What is a nonpology?

A non-apology

A nonpology is an insincere or forced apology. It often blames a person or group of people for being offended.

People in the limelight, such as celebrities, athletes, and politicians, often give nonpologies. For example, if a famous actor is accused of misbehavior, they may offer a nonpology for PR reasons or to avoid getting canceled instead of showing genuine remorse.

While celebrities are the most common nonpologists, anyone can issue a nonpology. For example, if a friend says, "I'm sorry you felt that way," you just received a nonpology.


Celebrities should realize they need to just come clean, and the public will eventually forgive them
Yeah, a nonpology only makes it worse
The apology that actually isn't an apology
The apology that actually isn't an apology

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Updated March 21, 2023

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