and organisations in the time of pandemic.