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Neil Patrick Harris Formally Apologizes to Rachel Bloom For Tony Awards Diss: “I should have know better”

On the night of the Tony Awards, past host Neil Patrick Harris was watching from home – and he was tweeting.

When he saw My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom during the pre-show he tweeted: “Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused…”

Bloom immediately reminded NPH who she is: “I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for “How I Met Your Mother” for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.”

As a followup to Bloom’s response, NPH tweeted back, “Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?” It wasn’t technically an apology. And contrary to what many on Twitter assumed, it also wasn’t part of an elaborate bit.”

That was not the end of it:

“It wasn’t a joke,” Bloom says in a new interview with GQ, saying that she was “kind of devastated” by NPH’s tweets and that she almost responded by saying, “This makes me sad.” After all, in addition to Bloom’s husband having written for How I Met Your Mother — she even has a framed picture of her husband with NPH after he wrote a pivotal episode in which Barney meets his father — the two recently spent 15 minutes together backstage at a Broadway show.”

“He didn’t say I was terrible,” she admits. “It was just kind of a random thing. But if he wants to be gracious, he has 27 million Twitter followers. He could check out an episode of the musical TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — which is, right now, the only musical show on television — and tell his 27 million Twitter followers to check it out. I wouldn’t hate that!”

NPH took to Twitter again after seeing the interview and wrote: “Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet. I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better.”

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  1. This is becoming ridiculously hypersensitive, you just can’t say the smallest joke that someone is “devastated” and crying out loud in an encroaching culture of victimism (the one that only validates words of concepts that are uttered under the umbrella that the emitter sounds as a victim, regardless of veracity, reality or any proper further analysis). The problem with this is not only that it means the death of humor and free expression (as everything CAN and certainly WILL BE offensive or hurtful for someone, somewhere, somehow) but that this misused tool is have now been taken (for example) by those who oppose LGBT’s rights (Don’t want to sell wedding cakes to gay couples? Just make the claim that you are a victim, persecuted on religion grounds by trying to force you to sell to those sinners… etc.). There must be a balance but I guess we are already beyond that point and instead of getting in the middle of the extremes, some people are using the bad and obvious examples to be hurtful for real as a form of rebellion to this artificial construction of victimhood in contrast with those who are real victims of things that affect their lives. What furthers this even more is when someone who didn’t do anything that grave or bad, grovels into their knees for forgiveness, validating the notion and thinning even more the delicate skin of those who will be even more offended next time just because someone breathed too strong for their sensitivities. It is just too easy to construct how painful someone breathing next to you can be.

  2. Guess I’m the only gay guy that has always though NPH was an arrogant douche.

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