The stars really know how to put their foot in their mouth, and this year was no exception. The pandemic has seemingly caused the rich and famous to become even less detached from reality, here are their best blunders.
Dr. Mehmet Oz caught heat for commenting that opening schools was an “appetizing opportunity” for the nation. “Opening of schools may only cost us 2-3% in terms of total mortality,” he said in an interview. “You know, that’s — any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into a school where they’re safely being educated, being fed, and making the most out of their lives, with the theoretical risk on the backside, it might be a trade-off some folks would consider.”
“I tell ya… schools are a very appetizing opportunity. That will only cost us 2 to 3% of total mortality.”
Sounds more like Dr. Hannibal Lecter than Dr. Oz.pic.twitter.com/6fIlQ1LQmR
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) April 16, 2020
From creating his own political party to crying in public at his campaign rally, Kanye West’s breakdown has been tough to watch this year. He reached the height of crazy behavior in July when claimed wife Kim Kardashian wanted to abort their oldest child and released a string of paranoid tweets claiming she was trying to lock him up that had the hashtag #PrayForYe trending on Twitter over his erratic behavior.
West children will never do playboy west pic.twitter.com/HkhaDSFGxD
— ye (@kanyewest) July 21, 2020
Johnny Depp lost a lawsuit against The Sun for labeling him as a domestic abuser, as court evidence against him proved to be so damning that he was asked to resign from his lead role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Trust me, make the move you'll get it! pic.twitter.com/Cywu82JWLp
— johnnydepp (@__iamjohnnydepp) December 16, 2020
Fantastic Beasts writer J.K. Rowling caused outrage over her anti-trans tweets that prompted longtime fans to call for her cancellation with the #RIPJKRowling hashtag that began trending in June. Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliff and Emma Watson went as far to speak out against the author’s comments.
If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Toxic Work Environment
The queen of nice lost her crown over the summer, when an article about the toxic workplace behavior on her show, including racism, sexual misconduct, and intimidation, rocked Ellen DeGeneres’ “be kind” reputation.
Me not feeling one ounce of sympathy for Ellen now that the Ellen DeGeneres Show work place is being investigated after everyone spoke up about the toxic environment pic.twitter.com/snrBo7dSN7
— Imani (@imaniw_17) July 28, 2020
Madonna gave an odd sermon about how the pandemic is indiscriminate, while in a bathtub filled with flower petals. “That’s the thing about COVID-19. It doesn’t care about how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are,” she said in a since deleted video. “It’s the great equalizer and what’s terrible about it is what’s great about it.”
Just to dispel rumours, you CANNOT cure the coronavirus by putting a statue of the Madonna in a bath. pic.twitter.com/EgPcXHI2kw
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) March 23, 2020
Rich and Stupid
In the midst of the toilet paper apocalypse, Khloe Kardashian was criticized for being detached from reality when she TP’ed her sister’s mansion and posted the video on Instagram.
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John Cusack and Woody Harrelson spread conspiracies about the dangers of 5G wireless in since deleted tweets. “5 – G wil [sic] be proven to be very very bad for people’s health,” Cusack wrote. “I got sources in [sic] scientific community – and medical.”
The Hollywood actor John Cusack just blocked me for calling him a 5G conspiracy theorist.
Had he not blocked me I would have replied that he shouldn't put a space before a question mark and he can't write '5G' properly. pic.twitter.com/XjdFFXROpA
— Tim Johns (@timoncheese) April 7, 2020
Business as Usual
Lost star Evangeline Lilly caused quite the stir when refused to social distance early on in the pandemic. “Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices,” she remarked. She apologized on March 26 after receiving heavy crucial backlash.
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And finally, even Captain America can make mistakes. Actor Chris Evans had the internet buzzing when he accidentally posted a photo of his genitalia online. In response, he spun the extra attention towards a plea for voters to turn out at the polls.
Now that I have your attention
VOTE Nov 3rd!!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 15, 2020