He most likely apologised out of fear.
I was at a university open day recently. The head of department got his words tangled up and accidentally used an offensive word. It was obviously an error. He was absolutely mortified and well theres no other way to put it terrified. It was horrendous to witness.
Sadly, I can well believe it, Galaxy. It's really worrying that things have come to this in what was for so long a country which prided itself on freedom of speech.
I am also worried about what we will lose in the backlash that I can't help but hope will come soon. Will there a be a return to the genuinely offensive speech of the 70s and before, when racist, sexist and homophobic language was mainstream? I fear that the baby (a move towards more considerate speech and an understanding that words matter) will be thrown out with the bathwater of knee-jerk, reactionary responses to trends in autocratic ways of thinking.