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SeekingandGivingGoodAdvice Thu 28-May-20 11:47:33

My friend recently upset my wife by openly criticising her career choices. At the time it seemed more a matter of friendly banter to me - he often teases people this way - but she has taken it to heart and no longer wants to see him. He is aware that he upset her, and is unsure of what to do. Has anyone any ideas on how to resolve such an issue?

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AriettyHomily Thu 28-May-20 11:49:03

Erm he apologises?

vodkaredbullgirl Thu 28-May-20 11:50:32

Apologise to her, that what he needs to do.

zscaler Thu 28-May-20 11:50:35

He should apologise - even if he didn’t mean to upset your wife he did, which is the relevant part of this.

Your wife may then forgive him and be willing to move on, or she may have no desire to keep seeing him, in which case you will have to socialise with him on your own.

Xiaoxiong Thu 28-May-20 11:51:27

Talk to your wife. does she want an apology? And not a bullshit non-apology apology like "I'm sorry you got upset".

And to be honest, you should stand up for her and be telling your friend he's an asshole for being rude to your wife! And if you didn't stand up for her, you need to be apologising to her too.

getdownonit Thu 28-May-20 11:51:49

'Banter' covers a lot of shit normally.

Not sure why her career choices are any business of his

MatildaTheCat Thu 28-May-20 11:51:58

He accepts that his ‘banter’ is actually offensive bullying? Then apologises and changes.

Up to her whether she chooses to accept the apology.

acatcalledjohn Thu 28-May-20 11:51:59

Why is it that men cannot apologise, even when they know they have been dicks?

Banter is only banter when the receiving party finds it funny. Clearly your wife didn't.

You don't sound very supportive of your wife.

nothingcanhurtmewithmyeyesshut Thu 28-May-20 11:52:07

He says he is sorry and explains he didn't mean it, preferably with flowers.

UncleFoster Thu 28-May-20 11:52:20

Was it friendly banter or was he being a knob?

He could start with apologising her

StCharlotte Thu 28-May-20 11:52:49

Spot on.

Why do people find it so hard to apologise graciously amd admit they're in the wrong?

LightenUpSummer Thu 28-May-20 11:55:20

Not being able to apologise is a sign of cripplingly low self esteem imo.

Oliversmumsarmy Thu 28-May-20 11:55:33

Substitute teasing with bullying.

Why do you want to see this guy again. Or is it ok as long as the “teasing” isn’t directed at you.

He sounds like someone who needs to put people down just to make himself feel good

Destroyedpeople Thu 28-May-20 11:56:08

The thING about 'friendly banter' is that it's not friendly it's usually just plain nasty. People...usually men...use it to insult others then when the other party (usually a woman) are quite reasonably offended they can say 'hey it was just 'banter' what's wrong with you'. Thereby making out that the other person is over sensitive etc.
Perhaps if your so called 'mate' apologised to your wife and refrained from 'friendly banter' in the future you could fix this.

amusedbush Thu 28-May-20 11:56:26

The problem with "banter" or "taking the mick" is that the so-called jokes stem from the person's true thoughts. Even if he says he was joking, his thoughts on your wife's career obviously occurred to him at some point.

He should apologise properly and graciously accept it if your wife no longer wants to see him. People who dish out "banter" and then wang on about how nobody can take a joke are awful; it's like when Peter Kay did the bit about Uncle Knobhead at the family party.

MaeDanvers Thu 28-May-20 11:57:04

So between you you both can’t figure out that when you upset someone with a poor taste joke the right thing to do is apologise? Are you both intellectually challenged in some way?

TheDuchessofDukeStreet Thu 28-May-20 11:57:38

What the above posters have said. Your first loyalty should be to her.

Hillocrew Thu 28-May-20 11:59:16

You need to apologise to your wife and reassure her that you'll stick up for her in future.
Your friend needs to apologise wholeheartedly that he was a knob

isabellerossignol Thu 28-May-20 11:59:17

You need to ask Mumsnet?

I'm surprised that an adult is unaware of the concept of an apology.

Unless what you mean is how can I get my wife to accept my friend being horrible to her. Which I hope you don't.

Hillocrew Thu 28-May-20 12:00:32

The fact that you and you friend don't know what to do is ridiculous btw.

MitziK Thu 28-May-20 12:01:03

Find better friends. Ones that don't openly put your wife and her career choices down to keep her in her place.

Lucked Thu 28-May-20 12:02:16

I am curious what he said.

Friendsofmine Thu 28-May-20 12:04:05


It doesn't matter what he said. Does he want to repair it or not?

Friendsofmine Thu 28-May-20 12:04:28

He apologises!

Longdistance Thu 28-May-20 12:04:57

What’s so funny about her job?
I don’t like your friend, he sounds like a dickhead and you should have stood up to him. Whatever her job is, it’s none of his business and he needs to keep his trap shut.

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