Poughkeepsie, New York – Beatrix Perlay is a researcher at the American English Language Centre. She has revealed today that the sentence “I’m a good guy who made a bad decision” has actually never been said by any good guy, ever.
“I have studied that sentence for my PHD”, Beatrix says. “These exact words have been heard for the first time in 1973 in a talk show. It was said by an actor playing a serial killer during a satirical skit. After that, it has been taken out of context and reused in 2004, when a man driving under influence killed 6 people. It is now used as an excuse by people trying to detach themselves from their mistake or bad decision, totally missing the original irony behind it. It is very popular with people who cheated on their partner or who have done something stupid while drunk”.
Mark Donton is the man who first used the excuse in 1973. He always finds it funny when someone uses it in a public apology.
“People’s stupidity never ceases to amaze me”, Mark explains. “It is such a stupid thing to say. That is what made it so funny when we first used it. We also said “I’m just human, I’m still learning” and “It’s not who I am as a person, it is just something I’ve done” in that skit. I was playing a remorseless douchebag serial killer who was teasing the jurors. I always find it hilarious when someone says it seriously. No decent person would say that kind of thing! Actually, none did”.