UK’s Conservative Party leader David Cameron has caused a stir over gaffes he made during a radio interview. When David Cameron was explaining why he was not on Twitter, he said that “as politicians we do have to think about what we say. The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it, is that I think too many twits might make a t–t.” He also raised a few eyebrows during another part of the interview when he used the words “pissed off” (though he quickly apologized for both gaffes). Clips of David Cameron’s Twitter comment are available at Times Online.
David Cameron Apologizes for Twitter Gaffe: In defense of David Cameron
While David Cameron’s Twitter gaffe was not in best taste, it really wasn’t that bad. If anything it was a botched attempt at a play on words. In fact, it just illustrates the original point that David Cameron had been trying to make when he warned about the dangers of instant communication devices.
We all say or write things that we regret sometimes. Yet most of us are lucky enough not to live in the public eye, where everything we say can be indefinitely scrutinized. While Twitter can be a minefield for potential gaffes, radio has trappings of its own, as David Cameron was not able to take back his on-air comments.
Given that David Cameron is normally well-spoken and articulate, and that he apologized, I’m willing to cut him some slack on this one.
David Cameron Apologizes for Twitter Gaffe: Other Cases
In this information age of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, sometimes it only takes a few gaffes to spark the ire of detractors. David Cameron’s case pales in comparison to that of George Allen. In 2006, George Allen came under fire for using the word “macaca” in reference to S.R. Sidarth. Although he later apologized, explaining that he didn’t fully understand the meaning of the word, the damage had been done. Not only did this gaffe cost him the Senate, but it curtailed a potential presidential run.
Regis Philbin also took a few hits from Dominicans over a gaffe in which he compared Republicans to elephants and Dominicans/Democrats to donkeys. Yet that controversy seemed to fade quickly as it seemed evident that Regis had meant no harm by the comment.
This week, Bachelorette Jillian Harris raised a few eyebrows during the Final Rose Ceremony. After turning down suitors Kiptyn and Reid, she said, “He (Ed) had better not F. disappoint me.”To her credit, she did acknowledge the gaffe with humor, admitting that swearing at a rose ceremony was “not so classy.”
David Cameron seems to have learned from his Twitter gaffe. As he explains, “You always have to be careful what you say. If I’ve caused any offense, I obviously regret that.”
David Cameron apologises for saying Twitter is for t**ts, Times Online