It was as though the Rachel Zane and Mike Ross fairytale came to an end. On our screens for the first time were two “characters” with different people attending a Royal Wedding, one of them the bride. Close eyes were on Meghan Markle’s TV husband Patrick J. Adams so when he posted an attack on a woman who had insulted him at the airport, things got messy and the star was forced to apologise.
James had posted a picture of the woman shaming her for telling him he looked “chunky” at the Royal Wedding. “She reads her paper. See’s picture of me and [my wife] Troian from wedding. ‘My God. What a terrible photo of you.’ I look over. ‘Really. I kind of like thay photo. What do you think is wrong with it?’ She pauses. ‘Well, you’re just so… chunky.’ She laughs and falls asleep. I photograph her sleeping. Ans… scene.”
One user commented: “I expect better from you. She’s rude and what she did was uncalled for but sometimes you don’t have to get even.”
James took the post down and issued a (very lengthy) apology.
“Yesterday I posted a photo of a woman who did some casual body shaming of my wife and I in the airport. My intention was solely to put a face to the people who think that sort of glancing commentary is necessary, helpful or funny,” he said. “Some of the comments on the post instead said I was being a bully and should have taken the ‘high road’ (some also doubled down on the body shaming. Thumbs up guys!) I thought it over and agreed and took it down, not because I felt the woman was right or fair or undeserving of being called out but because any sense of being a bully or lashing out felt wrong.”
“Now a number of familiar outlets with a lot of extra time on their hands are asking for comment and getting ready to publish the post in their hard-hitting newspapers, magazines and blogs. So I’ll comment here.
“I’m no bully. What that woman said to us was offensive and unnecessary but I should have told her she was rude and out of line and left it at that. I’m sorry I didn’t.”
“I was too shocked and annoyed and Canadian – so I avoided the confrontation. Again, I’m sorry. Now if you see the original post on any media outlet just know that they are choosing to take a relatively small indiscretion and make it worse. Not for me. Because I promise you once I hit post on this message it will be out of my mind forever. But it will make whatever bullying or embarrassment I might have caused for that woman far worse for a far wider audience. Now -this has obviously taken up far too much of our time and of the precious internet space that we need so much. Sorry about that. But let’s just finish with a quick summary. 1. Don’t talk shit about the way people look. You have no idea what’s going on with them and your commentary will always make their day worse not better. 2. If someone does. Don’t use the internet to settle scores. Tell them right to their face and in public that they’re part of the problem and not the solution. 3. Believe pretty much nothing you read in magazines. Good or bad. The machinery runs on misfortune and oversimplification. 4. Be cool to yourself and others at every opportunity. Life is too short for all of this. Thx for reading. Now back to our lives…”
This feels like the perfect place to re-visit an actual television scene: When Mike Ross met Rachel Zane on American hit legal drama Suits.