Canadian Politician Apologizes to Pamela Anderson for Twitter Rant
TORONTO – A Newfoundland politician has apologized to Pamela Anderson for calling the former Baywatch star "a has-been actor with an incurable STD" and The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon "a guy dying of cancer."
Gerry Byrne, a Liberal member of Parliament for Newfoundland and Labrador, on Tuesday night lashed out at Anderson and Simon after the animal rights duo visited St. Johns, Newfoundland, to offer local sealers a $1 million check to call off their annual seal hunt.
"I truly regret … my reaction, which I would describe as intemperate and unnecessary. To all whom I have offended in any way, including Ms. Anderson and Mr. Simon, I sincerely apologize and retract the statements I made on social media," Byrne said Wednesday on his parliamentary website.
In comments Byrne has since removed from his Twitter account, the politician urged Anderson, a "has-been 'actor' with an incurable STD" to "take your million and donate it to … sexually transmitted disease prevention education. Good self-promotion."
Byrne also referred to Simon as a "guy dying of cancer."
Simon has been diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer and now plans to give away his wealth to charity.
Anderson has claimed sharing a tattoo needle led to her contracting hepatitis C.
A more contrite Byrne on Wednesday said he now understood that "hepatitis C is contracted by sexual activity only on relatively rare occasions.”