Celebrity Scandals make the world go round, right? We may only be slightly across the midway point of the year, but 2017 has been packed with controversial topics when it comes to some pretty big-name celebrities. From R. Kelly’s “cult” to Steve Harvey getting territorial with his staff members, there’s more than enough to go around.
With allegations of sexual assault from the highest rungs of the Hollywood hierarchy continuing to pour in, it’s safe to say 2017 is one of the entertainment industry’s most controversial years ever. But there were other celebrity scandals over the past twelve months that made headlines alike, here a look back at some of the biggest and worst celebrity scandals of 2017 that rocked Hollywood this year.
10 Biggest, Feuds, and Worst Celebrity Scandals of 2017
The 38-year-old superstar pop singer has been all over the place throughout the course of his career. Unfortunately for him right now he’s in a situation that he probably doesn’t want to be in. The singer has been dealing with some pretty serious lawsuits that revolve around him not being so careful with some STDs.
TMZ reported that Usher had sex with a woman earlier in the year and didn’t tell her anything about him having herpes.
According to the lawsuit, the woman hooked up with usher back in April in her Atlanta home. She said things got pretty serious, and they ended up having intercourse while he wore a condom. Later on, in that same month, they had sex again, but this time it was unprotected.
The woman claims that she had no idea she was being exposed to herpes. Now it seems like women are putting together lawsuits because they were “exposed,” and they wouldn’t have been having sex with Usher if he had told them he had the virus.
When the Grammy nominations were announced on December 6, 2016, fans knew the big awards battle would be between Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Adele’s 25. Both artists were nominated for the biggest awards of the night: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. By the end of the night, Adele won in each of the big three categories and thanked Beyoncé multiple times during her speeches, highlighting the cultural significance of Lemonade, especially for black women around the world.
After Beyoncé’s loss stunned viewers, many pointed out that Grammy voters are usually older, white males who may not be as inclined to vote for artists like Beyoncé. Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told Pitchfork, “I don’t think there’s a race problem at all,” but many viewers asked for a revamping of the awards and for more diversity among Grammy voters. Nominees for next year’s Grammys, which will take place on January 28, have already been announced and are more diverse than ever, with many crediting a new online voting system for the new changes. According to the Washington Post, the 2018 Grammys will be the first time in 19 years that a white male has not been nominated for Album of the Year.
It was a first in Oscars history. On February 26, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the Oscar for Best Picture. After first announcing La La Land as the winner, it soon became clear that something was wrong, with the film’s producer, Justin Horowitz, taking the microphone to officially announce Moonlight as the winner. Instead of the “Best Picture” envelope, a duplicate of the envelope for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” was accidentally given to Beatty and Dunaway instead, causing the historic mix-up.
Back in April, Pepsi released their latest ad video starring Kendall Jenner. The video begins with protesters in the streets meeting up with police in riot gear. Jenner, modeling by the march, proceeds to take off her wig, join in, and give a police officer a Pepsi to make amends. Per the New York Times, many viewers thought the ad was too controversial, especially since Jenner is not a person of color and wouldn’t necessarily be a subject of police brutality, a reason for a lot of protests this past year. Pepsi later announced on Twitter that they were pulling the ad and Jenner and the company since apologized.
While many Met Gala attendees are notorious for breaking the “no selfie” rule, there was another rule that was broken this year. Celebrities and attendees like Bella Hadid, Rami Malek, Dakota Johnson, and others smoked cigarettes while hanging out in one of the women’s bathrooms inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. According to the New York Daily News, the New York City Health Commissioner sent a letter to the museum after photos of the well-dressed celebs circulated all over social media. Page Six also reported that museum donors were unhappy with the photos and worried about the damage the smoke could have caused to the museum’s collection.
As expected, the cast of Big Little Lies swept the Emmys after gaining tons of critical acclaim. But Nicole Kidman confused Emmy viewers and attendees alike after she kissed co-star Alexander Skarsgard on the lips after his Emmy win. Soon after, Kidman appeared on The Graham Norton Show to clear the air. “I’ve got an amazing, supportive, gorgeous husband, who I love more than anything in the world. And I gave Alex a congratulatory kiss and he’s like a mannequin,” she said.
Earlier this year, Gigi Hadid came under fire for a video in which she appeared to be mocking Asian facial features. After facing backlash online, she issued an apology on the popular Chinese social media app Weibo in both Chinese and English. Despite her apology, the incident later led to the model deciding to back out of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai without any explanation, right before she was set to leave for China. According to Page Six, rumors swirled that Hadid was unable to get the required visa needed to travel due to the controversial video.
Sex and the City fans were hoping to hear news about a possible third movie, after Sarah Jessica Parker told E! News about plans for it at the 2017 Golden Globes. But news that the movie will not be moving forward came just a day after The Daily Mail reported that Kim Cattrall made big demands and was the reason for the movie’s cancellation. Cattrall later dismissed these claims while on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, revealing that she said no for a whole year and wished Sarah Jessica Parker was nicer to her during this situation. Cattrall also mentioned that she simply just wants to move on from the series, saying, “This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things. This is a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.”
Just when things seemed to be going well for The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, everything changed when she was seen hanging out with ex Justin Bieber again. Soon after, The Weeknd and Selena Gomez confirmed their split. Now it seems that The Weeknd is trying to get back with ex Bella Hadid. Plus, the feud between Hadid and Gomez seems to be nonexistent after Gomez rekindled her relationship with Bieber. While neither of the couples has officially confirmed that they are back together, this is just another piece of the long and complicated story that is the Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez/The Weeknd/Bella Hadid love quadrangle.
Kim Kardashian’s makeup line, KKW Beauty, was one of the most highly-anticipated beauty releases of the year. But fans were shocked by one of the promotional photos she posted on Twitter. Many pointed out that Kardashian’s face looked much darker in the photo than it normally appears. Some believed that she purposefully used darker makeup in the photo and accused her of blackface. Others pointed out that she might’ve used self-tanner or improper lighting. Kardashian decided to take the photo down and has since replaced it with another photo of her with lighter skin.