Last week, the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford (not to be confused with Jay Z's musical muse), admitted that he smoked crack cocaine. After months of rumors and reports about a video that showed the politician doing the drug, Ford owned up to the allegations. And then a couple of days later, he took some kids on a tour of his office. Nice try, Ford, but this one won't be an easy forget.
It was "Take Your Child To Work Day," so it's understandable that a mayor would bring children from the community to the office, but it's pretty convenient that Ford would pull out such a squeaky clean deed following his sordid scandal. But, really, who's that surprised at his scheme? Politicians and celebrities alike have a well-documented history of making nice following their very public screw-ups. In fact, most famous exist on a predictable timeline: mistake-public backlash-apology. Most times (shoutout to C.Breezy and Kanye West) those apologies fall on deaf ears. In case you have a short memory, here's a short history of famous people trying to make us forget their mistakes with public apologies, charitable acts, and, in some cases, good old-fashioned groveling.