In what I’m assuming is going to be a theme for today, Jennifer Lopez talked to Cosmo about how she came under fire for performing for a renowned dictator because apparently Cosmo is your one stop spot for news on global politics and human rights violations. (Okay, maybe not.) Anyway, Jennifer decided that the best course of action would be to address the story head on, apologize, and announce that she was giving the money to charity. HA! Just kidding. No, she framed it as her growing as a human being and surviving insurmountable adversity.
Admitting that her appearance at the birthday party of the president of Turkmenistan earlier this year was a mistake: “I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that’s what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self.”
I know, right? I understand that she’s trying to say she made a mistake and she wants to learn from it, but you know what would have been more direct, cut right to the point and made her look way better? Just apologizing. Saying she’s sorry. Acknowledging that she f**ked up is a great place to start, but framing it as “I’m a survivor!” is barely an apology. It’s the start of an apology. 5 G’s please.