By Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
New year, new season.
Kevin Hart. Ellen. Brett Kavanaugh. We live in an age of #SorryNotSorry, prevalent in our pop culture and woven into the fabric of our nation’s founding. But how can we grow into the people we want to become when we can’t acknowledge our mistakes and the effect that they’ve had on others? We invite you to start off 2019 with an apology.
Discussed this week:
Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing (2018)
“I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty, 1989)
“Ms. Jackson” (OutKast, 2000)
“All Apologies” (Nirvana, 1993)
“Sorry” (Beyoncé, 2016)
“Poltergeist” (directed by Tobe Hooper, 1982)
“The Best Man” (directed by Malcolm D. Lee, 1999)
Dan Harmon’s apology on the Harmontown podcast (Jan. 10, 2018)
Kevin Hart’s non-apology on Instagram (Dec. 6, 2018)
Kevin Hart’s appearance on Ellen (Jan. 4, 2019)
“The Apology of Socrates” (Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett)
“I’m Sorry” (Brenda Lee, 1960)
Wesley Morris is the critic at large for The New York Times and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for the magazine.
“Still Processing” is produced by Neena Pathak and edited by Sasha Weiss, Larissa Anderson and Wendy Dorr, with editorial oversight from Lisa Tobin and Samantha Henig. Our theme music is by Kindness. It’s called “World Restart,” from the album “Otherness.”