Sorry I called you that: Gay, childless, 'wusses' & more

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Name calling often leads to public apologies

From Alec Baldwin's latest Twitter rant to a reality star calling another a "donkey," we've compiled a list of foot-in-the-mouth slipups. See gallery

 

Alec Baldwin is no stranger to controversy, and the hot-headed actor caused quite a firestorm recently with a profanity-laced Twitter rant. While attending actor James Gandolfini's funeral last week, Daily Mail reporter George Stark accused Baldwin's wife, Hilaria Thomas, of tweeting during the service. Baldwin unleashed a torrent of angry tweets directed at Stark, even throwing in what many construed to be gay slurs. Baldwin apologized to Glaad, a New York City-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group.
 

In 2007, Baldwin, upset about his custody battle with Kim Basinger, took out his anger on his then-11-year-old daughter, Ireland, including a controversial, threatening voice mail on her phone.

 

Bing:  What did Alec reportedly call his daughter?

Search:  See pictures of Ireland Baldwin now

Find:  Another daughter for Alec?

 

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A Harvard professor's remark

Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor, was forced to cover his tracks after saying economist John Maynard Keynes was not fully invested in the future because he was gay and had no children (read more about what Ferguson said).

Bing:  Did Ferguson apologize for his remarks?

Find:  See what Ferguson said about President Obama last year

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A New Hampshire legislator's term for women

In the heat of debate, people will say just about anything to get their point across. New Hampshire Republican Rep. Peter Hansen likely wishes he didn't hit "send" on an email he sent to his colleagues in the state House.

Bing:  The word Hansen used to describe women?

Search:  What was his initial excuse?

Find:  Consequences for the House member?

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Sarah Palin points fingers at GOP lawmakers

There was plenty of mudslinging during the "fiscal cliff" debate late last year. Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin (what's she up to these days?) even went after her own party when she pointed fingers at some Republicans in Congress.

Bing:  What did Palin call her fellow party members?

Search:  Her "sincere" apology

Find:  Hear her talk about the slipup

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Shock jock Don Imus fired for racial slur

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Ashley Judd takes heat for comparing hip-hop to rape culture

In 2011, actress Ashley Judd caused quite a firestorm when an excerpt from her book "All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir" was posted online. In the book, Judd said a good deal of rap and hip-hop music is tied to "rape culture" and is the "contemporary soundtrack of misogyny." As the backlash poured in, Judd turned to a good friend, this hip-hop giant.

Bing:  How did she bounce back from her statements?

Search:  Judd's lifelong battle with depression

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ESPN analyst catches fire for calling Robert Griffin III 'cornball brother'

In December 2012, ESPN analyst Rob Parker called Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother." The veteran newspaper columnist, who appears regularly on ESPN's "First Take," among other programs, wondered aloud if Griffin was "down with the cause" because he has a white fiancée and is rumored to be a Republican.

Bing:  The reaction to the comments?

Find:  Updates on the status of Griffin's knee injury

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Obama's 'best-looking attorney general' comment

During a Democratic Party fundraising event in California in April, President Barack Obama complimented the state's attorney general, Kamala Harris, in more ways than one. She's brilliant, dedicated, tough, he said to the throng. And then came the zinger: "by far, the best-looking attorney general."

Bing:  Repercussions for the president?

Search:  A look at the gun-control issue after the bill failed

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Rush Limbaugh apologizes to college student

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Actor Jason Alexander sorry for cricket name-calling

"In comedy, timing is everything." That's how actor Jason Alexander ended his blog apology after referring to the game of cricket as "gay." Appearing on CBS' "Late Late Show" in 2012, the former "Seinfeld" star described the game to host Craig Ferguson, saying, "It's not like a manly baseball pitch; it's a queer British gay pitch." The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and other groups took offense, and Alexander quickly took to his blog to apologize.

Bing:  Read about Alexander's apology

Find:  Remember Kramer actor's racist rant?

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Actress Shanna Moakler and Khloe Kardashian

Shanna Moakler, a reality-TV star and former beauty queen, came on "The Wendy Williams Show" (watch clips) and called fellow reality star Khloe Kardashian a less than flattering name. Claiming it was an "off-the-cuff statement," Moakler apologized, but made a point of reminding everyone that she and the Kardashians aren't exactly good friends.

Bing:  What did Moakler call her fellow reality-TV star?

Search:  How did Kardashian respond?

Find:  Moakler and her husband have had plenty of drama

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The Onion apologizes for calling 9-year-old Oscar nominee C-word

Satirical news organization The Onion fired off a tweet during the Academy Awards in February that sent a shockwave across cyberspace. Under the hashtag  #Oscars2013, The Onion called 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallisthe C-word. The tweet was deleted an hour later, but the damage had been done.

Bing:  How did The Onion handle the incident?

Search:  More on the repercussions and Wallis' response

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Target apologizes for plus-size dress color

Target quickly went into damage-control mode in April when an online shopper spotted a listing for a plus-size dress in this color. Susan Clemens tweeted a picture of the ad, pointing out that the same dress for other sizes was named "Heather Gray."

Bing:  How did Target respond?

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