Excuse me, let me give you the exact quote from HBO: “Obviously, it was not our intention to do anything disrespectful to the church, but to those who may be offended, we offer our sincere apology,” after which they revealed their intentions to continue doing exactly that which is offending Mormons.
Someone needs to point out to HBO (and apparently Tom Hanks needs this lesson too) that a true apology cannot, by definition, apologize for the actions of the offended. All you’re really saying is that you wish they wouldn’t get offended, not that you are sorry for your own actions (actions which you don’t intend to change). Which, incidentally, we have a word for that called “regret,” a very common and perfectly acceptable word to use. “We regret you are offended but nevertheless plan to air the episode.” See! Easy.
Now my turn:
HBO, I regret that you’re a d-bag.
HBO, I regret that your sexual proclivities gave you gonorrhea.
HBO, I regret that you are so stupid that you think Mormons would be offended at the nature in which temple ordinances are portrayed rather than just the fact that you are portraying them at all.
See, it’s easy!