Comedian Apologizes for 9/11 Account

Stephen Rannazzisi tweetsFor 14 years, Steve Rannazzisi stuck to his story of escaping the Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks. In 2009, he gave a detailed account of the day and how the event inspired him to move to Los Angeles. Now a comedian with his own TV show, a special on Comedy Central, and an endorsement deal with Buffalo Wild Wings, Rannazzisi's lie is biting him back.

Rannazzisi posted a series of tweets, but his confession doesn't seem to be winning him any favors. He also published a statement, which The New York Times called "contrite":

"It was profoundly disrespectful to those who perished and those who lost loved ones. The stupidity and guilt I have felt for many years has not abated. It was an early taste of having a public persona, and I made a terrible mistake. All I can ask is for forgiveness."

Buffalo Wild Wings is reconsidering their deal:  

"We are disappointed to learn of Steve's misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001. We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts."

Discussion Starters: 

  • What's your assessment of Rannazzisi's tweets and statement?
  • Should Buffalo Wild Wings cancel his contract? Should Comedy Central cancel his show? If so, what should they say?