Guy Pearce says sorry

johnboy 14 April 2012 35

The Canberra Times have been gifted a letter from Guy Pearce’s management following his part on the half hour sustained sledge of Canberra dished up on international television earlier in the week.

I’m writing to sincerely apologise for the comments I recently made about Canberra on the USA talk show ‘Craig Ferguson’.

I’m such a twit for doing this and feel so embarrassed and mortified at what I said.

I regretted it as soon as I walked off the set. I stupidly ran with a joke which I took too far for no other reason than to get laughs and I know I’ve offended many Canberrans and Australians in general.
I feel horrible about myself for doing this and I’m truly very sorry.

The thing is, what I said doesn’t even reflect my true feelings. I actually really like Canberra, and in the few times I’ve been I’ve really enjoyed it and found it to be extremely beautiful, so I’m so sorry for being such a dickhead.

It goes on at some length.

Compare and contrast to

So @ajayrochester , now that Guy Pearce has made a pretty humble apology are you still proud? the-riotact.com/guy-pearce-say…

— John Griffiths (@Griffiths_John) April 13, 2012


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Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 3:47 pm 28 Apr 12

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/craig-ferguson-apologises-to-australia-20120428-1xr5v.html

American TV talk-show host Craig Ferguson has apologised for dissing Canberra on his program.

Speaking on The Late Late Show on United States network CBS on Thursday, Ferguson said he was horrified that “everyone in Australia is mad at me”.

Thumper Thumper 6:29 pm 15 Apr 12

Gerry-Built said :

Thumper said :

I’d suggest that Mr Pearce’s agent read some criticism and decided that it would be a good idea to offer an apology.

Well; he’s upset a lot of people for his public statements on that show. Now he’s publicly apologised – at least publicly, he’s done the ‘right thing’ in response to his brain fart. I don’t agree that the motivation was from his manager, but even if it was, the public face is that he has apologised. Hell – we are big enough, as a city, to accept that, aren’t we?

As a society, we tell our children that if they do hurt, they need to apologise. When this is done in a public way, perhaps we should show what the ‘correct’ response to an apology is, rather than send the message that there is no way to correctly redeem oneself for an indescretion.

Ajay, on the other hand, seems more concerned with being “right”…

I’m just a cynical bastard, however, having said that, I am impressed that Mr Pearce apologised.

And as I previously said, I have no problem with him and think that he’s probably a pretty good bloke. After all, like me, he was born in England 🙂

As for the other slapper….

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 12:31 pm 15 Apr 12

farnarkler said :

He’s a Pom by birth. Why would he give a toss about what people think about what he thinks about Canberra?

All, the same those bloody Poms eh?!?!

farnarkler farnarkler 11:49 am 15 Apr 12

He’s a Pom by birth. Why would he give a toss about what people think about what he thinks about Canberra?

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 11:30 am 15 Apr 12

Thumper said :

I’d suggest that Mr Pearce’s agent read some criticism and decided that it would be a good idea to offer an apology.

Well; he’s upset a lot of people for his public statements on that show. Now he’s publicly apologised – at least publicly, he’s done the ‘right thing’ in response to his brain fart. I don’t agree that the motivation was from his manager, but even if it was, the public face is that he has apologised. Hell – we are big enough, as a city, to accept that, aren’t we?

As a society, we tell our children that if they do hurt, they need to apologise. When this is done in a public way, perhaps we should show what the ‘correct’ response to an apology is, rather than send the message that there is no way to correctly redeem oneself for an indescretion.

Ajay, on the other hand, seems more concerned with being “right”…

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 9:02 am 15 Apr 12

I too accept this apology, and offer my own to Guy Pearce. I said some harsh things about him that I am sorry for.
Meanwhile, anyone else found themselves blocked from Ajay’s Twitterfeed?
“It was a Joke Ajay, and if you can’t take it, you’re more backwater-bred…”

astrojax astrojax 8:05 am 15 Apr 12

sounds reasonable. self-deprecating enough without parody. what more does anyone want? we don’t have time machines yet to be able to go back and not have done it. move along…

Innovation Innovation 7:51 am 15 Apr 12

I wasn’t that fussed about the comedic slagging. I imagine Craig Ferguson has heard a lot worse about the Scottish. In one sense it puts Canberra on the international map although it’s probably damaged rather than helped our tourism dollar.

I do think Guy Pearce’s apology is genuine and I’m not sure what else he could do to fix this. However, the comments from Ajay, who I don’t recall hearing about before, are woeful and I hope I never hear of her again.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 9:52 pm 14 Apr 12

Apology accepted from me too.

JessP JessP 6:38 pm 14 Apr 12

An apology is an apology, so thanks Guy, we will accept that.

If AJay had posted something on these lines on here website then the vitriol would not have flowed as it has.

Walker Walker 4:41 pm 14 Apr 12

Of course, you can’t win: if you don’t like Canberra then they (the critics) bag you out; if you love Canberra they bag you out. So stuff it, go enjoy your city.

Yeah, a few tv laughs, fair enough. Comedians hold a pretty free reign. Most of us know that. Or maybe some reaction means we’re a little defensive – maybe that’s not so bad either.

Overdone but amusing and heartfelt apology accepted.

As for the ubiquitous Andrew Barr’s comments applauding the audacious drag look, well that’s great, but in his previous act, I’m not sure he realised concrete and render doesn’t come off in a hurry.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:31 pm 14 Apr 12

Interesting that on Rochester’s Twitter page the main photo (partially masked by the feed) shows a tattoo on her upper arm. Yet the avatar – with her sporting a sign saying “Love the skin you’re in” has the tattoo airbrushed out. Clearly not entirely comfortable with the skin she is in…

schmeah schmeah 11:55 am 14 Apr 12

The man said sorry and called himself a d-head, I can accept that .. compared to the AJ exhibit he’s suitably redeemed.

I-filed I-filed 11:54 am 14 Apr 12

Bramina said :

dundle said :

It’s too over the top, he’s just trying to save face

I’m not so sure. An apology of this magnitude is a very rare and act of public loss of face.

I don’t believe him for a second – I think his agent has a view to next year’s Canberra centenary and the possibility of a paid gig for Pearce a la Mia Freedman.

Bramina Bramina 11:20 am 14 Apr 12

dundle said :

It’s too over the top, he’s just trying to save face

I’m not so sure. An apology of this magnitude is a very rare and act of public loss of face.

vg vg 9:51 am 14 Apr 12

Ajay’s career is is progressing to such an extent that she should thank Jeebus she’s in LA, the home of the niche porn market. That medium is where she’ll next grace our screens, and she’ll be right at home as welfare fraud is valuable part of the CV in that part of ‘the industry’

miz miz 8:43 am 14 Apr 12

He sounds genuinely apologetic and it would have taken guts to apologise publicly, so good on Guy for manning up.

caf caf 1:50 am 14 Apr 12

Is there anything else to say, but…

Feel the power of Canberra!

threepaws threepaws 1:17 am 14 Apr 12

I like Guy Pearce. I didn’t like him any less after the ‘incident’, but I think I like him even more after the apology.

It sounds pretty genuine, with the ‘I’m a dickhead’ and all.

But anyway, who really cares…

Clown Killer Clown Killer 11:08 pm 13 Apr 12

To a degree, one wonders whether or not it’s a bit like the old family situation … You know what I mean, your wife (or girlfriend, boyfriend, mate etc.) can completely bag out on some lowlife relative, but if you so much as intimate that the same person is in fact a twat, then all hell is unleashed upon you.

That said, I don’t think that the fat fraudster that Guy was unfortunate enough to get lumped with should seek any comfort. The stupid and ugly stinking scrubber shouldn’t be fat-mouthing off about Canberra – she’s got worse things to worry about 🙂

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