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Public Apology Style

  • Najib Benouar


The public apology has become one of our era’s defining phenomena.

It’s usually the same routine: a press conference or talk show appearance is scheduled, there are a few choked-back tears, perhaps beside a dewy-eyed supporting cast, and finally an avowal to right their wrongs. But the one thing that’s not always the same is how the transgressor has dressed for the occasion.

So, with Anthony Weiner back in hot water—and subsequently catching some heat for his preppy spectrum of pant choices this summer—following last week’s reports of Eliot Spitzer campaigning in the same exact tie he wore during his public apology press conference, we thought we’d take a look back at the various styles on display in the past few years of public apologizing.

Disgrace under fire, a style retrospective.»

The Gentleman's Guide to Golf

  • Najib Benouar

Call it a hunch, but sometime this summer you’re going to find yourself out on the golf course.

It could be this weekend while visiting the in-laws for Father’s Day. Or an impromptu invitation by the boss on the office retreat next month.

Whatever the case, you should be prepared--and have a few tricks up your sleeve—especially if you’re not exactly a clubhouse regular. So we’ve put together a handy little guide on how to take your next round of golf to the next level. (We’ll spare you all the old-fashioned etiquette rules, like keeping quiet during backswings and not stepping across putting lines on the green.)

Winning at golf, regardless of your handicap.»

Weekend Winners: Tiger, Ted, España and Enrique Peña Nieto

It was a great weekend to be wearing red: Tiger Woods won his 74th PGA tournament at Congressional, moving him past Jack Nicklaus into second place for total wins, eight short of Sam Snead’s record. Spain, the reigning World Cup champions, defeated Italy 4-0 on Sunday to win its second consecutive Euro championship title, causing many to wonder if they’re the best soccer team of all time. Meanwhile, Enrique Peña Nieto won the presidential election held in Mexico over the weekend—and so begins what will likely be a difficult job for Señor Nieto. Less difficult will be Seth MacFarlane’s negotiation for making Ted 2, as he and his dickish teddy bear brought in an estimated $54.1 million at the box office over the weekend—35% higher than the loftiest prerelease predictions.

In other news, Monday’s feeling a whole lot like Thursday this week...

Reentry: Richard Dawson, Tiger Woods and a Submarine Cave for Sale

Richard Dawson, the Kissing Bandit, has died.

As you may recall, Kempt recently sauntered back to the Golden (Brown) Age of Game Shows, a glorious, sepia-toned era of wide lapels, sexual innuendoes and long-stemmed microphones gracefully held by extraordinarily tanned and charismatic gentlemen like Richard Dawson. “The way he was on [Family Feud] was the way he was in real life,” said Dawson’s son, Gary. “He not only wanted people to win, but to have a comfortable, great experience.”

Click here for a comfortable, great experience (survey says)...

In the process of researching our game show story last December, we stumbled upon this clip of Dawson’s estranged sons surprising him, on air, for his birthday. We’ll go ahead and call it the most poignant moment in game show history.

Elsewhere over the weekend...»

Failed Experiments: Tiger Woods’s Blond Period

Tiger Woods usually sticks with a close-cropped buzz, right in line with his preferred image as an expert technician, but for a few ill-considered months in 2001, he went blond.

It’s a weird move under the best of circumstances. But in this case, it was also an early peek at a moody, attention-seeking Tiger nobody knew existed yet—which just made it weirder.

The bleach didn’t work for one simple reason: he’s no Dennis Rodman. Even now, Tiger has more in common with Dennis Rodman’s accountant. The rebel posture just seemed fake—so fake that it was hard to connect it with anything we knew about him. The face was the same endearing nerd as before, but the hair looked like it was about to start sexting porn stars.

A few months later, he was back to the natural black... but his indiscreet streak was just getting started.

THE REENTRY: Monday, August 15th

The ReentryImages via Jonathan Schmock

Because they don’t deliver newspapers where you woke up on Sunday morning, Kempt brings you The Reentry:

WHO CARES ABOUT THE AMES STRAW POLL? Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, during which 30,000 Iowans ate barbeque and voted on presidential candidates. According to history, this poll doesn’t really matter -- but after this weekend, Tim Pawlenty wants out and Rick Perry wants in. Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post breaks down the rest of the field here.

Here’s what you need to know…»

Say Cheese

Today’s Rolex:…is a weathered Tudor Submariner Cal 390. [Teneu De Nimes]

Fare Thee Well, Sidney: Sending off Sidney Lumet. If you haven’t seen Dog Day Afternoon, now’s a good time. [In Contention]

”Golf Style” is Like “British Cooking”: Tiger is slipping at the masters…both sporting-wise and style-wise. [Esquire]

The Newest Latest: The Bengal Stripe shares their latest spring kit. Handsome stuff. [Bengal Stripe]

The Argentinean Adam Sandler and Other World Cup Lookalikes

  • Shawn Donnelly


This is the latest installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa.

We love when a person from one part of the world looks like a person from a completely different part of the world. It makes our planet seem a bit smaller. It also makes our planet seem a bit funnier.

Nowhere are there more examples of this than at the World Cup. For instance, you may have turned on your TV this weekend and thought for a second that Adam Sandler (albeit a young Adam Sandler) was playing midfield for Argentina. In fact, it was a 29-year-old named Maxi Rodriguez. (We hear he’s almost as funny.) This got us thinking: who are some of the World Cup’s other lookalikes? Here’s what we came up with…

See who looks like James Bond»

The Master


Tiger Woods is currently taking his first turn around Augusta after taking some time off to catch up with old friends. And honestly, we’re just excited to see him take a few swings again.

In honor of the occasion, we managed to snag a peek at his Nike wardrobe for the next few days and we must admit, it looks promising. A few quick notes:

1) The coral polo is going to come out when he needs to unleash the thunder. 2) Black slacks symbolize repentance. 3) Chicks dig lavender.

Diana Moldovan is Worried about the Ocean


All Sparkles: An outsider editorial bears fruit. [TheOnes2Watch]

A Man in Full: The internet seems to have an inexhaustible supply of “Roger Ebert: Class Act” stories. In this chapter, he faces snark and beats it back with sorrowful resolve. [Deadspin]

No More Pleats: A gentleman’s guide to the chino. [Put This On]

Rampaging Junk Syndrome: Pondering the appropriate disease name for the Tiger Woodses of the world. [GOOD]