Imagine having every little thing that WE have ever said in a moment of weakness/anger/cocky-ness/whatever being discussed and analised for the rest of our lifes.
I don't know about the rest of you, but actually I do. My kids do it all of the time!!!!!!!!!!
Have I said things that I regret -- of course. Have I paid the price at times? You bet again. At times, I've deserved the fallout.
Do I feel that people can change or grow up and learn from things that they've said that are offensive or in bad taste? Absolutely. But that doens't mean I will trust a person who has said something vile, hateful, or prejudiced.
Also, I used to do work in the t'ainment biz, and there were things that I would NEVER EVER IN THIS LIFETIME say or repeat around co-workers or in a work situation, or I'd never work again! LITERALLY!!!! Those were the rules in that business.
Knowing when to watch your month is especially important when you KNOW you're a public figure -- whether you asked for it or not -- in public or private. Just ask Alec Baldwin!
Martina Hingis put it very well:
"I did things I should not have done. But people make mistakes, especially at my age, when you feel you are so smart, but in fact you are an a**hole!"