After making an off the cuff comment about how a long train ride made her skin ” dirty and dark like the Tamilians,” US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao’s department issued the following non-apology:
During the speech Ms. Chao made an inappropriate comment. Ms. Chao deeply regrets if her unfortunate remarks offended anyone, as that was certainly not her intent.
The US Consulate hasn’t apologized for Ms. Chao’s remarks. They’ve shifted the blame onto the people who were offended.
I wonder if anyone has told the consulate that Basic Instructions is a webcomic, not an actual how-to guide: