Insensitive no more, Jann Arden is apologizing to the city of Oshawa, Ont., after calling it the "middle of nowhere."
The 49-year-old has had a turbulent few days after being ejected from a Via Rail train over the weekend because she brought her diminutive dog, Midi, aboard for the ride.
Afterwards, the "Good Mother" singer took to Twitter to lament the situation, writing that she spent four and a half hours in Oshawa before renting a car to get to Ottawa for a gig at the National Arts Centre.
On Tuesday, the Springbank, Alta., native issued an apology to the auto town.
"I am so sorry for anything negative I may have said...you certainly are NOT the middle of nowhere! just a figure of speech!!" she wrote on Twitter.
"And besides...I LIVE in the middle of nowhere in Alberta!!!! I really am sorry for any misunderstanding. Proud of my country!!!"
It was just one part of a campaign of remorse launched via various social networking sites, through which Arden poked fun at herself and good-naturedly re-posted cynical messages from fans who were turned off by her publicly venting about the incident.
"Dont be a crazy dog lady," wrote one commenter in a message Arden relayed to her own fans. "It's creepy. Next thing you know you're pushing it in a stroller on stage."
After days of observers weighing in on both sides of the debate, Arden explained her actions with a detailed Facebook post.
She said that she enjoys travelling with her "four-pound morkie" because the pet makes "life amazing on the road." Midi accompanies Arden to every hotel she visits while touring and has been on 175 flights, she wrote.
She emphasized that she expects no special treatment but thought that several train employees knew that she had her dog with her and didn't say anything, so she didn't realize there was a problem until she was approached and given the choice to put her dog in an "old cage" or get off the train. She chose to get off.
"Honestly, I didn't know where I was being let off..when I said 'middle of nowhere' it was not meant to be an insult to the fine people of Oshawa," she wrote. "If you saw the train station and where it is located, you'd know exactly what I meant."
She said her only gripe with Via was that the policy of letting people off the train because they had a pet with them might put others in a compromising position – particularly an elderly or less experienced traveller.
"I wondered what my mother would have done," she wrote. "It would be bloody scary to say the least to be let off a train with all your stuff into a giant parking lot.... That's ALL I was meaning to get across. Not the best solution as far as I am concerned."
Still, the irreverent singer found time to laugh at the situation too.
"Just off to take my pet gorilla to Walmart here just outside the middle of somewhere," she tweeted Monday.