This Director’s Public Apology To Keira Knightley Is A Perfect Public Apology. | Gradient

This director’s public apology to Keira Knightley is a perfect public apology.


A few days ago, director John Carney let fly some bad comments about working with Keira Knightley on him Begin Again film. He told The Independent, among other things, that “acting requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think [Knightley] is ready for yet.” He also accused her of having “an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.” Since Keira Knightley is a woman and it’s 2016, she’s probably used to mean things being said about her online. This isn’t exactly breaking news.

Still, this story became noteworthy on Wednesday, when Carney took to Twitter to apologize for his comments and did something rather remarkable: offered the rare, genuine, heartfelt-seeming apology that seems to provide actual remorse and introspection. “I’m ashamed of myself that I could say such things and I’ve been trying to account for what they say about me,” he said in a note posted to Twitter. “In trying to to pick holes in my work, I ended up blaming someone else. That’s not only bad directing, that’s shoddy behavior.”


Not to make excuses for Carney’s earlier words about Knightley, which were pretty shitty, but this apology is refreshingly candid and sincere. None of the “I’m sorry if anyone was offended” bullshit. No “the media took my words out of context” smokescreen. Just a straightforward admission of wrongdoing and a promise to do better in the future. Other celebrities needing to make apologies could learn a lot from this. We all could.

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If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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