We love a good scandal, and no matter what happens in the world, scandals are always all around us. Whether they involve politicians or celebrities, there are scandals coming out of the woodwork, and there is nothing they can do to stop it. With everything going on in the world today, it’s really hard to keep up with all the news. For most of us (not me), we’re not digging around through the news looking for the latest scandals, so it’s easy to miss some of them. You have to rely on whatever news source is out there to give you scattered information. It’s up to them what news you get and when you get it. Sometimes, the most interesting stories get hidden, while the ridiculous ones are put out there.
Understandably, everyone, especially those in the public eye, tries to avoid being involved in scandals due to the consequences and embarrassment they bring. The public, however, loves learning about a “good” scandal, and we often go towards each of them like a moth to a flame. We just can’t help ourselves.
In fact, despite being only a few months into 2017, we have been bombarded with some of the most shocking scandals. And it’s been practically impossible for us to look the other way even if we know we often should. If you’re a scandal junkie just like I am, then you’re sure to love this list of scandals that have already made 2017 so terribly interesting.
15. The Oscars Mixup
Yes, we’ve all heard about this one. I mean, who hasn’t, at this point? It’s the night Warren Beatty called out the wrong winner for Best Picture. In his defense, of course, he was given the wrong card. On the night of the Oscars, he announced that La La Land won Best Picture when it was actually Moonlight that won. There was so much confusion onstage that no one really knew what was going on. As the photo above shows, Ryan Gosling found the whole thing rather amusing. “What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt. I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst case scenario playing out in my head. And then I just heard, ‘Oh, Moonlight won,’ and I was so relieved that I started laughing. But truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won, I know the director…I’ve worked with them before. It’s such a ground-breaking film, made for a million dollars, an incredible achievement and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognized.”
14. Kendall Jenner Meets Stalker
Many celebrities have to experience scary situations that involve stalkers. Thankfully, for the most part, it’s from a distance. But in the case of Kendall Jenner, her stalker was found not only outside the security gates, but also inside her home. Apparently, even restraining orders can’t seem to keep the stalkers away. “So, I came home one night, and there was a guy sitting on the side of my street, and I was like, ‘That’s so weird.’ He just looked like a homeless man,” she explained. “I drove around and went into my house, and I watched the gate close. I turned my car off, getting my stuff together. I’m about to open my door, and I look in my rear-view mirror, and he was standing right there.” Creepily, the stalker had made his way inside Kendall’s gate and was approaching her car. Friends were called to assist with the situation until police arrived.
13. Danny Masterson Accused of R-pe
Since he was on the popular That 70’s Show, Danny Masterson hasn’t had the best career — definitely not up to par with the post-70’s Show careers some of his co-stars have had. In fact, these days, it seems that he is more known for his affiliation with the Church of Scientology. Or worse, for being accused of four separate incidences of rape in the 2000’s. One accusation was by a woman he used to have a long-term relationship with. “The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, is conducting an investigation involving the actor, Danny Masterson.” The Church of Scientology seems to be the only ones speaking on his behalf since the actor has yet to make any comments on the situation. Another quirk of the case: it’s a rule in the Scientology community that one member cannot report another member for committing a crime, and in the case of the woman Danny was in a long-term relationship with, both were Scientology members at the time. Odd.
12. Shia LaBeouf Arrested for Assault
Shia LaBeouf is no doubt eccentric and has done some pretty bizarre things while being in the spotlight. In January, the star was taken into custody for assaulting a man. The New York police department put the actor under arrest during an anti-Donald Trump protest that was going on in the city. The assault happened during a live stream, so everything was caught on tape. “For whatever reason, Shia grabbed his scarf that was tied around his neck and head, and pulled him to the ground. The man was left with scratches on his face and red marks around his neck.” There doesn’t seem to be a reason for Shia’s attack as the man had not provoked him in any way. “He was charged with misdemeanor assault. He has been released but will have to appear in court at a later date.”
11. Brad and Angelina Attacks
The shocking divorce of Brad and Angelina was hot news last year because no one could believe that the two were actually separating. They then proceeded to get into a months-long custody feud in which Angelina accused Brad of abuse. These days, the two have decided to make peace and start talking to each other. “It was a rough time, but they were able to resolve it. This is a work in progress.” The two want to start doing what’s best for the children, which is a relief to everyone around them. “(Pitt has) always been extremely positive about how Angie’s a good mother, and the goal was to resolve everything for the kids and the whole family, and they’re working toward that,” a source claimed. As of January, all court documents have been sealed, and they are working towards recovery. Whether it’s possible that the two will get back together is hard to say at this point.
10. Kim Burrell’s Hate Speech
During a sermon that singer Kim Burrell gave at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, she implied rather strongly that she hated the gay lifestyle. She is, however, currently denying those allegations, but considering her sermon can be seen on YouTube, many have pointed out that it’s ridiculous for her to deny the truth. During her sermon, she stated, “That perverted homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion and has deceived many men and women, and it has caused a strain on the body of Christ. Anybody in this room who feels the homosexual spirit, beg God to free you.” She went on to say that gay people would die in 2017, which obviously made a lot of people very mad. She was supposed to make an appearance on Ellen with singer Pharrell to sing, but her appearance on the show was canceled for obvious reasons. Since then, she has given a lot of non-apologies for her speech such as, “I never said that all gays were going to hell. That never came out of my mouth. I said people who operate with that spirit in the church with deception and attack themselves are going to have to face the master.”
9. Tax Returns
For months, Donald Trump has been ducking questions about his tax returns. He has promised to release them at some point, but the issue has just dragged on. It got to the point when talk shows and celebrities everywhere were making jokes about the fact that he was withholding his tax returns. And yet, so far, we haven’t seen a whole lot from him, and it’s starting to raise some serious questions about the man who is now in charge of running the United States. Trump claims that the reason he hasn’t released the tax returns is that he’s being audited, that it’s never wise to release one’s tax returns when under audit. Many critics have labeled such reasoning ridiculous, though, as the IRS has clarified that there’s nothing that prevents people from releasing paperwork even as they’re being audited.
8. Shailene Woodley Gets Sentenced
Last year everyone was surprised to hear that Shailene Woodley was arrested. After all, the Big Little Lies star hardly seemed to be the kind of girl to get herself into trouble. Her trouble, however, had a lot to do with the protest that was going on at the Dakota Access Pipeline in October of last year. The actress was part of the protest and ended up getting arrested for disorderly conduct. She was recently sentenced for the charge and received a one-year deferred imposition, as well as a year of unsupervised probation. Woodley is known to be a huge supporter of the cause and continued to be very vocal about her support even after she had been arrested. When Trump’s executive order came in, the actress stated, “We mobilize. What we can do now as a population, and as a society, is hold our corporations accountable, hold our banks accountable.”
7. Amber Heard Comes Out As Bisexual
Amber Heard is certainly not the first person to come out as bisexual, and she surely won’t be the last. Recently, though, we’ve heard more about the confession because she has become more vocal about people telling her that her coming out would end her career, “without a doubt.” She said that people had a hard time understanding why she was coming out in the first place. “It did impact my career; it was difficult. It was not easy. I was the only one working in this way, so it was definitely difficult because no one had done it. I did that even though everyone told me it would end my career, without a doubt.” Heard has certainly proved everyone wrong about her career since she has only grown more popular on the silver screen. She is even set to appear in the new Aquaman movie, among others. “I rolled my eyes at that. And I said, ‘Watch me do it.’ And, I did it.”
6. The Failure To Replace Obamacare
The President’s determination to squash Obamacare went up in smoke when it was abruptly pulled after Trump issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to “bring the bill up for a vote, or I move on to other issues.” The bill that Trump wanted to pass was called the American Health Care Act, but he didn’t have enough votes to pass the bill. Most of the Democrats, as well as several Republicans, went against the bill, thus stopping it in its tracks. Trump tried to blame it all on the Democrats as he made it clear that he had no support from them. His team is quite disappointed in the defeat, Paul Ryan stating, “Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. And, well, we’re feeling those growing pains today. We came really close today. But we came up short… I will not sugar coat this. This is a disappointing day for us.”
5. Ben Carson Makes a Big OOPS During Speech
During his first speech as Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson shocked everyone by calling black people “immigrants who worked for low pay.” It was the kind of comment that made people wonder how on earth he got his position or even if he’d been aware of what was going on in the world for the past 100 years. If you’re dying to know exactly what he said, here it is: “That’s what America is about — a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.” Celebrities, expectedly, went nuts on Twitter. Samuel L. Jackson tweeted, “OK!! Ben Carson….I can’t! Immigrants? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAF–KA PLEASE!!! #d–kheadedtom.”
4. Kristen Comes Out Gay on SNL
Kristen Stewart has always been private about her personal life; it took her a long time to even admit she was dating Robert Pattinson. She also received a lot of flack when she cheated on Robert with director Rupert Sanders. These days Stewart seems happier than ever, and it seems to be due to her public admission on SNL that she was gay. She stated during a skit, “I’m, like, so gay, dude.” She thought it was important to come out because she didn’t want to have to keep explaining pictures that were coming out in the media. She decided to talk about it because she was in a happier place: It “just seemed important and that it was an opportunity to surrender a bit of what was mine, to make even one other person feel good about themselves.” People around her feel that it was a good step for the actress because she is a happier human these days.
3. Robin Thicke Gets Accused of Child Abuse
As celebrity couples go to battle during their divorce, the children often seem to be the ones paying the price. Things have certainly become messy between Robin Thicke and Paula Patton as their custody battle continues. Although they split up in 2014, they are still battling things out in court. The latest installment involves accusations that Robin Thicke physically abused their son Julian. Patton is looking to limit contact between Robin and their son. Thicke denies the allegations but has admitted that he uses “very rare… light spanking” as a “last resort” for punishment. Yet, he insists he has “never exceeded age-appropriate discipline.” Patton, however, is still suggesting abuse as she has seen a change in her son’s behavior towards his father. According to her, Julian’s “behavior has become very concerning” and that the child has “become very tense,” disappears into “what appears to be a trance,” and has developed a “slight stutter.”
2. Body Found in Reality Star’s Car
Imagine your car was stolen and used as a vehicle in a double murder and arson. What would you do? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Kim DePaola, the reality star from Real Housewives of New Jersey. Since her car was stolen, arrests have been made in connection to the bodies that were found in her burned car. The New Jersey police have said that they have arrested and charged Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas who shot and burned to death two men that were inside DePaola’s car. After finding out the latest news on the murder, DePaola posted the following on Instagram: “My heart is heavy !! I am praying for the families, and babies left behind !! RIP.” Talk about a crazy series of events, which if featured on the show, would have probably put the ratings through the roof. It was definitely a bizarre situation for DePaola to find herself in.
1. Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey Stolen
In February, after the big win at the Super Bowl by the New England Patriots, Tom Brady’s jersey went missing. When it first went missing, Brady made light of the fact and even jokingly implied that Lady Gaga must have had the jersey. Oddly enough, the jersey was found in the most unlikely place, Mexico! It was recovered on March 20, according to the Mexican Editorial Organization. The person who stole the jersey was identified as Mauricio Ortega, an international newspaper director. He is no longer with the organization as he resigned from his job. A proud policeman tweeted about the find: “Proud @houstonpolice Major Offenders Division traced Brady Jersey to Mexico & it has been recovered with help of FBI & Mexican authorities.” Brady has seemed pretty easygoing about the missing jersey the whole time but was happy to have the jersey returned to him in one piece.
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