Michelle McGee's Apology to Sandra Bullock: Why It's a Non-Apology

The first mistress of Jesse James to come forward about his philandering says "I'm sorry" -- but is she, really?

Michelle "Bombshell" McGee has finally said those two little words to Sandra Bullock: "I'm sorry." But does she really mean it?

In an interview with the Australian show TodayTonight, McGee, 24, said she wanted to give Bullock a "heartfelt apology" for carrying on an affair with her husband Jesse James. Here are the exact words she used:

"I feel bad for Sandra...I'm sorry for your embarrassment. I'm sorry all this is public. I'm sorry for everything."

Hmm, notice anything missing from that apology? Perhaps words to the effect of "I'm sorry I slept with your husband" or "I'm sorry I actively participated in the destruction of your marriage"? Maybe "I'm sorry for everything" is supposed to cover that.

McGee's wording has the distinct whiff of a "non-apology apology" -- that is, saying "I'm sorry" while expressing no actual accountability. ("I'm sorry you feel that way" is the classic example.) Even though she says she's sorry for Bullock's "embarrassment and pain," McGee just doesn't seem all that remorseful. And there's a reason for that: McGee apparently wants to claim that she's the victim here, not Bullock. Jesse James, she says, told her that he and Bullock were separated, and she believed him -- otherwise "I wouldn't have been with him."

"I feel like I was duped just as much as Sandra was. I feel like I was lied to just as much as she was," McGee told the cameras. "I feel bad for Sandra. I know what she's going through."

Hang on -- I know what she's going through? So having sex with a married man for two months is exactly the same thing as watching your 5-year marriage go down in flames? Sorry, Bombshell, we're not buying it.

Clearly, the tattooed model feels it's unfair that she's been the target of so much blame for Bullock's suffering. And we do see her point -- Jesse James is obviously the person most at fault. But nobody forced McGee to pursue intimate trysts with a famously married man, or to hold a press conference about it after the Oscars (and let's not even get started on those Nazi photos). She can play the victim card all she wants, but it doesn't make us want to have her over for coffee. And if she's hoping to bond with Bullock over their mutual betrayal? That's one coffee date that's never gonna happen.

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