14 of the Biggest Hollywood Scandals of 2016
In a world where celebrity scandals are in the focus of millions, 2016 has given the masses as much as they can handle.
There have been a lot of shamings and dishonorings going on in the world of show business over the past twelve months– from cataclysmic break-ups to rumored fresh love affairs to stories of hated, public humiliation, and regrets.
Here are 14 of the most talked-about dramas and scandals in showbiz in 2016.
14. Chris Rock’s Brutally Honest Oscars Monologue
It’s December already, and many of us may not even remember which movie won the Oscar for Best Picture, but even years from now, people will still remember the show host’s (Chris Rock) legendary monologue in regards to #OscarsSoWhite– a movement to go against the underrepresentation of people of color in the annual movie awards. His speech was sharp, sarcastic, and purposefully intended to make some people uncomfortable.
“Jada [Pinkett] boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties,” Rock said. “You were not invited!” And further, he suggested that “if you want black people every year at the Oscars, you have to have black categories, like Best Black Friend.”
The most played joke on Twitter for weeks in a row was, “Is Hollywood racist? Damn right, it’s racist, but it’s sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not Kappa.’ Of course, the comedian couldn’t solve racism with his 15-minute dialogue, but he definitely made a point!
13. The Great Supermodel Fuss
The recent events in Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid’s lives are a shining example of what can happen to two celebrity girls if they get dragged into a conflict they never really intended to be a part of.
It all started in April when the former fashion model Rebecca Romijn declared that “legitimate fashion people” (like herself, obviously) hate the fact that the social media have skyrocketed the fame of model “hybrids” such as Kendall and Gigi.
Some months later, another super-model icon, Stephanie Seymour told Vanity Fair that the two girls need to find their own title to go by, and “bitches of the moment” would suit them best.
Hot-tempered as she is, Jenner couldn’t take this anymore. She fought back by posting an open letter on her website, in which she not only defended herself and Hadid, but also shared her own bitter thoughts on those women who consider themselves the only real models, calling them “cyberbullies.”
And this is how the war broke out.
It started seven years ago when nobody expected that a seemingly innocent incident would lead to what is now a long-running feud between the two artists. They first came into contact on the stage of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when the rapper hijacked the mike from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech and said that Beyoncé’s video was far better than the one for which Swift got the award.
This year, more fuel was added to the fire when Kim Kardashian snapchatted a taped conversation between her man and Swift, in which the latter gives her consent about the following line in Kanye’s song Famous, “For all my Southside niggas that know me best/ I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
When the song was released in February, the line in question ended with “I made that bitch famous.” The “bitch” couldn’t stomach the insult and publically condemned people who “try to undercut your success.”
Nobody knows for sure what exactly happened in the months between the release of the controversial song and the Snapchat reveal, and this gave people more material for speculation about the chain of events that led to this complicated beef between the two celebs.
Throughout the whole summer, Justin had been teasing his female fans big time by showing up together with his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie, and posting tons of selfies of them while travelling the world.
Everything seemed to be rosy until one day he threatens he’ll delete his profile if his fans don’t stop making vicious comments about their relationship. Bieber behaving like a spoilt pop star who’s used to always being admired wouldn’t have been such big news if it wasn’t for his ex, Selena Gomez.
She couldn’t hold her horses and made the situation escalate, commenting, “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol.” Her comment made Bieber show his teeth, and he replied maliciously that it’s funny to see people who used him for attention to point the finger that way.
That was a low blow, and Gomez immediately fired back, “Funny how the ones who cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad.” With the ball in his court, Bieber fought fire with fire, “I cheated… oh, I forgot about you and Zayn?”
We mean, seriously, have you recently watched a better reality comedy series?
10. Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris’ Breakup
Oh yes, it’s been a particularly tough year for Taylor! Not only did she have to fight Kanye and Kim over the “bitch” line in the rapper’s song Famous, but she was also taking blows from her ex-beau, Calvin Harris, whom she broke up with at the beginning of summer.
First, People confirmed that it was actually Swift who wrote Rihanna’s hit This Is What You Came For under a pseudonym. Then Harris responded in now-deleted tweets that it was all tall tale, as he wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it, and cut the vocals through. Taylor wanted to keep that secret, and that’s why she came up with the pseudonym thing. “Hurtful to me, he said, that she and her team would go so far out of their way to make ME look bad.”
As the passions were running high, Harris wouldn’t stop there. In their Twitter war, he brought up also Swift’s new boyfriend and the long-going conflict she has with Katy Perry.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Taylor and hope 2017 will finally bring her some peace and quiet– both in her professional and private matters.