Every business has secrets they don't want their loving and faithful customers to know. After all, would customers love them so much if they knew that they allegedly cheated their employees out of healthcare (like Starbucks), intentionally damaged merchandise to create the appearance of selling more (like Barnes and Noble), or siphoned charitable funds for bonuses (like the Salvation Army)? Every company and every industry has plenty of dirty secrets they don't want you to know about, including the entertainment industry. Hollywood seems to be a magnet for artists, businessmen, confidence men, politicians, and crooks that are prepared to cut shady and suspicious deals with high stakes. Hollywood's sketchy dealings are no new developments, either; they're as old as the industry is.
It's easy to turn a blind eye to all the shady things that go on behind the scenes of our favorite shows and celebrities' lives; they don't want us to know, so it's easy to pretend not to know. Plus, some of these secrets really don't matter. Who really cares if someone was or was not gay, or if someone's award was well-deserved or not? However, perhaps we ought not to turn a blind eye to some of these other secrets Hollywood tries to keep quiet.
It's time to check out the skeletons in the closet and to shed light on some of Hollywood's shadier corners! Here they are: fifteen dirty secrets that Hollywood doesn't want you to know!
15 Awards Aren't Given Entirely Based on Merit
14 Movies Based on Novels Attempt to Scam Authors Out of Millions
13 Celebrities Don't Buy All Their Nice Clothes - They're Gifts
12 Many Classic Movie Stars Were In The Closet
11 Being an Extra in Film Used to be Dangerous (Ben Hur, Hell's Angels)
10 Most Pop Stars Lip-Sync Their Performances
9 The MPAA is Totally Unreliable
8 Many Reality Shows Have Script Outlines
7 Talk Show Guests are Frequently "Coached" or Given Acting Direction
6 Photos of Celebrities Are Almost Always Drastically Retouched
5 Movie Critics Are Bribe-able
4 "Based On A True Story" is a Big Fat Lie
3 Pedophilia is More Common Than We Know
2 Hollywood's Many Love-Children
1 Women Climbing in the Industry Frequently Face Abuse
It's a horrible and sad truth: women are subjected to criminal atrocities in the entertainment industry. Women are often put in positions where their careers are in jeopardy or even ruined if they do not agree to succumb to sexual demands. One of the most recent cases of this was that of singer Kesha's against Sony producer Dr. Luke. He allegedly used drugs and alcohol to remove her defenses, verbally and emotionally abused her, pressured her into bulimia, and made aggressive sexual advances. After Kesha came forward. Other artists and actresses bravely came to her defense and released their own stories, including Lady Gaga (who soon thereafter performed at the Oscars with a song about sexual assault, "Till It Happens to You"). The women are right: until we all take a stand against their heinous acts, they will persist. It's up to all of us, both employees in the entertainment industry as well as audience members, to strengthen our moral codes so that these crimes are not overlooked or permitted any longer.
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