What meets the eye is seldom the truth. Scandals and controversies spare none but when a Hollywood celebrity is involved, the stakes are much higher and things get ugly. Fame doesn’t come cheap and the media and journalists wait like bloodhounds for a chance to prey on celebrities. Let’s take a look at these scandals of Hollywood actors.
1) Tila Tequila
Tequila caused a small, sad stir over the weekend by posting a picture from the alt-right National Policy Institute conference, in which she and two white companions did a Nazi salute. “Seig Heil!” she tweeted, misspelling “Sieg.” She also posted pictures with Richard Spencer, the NPI’s head, and with Chuck Johnson, the racist internet troll. “That Tequila is Asian-American made the snapshots all the way creepier”. She stated, “I think that’s why I’m also invited here because I bring a little bit more diversity to the movement.”
Tila Tequila, the former queen of Myspace and now a self-declared Nazi, had this as her pinned tweet: “Women who complain about Trump saying ‘Grab her by the p***y!’ are retards because I love getting grabbed by the p***y! LMAO!” It’s adjacent to her Twitter bio, which reads in part: “Alt-Reich queen! Literally Hitler! If you have opted out of the news on Tila Tequila in recent years, you have missed this devolution. It is not new. And to scroll through Tequila’s timeline and to look at the depressing detritus of her fall from her fame-ish heights in 2007-08, when she was the prize in MTV’s reality dating series A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila — is to induce insanity.
2) Ryan Phillippe
Once one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe called it quits in 2006 after seven years of marriage, but the two are forever linked thanks to their look-alike children. While many believe that they met and fell in love while filming the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions, Witherspoon confirmed on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in 2015 that they had been “living together for about a year and a half” when they shot the film. She also told Andy Cohen at the time that daughter Ava and son Deacon hadn’t seen the movie.
When it was revealed that Ryan Philippe had been unfaithful with Reese Witherspoon and was cheating on her, fans were infuriated. They got themselves to be a part of scandals in Hollywood. The couple had performed together in the romance drama Cruel Intentions, and their eight-year marriage had acquired a solid base of fans who were as involved in their relationship as they were in their professional lives. Philippe apparently cheated on Witherspoon with his Stop-Loss co-actor Abbie Cornish. The actor, who had roles in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Flags of Our Fathers, never really healed from the negative publicity and controversy surrounding his extramarital affair.
3) Gilbert Gottfried
Aflac Inc. severed ties with comic Gilbert Gottfried, the longtime voice of the insurer’s duck mascot after he made a series of crude jokes about the Japan earthquake and tsunami via Twitter. “Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac,” Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said in a statement. “There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.” Gottfried should have apologized for the jokes, which included: “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.’”
But Gottfried is no stranger to controversy. Three weeks after 9/11, he made light of the tragedy at a Friars Club roast for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, reports The New York Times. He said that he had tried to catch a plane but couldn’t get a direct flight because “they said they have to stop off at the Empire State Building.” The joke prompted boos from the audience.
4) Paz de la Huerta
It was only a matter of time until Paz de la Huerta’s public persona began affecting her professional career. The 27-year-old actress, infamous for her boozy antics, uncensored interviews, and propensity for stripping naked, was fired from her equally promiscuous role as Boardwalk Empire‘s Lucy Danziger, without any reason offered by HBO. While mingling at the launch party for jewelry line Y&J Multiplicity by Robert Verdi, the infamously uncensored star of Boardwalk Empire, who once said she was growing a “period bush” for the HBO series, revealed a major plot detail of her show’s second season finale to one of the curious guests.
De la Huerta, who played Nucky’s mistress and Van Alden’s baby mama Lucy Danziger, went too far with indulging the fan with a requested “teaser” and let slip that her character’s baby dies. It actually does not die, though we can’t say if she drunkenly misremembered or was screwing with this person. Regardless, media types ran with the story that she’d blown a major plotline. Whether this incident had anything to do with her not being renewed for next season has yet to be determined. In addition, she attacked a real personality in the face after throwing a glass at her. Things didn’t appear to be any better on set. The makers of “Boardwalk Empire” had had enough and sacked her from the series in 2013 making it a part of scandals of Hollywood actors.
5) Michael Richards
Most Seinfeld fans remember Michael Richards as Kramer, the kooky next-door neighbor who was both a dear friend and an annoying thorn in Jerry Seinfeld’s side for all nine seasons. Playing Cosmo Kramer was the actor’s most memorable role. However, while other castmates went on to have successful careers post-Seinfeld, Richards made a terrible faux pas and never recovered. It only took three minutes for the comedian-actor to completely destroy the fame he’d built up while working on Seinfeld. Here’s how Richards sabotaged himself.
Richards went back to performing stand-up comedy after his show failed to launch. But that new career venture didn’t last long. A video surfaced of Richards berating a Black audience member, including the use of several racial slurs. The three-minute video essentially ended Richards’ career and credibility. Fans found Kramer and the actor who played him to be silly, goofy, and fun before 2006. But the public perception was ruined after seeing the Seinfeld alum at his absolute worst. Richards’ career was never the same again.
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