Despite having PR reps whose entire job revolve around making sure this never happens, celebrities sometimes say/do the wrong thing. In fact, name any celebrity and chances they've been labeled a "problematic fave" at one point or another. Here's who's messed up in 2017.
At this year's annual Met Gala, celebrities like Bella Hadid, Dakota Jonson, Rami Malek, Marc Jacobs, and Courtney Love were caught—via social media—smoking cigarettes in the bathroom. Smoking indoors, especially at a bar or cafe, was deemed illegal in New York City, per the 2003 Smoke Free Air Act. The pictures outraged both museum donors and the New York City health department. Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City’s health commissioner, wrote a letter to executives at the MET, that said, "We were dismayed to read reports that some celebrities chose smoking as their fashion accessory and flagrantly violated New York City’s smoking laws. All visitors to public places deserve protection from secondhand smoke, including people who are visiting places like The Met."
Kim Kardashian donned several Halloween costumes this year, including Cher and Madonna. Then she dressed as famous singer, Aaliyah, and people were furious. They took to Twitter to express their problems with Kardashian portraying a woman of color, saying that she shouldn't push the limit. Others merely thought she was paying homage to some of her favorite icons, including Aaliyah, pointing out that she did nothing offense in regards of how she dressed.
Gigi Hadid received tons of backlash earlier this year, when her younger sister Bella Hadid posted a video to Twitter where Gigi appeared to be mocking Asian features. Hadid has since issued an apology on China's social media platforms. But when it came time for the Shanghai Victoria's Secret Fashion show, she dropped out. There was speculation around the idea that she wasn't able to get her passport in time. However, a hashtag #GigiGetOutOfChina, had quickly been going around prior to the model's drop out. We're still left to wonder if the hashtag had any influence on Hadid's ability to walk in the show, or not.
Patrick J. Adams, who plays Meghan Markle's love interest on the show Suits, posted a photo of Markle playfully kissing him on the cheek. The photo caption read, "Ross and Rachel - the next generation." The Internet went crazy, causing Adams to delete his Instagram account all together. “It was such an innocent moment of sentimentality that was twisted into something totally different. It made me feel like… why put myself through this?” he said. “We’re like brother and sister, it’s not like it was lurid or anything, but it just became a story that people wanted to talk about.” Things have lightened up since the incident. Adams is back on Instagram, and after Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, he posted a funny tweet about the two.
Kim Kardashian's contour kits may have sold out in mere minutes, but the brand was barely off the ground before being embroiled in a controversy thanks to Kim's team darkening her skin tone in promotional images. She was accused of blackface, and ended up changing the images and making a statement to the New York Times: "I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it. Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."
Chris Pratt ruffled feathers during an interview where he voiced concern about state of blue collar American representation in Hollywood—apparently forgetting for a moment that many, many, many films have been made about the average white man. "I don't see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they're not my stories," Pratt told Men's Fitness. "I think there's room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn't necessarily represented in Hollywood." Pratt later offered a mea culpa via Twitter, writing "That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I'll own that. There's a ton of movies about blue collar America."
Elizabeth Banks made an error of judgement when she spoke at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards and chastised Steven Spielberg for not making a movie with a female lead. And while it's true that the famous director favors men in his films, he did make The Color Purple—an incredibly important film featuring black female actresses like Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, and Oprah Winfrey. Banks issued the following apology on social media: "I framed my comments inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I'm sorry. When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss the import of the iconic #TheColorPurple. I made things worse by giving the impression that I was dismissing Shari Belafonte when she attempted to correct me. I spoke with Shari backstage and she was kind enough to forgive me. Those who have the privilege and honor of directing and producing films should be held to account for our mistakes, whether it's about diversity or inaccurate statements. I'm very sorry."
While at Glastonbury Festival, Johnny Depp made a joke about assassinating President Donald Trump, saying "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" Naturally, this didn't go down well, and the White House issued the following statement: "President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if this was directed towards a democrat elected official." Unsurprisingly, Depp issued an apologetic statement of his own, saying, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone."
Orlando Bloom, man who once paddle boarded nude, was criticized for using the derogatory word "pikey" during a radio appearance. "I'm still a pikey from Kent, boy, I'm still a pikey from Kent," he said. "You don't want to get on the wrong side of me, boy." Listeners were not thrilled, and Bloom later apologized (ish), saying "I've come from Kent and I grew up with a lot of, like, freewheeling, cool, interesting characters like that," he said. "I certainly wasn't taking a slant at that at all. I'm very respectful." BBC also made a statement, saying: "As with any live broadcast, we take great care to ensure all guests are briefed about their language before going on air. We apologized to listeners afterwards for any offense caused."
The Jenner sisters faced extreme side-eyes thanks to releasing a line of "vintage" t-shirts with their faces superimposed over musical icons like Notorious B.I.G and Metallica. After various stars and their estates spoke out (including Sharon Osbourne, who was *not* thrilled about the sisters using her husband's image), Kendall and Kylie pulled the line and issued apologies on social media: "These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists," they said in a statement. "We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in [sic] anyway. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry."