Back in the days of yore, if someone said something truly shocking, depending on who the comment was addressed to, it would either end up in a gasp, slap, duel/fight, or even a beheading/burning at the stake. Skip forward to today’s society and although there might not be as much physical contact but considering social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Circle, Vines, Tumblr, and Reddit, you can still feel like you are being burned at the stake for making statements that are considered controversial and shocking. With that being said, there are also avenues in the media that not necessarily helping our cause of trying to not get hit. Shows like South Park, Family Guy, Archer, American Dad and MOST reality shows, although quite humorous in their nature, with today’s youth are blurring the lines of what is appropriate to say and what isn't. Don’t get it twisted though; not saying that people should not have opinions on any array of topics from politics to fashion to music and so on, but what opinions are safe to express in the public forum and WHEN is it appropriate to express opinions in a public forum is still an area of “self-improvement” that many people need to seriously look into. And don’t look so innocent over there as anyone could probably look through your social media feeds and find one or two posts that should have required you to delete the post and make you ask yourself, “Why did I do that? How could I say that?” Especially if you are someone who is in the public eye as when someone like Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says or does anything that is considered shocking or controversial, it could take years if not decades to try and move on from it. But alas, we are all human and to err is human (except apparently UK politician Simon Parkes since he fathered a child with an alien and might potentially be one). So take some time and read this list of the 10 Most Shocking Statements made by some of your favorite celebrities, and have the torch on standby.
10 Michael Richards
If you were born after 1998, chances are you won’t know who this is. So background:
Michael Richards is a comedian, actor and TV producer which includes a whole bunch of different TV shows including his role in the new series Kirstie which stars Kirstie Alley and co-stars Rhea Pearlman, however Richards is best known for his role as Cosmo Kramer in the hit 90’s sitcom Seinfeld. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely watch it as Richards portrayl as Kramer earned him three Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, so you know he’s good. However, the incident in question takes place after the series ended, and Richards had returned to stand-up comedy. In 2006, at the infamous Laugh Factory in which a group of people started heckling Richards performance. Richards, in trying to defuse the heckling started becoming more outrageous and played the race card in saying:
“He’s a n----r!”
And not just once, or twice, but SEVERAL times. Richards had made a public apology on the Late Show with David Letterman, and also by calling civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, but no matter what generation you are, dropping the N-Bomb is never cool.
9 Mel Gibson
Again, if you were born in the anywhere after the ‘90s, you might not know who this is, and if you don’t you better bunker down at your house for a while cause you need to know this actor as his movies go from cult hits to just flat out movies of awesomeness.
Mel Gibson is probably best known for:
-Lethal Weapon (1-4)
-Mad Max (all of them)
-Braveheart (directed and starred)
-We Were Soldiers
-The Passion of the Christ (he co-wrote, co-produced and directed this one)
And so on and so forth (see why you need to bunker down?).
However, things came crashing down around Gibson very quickly when he got pulled over for possible drunk driving in 2006 and made this statement:
“F---ing Jews…, the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
However, it was when he addressed one of the female officers as “sugar t*ts” that he sealed his fate of getting arrested that night. A lot of people were quite shocked at this loved actor making these statements, but this is also the guy who in the ‘90s was quoted by a Spanish newspaper as saying (when referring to gays):
“They take it up the a--. This is only for taking a s--t… with this look, who’s going to think I’m gay?”
8 Bridgitte Bardot
If you go to your trusty Google Search button, you will find that Bardot is a French actress, singer, and producer who was what was considered smokin’ hot in the ‘50s and ‘60s as she is a blonde bombshell. One of her more controversial films was “… And God Created Woman”, which was quite racy at the time as it completely pushed the boundaries around sexuality in movies and hence most prints of the film were heavily edited.
Nowadays though, Bardot is known for being an animal rights activist, and for saying things that are not appropriate in France.
Since the ‘90s, Bardot has been known for inciting racial hatred towards Muslim’s as she has been quoted as saying that they are:
“…destroying France by imposing their ways.”
However, what’s slightly more shocking is the fact that she has said it numerous times AND has been fined by the French government FIVE TIMES.
7 Donna Summer
The “undisputed queen of the ‘70s disco boom”, Donna Summers was one of the world’s most talented singer/songwriters that the music business has ever had. “Love to Love You” was her first big hit with songs such as “She Works Hard For The Money”, “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance”, she was destined for a career of greatness that included a NAACP Image Award, six American Music Awards and five Grammys, as well as posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. With that being said, we all let our opinions slip out if we are given our soapbox to stand on, and for a lot of musicians, that soapbox is the stage they are performing on.
In 1983, while Summers was performing in Atlantic City, she said the following statement (we’ll let you guess the subject matter):
“It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve… I’ve seen the evil homosexuality come out of you people… AIDS is a result of your sins.”
Summers did write a letter in 1989 though to Act Up stating:
“I did not say God is punishing gays with AIDS, I did not sit with ill intentions in judgement over your lives.”
Somehow…, I feel that that made the situation worse rather than better.
6 Paris Hilton
For those of you who don’t know who Paris Hilton is, welcome to Planet Earth.
Paris Hilton is…, pretty much everything that is celebrity. She is the great-grand daughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels (so she’s loaded), but she is also an actress, model, socialite, musician and DJ. That being said, Hilton is also known for being at times a “typical blonde” (insert blonde joke here). With that in mind, she has no problems expressing her opinions, whether or not they are right/accurate, as she did in 2012 regarding today’s hot topic:
“Gay guys are the horniest people in the world… they’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS… I would be scared if I was a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”
Just remember, when a quote has a similar last sentence like this one does, it’s an automatic “have to read it like a Valley Girl” quote.
5 John Galiano
John Galiano is a British fashion designer who is one of the world’s BIGGEST fashion designers. He was the first British designer to design for Givenchy, which is a French house of haute couture so THAT’S a big deal. And also, he was the fashion designer for Christian Dior, and at the same time as designing for Dior, he had his own label to design for (John Galiano). Galiano is known for having a very theatrical and romantic fashion show and these were notoriously awesome when he was designing for the House of Dior. However, you know what they say, the bigger they are.., Galiano was in Paris in 2011 when he made the following comment to some patrons where he was:
“I love Hitler… people like you would be dead. Your mothers, your fore fathers would all be gassed.”
Since France doesn't look too kindly on anti-semetic comments, and Galiano was found guilty in a French trial and charged $8400 for “making racist comments to customers in a café.”
4 John Mayer
Oh John. You seem to be such a scandal when you open your mouth.
John Mayer is a musician with his most popular song being “Your Body is a Wonderland”, which has caused people to greatly dislike his music (as much as people greatly dislike being shot in the foot with a paintball gun, or listening to Nickelback; pick your poison). Mayer is also known for some of his high profile relationships with names such as Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson. And it’s in these relationships in which Mayer found some trouble when he was interviewed for Playboy magazine (yup, Playboy) that Jen Aniston and Jessica Simpson were like:
“…crack cocaine and sexual napalm.” Also,
“My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a f---in’ David Duke c*ck.”
On top of that, Mayer has also been known to drop the N-bomb via his twitter posts.
Maybe Nickelback isn’t that bad after all? OH GOD! WHAT AM I SAYING?!?
3 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has been in practically EVERYTHING.
Jerry McGuire, Top Gun, Mission Impossible anthology, Oblivion, The Outsiders, The Colour of Money, Cocktail, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with a Vampire, I could go on for days. Tom Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman and they got divorced almost 10 years later, in which he ended up meeting Katie Holmes. Katie is one of the reasons why Tom Cruise had the infamous jumping on the couch when he was interviewed by Oprah. Also, it was around this time that he converted to Scientology…, and things started to get weird, but we all got aboard the train to see where it would lead. Which is why we watched Cruise in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer because, well, Cruise opened the door to criticism and an extremely heated debate for making the comments regarding Brooke Shields’ openness about postpartum depression:
“These drugs are dangerous…I have actually helped people come off. When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about the emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things.”
In 2006, Cruise apologized to Shields in person for the comments. Now granted, Scientology is against the drugs that modern psychiatry does use, but still:
“You want the truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”
2 Amanda Peet
If you don’t know who Amanda Peet is, it’s ok as a lot of people probably have no idea who this is.
She is best known for her roles in movies such as Animal Room, Syriana, Saving Silverman, The Whole Nine Yards, A Lot Like Love, and Something’s Gotta Give.
She is however also a spokeswoman for ECBT (Every Child But Two) which is a non-profit organization that advocates child vaccination. And well, since EVERYONE is talking about it, figured we should quote someone talking about it (as we can’t quote the entire Penn & Teller video about it):
“Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.”
About why the opinion is there and her overall feelings on vaccination (in not so harsh terms):
“I have a side that is practical and into statistical evidence. I’m not a casual person.”
“I still believe that the decision not to vaccinate our children bodes for a dangerous future. Vast reductions in immunization will lead to resurgence of deadly viruses. That is as indisputable as global warming.”
1 Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews is an American political commentator and news anchor who hosts Hardball with Chris Matthews. He also had a show from 2002-2013 called The Chris Matthews Show (for obvious reasons).
However, check this out: he was a presidential speech writer during the Carter administration and was also the chief of staff for the Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill, so he knows his way around the block. However, if House of Cards has taught us anything, it’s that being in politics is synonymous with being in trouble. And although Matthews has had numerous controversies in his career, we are gonna pick on the most recent one.
The year: 2012
The date: November 7; the hours after the re-election of President Obama and about a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things… no, politically I should say, not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”
PS: When he made the statement, you can see his co-anchors shaking their heads.
“That’s good. I like irons, but I love fire.”