We all have celebrities that we love and admire with all of our hearts. When Morgan Freeman dies, we’ll have to hold a national day of mourning. Betty White is the grandma we all wish we had. Neil Patrick Harris is just the coolest person ever. These celebrities could commit murder and we’d take their side; we’d just say they must have had a good reason, because they’re perfect.
Then there are celebrities that we hate as if we had a personal grudge against them. We’re talking villainy akin to Voldemort. We hate these celebrities and want bad things for them. What’s worse is that, when asked why we hate them, we don’t always have a reason. They didn’t necessarily commit a flagrant atrocity; they’re just awful people that deserve out hatred, that’s all and that’s enough.
Even if we know the reason why we hate a celebrity, it’s easy to step back and realize that that isn’t really a good reason to hate someone. You wouldn’t hate your neighbor if he got a DUI or if he insulted someone you didn’t know on Twitter but, because it was a celebrity that did it, we loathe them with every fiber of our beings.
There are so many celebrities we should totally hate for really good reasons that we just ignore, like Jay-Z (he straight up murdered a guy back in 1999) or Matthew Broderick (a stupid mistake of his got two people killed). But no, we ignore their atrocities and forgive them because, hey, they’re awesome people. Meanwhile, we hate these guys based on their behavior at tacky awards shows.
Try to keep your cool as we go through fifteen of your worst enemies. Here are celebs we don’t need a reason to hate, and we love it.
15. Justin Bieber
We all loathe Justin Bieber. Somehow, his superficial and generic songs always top the billboard hits and we end up hearing his songs on the radio our entire commute to work. He is, without question, an annoying individual.
Let’s break him down: Justin Bieber is a 22-year-old Canadian pop singer that was discovered when he was only fourteen. These days, he makes a few mistakes (like angering PETA by bringing a tiger to his dad’s birthday party), but he’s largely pretty good at making fun of himself and recognizing that his career isn’t improving the world in any way. But these aren’t the reasons we hate Justin.
We hate Justin for who he was growing up, like when he was drag racing while drunk or when he crashed an ATV into a minivan with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez in the rear seat (apparently, none of us should trust Biebs behind the wheel). He grew up thinking he was a God because his air-headed teenage fans treated him like one, and we hate him for it. Sorry, Justin- it is too late now for you to say sorry.
14. Miley Cyrus
Oh, Miley, you poor, kid. Miley climbed to fame because of her dad, washed up country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She started with her own Disney show, Hannah Montana, in which she played a teenage pop singer trying to live a normal life. Since she left Disney, she’s pulled some crazy stunts and broken all of the achy-breaky-hearts of her childhood fans.
Some of her craziest moments that we love to hate her for include her horrible twerking against Robin Thicke, the incident where she touched herself (in adult places) on stage with a giant foam finger, and all of her many annoying twitter fights with celebrities who don’t care about her. Not to mention, all of the times she sticks her tongue out (put your tongue away, Miley, it’s just weird now). Really, these aren’t great reasons to hate a person. BUT. We will be damned if we admit we like Miley.
13. Taylor Swift
Speaking of annoying twitter battles, Taylor engages in them like it’s her job. The teen country singer turned pop idol loves to think of herself as a positive role model for women everywhere of all backgrounds; really, she encourages girls everywhere to fit into her mold of narcissistic-hipster-white-chick. She publicly invites celebrities to join her “crew,” as if it’s some coveted prize to be her backup girls, and we applaud all those that flagrantly turn her down, like Chloe Moretz, Miley Cyrus, and even Sir Ian McKellan.
To be fair, she’s been better about addressing her erratic public behavior, like her horrible dating habits (give Blank Space a listen, if you haven’t heard it) and stupid grudges (Bad Blood is practically hilarious), but that doesn’t mean she’s changing them. The catty and whiny celebrity loves to act like a plastic from Mean Girls, and no one’s giving her any incentives to grow up. So we’ll just go on hating her (but still belting out her songs while stuck in traffic).
12. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is perhaps one of the least talented A-list actors out there. She was the lead, Bella Swan, in the Twilight series, as well as the title character in Snow White and the Huntsman, but she’s constantly getting roles in hit movies and none of us can fathom why. No matter what movie she’s in, she seems to play the same apathetic, lackluster, confused character. Who is giving her these roles and why???
That said, we hate Kristen perhaps a disproportionate amount. There are plenty of other untalented actors out there, like Sylvester Stallone and Selena Gomez, but we don’t hate them! What did Kristen do to earn so much of our hatred? Perhaps we just saw too much of her in the last decade with all of the hype around Twilight. Unfortunately for us, she’s still starring in plenty of movies so we’ve got plenty more opportunities to gripe about her.
11. Angelina Jolie
Everyone knows Angelina Jolie is practically a goddess; and that’s part of the reason we hate her. She’s absolutely gorgeous, extremely talented, and has the grace of a queen. She knows she’s better than us common folk and doesn’t feel a need to prove it by participating in media hype or annoying tabloid drama. She keeps to herself, and we see her aloof behavior as a slight towards us. And if she doesn’t like us, then FINE! We won’t like her either.
But honestly, Angelina is really a great person. She’s endured a plethora of health problems with grace and dignity; she adopted half of her children from impoverished orphanages; she’s received humanitarian awards; she’s an ambassador for the United Nations; she’s an advocate for environmental conservation; and she’s an honorary dame in the United Kingdom for her work on their foreign policy. Maybe she doesn’t have time for us little people but, to be fair, she’s spending that time on bigger issues. But we hate her anyway.
10. Lindsay Lohan
We started hating Lindsay for a good many reasons: her horrible music career, her extensive and flagrant drug use, her desire to be known as a celebrity slut, and her disrespect for the merits of a college education. Even Oprah publicly shamed her and lectured her on living a better life! We all watched Lindsay fall from grace and she is commonly known as a failure.
Honestly, Lindsay is trying to be better. She’s now living probation free (something that hasn’t happened for her in eight years) and is trying to stay well-behaved. She’s resuming her film career at a slow and controllable pace and is trying to keep her head on straight. Hating her for trying to get her life back in shape is mean and unfair… however, we’re all pretty certain that she’s just going to crash and burn again, so we may as well just keep on hating, right?
9. Shia LeBeouf
Shia gave us reasons to hate him that we just can’t let go of, like his various bar fights, his lies about dating celebrities, when he live tweeted his acid trip, when he complained about not being famous anymore (while starring in the Transformers movies), or when he drunkenly interrupted a Broadway production of Cabaret. We all resigned to believing that he’d lost his cool and couldn’t handle Hollywood life. Now, no matter what he releases or does, we assume it’s some drug or booze fueled rant of a sad man.
In all reality, Shia’s a pretty cool guy now. In fact, when he found out that a man in New York got punched in the face for looking like Shia, he called the guy up and apologized, offering to hang out with him because he felt guilty! He’s definitely feeling out different (and sometimes weird) mediums of performance art, but some of his art is really great. And Shia absolutely loves to make fun of himself; even Shia LeBeouf will join us in hating Shia LeBeouf.
8. Kim Kardashian
The woman who is famous for a sex tape she made in 2003; yup, there are so many reasons to hate Kim Kardashian. She’s vapid, stupid, fabulously successful, and does literally nothing to help society. But that’s just the thing: she does nothing. Our hatred for Kim Kardashian is actually the reason she’s so famous. If we all stopped caring about Kim, she’d lose her terrible television show, her stupid video game, and her plain fashion line. If we just stopped caring about her, she’d go away!
Unfortunately, we can’t stop hating her. She is the embodiment of everything wrong with humanity. Watching Kim and her family struggle to complete basic tasks is strangely entertaining, and we take some weird enjoyment in seeing her cry. We want to see her fail so badly that we’re actually helping her succeed.
7. Kanye West
Kim’s husband is just about as terrible as she is, if not worse. Kanye has said in interviews that, “if the bible were written today, [he’d] be a main character.” Before we all decided to hate Taylor Swift, he ruined the moment she won her first VMA. He frequently shows up to concerts hours late and then gets angry at disgruntled fans, as if it were somehow their fault he was late.
But Kanye is just like Kim- if we take away their spotlight, we take away their power. All we have to do is turn a cold shoulder to Kanye’s ramblings and he’ll go away. Yet, we don’t! We’re too entertained by his insanity and narcissism to look away. His music is good and his fashion line is decent, but he’s only famous for being a crazy, self-loving, loud celebrity.
If you ask any 80’s music fans what their opinion of Madonna is, of course they’ll say they loved her music. It’s what she did since her 80’s peak that makes us hate Madonna. She’s 57, but she releases music and accompanying videos with the sexual overtones of a 25-year old singer. We’re all for Madonna releasing whatever albums she wants, but does it have to be so oversexed? We loathe her for trying so hard to stay in the public eye.
Really, it’s not so fair to hate her. She’s getting older and trying to stay relevant, so she’s delivering music to us that is similar to other top hits (oversexed and trite). Is it really fair to fault her for trying to keep her career alive? We don’t care; we’ll act grossed out when we listen to her new album, and we’ll pretend to be disgusted at her videos as we watch them over and over again.
5. John Mayer
There must have been a time when we loved John Mayer, right? Otherwise, he would never have become famous. There must have been a time that we were rooting for him to succeed! He was once a celebrated artist whose tours sold out immediately after they were announced. Now, we all just want him to crawl back into the hipster cave from whence he came.
John Mayer has made a lot of mistakes in his personal life, like his on-again/off-again relationship with Taylor Swift or his homophobic yet strangely homoerotic attacks on Perez Hilton, and in his professional life, like his monotonous song about wanting to smoke weed constantly or his confidence that he is the new Bruce Springsteen. John Mayer loves himself so much, it’s confusing how he’s able to have a relationship with anyone else. He hasn’t necessarily done anything to earn our hatred- we just hate him because he is him.
4. Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is crazy. We all know this. It’s not hard to find examples of him acting like a lunatic. You needn’t look farther than his interview with Oprah where he seemed to actually be having a mental breakdown over his love for Katie Holmes. Or his scary performance in the movie Rock of Ages. Or his passion for the church of Scientology. Who knows what drove him insane but he’s nuts for sure, and we write him off because of it.
That said, he’s still a damn good actor. Some of his greatest movies were made post-crazy-episodes, like Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow. He still has a great mind for acting work and a passion for action-packed movies and doing his own stunts. He’s crazy, we’re all agreed on that front, but maybe we shouldn’t dismiss all of his work on that argument alone.
3. John Travolta
John is like Hollywood’s creepy uncle. He ruined Idina Menzel’s shining moment at the Oscars by pronouncing her name Adele Dazeem. He’s straight-up sexually harassed Scarlet Johannsson. Plus, he’s into Scientology; ‘nough said. John Travolta is the creepy old dude that no one wants to hang out with anymore.
But, to be fair, John Travolta has actually been through a lot of suffering. His son died at the ripe age of sixteen from a seizure disorder, and it drove him into a state of depression that lasted years. He made some serious missteps in his early career, turning down roles in movies like An Officer and a Gentleman and American Gigolo, and he’s starred more recently in many terrible movies, like Wild Hogs and Old Dogs. In the grand scheme of things, we don’t have enough reason to hate on Travolta; but that’s not going to stop us.
2. Jaden Smith
This teenaged brat just thinks he can have it all, doesn’t he? Son of the renowned Will Smith, Jaden picked up an acting career to follow his father’s footsteps. Only thing is, he sucks. He’s not a good actor, he ruined The Karate Kid for us, and all his movies are butt-awful and we hate him forever.
But wait… he didn’t do anything wrong. Yeah, the remake of The Karate Kid wasn’t very good, but that wasn’t all on Jaden’s shoulders; there’s a whole production team responsible for that mess. His other most notable movie was with his father, After Earth, and it was also terrible, but that was just as much his dad’s fault as his! Can you blame a kid for taking the gift of being famous and trying to cash it in for your own career? He hasn’t really done much wrong… but he probably will because he’s a child actor and they all screw up at some point, so we’re just hating him in anticipation of a reason.
Bono is the worst. He is so awful. Everyone hates Bono because… because… Wait, why do we hate Bono? He’s the lead singer of the iconic band U2, and he spends all of his time, fortune, and fame in support of philanthropic efforts. He writes almost all of the music that his rock band performs, and most of the songs have political, religious, and social undertones- it’s music with a message, what we all profess to prefer. Yet, we HATE HIM. And his philanthopic work revolves mostly around humanitarian work in Africa, where he raises and spends millions of dollars to help the continent that is constantly stuck in a state of political unrest and injustice while most countries pretend the problems don’t exist. Yet, we HATE HIM. BONO SUCKS. Except, not really, though. He’s actually a really awesome person.