Rush Limbaugh might have gone after Sandra Fluke the hardest last week, but actress Patricia Heaton, a vocal conservative, took to Twitter to pile on too. After facing some serious backlash—and even deleting her Twitter account for a short time—Heaton has now come out with an apology.
There were several offending tweets, which have since been deleted, but the most choice of the bunch asked her followers, whom she calls Tweatons, to help Fluke, a Georgetown student, out with her birth control needs:
If every Tweaton sent Georgetown Gal one condom, her parents wouldn't have to cancel basic cable, & she would never reproduce — sound good?
Oh, yeah, that sounds really great. Thanks for the suggestion, Patricia! Not surprisingly, she got slammed from many corners of the internet. She originally complained that people couldn't take a joke, but then she said later,
Mea culpa Sandra! Wasn't being respectful 2 u re my tweets as I hope people wd b w/me. Don't like you being dissed—so sorry.
She also clarified that she still didn't agree with Fluke's views, but she realized she "was not showing Christ's love." Then she abruptly suspended her account. But now she's back, offering up yet another apology to her followers:
I apologized to Ms Fluke last week. I may not agree with her views but I didn't treat her with respect and I'm sorry. I was wrong. Mea Culpa.
Huh, maybe after being showered in Twitter hatred she's beginning to understand it doesn't feel so good when thousands of people say vicious and cruel things about you...