Top Ten Celebrity Behaviors We Love to Hate
Let's face it, most celebrity antics get us talking, but there are some that really get under our skin. These behaviors bother us to the point that we have to openly express our disapproval of them. Celebrities and their actions often become the center of heated news debates because people take the issues seriously. They want to see these badly-behaved celebs get treated "like everyone else". This rarely happens, however. When it does, it makes for an even bigger story.
The following is a list of Celebrity Behaviors We Love to Hate (in no particular order):
1. We hate when someone like Paris Hilton gets away with less than a slap on the wrist for actions that would land the average citizen in jail. For instance, her so-called sentencing in 2007 for driving with a suspended license became a heated topic of debate. Public outrage over Hilton's three-day stay in the slammer resulted in the L.A. Sheriff's Department going back to get the heiress after they let her out for what was termed an "undisclosed medical condition". Our hatred for celebs getting off easy is also visible when one considers the Lindsay Lohan legal drama of this past summer. When the hard partying 24-year-old was sentenced to jail time in July, we were all watching at home with smug grins. We didn't care that her 90-day sentence was harsh, since we felt that it more than made up for all the times she gotten off easy.
2. We hate that seemingly shallow woman whose face we know only because of her former marriage to a rich man. We hate the fact she's still being covered in magazines and we don't want her getting the benefits of being a celebrity, because in our minds she didn't earn it. Examples are easily seen in some of the Real Housewives series on Bravo. For instance, one might feel bad for Camille Grammer upon reading her sob story in an interview that appeared in People. Then they watch her in action on the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", and they get the idea that this woman is a snake, not the innocent victim she portrayed.
3. We hate when the uber-rich people of Hollywood who flaunt their wealth. When they aren't flaunting it, we like to admire their possessions and find a store that's selling their latest fashion accessory. But when they dare drop their millions here and there... oh, we have a real problem with it. We feel belittled, angry, so the result is our immediate backlash against this person(s).
4. We don't like when gifted actresses continually trash themselves, ruining the opportunity to continue what would be a successful career. We get angry that someone in their position is throwing it all away. Spectators can't imagine what they would do if given such an opportunity, so they dislike stars like Lindsay Lohan who are currently on their 4th or 5th stay in rehab.
5. Similar to the #4 behavior, there's another situation involving celebrity trainwrecks that we can't stand. It’s the constant presence of hot messes in front of the camera. These "celebrities" repeatedly fail to do anything meaningful with their time. Instead, they party and let the camera catch all of their oops moments. Take Tara Reid for example. Usually she's stumbling out of a bar with half of her clothes on or sitting on a bystander's lap when photographed. This has been seen so many times, the public is just sick of it. Understandably readers of gossip magazines are irritated by Tara Reid's bad decisions, and they're also embarrassed for her.
6. We don't like when famous people take a stance on a sensitive issue. For instance, when Tom Cruise intensely argued with Matt Lauer about ADD/ADHD and the medications for it, he offended a lot of viewers. His opinion on the matter, which was based off of his religious beliefs, was very cut-and-dry, still he couldn't accept a view different than his own. When talking to Matt Lauer, we got the impression that Cruise believed he was superior to everyone else with knowledge on the topic, including doctors. A more recent example of a celebrity addressing a sensitive issue to a bad response is Gisele Bundchen's position on breastfeeding. In an August interview with Haarper's Bazaar UK, the Brazilian supermodel openly stated that she thought there should be a "worldwide law" requiring mothers to breastfeed their babies. Time published that with her comments, Gisele provoked responses from CNN Marquee readers and breastfeeding advocacy group La Leche League International. Women also took to the internet to Bundchen for making what they thought was a brash statement for a first-time mother. As a result, the supermodel attempted to re-explain herself, expressing respect for all mothers on her blog.
7. Tom Cruise is also an example for another celeb behavior we love to hate: the open display of one's religion and/or religious beliefs. It's kind of strange, but as a society we have a hard time watching any celebrity display their religion with pride. We feel they are encroaching upon inappropriate territory. Tom Cruise's talk of Scientology made the already-intense actor completely unappealing. Photos of stars like Madonna and/or Ashton Kutcher leaving a Kabbalah Center can get us irritated. We perceive that these celebrities are putting their religion on blast. Even though the tabloids are the ones taking the photos, as readers we somehow get the vibe that this celebrity sought out the camera. At the same time we tend to feel like they are forcing us to observe their choice of religion.
8. This is one of the worst celebrity behaviors. It often occurs with the children of famous people who act out and give themselves and their family a bad name. Then, afterward, they act like they could care less about what everyone thinks since in their minds, they're above the general public. We really despise these people. After all, they're only recognized and/or given special treatment as a result of their family’s name. This group of famous-for-nothings fails to realize that they're already disliked to begin with due to the fortunate circumstances under which they were brought up. They multiply the hate factor when they act immaturely and/or disrespectfully. For example, someone like Brandon Davis is disliked for the chauvinistic impression he gives in public. The 29-year-old popped up on the Hollywood party scene a few years ago after he became known as the grandson of oil tycoon Marvin Davis. He didn’t act in a way that reflected well on the family fortune though. While he was best friends with Paris Hilton, Brandon taunted Lindsay Lohan on his pal’s behalf, referring to the red-headed actress using a sexually explicit term that was degrading. Women were inclined to hate him even more when he tweeted about his ex, actress Mischa Barton, upon seeing her at an L.A. party. A shallow Davis poked fun at Barton for having gained a few pounds, writing, “Omg. Just realized my ex turned into 1 of the fattest people in the planet. I’m gonna start dating plus size models. Not! Mischa the Hefer.”
Not only does the above statement make Brandon Davis look like a pig, it comes across as hypocritical since he’s not exactly a twig himself. If anything, the oil heir is on the chubby side. Reading or hearing about these antics from someone like Brandon Davis only reinforces our perception that they're an ignorant spoiled brat.
9. We hate listening to celebrities who can’t shut up about their views. At the same time, it’s irritating when these people will not take the time to listen to anybody else because they feel that they know everything. There are several celebs who stick out in this category. One is Rosie O’Donnell, who, while on The View, constantly interrupted her co-hosts and spoke over them. She also did distracting gestures when someone would get the chance to speak. Rosie was more like a bully than a panelist, and many in the public thought her conduct was distasteful. Unfortunately for Rosie, she’s become known for this kind of overbearing, attention-seeking behavior.
10. This is an obvious one. We don’t like when celebrities are arrogant, and we certainly don’t like when they’re open about feeling superior to the rest of the world. Any semi-intelligent person would guess that this doesn’t make the best PR tactic, but people like Kanye West can’t help themselves. The rapper has had recurring instances of bad behavior over the years, his 2009 stage-crashing incident being among his best known. According to guardian.co.uk, Kanye's tantrums started in 2004 when he walked out of the American Music awards claiming he was "robbed" after losing in the Best New Artist category. West fumed to reporters, "I was the best artist of the year."
Prior to the 2005 Grammys, Kanye was at it again, this time being quoted in saying that singers who claimed they "love everybody but themselves" were just doing what he termed "cliched media training". Prior to the show West also said that there would be a "real problem" if he left empty-handed. (guardian.co.uk)
Of all the outrageous celebs, Kanye West takes the cake for the worst PR stunts. For someone in his position to continually say and do these things is pretty audacious. It’s also made him one of the most-hated celebrities.