There’s no business like
exploiting your young, attention starved kids for fame and fortune show business. Truth be told, Hollyweird is no place for children. Take for example the countless child stars who grow up to become irresponsible, entitled, drug dependent, rehab regulars. Names like Lindsay Lohan, Macauly Caulkin, Danny Bonaduce, to name a few, come to mind. The pressures of Tinseltown are just too much for a kid to handle, and at the end of the day, parents take a big risk when exposing their child to fame. The irresistible allure of financial freedom that often accompanies fame, however, is likely the main reason parents are tempted to sacrifice their children’s future and psychological well being. As you might’ve heard, millennials born as recently as 1998 are racking in enviable salaries by the millions. Indeed, Hollywood is a place where 10 year olds can magically morph into the bread-winner, but not without growing up terrifyingly fast.
Bruce and Kris Jenner are arguably two of the worst parents in Hollywood, for numerous reasons. While Kris runs around town with boy toy Corey Gamble pretending to be middle daughter Kim, Bruce is clearly too busy taking plastic surgery advice from youngest daughter Kylie to actually bother raising the 17 year old, and prevent her from dating adult men. That being said, the Jenner’s are one of the wealthiest families in California- but to what unforseen cost, only time will tell. Below are 11 of the worst parenting calls in Hollywood.
11. Melissa Gisoni – Maddie Ziegler Mother
12 year old Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler is best recognized as Sia Furler’s mini doppelganger, thanks to her appearance in the popular Chandelier music video where she dons a blonde wig identical to Sia’s and performs a mostly innocent interpretive dance. When the pre-teen appeared in a second Sia video Elastic Heart, her mother Melissa Gisoni was heavily criticized for allowing Maddie to dance along side 28 year old Shia Lebouef, in a highly questionable performance. Fellow dance mom Cathy Nesbitt-Stein spoke to TMZ expressing her discomfort with the disturbing dance routine, in which 12 year old Maddie and 28 year old Shia make frequent physical contact, saying, “I nearly threw up while watching the video for the first time. I am flabbergasted Melissa would go to the levels she is going to get her daughter famous”.
10. Kris Jenner – Kardashian Matriarch
It’s been widely speculated that the sex tape that unleashed the Kardashian clan unto the world was carefully orchestrated by none other than momager Kris Jenner. In an episode of season 1 of KUWTK, Kris says of daughter Kim’s sex tape with Ray J, “as a mother I was furious, but as a manager I knew I had a job to do.” One of the most laughable statements ever made. Many believe that the professionally lit sex tape was Kris’s plan to get Kim as famous as former bff Paris Hilton, in the hopes of landing a reality TV show like the heiress did shortly after One Night In Paris was released. Mission accomplished is an understatement. More recently, both Kris and Bruce have been criticized for allowing their youngest and still underage daughter Kylie, to undergo extensive plastic surgery and date a 25 year old man.
9. Dina Lohan – Lindsay Lohan’s Mother
Anyone whose paid attention to celebrity pop culture over the past decade knows that Dina Lohan, mother of the frequently talked about Lindsay, is the last person on earth you’d expect to ever be sipping from a ‘world’s best mom’ mug. Lindsay, who once had what looked like a very promising acting career, has been on a downward spiral since the tender age of 21, spending excessive amounts of time in and out of jails and rehab, and many believe both Dina and Michael Lohan are greatly responsible. Dina has come under fire for a laundry list of poor parenting moves including: clubbing with her then underage 15 yr old daughter Ali in 2011, allowing her to have dramatically altering cosmetic surgery in the same year, denying eldest daughter Lindsay’s drug and alcohol addictions in the past, and allowing a 17 year old Lindsay to date a 24 year old Wilmer Valderamma back in 2004. Who knew Dina Lohan was the original Kris Jenner?
8. Hulk Hogan – Brooke Hogan’s Father
It’s not often that you see a father rubbing sunscreen on his grown adult daughter’s bikini clad body. Back in 2008, paparazzi caught former wrestler Hulk Hogan doing just that to his 24 year old daughter Brooke. In an awkward move, Hulk later Tweeted a photo of his daughter wearing a tight mini skirt, captioning it ‘Brooke’s Legs’. In defense of her father, after Twitter followers viciously voiced their criticism, Brooke Tweeted, “A dad can’t even be proud of his daughter without sickos makin it something it’s not,” and added “Really?? Go back to your farm, animals. #ignorant.” Not sure whether to be amused or disturbed by Brooke’s apparent naivete.
7. Joe Jackson – The Jackson Patriarch
Joe Jackson is one of the main reasons Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 became pop icons, but he’s also the main reason Michael Jackson was such a tortured soul. The late legend frequently and openly discussed severe physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his strict, tyrant father, detailing harsh beatings and ill name calling. Several decades later and Joe still to this day, adheres to the belief that he didn’t beat any of his kids once, referring to beatings in a CNN interview as what slave masters would inflict upon slaves with a weapon. Instead, Joe only admits to keeping his kid’s disciplined and focused, and credits his ways for their ultimate success.
6. Nadya Suleman aka Octomom
As we all know, Nadya Suleman got the name Octomom for giving birth to an octopus. Just kidding. But the actual reason for the infamous woman’s nickname sounds like an even bigger practical joke. In 2008, a fertility doctor thought it was a good idea to implant 12 embryos into Nadya, who for some odd reason, was desperately trying to conceive at the time. I say for some odd reason because Nadya was already a mother of SIX toddlers. Of the twelve embryos, eight of them took, resulting in the birth of octuplets, bringing her child count to 14. Fourteen kids isn’t a shocking number if your last name is Duggar or Jolie-Pitt, but for Nadya, a single mother since the first pregnancy, her poor parenting choices have led her to go on welfare and star in adult entertainment films in order to support all 14 kids.
5. Courtney Love – Frances Bean’s Mother
Widow of Kurt Kobain, Courtney Love, recently admitted in the late Nirvana front man’s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, that she used heroine while pregnant with only daughter Frances Bean. Some speculate that Frances was actually born addicted to heroine. In the documentary, Courtney says, “I used it once then stopped. I knew she would be fine.” But in 2011, Courtney spoke to The Fix saying something much different: “I used heroin in the first three weeks of my pregnancy — but so f–king what!? I didn’t even know I was pregnant at the time! I also took a few puffs on a cigarette when my belly was out to here, but most of those nine months, I walked around with nicotine patches all over my body. When you have a baby inside you, you’re not going to do drugs or something stupid.”
4. Ryan O’Neal – Tatum and Griffin O’Neal’s Father
When actor Ryan O’Neal’s eldest son Griffin was 14 years old, Ryan reportedly attacked him with a baseball bat knocking out his teeth. In daughter Tatum’s autobiography, she recounts a time when at the age of 13, her father took her and her 18 year old friend Melanie Griffith to Europe, where she caught them having sex in the hotel room. In 2008, Ryan and youngest son Redmond were caught doing drugs together, and were arrested for possession of crystal meth. In 2011, Ryan humiliatingly admitted to hitting on his daughter at his late girlfriend Farrah Fawcet’s funeral, after mistaking Tatum for a Swedish woman. Ryan explains: “I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me, I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me–Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”
3. Woody Allen – Soon Yi Previn’s Adoptive Father
Easily the most bizarre case on this list; Woody Allen’s decision to marry his 20 year old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Soon Yi asserts that she never once considered Woody a father saying, “To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable. My parents are Andre Previn and Mia[Farrow] but obviously they’re not even my real parents.” Quite a shocking statement. Woody’s other adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, accuses Woody of molestation that began when she was just 7 years old. In the open letter, Dylan accuses her step-father of using his sexual relationship with her adoptive sister Soon-Yi, to cover up the abuse he inflicted on her. The director denies the allegations, but Dylan asserts that sexual abuse claims stall against the powerful, something we know to be true in the recent news of Bill Cosby. Dylan maintains that Woody’s never having been convicted for his crimes against her haunts her to this day.
2. Teri Shields – Brooke Shield’s Mother
A lot of mother’s get slack today for something as mild as allowing their 11 year old to wear make up. Back in 1978, Teri Shields allowed her 11 year old daughter Brooke, to play a child prostitute in the highly controversial and deeply disturbing film Pretty Baby, in which Brooke, again a little girl at the time, does a shocking nude scene. Six years later by age 17, Brooke and her manager mother tried to have the nude photographs taken to promote Pretty Baby blocked from further sales, but a judge only ruled that they could not be sold to p*rn companies saying,“I see no reason why the child must continue to bear the burden imposed by her mother’s bad judgment.” Before the age of 18, Brooke starred in several other R-Rated films involving nudity including Endless Love and The Blue Lagoon.
1. Mama June – Honey Boo Boo’s Mother
If we were handing out worst mother of the century awards, Mama June would certainly take the cake (unsurprisingly). Apart from being a pageant mom, the likes of which are constantly criticized for allowing their very little girls to wear make up, dress as grown women and be objectified, Mama June was horrifyingly discovered to have been dating a convicted pedophile who attacked her eldest daughter Anna Shannon, when she was just 8 years old. Mark Mcdaniel, who Mama June reportedly dated in the past, was recently released from a 10 year prison sentence for sexually abusing her first born back in 2005. The details of the abuse are shockingly graphic and a little too sensitive to post, but can easily be found via Google. Mama June vehemently denies a relationship with the convicted felon but brother in-law Uncle Poodle, spilled the beans to Dr. Phil detailing intimacies he’d witnessed between Mama June and Mark.
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