Hollywood is suffering a massive crisis. Headlines are dominated by the news that long-time producer and Hollywood legend Harvey Weinstein had been inappropriately harassing women for decades. It's a despicable story from a man now described as a monster. Many stars have been outspoken in their disdain for Harvey, but did you know Lindsay Lohan is standing up for him?
This isn't the only time someone in Hollywood has stood by the side of someone who many would agree is a despicable person. Such as when Tila Tequila shouted out her admiration for Adolf Hitler (on multiple occasions), or the various stars that have supported the return of the alleged child-molester, Roman Polanski. Bill Cosby and Woody Allen have also been involved in scandals that if you're unaware of, will quickly cause you to lose respect for both men. But shockingly, that isn't the stance that some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have taken.
Included are quotes from nearly every entry, allowing these stars to put it in their own words as to why they're defending these people. Many of whom who have committed what you may consider unforgivable actions.
These are the 15 Stars Who Defended Despicable People.
16 Lil Mama Goes After Chris Brown Haters
Chris Brown has done plenty of things in his life to warrant a lot of hatred. Such as savagely beating Rihanna in 2009. Something that rapper Lil' Mama thinks the public took way too seriously.
"Look at Chris Brown. There’s always a rock being thrown at him, to the point where maybe his heart is hardened....You’ve done things in your past that’s not on the record because you didn’t have the fame at the age of 15. And the sh*t that you was doin', you and your loved ones and your close friends, they remember that sh*t and they forgive you for it. Imagine the whole world not forgiving you for something that you did."
Brown also received support from Lil' Mama after he was arrested following charges of assault with a deadly weapon
"We need to stand in his corner. We need to make sure that he is taken care of properly. We can deal with mental, physical, spiritual help. Personal help later but right now we need to make sure he’s protected because it’s just an allegation."
15 Catherine Hicks Thinks Stephen Collins Is A Good Guy (He Isn't)
There aren't many people who think Stephen Collins is a great guy. Famous for playing the dad on 7th Heaven, Collins came under fire (understandably) after it became evident that he had acted inappropriately with underage girls on multiple occasions.
But his wife from 7th Heaven, Catherine Hicks, didn't let the horrid story - and let's get this clear, there is no doubt he did these things as he admitted them in therapy - deter her support of him
"I have nothing to say, nothing to hide. I don't know anything. Stephen's a good guy in my opinion."
She later also said she had no suspicions of his actions.
14 Mayim Bialik Blames Victims' Good Looks For Harvey Abuse
When it comes to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there are definitely several areas that you may want to consider. But one aspect that is probably going to rub people the wrong way is when you release a statement that comes off as you blaming the victims for being good looking. Which is what people feel has happened with Mayim Bialik and her recent op-ed about the benefits of being “ugly” in Hollywood. Bialik writes,
"Those of us in Hollywood who don't represent an impossible standard of beauty have the 'luxury' of being overlooked and...ignored by men in power...”
She went on to say,
“...In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn't perfect. Nothing—absolutely nothing—excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can't be naïve about the culture we live in."
Actress Patricia Arquette attacked Bialik on Twitter saying
“@missmayim229 I have to say I was dressed non-provocatively as a 12-year-old when men on the street m*sturbated at me. It’s not clothing. It’s also not outrageous for anyone to expecte to be treated in a professional manner by anyone in a professional relationship.”
Regardless of whether Bialik says nothing excuses the men's behavior, we're sure you can understand why she has upset people with her stance.
13 Kim Kardashian Defends Racist Jeffree Star
You aren't the only person out there who might not be as invested in the world of social media beauty vloggers. But those who are definitely should recognize the user Jeffree Star who Kim Kardashian has interacted with. Star, to his credit, has also received some success in the music industry.
But after Star's racist past started coming to light, including mocking black women, many people were not too pleased with him. Kim Kardashian, on the other hand, came out to say,
“You guys are petty bringing up things in his past where he, you know was, you know.. negative. I get it’s a serious deal to say racist things but, I do believe in people changing and people that apologize. I will give them the benefit of the doubt."
12 Rodman Hangs Out With Kim Jong-un All The Time
There are many people out there who are rightfully scared of Kim Jong-un and the potential ramifications of North Korea coming into further conflict with the United States. But one person who loves Kim Jong-un is former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman; who has hung out with Jong-un on a variety of occasions.
"I basically hang out with him all the time. We laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together. We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that’s the good thing,” said Rodman.
Rodman has also mentioned how he could be useful for Trump in helping deal with the country. Upon one of his most recent visits, Rodman also brought Jong-un a copy of Trump's book "Art of the Deal".
11 Kristen Stewart And Jesse Eisenberg Didn't Mind Woody Allen's Abuse Of Daughter
Reports started circulating in 1993 that Woody Allen had abused his 7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. But after an arrest and a court case, it was revealed that while no assault may have taken place (with enough definitive proof), that Allen had acted in a grossly inappropriate manner and his contact with Dylan was limited.
In 2014, she came out again and said that there were moments where Allen entered her bed in his underwear. The subject was discussed with Kristen Stewart who worked with Allen in 2016, leading her to recall a conversation she had with Jesse Eisenberg
"I was like, 'What do you think? We don’t know any of these people involved. I can personalize situations, which would be very wrong.' At the end of the day, Jesse and I talked about this. If we were persecuted for the amount of sh*t that’s been said about us that’s not true, our lives would be over. The experience of making the movie was so outside of that, it was fruitful for the two of us to go on with it."
10 Monica Bellucci Shows Support For Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski is an incredibly talented director, with his best-known film perhaps being The Pianist that saw Adrien Brody take home an Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as Best Director going to Polanski. But Polanski is a horrible person who after giving a 13-year-old quaaludes, assaulted her. He was originally arrested and expected to receive a small punishment.
But when it started becoming evident that could actually spend years in jail, he fled to Europe to avoid punishment. Despite this horrid act, several stars have signed a petition that tried to get Polanski cleared of his crimes. Among the people who signed it was renowned actress Monica Bellucci.
Other directors, such as Martin Scorsese and Darren Aronofsky have also shown their support by signing the petition.
9 Lindsay Lohan Defends Harvey Weinstein
Lindsay Lohan has done many things in her life that people could describe as destructive. But the most recent blow to her public image comes as a result of the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal that now includes over 30 women.
The situation has also led to Harvey's wife, Georgina, to leave him. Which is definitely understandable, unless you're Lindsay Lohan
"Hi, I’m in Dubai, I’m home. I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina [Weinstein] needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. And he’s never harmed me or done anything wrong to me. We’ve done several movies together. So I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So stand up," said Lohan in a now-deleted Instagram video.
8 Azealia Banks Thinks Bill Cosby Was A Set-Up
Azealia Banks is a talented musician, but she might want to reserve some judgment when talking about public issues. She has had several controversies, including when she spoke out in defense of Bill Cosby who had been accused by over 50 women of assaulting them,
“A black man in office is SCARY to white folk, and they will try and do ANY AND EVERYTHING to remind us that they are in control. From police murders, to macklemore and igloo australia…. They are even trying to tear down our father figure BILL COSBY”
While Cosby's first turn in court was inconclusive, he is set to face his charges again in 2018.
7 Tila Tequila Wants To Be Hitler
Adolf Hitler is one of the worst humans to ever exist. If we wanted to talk about the things he did, we could be here all day. Instead, we're going to take the time to talk about Tila Tequila who decided to let the world know that she thinks Hitler isn't such a bad guy.
Tequila took to Twitter back on May 6th, 20216 to say
"There are only two things in this world, for which I would gladly sacrifice my own life; the destruction of all Jews and preservation of the white race," as well as
"You know what will help Asians earn respect? An Asian version of Adolf Hitler… I want that person to be me; I want to save the world from this Zionist disease."
Tequila was also spotted doing the Nazi salute at an alt-right party that was celebrating the election of Trump.
6 Laurie Holden Supports Depp Movies In Wake Of Abuse
There were many people who were open in their disdain for Johnny Depp after his marriage with Amber Heard ended. It was reported by TMZ that Heard had been physically and verbally abused by Depp, including saying
"[Depp] grabbed me by the hair and violently shoved me to the floor. Johnny was also screaming and threatening me, taunting me to stand up," before then going on a destructive path, breaking things around the house. A photo also was released of a battered Heard.
Laurie Holden who is best known for The Walking Dead was one of the few people who decided to let the world know she still was excited about his movies and to not make a big deal of the situation.
Taking to Twitter, Holden stated
"I, for one, am going to see Johnny Depp's new movie. His personal life is just that. Personal. No one knows the real truth so just zip it."
5 Whoopi Goldberg Thinks Polanski Didn't Assault The Minor
Above you read about the story of Roman Polanski and his assault of a 13-year old girl whom who allegedly knocked out with the usage of quaaludes. Among the stars who signed the petition to support him, Whoopi Goldberg also dropped this nugget of "wisdom" on The View
"I know it wasn't r*pe-r*pe. It was something else but I don't believe it was.... He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like 'You know what this guy's going to give me a hundred years in jail I'm not staying, so that's why he left."
What?! Just...what? I don't know about you, but if a man in his 40s drugs and sleeps with an underage girl, that is a man who is deserving of the book being thrown at him.
4 Damon Wayans Is 100% Behind Bill Cosby
Damon Wayans has no doubt in his mind that Bill Cosby is innocent of the sexual assault charges that allegedly lasted decades.
"If you listen to them talk, they go, 'Well, the first time …' The first time? How many times did it happen?....How big is his [genitals] that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?"
Wayans went on to say that he felt Cosby was in a relationship with all of these women, as well as saying that how we are treating him is hypocritical
”You know what Bill Cosby did wrong? He started criticizing young black men. Then he lost us, and so we’re not supporting them. They see that opening, so you know what? Attack him, kill him. But the dude from 7thHeaven — his show is still on TV. Woody Allen is making shows and movies."
3 Kate Winslet Loves Woody Allen And Roman Polanski
Kate Winslet has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein, but she was less open about her disdain for Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. Woody, who allegedly abused his adopted daughter, and Polanksi who r*ped a 13-year old girl.
“Of course one thinks about it. But at the same time, I didn’t know Woody and I don’t know anything about that family. As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person. Woody Allen is an incredible director. So is Roman Polanski. I had an extraordinary working experience with both of those men, and that’s the truth," said Winslet.
2 Whoopie Goldberg Says Mel Gibson Isn't Racist
There aren't many more despicable things for a husband to do than punching a woman, much less one that is holding your 8-month old child. But that didn't stop Mel Gibson from breaking two teeth in an assault of his now ex-wife Oskana Grigorieva. Among the physical assaults, Gibson also said she deserves to be taken advantage of by a group of black men (who he referred to b the N-word).
Whoopi Goldberg was open in her defense of Gibson, saying
“I don’t like what he did here, but I know Mel and I know he’s not a racist. I have had a long friendship with Mel. You can say he’s being a bonehead, but I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist, having spent time with him in my house with my kids. … I don’t like what he’s done. Make no mistake.”
Keep in mind this also all came out years after his openly anti-Semitic rant following a DUI.
1 Marilyn Manson Thinks Depp Was Crucified Unjustly
Johnny Depp is one of the most beloved celebrities in Hollywood. You don’t have to look much farther than the amount of support he received despite assaulting his then-wife Amber Heard. One of his most outspoken supporters was Marilyn Manson who wrote,
“Johnny is one of the nicest people that I know—to the extent where it’s almost heartbreaking how kind he is to his friends and everyone around him. I know that he was completely crucified—unjustly.”
Despite the obvious proof that Heard was abused, including the fact that she received millions in a settlement, Manson went on to say,
“It’s hard to say when you talk about your friends. Of course, I think that all of it was bullsh*t, and I think that he is a great person.”
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