So-called "comedian" Jay Mohr has been under fire for ridiculously ripping Alyssa Milano whom he met at a NASCAR racing event. Mohr reportedly said about the 41-year-old mother of 2-year-old son Milo, "She’s very tiny. In height. It seems like she had a baby and said, 'I don’t really give a shit.' ... I read it on her gut. ... Somebody sat in the director's chair was not wearing Spanx, and I was like 'Jesus Christ!'" And the world collectively groaned/rolled their eyes.
But after Alyssa herself shot back at Mohr in the classiest possible way, he was initially dead silent. Then yesterday, he tweeted a response to both Perez Hilton and Alyssa, followed by a pretty jaw-dropping blog post ...
If that had been all Jay had to say in response, I would've felt like it was pretty lame and possibly half-assed or even insincere. I can't see how even when being satirical or absurdist, fat-shaming a relatively new mom who happens to look freakin' amazing is at all humorous. Especially considering the troubling issues we have as a society with body image, eating disorders, and totally asinine beauty standards that are disempowering women and girls from a disturbingly young age.
But then the comedian went on to write this apologetic blog post:
Comedians have a hole on their insides that can only be filled by generating constant content that is, many times, improvised in the moment. Unfortunately, in rare instances, it causes irreparable harm. I had thought (incorrectly) in an improvisational moment, that the incongruousness of my statements, when held up to the light of how beautiful Alyssa Milano is, would have been funny given that she is the size of a thimble. It wasn't funny. Knowing that Alyssa, as well as her family, friends, fans, and especially her husband, heard things that were hurtful from my mouth crushed me. She has always been one of the kindest, most caring and beautiful people this town has ever seen. I will not make excuses for what I said. Although I immediately removed that segment from my podcast, it still doesn’t change the results. I know full well how much words can hurt people, having seen my wife get destroyed by the tabloids, and I am embarrassed that I didn't think before I spoke. Alyssa is an extraordinarily beautiful person—both inside and out. Alyssa is a mother, a wife, an actress, and a class act that should always be celebrated. Sometimes comedians go too far. I went too far. I cannot change what I said, but I can assure you that my heart is broken that I hurt her. I am very sorry. With the utmost sincerity, Jay Mohr
Bravo! Now that is what I call an apology. And it was completely called for. Maybe, hopefully, thanks to this, others who rely on the same pathetic, low-brow "brand" of humor will see the error of their ways.
What do you think of Jay Mohr's apology?
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