Fame and Redemption: On the Moral Dangers of Celebrity Apologies

Journal of Social Philosophy (2023)
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In this paper, I first consider three possible explanations for why celebrities typically apologise publicly and sometimes also include their fans among the targets of their apology. I then identify three moral dangers of celebrity apologies, the third of which arises specifically for fan-targeted apologies, and each of which teaches us important lessons about the practice of celebrity apologies. From these individual lessons, I draw more general lessons about apologies from those with elevated social positions and the powers they are associated with.

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Benjamin Matheson
University of Bern


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