Ah, celebrities. Even when they don’t want to be in the news, somehow they always manage to make it to the front page. Especially when their actions involve something illegal, immoral, immature or all three. And, fortunately for us, our wacky celebs just can’t stop misbehaving.
We mean, who doesn’t love watching a good train wreck once in a while? Hollywood has seen more than its fair share of peaks and valleys, tumultuous lives, rises and downfalls. However, not all of these train wrecks are necessarily bad people. Sometimes their lives and careers get the best of them, and they end up publicly shaving their heads and hitting cars with umbrellas (we’re looking at you, Britney).
However, all too often we hear stories that shock and sometimes even disgust us, of despicable acts committed by some of our most beloved Hollywood stars. We can overlook the occasional DUI or misdemeanor court appearance, but here are twenty celebrities that continue to disappoint time and time again with repulsive and sometimes even unforgivable actions.
So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are 20 celebrities who are simply just despicable.
20. Kanye West
Perhaps the most obvious choice on this list is the one and only Kanye West. I feel that I could be here all day explaining America’s overall hatred for the famous rapper, but I will try to cut it down to the bare minimum. West rose to fame with a promising career as a very talented rapper, yet somewhere down the line emerged the “Yeezy” that we know today. Now known more for his rude antics and unintelligent media babble than for his music, West has become a bit of a joke in Hollywood these days – and marrying Kim Kardashian did nothing to help his reputation. This man charges outrageous prices for clothing that resembles dirty rags, views himself as a god, and has an ego so inflated that it could burst at any moment. Judging by just how many people can’t stand him, many are left wondering how he has any fans at all.
19. Bill Cosby
I never thought I’d see a day where I was putting Cliff Huxtable on a list like this, but such is life, I guess. Bill Cosby shocked the nation, and many parts of the world, when dozens of women came forward speaking out about alleged sexual assault at the hands of Cosby. The man that many viewed as a perfect father and family man carried his real-life experiences as a husband and father over onto a wildly popular television series The Cosby Show. America fell in love with Cosby and his clean, family-friendly humor, and he was a face that anyone would trust; he was Dr. Cliff Huxtable! Hearts around the world were shattered at the devastating news that the beloved comedian had committed such repulsive acts.
18. Miley Cyrus
What ever happened to the sweet, cute, country singing teenager? What would Billy Ray Cyrus say? Long gone are the days of Disney shows and G-Rated songs. Judging by Miley’s recent years of constant nudity, tongues, and humping everything, she is desperately trying to shed her former good-girl reputation. Ever since her transformation began, people have wondered exactly what she’s going for. Rather than taking more serious, “grown up” roles in films, perhaps a tasteful love scene or two, she decided that the best way to shed her innocent image was to be the absolute polar opposite. Her act has become more of a strange sideshow than anything else.
17. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes gained her popularity as a young child on Nickelodeon’s All That, eventually gaining her own show on the same network, The Amanda Show. She was wildly successful in her heyday, capturing the hearts of children everywhere with her silly and childish humor, and even carrying it into adulthood where she starred in several popular films. It wasn’t until what appeared to be a mental breakdown that Amanda lost any popularity she had accumulated over the years. After announcing her retirement from acting, Bynes emerged a couple of years later with a bizarre new look, followed up by several strange and troubling antics that even landed her in the slammer. Drugs? Mental illness? Whatever happened, many people pity Amanda, the once popular and promising starlet who, like many child stars before her, just seemed to fall off the wagon.
16. Josh Duggar
From molestation to adultery, it’s no wonder why Josh Duggar made our list. The Duggars became a household name thanks to the popular TLC show that began as 17 Kids and Counting. The strictly Christian household had an interesting dynamic, and the fact that parents Jim and Michelle had nineteen seemingly “perfect” children drew in views all around America. Many looked up to them and respected them as a well-to-do family. The trouble came in 2015 when adultery website Ashley Madison was hacked, leaking private information about its users, one of them being Josh Duggar. As if his alleged affairs against his wife and three children weren’t enough, news broke that as a teen, Duggar had molested at least five young girls. He has since gone into rehab and therapy, and attempted to issue public explanations and apologies. Needless to say, not many forgave him, and his image is now permanently tainted by his inexcusable actions.
15. Katt Williams
Katt Williams has never had a squeaky clean image, but in recent years his super stardom has faltered a bit as the troubled comedian has had several run-ins with the law and has displayed some troubling behavior in public. It began at one of his comedy gigs, where the comedian put on a bizarre show on stage, and later attacked a heckler in the crowd before ending the show and offering refunds to patrons. From there, Williams had several run-ins with police, an arrest, threatened fans at another show, and most recently, got into a brawl with a teenage boy. It seems that Williams has derailed quite a bit since he was on top of the comedy game a few years back.
14. Charlie Sheen
Where to begin with Charlie Sheen? Suffering a very tumultuous life from very early on in his career, Sheen has never been a stranger to odd and destructive behavior. However, he seemed to calm down a bit during the time frame in which he married Denise Richards, starred in the wildly popular series Two And a Half Men and entered fatherhood. Sheen seemed on top of his game, until the crumble of his marriage to Richards, allegedly due to addiction and hostile behavior. It only went downhill from there, leading into his complete and utter breakdown which resulted in getting the boot from his television series, verbally assaulting his ex-wife via Twitter, and how could we ever forget “The Warlock” gimmick and “tiger blood?” His downward spiral led to a (unfortunately, not surprising) revelation that the dried up actor tested HIV positive in late 2015. The only thing I can think of is that Sheen’s career is the ultimate Hollywood train wreck.
13. Suge Knight
The hip-hop music producer and executive has had a whirlwind of a year after being arrested on murder charges after it was found that he was the one behind the wheel in a fatal hit-and-run in California in 2015. Knight claims that the hit was unintentional, and that the incident came as a result of Knight being physically assaulted and trying to escape the situation, unknowingly hitting two men with his truck. This is far from Suge’s first run-in with the law, as he has racked up charges including assault and burglary. The hip-hop mogul has since been in and out of court in attempts to have his charges dropped, attempts which have been unsuccessful thus far.
12. Chris Brown
Chris Brown began his career as an incredibly talented vocalist and dancer, exploding into the music scene and capturing the hearts of young ladies everywhere with his angelic voice, baby face, and attractive dance moves. It wasn’t until one night in 2009, after reports of him beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna the night of the Grammy’s that his image was tarnished and he went on a downward spiral of legal troubles. Bar fights, storming out of interviews, throwing chairs out of windows, and eventually landing in anger management rehab, and even prison. Chris Brown quickly became one of the most hated celebrities for his repulsive behavior, both public and private.
11. Farrah Abraham
First and foremost, the fact that Farrah Abraham is allowed to raise a child is mind boggling. Farrah has never
had a positive image, even when she first appeared in Hollywood as one of the original stars of MTV’s hit show 16 & Pregnant, later starring in the sister series Teen Mom. From day one of her “career”, Farrah has gotten on everyone’s last nerve as a spoiled little brat with a severely warped mind. Her questionable lifestyle and career has noticeably affected her young daughter Sophia, and her bizarre responses in interviews and on social media have left many of us scratching our heads and questioning her sanity. The real eye-roll came when her “private sex tape” was “leaked” and just so happened to be filmed with the very famous, James Deen. Everything about Farrah Abraham is just despicable and pathetic, and it is a wonder how she has any fan base at all.
10. Andy Dick
One would think that after twelve stints in rehab, a person would finally learn a thing or two and turn their lives around. Yet here we are, reading about Andy Dick entering rehab for a thirteenth time in his ongoing battle against addiction. Andy Dick is a walking, talking, hot mess that the world has all but forgotten. He has had several failed attempts at slithering his way back into the spotlight, only to be shot down by drug relapses, arrests, public humiliations, and even an intervention. The man just can’t seem to get his act, or his dead and buried career, together. It is always sad to see a human being struggle through addiction, but how many trips to rehab must it take? Has he learned nothing?! The world seems to be over Andy Dick, but as a compassionate human being I do hope that he straightens himself out before he ends up dead on the same sidewalk he peed on.
9. Bam Margera
Bam Margera has never exactly been the spokesperson for good behavior, but in recent years we have witnessed his very upsetting downfall. A huge part of Bam’s fame stems from his crazy antics and bad-boy demeanor, gaining popularity with males and females alike. However, his real trouble came around 2009 when his marriage to Missy Rothstein began to crumble. Bam went on a four-day-long drinking binge, landing him in the emergency room with liver troubles and severe dehydration. As if that weren’t troubling enough, in 2011 Bam hit rock bottom when his best friend, and fellow Jackass star, Ryan Dunn was killed in a violent vehicle crash. Since then, Bam has become a full fledged alcoholic and even dabbled in drugs, displayed troubling behavior and has admitted he’s suicidal. From violent bar fights, arrests, and overall questionable behavior, Bam has now made a decision to attempt to clean up his life by appearing on VH1’s Family Therapy with his mother, April.
8. Shia LeBeouf
Shia Lebeouf has become quite a spectacle as of late, ever since his infamous red carpet appearance wearing a brown paper bag over his head. Since then, the former Disney star has displayed some strange behavior, and we can’t tell if it is an attempted attention grab, or if he is just genuinely that strange that he would do it just for his own sake. It seems that every time we see or hear from Shia anymore, it’s something that has us questioning his mental health. Whether he’s sitting in a movie theater for three days viewing all of his movies (and inviting the public to join), or his odd “performance art” or being arrested for public intoxication and theft, Shia is no stranger to inviting the public to hate him. Not sure what his end goal is, or if he even has one, but he never fails to keep us guessing.
7. Lamar Odom
As has been said time and time again, Lamar Odom is the only person we’ve ever heard of that has had a violent overdose on heavy narcotics, in a brothel, in Nevada, and yet managed to win his wife back at the end of it; only in Hollywood… The former NBA star, more commonly known as “Khloe Kardashian’s Husband”, went on a drug fueled bender at a ranch (and by ranch, I mean house of prostitutes) landing him in a hospital and in a coma. Lucky for Odom, he survived the incident and is miraculously walking and talking as if nothing ever happened. Although he and Khloe have since called off their divorce, Lamar has since been seen out partying and drinking heavily – sans wife. For a man who is lucky to be alive, let alone have his estranged wife rush to his aide and rehabilitation, he certainly seems to be pushing his luck a bit.
6. Ray Rice
Everyone not living under a rock remembers when reports of a domestic violence incident came out against Ray Rice. In 2014, video footage was released of Rice punching his fiance Janay Palmer in the head during an elevator ride in Atlantic City. The hit knocked her out cold, leading Rice to carelessly flop her unconscious body around the elevator, before dragging her out the door and letting her lie there on her face before finally regaining consciousness. The horrific video left the Baltimore Ravens running back fighting for his career, with most of the public being repulsed by his behavior displayed that night. To this day, Rice has yet to regain respect from most anyone who has seen the footage. His career with the Baltimore Ravens has since ended, and he has been attempting to make a comeback ever since the incident.
5. Dustin Diamond
Dustin Diamond seems to be yet another child star that has derailed and set himself up for disaster time and time again . The former star of the hit 80’s television show Saved By the Bell is currently incarcerated after a 2014 bar brawl in which he stabbed a man using a concealed weapon. This is not the star’s first time displaying strange behavior, as it seems that his life post-stardom has been nothing short of worrisome. However, despite his sex tape release and his hostile behavior during his stint in reality television, this most recent incident is certainly the most serious we’ve seen from Diamond – a felony charge. Although the felony charge was later dropped, the star was ultimately charged with two misdemeanors and sentenced to four months behind bars.
4. Adrian Peterson
In case anyone wasn’t already aware, if you harm a child, the public will turn against you – period, end of story. Star athletes are no exception to the rule, including Adrian Peterson. The hearts of America broke, along with Peterson’s, in 2013 at the news that his two-year-old was murdered by the boyfriend of the child’s mother. America mourned with him, and sent their heartfelt condolences to the boy’s family. In a shocking turn of events, the following year reports were released that Peterson was arrested on child abuse charges. Shocking photos were released to the public showing injuries inflicted on his son after being struck several times with a switch. The troubling images show cuts and bruises on the arms, legs, and back of the young boy. The Minnesota Vikings running back took a plea deal in the case, and has since returned to the field after being suspended without pay during the trial.
3. Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke, once a heartthrob to women everywhere, certainly managed to completely destroy his image with some questionable behavior. One was his music video/song lyrics for his hit song Blurred Lines in 2012. The song came out as a popular summer hit, but once people began ignoring the catchy tune and listening to the lyrics, it created quite an uproar. Women especially were disgusted by the misogynistic sounding lyrics, and even the title of the song, which ended up having a very rape-y vibe to it. Once the public began analyzing the words, fans quickly turned against him and called him out on what they felt was an incredibly demeaning song and message behind it.
2. Jared Fogle
Once a severely overweight man who turned to Subway sandwiches to assist in his weight loss program, Jared Fogle became the face of the famous sub company and an image of hope in those wishing to shed some serious weight. However, his empire came crashing down one day in 2015 when he was arrested after the FBI raided his home and found illicit child films on his computer. Come to find out, Jared had previously admitted to having sexual relations with several underage girls during his trips to middle schools to educate children on the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. With plenty of evidence against him, Fogle was locked away on a fifteen year sentence, and in his first year in prison, a fellow inmate attacked and beat him bloody in disgust of Fogle’s actions on the outside.
1. Stephen Collins
It is troubling finding out just how many child sex offenders are lurking around behind our television screens. Stephen Collins is just yet another example of a star we allowed into our living rooms to entertain our families, who turned out to be guilty of heinous crimes. As far back as four decades ago, the man who gained popularity playing a pastor on 7th Heaven admitted to engaging in sexual acts with multiple underage females. He claims that they were “isolated incidents” and that he has not acted out in the last twenty years, in hopes to save face – or at least to make a desperate attempt. Though his tearful apologies seemed sincere, the acts that he committed are unforgivable, and have since severely tarnished his image and his career.
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