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How to Apologize When You Get Called Out Knowing how to apologize is essential when you’ve been called out for a behavior that enforces oppression of a marginalized group. But unfortunately, we don’t always do a great job at it. What do non-apologies look like, and how can you avoid giving them? How do you apologize for your behavior in a way that is meaningful and genuine? Check out this video from Franchesca Ramsey to find out! With Love, The Editors at Everyday Feminism Hey guys! So today, I want to talk about getting called out and how to apologize. And the thing that inspired this video is recently, we’ve had a lot of celebrities in the media screwing up, getting called out and then offering faux apologies like Russell Simmons, Paula Dean, Anthony Weiner and most recently Sheryl Underwood. I wanted to talk about what you’re supposed to do when you get called out and the way to apologize so that people believe you and know that you’re actually committed to change. When we talk about getting called out, what exactly do I mean? It’s not just getting your feelings hurt or someone pointing at you that you took the last slice of the pizza. Getting called out in this context of this video is when you say or do something that upholds the oppression of a marginalized group of people. For example: sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism. Something that you said or done that basically is just perpetuating negative stereotypes or ideals that have real consequences. So, in my social responsibility video, we talked about why making jokes about really serious issues or minimizing serious issues has negative consequences. But now I wanna talk about what happens when that’s brought to your attention and how you can successfully apologize and become an ally and now be committed to changing your behavior and doing the right thing.
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Usually when you call out someone’s behavior or something that they’ve said, the natural reaction is to get defensive. “You’re so sensitive!” “I was just joking.” “My best friend’s black.” “My sister’s a lesbian.” “You are so emotional!” “You know I didn’t mean it that way.” “Everybody has to be so PC
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