While Caroline believes Joe meant no harm by what he said, she acknowledges that he should pay more attention to how his words may affect others.
She writes, “I’m probably going to get crucified for this, but I don’t think he [Joe] meant it with malice. Now understand that I think the remark was awful and in the poorest of taste, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he’s like a kid, he just blurts things out regardless of how it hurts.”
Caroline may be willing to give Joe a bit of a pass for his slip-up with Greg, but she’s also keenly aware that this is hardly the first time his words have gotten him into trouble — particularly with regards to gay slurs.
“Over the past few seasons he has made numerous gay slurs, and there's no denying that there's an issue there, but in this instance I think he was making a poor attempt to be funny,” Caroline continues.
Caroline also stands by an earlier assertion she made, that Joe is just a shell of the man he once was.
“The Joe I remember was fun, carefree. I truly believe that back then he didn’t need more than a good cigar, a bottle of homemade wine, and his family and friends around him to be happy," she explains."
“Something changed along the way, and he’s become bitter, guarded. Sad, we all miss the old Joe. I’m not saying this for brownie points, or to be politically correct. I mean this sincerely."