Hollywood's 10 Most Controversial Scandals of 2016
Posted 2016/12/23 2998 0
It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end! It’s been a controversial year for Hollywood while a lot of scandals were exposed.
1. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
This power couple called it quits in September this year leaving #Brangelina fans the world over heartbroken. Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, met in 2005 on sets of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith', while the actor was still married to Jennifer Aniston, leading to one of the most controversial affairs of all time.
They went on to tie the knot at their French property, Chateau Miraval, on August 23, 2014.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt citing 'irreconcilable differences'. Pitt later released a statement saying, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids." The messy divorce is still in process.
2. Domestic Violence Claims Against Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s divorce raised eyebrows because Heard filed only three days after his mother died. They also just got married a year ago. However the news started getting worse and worse. The actress accused him of being abusive and submitted photos of her bruised eye and cut lip. She was granted a restraining order against him, which requires him to stay 100 yards from her. There was then a video leaked of Depp going on a tirade in front of Heard and breaking a wine bottle.
In the end they officially got divorced with Heard getting $7 million. She dropped her domestic violence case against him. They also gave a statement about the whole situation. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain,” read the statement reported by People Magazine. “There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm … Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.”
3. Kanye West - Kim Kardashian versus Taylor Swift
Early this year, West released his single “Famous,” containing the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Following its release, Swift’s camp released a statement claiming that the superstar advised against the lyric in West’s song, and meanwhile, West said he received approval for the line from Swift. His wife, Kardashian, appeared to put all the he-said-she-said to rest when she released a series of videos via Snapchat in July of what appeared to be Swift OK’ing the lyrics in a phone call with West. Swift quickly fired back, saying that she had not been told about the “I made that bitch” line in the song.
4. Nate Parker’s Trial Resurfaces
When Parker debuted his passion project “Birth of a Nation” at Sundance, it was met with universal acclaim and quickly jumped to the top of early awards predictions. However, in August, it resurfaced that, in 1999, Parker and his then-roommate Jean Celestin (who also co-write “Birth of a Nation”) were accused of rape while students at Penn State University. Even more disturbing, Variety later discovered that Parker’s accuser committed suicide in 2012. Parker was acquitted in a 2001 trial (Celestin was found guilty, although his sentence was later thrown out on appeal), but the dark details of the trial dominated the conversation about the film.
Diversity has long been an issue in Hollywood, but it received widespread attention after the 2016 Oscar nominees were announced early this year. With not one person of color among the nominees in all four acting categories, the backlash was fierce, with big names, including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, announcing a boycott of the ceremony. The Academy didn't shy away from the subject, though, as host Chris Rock poked fun and made a statement about the controversy during the awards show.
We'd love to pin down one specific incidence of whitewashing -- the term for casting a white actor in a historically non-white role -- but there were several instances that took over the conversation this year. "Doctor Strange" did seem to be at the forefront, though, as it was released this year, with the Marvel movie facing controversy of its casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who's a Tibetan man in the comics. Scarlett Johansson also got flack for starring as Motoko Kusanagi in "The Ghost in the Shell," a movie that will debut next year based on the beloved anime. And while Matt Damon in "The Great Wall" fits more into the "white savior" category, it's been included in the discussion as well.
7. Ryan Lochte Lies about Being Robbed in Rio
The Olympic swimmer claimed that he along with three other American swimmers were pulled over while in a cab by armed men posing as police. He told the scary story about the robbery on NBC Sports.
We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground. And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials.
As time went on his story began changing, and then the truth came out. Turns out the whole thing was made up! In reality, they stopped at a gas station that night and allegedly damaged a bathroom and were confronted by employees. According to the Los Angeles Times, he has to perform 20 hours of community service, and was suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for four months. He then went on to compete on Dancing With the Stars.
8. The Fall of Roger Ailes
In July, Megyn Kelly’s former colleague Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News kingpin Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, claiming that he had accosted her with a series of innuendo-laden comments and fired her from the network in retaliation for rebuffing his advances. As the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, launched an internal investigation into Ailes’s behavior, more than two dozen women reportedly came forward within weeks with their own claims of harassment by Ailes. Among them was reportedly Kelly, Fox News’s brightest star, who, according to New York magazine, told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances towards her a decade ago. Ailes himself has denied all wrongdoing. He resigned from the network two days after revelations about Kelly’s reported admission.
9. Billy Bush Gets Fired, Trump Becomes President
Prior to the new normal, in which a presidential candidate can mock a prisoner of war, make fun of the disabled, insult a Gold Star family, and suffer zero consequences, the 12-year-old Access Hollywood outtake video, a leaked October surprise in which Billy Bush was heard giggling like a frat boy while the future Republican nominee boasted that his celebrity status allowed him to “grab [women] by the pussy”, would surely have killed Trump’s campaign.
The newly minted Today show co-host, who officially joined NBC’s morning franchise in late August, might even have found a way to keep his job. Instead, in a Bizarro World twist, Billy Bush’s career, like that of his cousin Jeb, suffered an instant meltdown at the grabby hands of Trump. And the principal culprit lived to fight another day.
10. Trump v. Hollywood
Yes, the fact that the former host of “The Apprentice” became the president of the United States is an astonishing story in itself. But his attacks on the entertainment industry and media this year are unprecedented (not “unpresidented,” heh) for a soon-to-be commander-in-chief. Even before he was elected president, his feud with Fox News’ Kelly was well documented, the climax of the conflict possibly being when Trump said Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” during the Republican presidential debate (though that was in 2015).
Furthermore, Trump took an unusual interest in “Saturday Night Live.” While he hosted the NBC variety show back in 2015, he launched several attacks on “SNL” throughout the election cycle, specifically at Alec Baldwin’s impression of the president-elect. Baldwin fired back by offering to stop the impression … if Trump would release his tax returns. And, to the chagrin of many who thought Trump was trying to distract from more serious issues, he slammed the cast of “Hamilton” for making an address to Vice President-elect Mike Pence while he attended the Broadway show. Oh, and there’s the fact that he will still be credited as an executive producer on “Celebrity Apprentice” while he’s in office. For Hollywood’s part, the industry largely supported, with publicity and funds, Hillary Clinton.