Famous people present a specific public image. It would be as disastrous for Dan Bilzerian’s career for people to find out that he was poor (or gay…) as it would be for Rihanna’s for people to find out that she was a good girl who had never gone bad. People enact their fantasies through celebrities, who typically have the required money or resources to make the fantasy seem true.
However, celebrity is mediated. Beyonce now represents sexual marriage, attentive motherhood, and empowered yet effortlessly beautiful femininity (a triply heavy burden to carry, if ever one there was…), but she also photoshops her Instagram pictures and allegedly doesn’t write her own songs. These aren’t necessarily amoral actions, but if the masses found out, it would undermine her brand.
But people probably won’t find out. Stories have been written about it by people who relish in the slightest hypocrisy, but Beyonce practices what she preaches enough to suck these stories of their popular mass appeal. However, once in a while, a story will leak with hard facts that prove a celebrity hasn’t been performing what they bellow from the pulpit, and then people think it’s tastier than a crunchy apple.
If you’re curious, read on, and find out the 10 most glaring instances of celebrity hypocrisy.
10 Lance Armstrong Does Steroids
9 John Edwards Has A Pregnant Mistress
Last decade, John Edwards was the Democratic dynamo. Young, handsome, and charismatic, he seemed like a shoo-in for President after the failed Bush administration. During his 2007 campaign, Edwards’ greatest political asset was his wife. A doting mother and a breast cancer survivor, Elizabeth verified his public image as a loving family man.
8 Brian Williams Lied About His Time in Iraq
7 A Million Little Pieces Memoirist More of A Novelist
6 Josh Duggar Cheats on Wife
5 Bill Cosby Is A Creep
4 Mega-Pastor Ted Haggard Has Sordid Homosexual Affair
3 Funnyman Dane Cook Steals Jokes
2 Tom Brady Deflates His Reputation
1 Tyga Isn’t Hood At All
Ever since N.W.A. made it Straight Outta Compton, rappers have had to be ‘hard’ to be taken seriously. 50 Cent got shot a hundred thousand times or something, right? Eminem was "to cool to go back [to school.]" Since his rise to fame, Tyga has insisted that he’s from Compton, one of the toughest neighbourhoods in America. People thought he was so rock ‘n’ roll for it. But recently a 2008 clip of unaired game show Bustas showed Tyga confessing that he had a comfortable upbringing in the Los Angeles valley, where his parents drove a Range Rover. Not only that, he freestyle raps were so bad he got booed off stage. He has insisted since the tape surfaced that he’s still street. Mhm… tell it to rough-and-tumble girlfriend Kylie Jenner.
Sources: TMZ, People, CNN, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports
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