Although same sex kisses and relationships are becoming more common on television shows and movies, they are not yet so mainstream so they still provide quite a bit of shock value. Of course, much of the time, it is all about getting an extra jolt of publicity for the participating celebrities. Plus it makes them look cool and “with it”. After all, that’s the way things are heading. When we see people like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi we know that is the real deal; the two are genuinely radiant when with one another.
The same sex celebrity kisses we’re here to talk about are the ones that are planned to startle viewers and audiences by taking them by complete surprise. Why? Because the kisses are between two heterosexual (or bi-sexual) celebrities. They look unplanned, but chances are they are actually choreographed.
They’re still a novelty, even though the start of all of this on-television kissing happened in 1997 when Angelina kissed Peta Wilson during an awards ceremony. We have to admit, the whole thing is a departure from the norm and makes for great cyber water-cooler discussions, tweets and posts. We love to be surprised and shocked.
10. Madonna and Britney Spears
Almost 11 years ago, this moment went down in the Video Music Awards (VMA’s) history as one of the most controversial and shocking moments. The year was 2003, Britney shocked the world when she and Madonna went into a kiss with full on mouth-to-mouth. After the fact, Spears announced that she had never kissed a female before and never would again. In an interview with CNN, the pop star stated, “I didn’t know it was going to be that long and everything.” Evidently, she and Madonna discussed the possibility during rehearsals, but did not have a solid plan. When asked if she would “do it again,” she decided that she would not, but maybe if it it was Madonna again.
9. Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson
Wild things happen at MTV’s award shows, or so it seems. During the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, held at Universal Studios, Gibson Amphitheatre there was a pretty shocking moment. Although it is hard to tell, it was most likely planned. Here’s how it went down, when Robert won the Best Kissing Award with Kristen Stewart, he responded by running into the audience to give co-star and fellow acting nominee a big kiss. Taylor Lautner looked as stunned as the audience and the television viewers.
8. Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen
The common denominator for most of these shocking kisses is MTV’s award shows. It seems to bring out the quirks and eccentric behavior which is clearly intended to shock and entertain. During the 2007 awards ceremony, Sacha leans in for a juicy French kiss with Will Ferrell, who looks a little surprised, but isn’t really. Before the audience knew what was happening, the two were making out on the floor. Both wild and crazy actors are always game for going the extra mile to get a laugh and so although this was shocking, it was par for the Farrell – Cohen course.
7. Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson
After Sandra Bullock‘s shocking split with Jesse ‘bad boy’ James, she shocked the viewers of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Bullock was gracefully accepting her Generation Award and during the standing ovation honoring her, she turned around, grabbed Scarlett and gave her a big mushy one right on Scarlett’s well-known voluptuous lips. Nothing usually surprises the entertainment crowd, but this clearly took Sandra out of the goodie-two-shoes realm and gave her an instant notch of ‘cool’.
6. Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page
Drew Barrymore has always been willing to take a walk on the wild side of life, while Ellen Page has presented a more subtle public persona. In 2009, when the two worked together in Whip It, publicity photos of Drew straddling Ellen on the floor of the roller rink began circulating in Marie Claire and Vs. magazines. What seemed like an obvious publicity stunt, has become a real question now that Ms. Page has announced her proclivity for women.
5. Angelina Jolie and Peta Wilson
Angelina was always considered a little out there before her marriage to Brad Pitt. She’s been photographed intimately kissing her brother, which have raised some eyebrows over the years. This is another of Angelina’s public kisses and it is with Peta Wilson at the 1997 Cable ACE Awards. This kiss is what started the whole same-sex awards kissing thing that has practically become a regular event on MTVs awards shows.
4. John Travolta and Kirk Douglas
In 2007, John Travolta surprised everyone at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival by kissing Kirk Douglas when he was in the middle of accepting the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. We think Mr. Douglas was the most surprised of all, particularly considering his age and more conservative celebrity life. Travolta has been called out for being a homosexual when photos of him kissing his male nanny were being passed around the media a couple years ago. Former co-star, Kirstie Alley, has made her views public, “I know John. With all my heart and soul, he’s not gay.”
3. Pete Doherty and Peter Wolfe
Babyshambles singer, Pete Doherty and Wolfman (Peter Wolfe), who are best friends, are lip-locked in this ominous bedroom setting. In 2003, they co-wrote and recorded “For Lovers” and the photo is from 2004. Photographed by Andrew Kendall, we aren’t sure if it was for publicity sake or if the two just enjoyed an occasional romp. In later years, both were known heroin addicts and were busted; Wolfe for cocaine supplying and both for possession of the narcotic.
2. Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman and Dustin Hoffman were sitting next to one another at a Los Angeles Lakers game when the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics. It was the first game of the NBA championship series and quite the exciting game. When the Staples Center Kiss Cam rolled over to the two, they surprised everyone, including the Celtics, by complying and gave one another a real kiss. Actors hate to miss any opportunity to be in the spotlight, and these two clowns reacted quickly and got the laugh they were looking for.
1. Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera
Yep, in this country we make an anniversary out of everything. Well this three-way kiss was purportedly a 10-year anniversary of a kiss that shocked the world. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna and Britney went down in history for their sexy lip-on-lip kiss.
Fast forward ten years and it’s time for an anniversary, but how do you top that big moment? You add Christina Aguilera in the mix, that’s how. If you haven’t seen the video, it all takes place on and around this giant wedding cake. First Britney came on stage in a pop bridal get-up with her face covered by her veil. The audience didn’t know what to expect when seconds later Christina came on stage in a similar costume and when she lifted her veil it was another surprise.
All of a sudden, a million church bells ring and out struts Madonna in her pop groom attire replete with top hat. She gracefully steps down the stairs of the giant wedding cake toward her brides. The three divas sang and danced together. Then Madonna turned and gave her lovely a big, juicy kiss while Christina stood by waiting her turn, which she got seconds later. The response from the audience was off-the-charts.