I accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices that I made on Sept. 19, 2010, and Sept. 21, 2010. My behavior and actions, which at no time were motivated by hate, bigotry, prejudice or desire to hurt, humiliate or embarrass anyone, were nonetheless the wrong choices and decisions. I apologize to everyone affected by those choices.
Dharun Ravi apologizes almost two years after the suicide of Tyler Clementi, who jumped off of the George Washington Bridge after finding out that Ravi had broadcast his sexual encounter with a man over the Internet.
First off, Ravi’s apology came in the form of a written statement. He didn’t even have the audacity to face the family of Tyler Clementi face-to-face and offer an apology that way.
Second, his apology sounds like one of those cold-hearted apologies that corporations and government officials give when they have offended someone. In other words, it’s a half-assed apology.
Third, apologizing won’t bring Tyler Clementi back. Ravi should have apologized to him the moment after the incident happened. Ravi even stated that he wanted to apologize to Clementi. However, he figured this out two-and-a-half weeks after Clementi was dead. Hindsight’s 20/20.
Fourth, Ravi’s apology uses 62 words. Short enough to fit in one paragraph of a news story. If Ravi was indeed remorseful and sorry, he would have told the family IN COURT!!!
Ravi was extremely lucky that he didn’t receive 10 years in prison. He got off like a celebrity gets off. Except in his case, he’s an infamous celebrity.
My final verdict on his apology: he’s not sorry! His actions this week do not constitute remorse or legitimate sorrow over his actions and choices. He’s an excellent actor in fooling people.
I pray that Ravi never does anything like his actions with Clementi again, but I still consider him partly responsible for Clementi’s death. I also hold his death partly responsible to the anti-gay bigots that permeate every aspect of our lives. Namely, the GOP!