Amber apologies, says she has Jewish friends

As everyone knows, the best defense against claims of bigotry is to insist that one has friends who are members of the group that person has disparaged, and that’s exactly what Big Brother 8‘s Amber Siyavus has done in defense of her comments that Jews are “money-hungry” “assholes”: claim she has Jewish friends.

While the media is pretty much ignoring Amber, focusing on Dick and Daniele instead, Reality News Online’s David Bloomberg interviewed Amber, and got her to address her remarks, although not by actually asking her a question. Instead, he gave her a chance to address anything she wanted at the end of the interview, and she brought up the remarks, suggesting that she’s now aware of her new reputation.

That said, her first priority was to address her crying, which is much more controversial than her disparaging of Jews. Then she addresses her comments, although she says she was just mad at Eric, pretending that her comments were not about “every Jewish person I know, every single one.” And because follow-up questions are much more difficult than just saying “Thanks again, Amber,” she got away with it.

Still, it’s the first and only mention of her remarks I’ve seen, and at least she apologizes, even if it’s part of a rationalizing defense:

“I made a comment when I was upset with Eric — I made it about Jewish people and people from New York. I just want to tell the people I offended that I am very sorry. I did not mean to offend anybody and I was upset with Eric at the time. Being upset, people tend to say things they don’t mean. That came from a really bad place, and from the bottom of my heart, I am truly sorry — I send my apologies to anyone I offended. I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. The words just came out and I was upset with Eric. I have friends that are Jewish and friends from New York. I am not prejudiced and I am truly truly truly sorry.”

“It Was Just Me Being Me in the House” — An Interview with Big Brother 8’s Amber [Reality News Online]

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