Not many celebrities are able to rebound from addiction and make a good life for themselves (e.g., Robert Downey Jr.), but the rest tend to be perpetually bad apples and repeat offenders. Children have access to social media, TV shows and film, so they’re able to latch on to musicians and actors who they think are talented, but the celebs may not be the best role models. Sometimes parents need to intervene and monitor their kids’ choices and teach them that, just because Justin Bieber engages in bad behavior, it doesn’t mean they should, too. What may at first seem like a decent celebrity could turn into someone who constantly gets arrested, beats people up and makes all-around negative life choices. There are enough good role models in the world, so maybe it’s time to steer children away from the bad seeds.
20. Christian Bale
Christian Bale may be Batman, but that doesn’t mean he’s exempt from hot head antics. While filming Terminator Salvation, Bale cursed out one of the crew members and then threatened to leave the project. An audio tape of Bale yelling out the member was later leaked. In 2008, Bale got into an altercation with his mother and sister, where he supposedly assaulted them in a London hotel. The incident resulted in Bale’s arrest and he becoming estranged from his family.
19. Alec Baldwin
For 20 years, Alec Baldwin’s been wrestling with his anger issues in a very public forum. In 1995, he assaulted a photographer for videotaping his wife and their newborn baby. A few years ago, he got mad at his daughter and famously left her a voicemail, and called her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” More recently, Baldwin got kicked off a plane for refusing to turn his phone off; he assaulted another photographer, which led to him losing his MSNBC talk show job; and he tweeted rather anti-gay words directed at a reporter.
18. Mel Gibson
The movie star’s been an alcoholic for a big part of his life–he once admitted he drank five pints of beer for breakfast. In 2006, he got a DUI and rattled off anti-Semitic remarks. That wasn’t the last time he’d say or do something racist, though. Besides the racism and alcoholism, he also supposedly threatened his ex-partner, Oksana Grigorieva and their daughter, which caused her to issue a restraining order against him.
17. Heidi Montag
Heidi Montag came to fame as one of the stars of MTV’s The Hills, but she’s since become more infamous than famous. Montag’s a big fan of the knife: She admitted to having ten cosmetic surgery procedures in one day, including brow-lifts, rhinoplasty and breast enlargement. Montag married fellow Hills star Spencer Pratt and in 2010, the couple pulled a publicity stunt, saying they were divorcing just so they could get another reality show gig. Pratt’s also been bad: He once threatened to kill a Hills producer.
16. Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane’s known for his profane and provocative humor on shows like Family Guy, American Dad, the movie Ted and its upcoming sequel. His potty-mouth humor garnered the ire of The Parents Television Council, who tried to get MacFarlane’s shows pulled off air, to no avail.
The pop star exudes bad behavior in her music and her lifestyle. Earlier this year, she went to rehab for bulimia, and filed a lawsuit against her record producer Dr. Luke, saying his abuse led her to form an eating disorder. Luke denies the allegations and stated Kesha and her mother are just trying to defame him. Her worst offenses may have been when she released a song called “Die Young” (after Sandy Hook, it got pulled from the radio), and drank her own urine on the MTV show, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.
14. Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf thinks he’s a performance artist, but that’s no excuse for his erratic and criminal behavior. In 2005, he was arrested and charged with assault after he threatened a neighbor. Two years later, he got arrested in Chicago for refusing to leave a Walgreens. In 2008, he didn’t show up for a court appearance, and he got pulled over for drunk driving. And just this summer, he got arrested outside of Studio 54 for disorderly conduct. He’s also been accused of plagiarism.
13. Farrah Abraham
At 16 years old, Farrah Abraham got knocked up and starred on the MTV show, 16 and Pregnant. The show was actually quite successful, so she then had the opportunity to appear on Teen Mom. But as a mother, she’s set a poor example for her young daughter. She once was arrested for drinking and driving, and last year, she released a sex tape called Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom because, sadly, celebs know that sex tapes are a means to fame and money. Like her TV shows, the tape was a hit, so she made a sequel.
12. Paris Hilton
Celebutante Paris Hilton first made waves with a 2003 sex tape, which catapulted her to fame and more fortune. This led to her starring on reality TV shows and known for being a party-girl and nothing else. In 2006, she was arrested and charged with a DUI, and a month later, she was caught driving recklessly. In 2007, she served time in jail, but that didn’t prevent her from getting arrested in 2010, on suspicion of cocaine possession. In recent years, Hilton’s kept a lower profile, which is probably a good thing.
The sexy pop star may be too sexy to be a role model for young women. Sure, she’s a big success, but would it hurt her to cover up her nipples a little in public? This year, Rihanna showed up at an event wearing a see-through dress (this is not the first time she’s done that). But her biggest offense is how even after her then-boyfriend Chris Brown beat her up, she ended up getting back together with him. “He’s not the monster everybody thinks,” she said in 2013. Thankfully, the romantic relationship dissolved.
10. Miley Cyrus
A good-girl-gone-bad story, Miley Cyrus started her career as the squeaky clean Hannah Montana, but grew up and became someone else. It started last year when she twerked with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Awards. Her new, sexy image entailed her starring in overly sexy music videos such as “Wrecking Ball.” In an interview, she admitted how she loved smoking pot. Her twerking may have been an issue with Thicke’s wife, who has since filed for divorce. Cyrus has also come under fire for her poor treatment of black backup dancers in her performances. Despite her controversial nature, Skidmore College teaches a class called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.”
9. Kanye West
Because he’s married to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is a bad influence by association, but he’s also had his own troubles with the law. In 2008, he was arrested for getting into a fight with the paparazzi. A couple of months later, he got arrested again for yet another photographer incident. Besides beating up photographers, he’s had a lot of public outbursts at award ceremonies, where he was a sore loser. And let’s not forget what he did to Taylor Swift at the VMAs.
8. Lance Armstrong
Once a hero, the cancer survivor cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles when he admitted to doping, or taking illegal performance enhancers. This resulted in Lance Armstrong being banned for life from competition. If there’s one thing you can say about Armstrong is he was good at hiding the drug use and almost got away with it.
7. Lil Wayne
The rapper has been arrested a few times, mainly because of marijuana possession. In 2007, the NYC Police Department saw Weezy smoking weed near his tour bus, but also discovered he had a gun on himself. It took until 2010 for him to serve time in jail, which occurred for eight months on Rikers Island. Wayne has four kids, all with different women. In a year time frame, he fathered three kids with three different women, with two of his kids being born a couple of months apart.
6. The Kardashians
It’s not just one member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan—it’s all of them. Kim, the most famous one, may be close to her family, but she doesn’t adhere to family values. Kim gained notoriety for a sex tape that made the rounds a few years ago and in 2011, she married second husband, Kris Humphries and filed for divorce after 72-days of marriage. While still technically married to Humphries, she started a relationship with future husband Kanye West, who has had several run-ins with the law. In a Paper Magazine shoot, Kim revealed her naked butt and everything else, in order to “break the Internet.” Kim’s fans don’t seem to mind her fame whoring ways, as she has over 25 million Twitter followers. Kim’s sister, Khloe also has engaged in bad behavior: In 2007, she was arrested for a DUI.
5. Lindsay Lohan
Once a promising actress, Lindsay Lohan resorted to heavy partying and ruined her life and career in the process. In the past several years, she’s been arrested for two DUIs, arrested for possession of cocaine and in 2007, she went to rehab three times. She didn’t spend much time in jail, because of overcrowding. In 2011, she was charged with stealing a necklace from a jewelry store. Her career has suffered, but she still manages to act—most recently doing a play in London. The Mean Girls actress seems to have cleaned up her act lately, but who knows how long it’ll last.
4. Charlie Sheen
Where to start with Sheen? In 1998, he overdosed on drugs, but he didn’t learn from the experience. He has a penchant for dating porn stars and continued to abuse drugs. In 2009, he got arrested for assaulting his wife at the time, Brooke Mueller. In 2011, he was fired from his show, Two and a Half Men, for saying some unpleasant things to his boss. That inspired Sheen to launch a tirade on Twitter and basically loose his mind. Fans thought his meltdown was hilarious, but he’s not the type of person you want influencing your kids.
3. Amanda Bynes
When she became a TV and movie star as a teen, Amanda Bynes appeared to be the girl next door. But in 2010, she retired from acting and has been on a downward spiral ever since. In 2012, she was arrested and charged with a DUI. There were a couple of hit and run incidents, a marijuana possession arrest and questions about her mental health. She was placed under care of her parents for a spell, but in September, she was arrested and received yet another DUI. She recently tweeted a photo of herself with violet hair.
2. Justin Bieber
Once perceived as a good kid, Justin Bieber grew up and became a menace to society. In January of 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami for vandalism. During another incident, he threw eggs at a house, causing thousands of dollars in damage. In September, he was again arrested, this time for assault and dangerous driving. Unfortunately, the young star has over 56 million Twitter followers.
1. Chris Brown
The singer/actor made headlines in 2009, when he supposedly beat his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna. He was sentenced to five years of probation, community service and slapped with a restraining order. Even though he received a negative reaction from the press and fans, the domestic violence charges didn’t seem to hamper his career–except for an incident where he was denied entry into the UK. Brown’s acts of violence have carried onto men, too. He scuffled with Drake, punched Frank Ocean, and went to rehab for his anger issues.
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