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Earlier this week, Big Bang Theory star, Mayim Bialik, found herself the subject of intense criticism after an op-ed she penned for The New York Times appeared to suggest survivors of sexual assault were in some way responsible for the crimes committed against them.

While the 41-year-old actress did acknowledge the inherent misogyny and sexism within the entertainment industry, she suggested women could challenge it by behaving and addressing in certain ways.

"I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise," she wrote. "I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy."

Unsurprisingly, the public were quick to point out the flaws with such an argument  – criticism which appeared to strike a chord with the actress.

Taking to Twitter yesterday, she issued an apology, and attempted to clarify her original points.

"I want to addess my op-ed in the NY Times, and the reaction to it. Let me say clearly and explivitly that I am very sorry," she wrote.

"What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted."

Turning her attention to the women who have recently shared their own stories of assault and harrassment, Mayim wrote: "I appluad the bravery of the women who have come forward."

"I support these women as we seek out and demand accountability from the only ones responsible for assault and rape; the people who perpretrate these heinous crimes. I am motivated and driven to work hard to empower women."

Concluding her statement with a sincere apology, she added: "I am truly sorry for causing so much pain, and I hope you can all forgive me."

The post has been met with a mixed response from Twitter users – some of whom felt an apology wasn't necessary and others who thanked the star for taking the time to consider the impact of her words.

"Much respect to you for acknowledging a mistake and apologising. None of us will get it right all the time," wrote one while another asked: "Why are you apologizing for people taking ur words out of context? I read it, u did nothing wrong." (sic)

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It's been more than a decade since Hollywood's golden couple parted ways, and yet the public is still absolutely fascinated by the dynamics of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's relationship.

Indeed, when news broke that Brad and his second wife, Angelina Jolie, decided to part ways last year, the internet was awash with memes suggesting that Jennifer Aniston was positively celebrating the news.

And while the former Friends star, who married Justin Theroux in 2015, has undoubtedly moved on with her life, recent reports suggest that the heartbreak born of her divorce still runs deep.

According to In Touch Weekly, Brad decided to reach out to Jennifer in recent days in an effort to apologise for any hurt caused during or after their marriage, and it sounds like Jennifer had a hard time dealing with the conversation.

"It was the most intimate conversation Brad and Jen have ever had," a source told the US publication.

And, unsurprisingly, 48-year-old Jen, who never made any secret of the upset she felt enduring such a high-profile break-up, struggled to keep her composure during the exchange.

"Jen was overcome with emotion," the source continued. "All the hurt feelings and resentment she'd suppressed for years came flooding to the surface, and she broke down in tears."

In addition to apologising to Jennifer for being an 'absentee husband' during their marriage between 2000 and 2004, Brad reportedly 'made amends for leaving her for Angelina'.

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The Managing Director of Longitude has taken to the festival's official website and their various social media channels in order to address concerns which were made in relation to the festival's queuing system yesterday.

Within the last hour, Melvin Benn posted an apology to festival-goers who faced an 'uncomfortable start' to yesterday's festivities, but it hasn't been met with support from a number of those in attendance yesterday.

In a post which has been criticised by many, Melvin wrote: "The opening hour of yesterday's entry was not what I wanted"

"We had encouraged people to arrive early and they heeded the encouragement to a greater level than anticipated making that first hour difficult and I owe those caught up in it an apology."

"However, every single person caught up in the shock of the uncomfortable start was able to continue into the concert and enjoy the day despite that."

"As you would anticipate, my teams have worked throughout the night to  improve the entry for today and tomorrow so everyone can enjoy Longitude at its best," he concluded.

Unfortunately many music fans are refusing to accept Melvin's apology, with dozens insisting that his explanation fell short.

"Melvin take your head out of the sand!" wrote one. "My sister was one of those people caught up in the stampede! Maybe you should speak with her or i could send you a photo of her injuries!"

"I should also add, she purchased a 3-day ticket which she cannot attend as a result of those injuries. What a ridiculous untrue statement to make!"

Echoing these sentiments, another Facebook user added: "I personally witnessed multiple people being crushed up against the barriers probably with broken limbs. It was so disturbing to watch. I felt scared and unsafe multiple times."

"To be clear, the collapsing of barriers and crowds of people getting trampled and crushed is far from "uncomfortable' and I am extremely concerned about the health and safety measures and standards that YOU are responsible for are in place today to prevent this," added another concerned member of the public.

"Have you notified the Health and Safety Authority about this incident? What have you done to assess this risk and mitigate against it?" she questioned.

Responding to Melvin's apology, one festival-goer wrote: "Not good enough. People were treated like cattle. I didn't see anyone getting searched. There could have been knives brought into the venue yesterday."

"Security staff didn't know what they were doing and couldn't care less. An absolute shambles of an operation. You knew how many people you sold tickets to and should have been prepared for it."

"Your 'apology' was immediately negated when you followed it up with your assumption that everyone went on to enjoy their day. That's an insult," they added.

The post has been inundated with messages from the public demanding a more substantial explanation and apology for the reported lack of organisation at the beginning of yesterday's festival in Marlay Park.

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On Thursday, Vogue released its August cover, and immediately faced considerable backlash.

The issue, which featured Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, was condemned for purporting to understand the concept of gender-fluidity by using the couple's tendency to borrow each other's clothes as an example.

Unsurprisingly, members of the public wasted no time taking to social media to highlight the magazine's feeble grasp of the concept.

"Think Vogue is a bit confused on what gender fluidity is! Wearing your gf's T-shirt doesn't not make you gender fluid," wrote one.

"Yes hello police, Gigi Hadid wore pants last week and now Vogue is calling her a gender fluid icon," added another.

Responding to the backlash, a spokesperson for the iconic publication attempted to justify the magazine's intention during their fashion-oriented interview with the model and former One Direction star.

"The story was intended to highlight the impact the gender-fluid, non-binary communities have had on fashion and culture," they began in an explanation issued to Fashionista.

"We are very sorry the story did not correctly reflect the spirit — we missed the mark," they admitted. "We do look forward to continuing the conversation with greater sensitivity."

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There are plenty of beauty apps doing the rounds, but one that has caught particular attention lately, and for all the wrong reasons, is FaceApp. 

The app was accused of racism thanks to the lightening effects of one of the filters.

The creator apologised after before and after snaps of people using the app caused outrage amongst users due to the skin tone change. 

FaceApp transforms selfies by making people look older or younger, and can even change the users gender.

The filter labelled 'hot' is the issue, as images show the dramatic difference in skin tone applied by the filter.

'We are deeply sorry for this unquestionably serious issue,'Yaroslav Goncharov, CEO and founder of the company told Cosmopolitan.

'It is an unfortunate side-effect of the underlying neural network caused by the training set bias, not intended behaviour.'

Naturally, people still aren't happy with the results of the filter, which has since been renamed 'spark.'

'PSA: Stop downloading and using this racist app,' tweeted one offended Twitter user.

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After becoming the subject of an online hate campaign, Gigi Hadid has defended her controversial impression of the future First Lady, Melania Trump.

Following her impersonation of Donald Trump’s wife at Sunday night’s American Music Awards ceremony in LA, the 21-year-old was branded “racist” by critics who denounced her adoption of an exaggerated European accent in a skit which referenced Michelle Obama’s “stolen” speech.

This morning, the Hilfiger model issued a statement on Twitter claiming her portrayal of Melania was conducted in “good humour and with no bad intent”.

 

TOMORROW! Jay and I host the @AMAs – 8/7c on @abcnetwork #AMAs

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on

In the handwritten note, Gigi explained how she “removed or changed anything in the script that [she] felt took the joke too far”, before stressing her belief that “Melania understands show business”.

“I too have been the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions,” she wrote.  “And [I] was able to find the humour in it.”

“I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run.”

In her closing statement, the young star apologised to those offended by the performance and insisted she has “only the best wishes for [her] country”.

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If one outfit caught everyone’s attention last weekend, it was Chrissy Teigen’s super split Yousef Akbar AMA gown.

Despite earning the model a place on fashion sites across the globe, the daring black dress didn’t exactly behave itself on the red carpet.

After Chrissy’s nether region was exposed by a troublesome gust of wind, the 30-year-old was accused of lacking class by online critics.

But while public wardrobe malfunctions are enough to send many celebs into hiding, yesterday the Lip Sync Battle host employed her trademark sense of humour to apologise to those affected by the sight of her “hooha”.

Alongside a collage of photos from the night, Chrissy wrote: “#AMAs! Love you so so so much…(Apologies to anyone harmed mentally or physically by my hooha) dress is #yousefakbar and shoes are @dsquared2 and laser hair removal is @sevlaseraesthetics.”

Just like that, Chrissy brushed off an embarrassing episode, shut down her haters and gave a shout out to her laser hair removal practitioner.

 

Thank you for having us, London! #xfactor @monicarosestyle @karindarnell @wendyiles_hair  #mayweallembraceourinnerhoneyG

A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on

What a boss!

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Earlier this year, Azelia Banks let rip at Zayn Malik on Twitter in a tirade of homophobic and racist remarks.

She tweeted such things like, "Dude, I make better music than you. Simmer down with that fake white boy rebellion and that wannabe beiber swag," and "Lol u a b**ch n***a." There were many more tweets, but let's just say the language in them went from bad to downright awful.

At the time, Zayn simply replied to her, ""@AZEALIABANKS why you been saying nasty things about me? I wasn't talking about you."

However, now the 25-year-old has penned an open apology to the former Directioner.

She sent the letter into Us Weekly, and you can read it below:

Azealia Banks and Zayn Malik

What do you think of her apology? 

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Friday’s EU referendum results had everyone in a tizzy but no one was more panicked than ASOS shoppers to discover that Brexit had sent their beloved store into shutdown.

Thankfully all is once again right with the world as ASOS have taken to their social media accounts to apologise for the crash and offer a lovely 10% off to all its patient customers.

To avail of the 24 hour discount – which can be applied to anything on the site – simply enter the code ‘BIGTHANKS10’ at the checkout.

10% off everything?  ASOS you are forgiven!

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After her outburst during the week, Jada Pinkett Smith has thanked Oscars president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. 

The president of the awards admitted to being "heartbroken and frustrated" by the all-white nominations, which were announced this week. 

Jada made a very public video and promised to boycott the award show next month, but Cheryl had a very quick response and insisted that the organisation is going up for a review. 

Mrs Pinkett Smith then took to social media saying: "I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future."

Jada's husband, Will Smith was hoping for a nomination for his role in Concussion, but didn't make the final five. Will's ex-co-star, Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, also spoke out yesterday about Jada's public video. 

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During the week there was a lot of irritated Irish people on Twitter after Sky News reporter, Richard Suchet, said Saoirse Ronan was British and claimed her as "one of our own."

Of course, there was a huge outcry on social media, and at first the news reporter didn't back down, getting into a war of words with RTÉ on Twitter:

But, he certainly changed his tune last night as Richard, once again, took to Twitter to apologise for what he said. 

In the tweet, he stated: "On Saoirse, I apologise. It came out wrong. I know the UK can't claim her, of course. But the British would love to see her win for Ireland."

Many people retweeted his message, but of course, you can't please everyone: 

 

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Niamh Geaney reports.

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