In refreshingly non-cynical news this week, looks like owning up and taking the high road is a trend. First, we have Eclipse star Kristen Stewart, who has apologized for comparing the experience of being photographed by paparazzi to that of a woman being raped in an interview with British Elle. “I really made an enormous mistake — clearly and obviously,” Stewart told People while in Korea to promote Eclipse. “And I’m really sorry about my choice of words. ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought,” she added. Stewart played a rape victim in 2004’s Speak, has done public service announcements for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). “People thinking that I’m insensitive about this subject rips my guts out,” she said. “I made a big mistake.”
Meanwhile, in a phone interview this morning with Today‘s Matt Lauer, MLB umpire Jim Joyce talked about his emotional apology to Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga for an admittedly blown call that cost Galarraga a perfect game Wednesday night. Joyce told Lauer his emotional state had quickly transitioned from “an all-time low” right after the game to “an all-time high.”
Joyce cited the overwhelming support he’s received from his family, both teams’ organizations, MLB, and especially the fans from the Detroit area who were heartened by his instant apology. “I’m very Irish and I’m very emotional,” Joyce told Lauer, who has been upholding Joyce’s apology on-air all week as a great teaching moment for kids. “I couldn’t walk away from that the next day. You can’t walk away from what you have to do.”
Watch the video ahead. It’s safe to assume that if Joyce had been in the studio, Lauer might have crushed his hero with a huge hug. “Safe!” Joyce would have determined in tearful call of redemption. But the phone thing worked just fine.