In less than a week鈥檚 time, Ken Bone, a previously unknown man that rose to Internet fame following Sunday night鈥檚 Presidential debate (did you catch the Trump loom?), has gone from America鈥檚 sweetheart (no doubt thanks to his decidedly lovable appearance 鈥 that 鈥榮tache, tho!) to Internet villain.

Ken Bone

Some seriously disturbing comments (since removed) from his Reddit account were ferreted out by the public, which included his support of both Jennifer Lawrence鈥檚 leaked nude photos and Trayvon Martin鈥檚 killing, as well as an admission of fraud, and suddenly, the timer on those 15 minutes seemed to be ticking faster than ever.

Now, Ken himself has something to say to his legions of disappointed fans. In an email to the New York Times, he addressed the statements in question.

First, he attempted to clarify those Trayvon Martin remarks, saying that it was actually a response to the Department of Justice release he had read, which said that the shooting had been ruled as legally justified. 鈥淛ust because it was legal does not mean it was right,鈥 he says now. 鈥淚 wish Trayvon was still alive.鈥

With regard to his comment on the J-Law sitch, he owned up to his crudeness and apologized for it, saying, 鈥淚t was a joke in poor taste made from my former anonymity. I take full responsibility for saying it. I wholeheartedly apologize and wish I could do so to her directly.鈥 Yeahhhh, we鈥檙e gonna鈥 go ahead and guess that that鈥檚 probably not going to happen anytime soon, given the context of the remarks. (And PS? Just for the record, being 鈥渁nonymous鈥 doesn鈥檛 make it okay to say terrible things.)

He also says the fraud story was untrue, but then鈥 why lie about it in the first place?

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Ken Bone asks a question during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

We鈥檝e gotta鈥 say, we鈥檙e more confused than ever. While everybody makes mistakes, we can鈥檛 help but wonder if Ken would ever have apologized for his inappropriateness had the threads not been seen by, well, the world, and judged quite so harshly.

Then again, would any of us? What are we saying on a daily basis that we鈥檇 want to take back should we suddenly shoot to stardom and have our Internet remarks laid out for all to see? Are we always polite? Entirely PC? It certainly makes you think, doesn鈥檛 it?

Ever the optimist, Ken says that at the very least, he can use his scandal to lead by example. After all, 鈥淚f I want to hold our leaders accountable for their words, then I must be accountable for mine.鈥

Fair enough.

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(h/t @adamconover, photo via @kenbone18 and Chip Somodevilla/Getty)