Decorated former Russian ice skater and current pro-Putin politician Irina Rodnina, who lit the Olympic flame in Sochi last week, is totally sorry that some crazy racist hackers posted an offensive (and Photoshopped!) image of Barack and Michelle Obama on her Twitter account in September and then defended it as free speech. How Not to Apologize Five Months Late, Olympics Edition:
I respect the Obama family and apologize for not clearly stating earlier that I don't support the tweeted photo or racism in any form. (1/2)— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) February 10, 2014
My account was hacked and I should have shown better judgement in my initial response and handling of the event. (2/2)— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) February 10, 2014
Previously, however, Rodnina refused to back down (loosely translated: "Freedom of speech is freedom!"):
Свобода слова есть свобода! За свои комплексы сами и отвечайте!— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) September 13, 2013
That was probably the hacker, too.
And yet, on Saturday, her own daughter, a producer at HuffPost Live, opted to avoid the Anthony Weiner–like defense and instead own the shame of having a parent who says untoward things:
My mother is neither a racist nor a homophobe. I think the tweet was extremely insensitive, and we've addressed it as a family. (1/2)— Alyona (@AlyonaMink) February 8, 2014
That doesn't change the fact that she's a great mother and watching last night I was proud. (2/2)— Alyona (@AlyonaMink) February 8, 2014
Hopefully the hacker was invited to the family meeting.