Jason Alexander Apologizes For Gaffe; Opens Mind
I'm not a Seinfeld fan. But I do know that, as George Costanza, Jason Alexander was all the things I don't want to be: bitter, petty, defensive, egotistical, mean. He was written without a positive bone in his body.
It turns out that Jason Alexander is a great actor. And role model.
Because when it comes to responding to socially insensitive, egg on your face, bonehead moves, this guy should teach a master class. He made a joke (calling cricket gay), was criticized for the joke, and, GET THIS!, thought critically about where he went wrong. What he wrote in response is not a defense, or an excuse, or a Fuck You! manifesto. It is a well-delivered account of what he was thinking, where that thinking veered off course, and how he, and all of us, can do better.
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Alexander managed to counter the ever present "OMG the world sucks gorilla nuts because we have to be politically correct and sensitive to others"
whine argument with such grace and perfection that I was literally in awe --
"I hope we will someday live in a society where we are so accepting of each other that we can all laugh at jokes like these and know that there is no malice or diminishment intended.
But we are not there yet.
So, I can only apologize and I do. In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come."
He turned a negative into a positive and educated people in the process.
So please take a moment to read Jason's letter (via GLAAD) and then come back let me know if he's sparked the positive in you.