These Celebrities Have Apologized for Their Reactions to the Nathan Phillips Story
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kirstie Alley, others admit they were wrong
Many celebrities jumped at a recent video clip that appeared to show teenage students from Covington Catholic High School harassing a Native-American activist in Washington, D.C., named Nathan Phillips.
The video was like catnip to many, since a number of the teens were wearing Make America Great Again hats as they stood near the Lincoln Memorial after the March for Life event — and waited for their ride back home to Kentucky.
However, the short video clip turned out to be an edited hit job.
A full and complete video showed that the teens were actually the victims of harassment before the events in the first video ever began.
Despite this new information and fuller context, many celebrities and talking heads in the media have continued to attack the teens and promote Nathan Phillips’ questionable ideas of what happened.
Some celebrities, though, have seen the light and publicly apologized for their reactions to the original video. Here are a few.
1.) Jamie Lee Curtis. “Halloween” star Curtis was the first celebrity to make a public splash with her apology. “There are two sides to every story,” she tweeted. “I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover.”
The actress continued, “I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence. I hope theses [sic] two men can meet and find common ground as can WE ALL.”
Curtis attached a public statement from Nick Sandmann — one of the teens in the video — to her tweet.
There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence. I hope theses two men can meet and find common ground as can WE ALL! pic.twitter.com/R20v9ot2Ey
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 21, 2019
2.) Kirstie Alley. The “Look Who’s Talking” star also swiftly apologized for reacting with anger to the original story about Nathan Phillips.
“I am watching all videos from Covington today,” she tweeted.
“I did exactly what I’ve had done to me. I watched a partial video with a tweet that told me what was happening. I did not look at all footage & evaluate. I simply fired away! This was wrong. This is harmful behavior. I’m sorry.”
I am watching all videos from Covington today.. I did exactly what I've had done to me. I watched a partial video with a tweet that told me what was happening. I did not look at all footage & evaluate. I simply fired away! This was wrong. This is harmful behavior. I'm sorry.
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) January 22, 2019
3.) Jack Morrissey. The film producer had one of the most bitter reactions to the Nathan Phillips story. The “Beauty and the Beast” producer posted a graphic cartoon that showed someone being fed to a wood chipper — a reference to a famous scene from the film “Fargo.”
He joked about “MAGA kids” going “screaming, hats first, into the wood chipper.”
After receiving blowback, Morrissey put out a public apology. “It was something that I did not give any thought to,” Morrissey told The Wrap. “It was just a fast, profoundly stupid tweet … I would throw my phone into the ocean before doing that again.”
He also said, in part, “I tweeted an image based on ‘Fargo’ that was meant to be satirical — as always — but I see now that it was in bad taste. I offended many people — my sincerest apologies. I would never sincerely suggest violence against others, especially kids. Lesson learned.”
Morrissey has produced other films aimed at teens, including 2015’s “Mr. Holmes.”
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