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Let this article serve as your reminder that - just like us - celebrities are terrible people.

When the only times you see someone, they're busy being the hero in your favorite movie or belting out your favorite tune, etc. it can be easy to forget that they are pretty normal people the rest of the time.

Being a normal person means getting into the same kinds of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad stuff that the rest of us do. Celebs typically get the benefit of dealing with very little in the way of consequences for their actions - which is why so many of their controversies just disappear like all evidence of that one Sinbad genie movie.

Reddit user Alvinschwartz asked:

What's your favorite forgotten celebrity controversy?

You guys ready for a tour through a glamorous Hollywood a hellscape? Let's be honest - you think you're ready but you're not. We kept the more violent and horrific things off of this list and we still ended up talking about some seriously disturbing stuff.

Let's get this party started the way we imagine all Hollywood parties do - with naked bongos!

Close The Windows


Matthew McConaughey was arrested in 1999 for getting really high and playing the bongos while naked at 3 AM.

- CheesePuffFluff

I freaking love his quote about the results of that arrest:

"But what's the lesson?" he ponders. "Shut the window that has the beautiful scent of jasmine blowing in because it's two in the morning and you might wake a neighbor."

- wooztheweb

Mark Whoa-berg

Mark Wahlberg chasing and throwing rocks at black children while yelling "kill the n*gger" in 1986, then in 1988 assaulting 2 different Vietnamese men in one day (ultimately knocking one unconscious with a piece of wood), while making "numerous unsolicited racial statements about "g**ks" and "slant-eyed g**ks" to the arresting officers, after telling them "That's the motherf*cker whose head I split open!" regarding the victim he rendered unconscious.

Got charged with attempted murder, plead guilty to felony assault, got sentenced to 2 years in jail of which he served 45 days.

He started recording with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in 1990.

Then, in 1992 he fractured his neighbors jaw for no reason at all, by "viciously and repeatedly kicking him in the face while another man held him down".

Read his wiki, it's a wild ride.

- tuwangclan

Came here for this one. Had to tell a coworker this one when he said "oh Mark Wahlberg seems like a good guy".

I was like, nope, not a good guy.

- EpicBlinkStrike187

Said 9/11 wouldn't have happened if he were on the plane, as an example. The worst part is he said it in 2006. This wasn't an emotional response during emotional time...that was his true belief FOR YEARS.

"I would have beat terrorists, landed it safely"

I'm disgusted by his profiteering off the Boston marathon bombing too.

Truly, honestly just trash.

- AfterReview

Stallone The Stallion

Sylvester Stallone's first real movie role was in a porno.

- ImmortanJoe

Gotta credit the man for not shying away from it. He was in a low place, did what he had to do to survive without turning to crime, and when basically bribed/blackmailed to keep the company quiet about it, he gave 'em the finger and owned what he did.

- Entreprenuremberg

"Stallone had his first starring role in the softcore pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970). He was paid US$200 for two days' work. Stallone later explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days. He has also said that he slept three weeks in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City prior to seeing a casting notice for the film. In the actor's words, "it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end – the very end – of my rope".The film was released several years later as Italian Stallion, in order to cash in on Stallone's newfound fame (the new title was taken from Stallone's nickname since Rocky)."


He has stated that after Rocky became a hit, the owners of The Party at Kitty and Stud's offered to sell him the rights to the film for about US $100,000 in order to prevent its re-release, but the actor "wouldn't buy it for two bucks."

- Chengweiyingji



Max Wright, dad from Alf TV series was an alcoholic and a crack addict who participated in gay orgies with homeless men. There were even photos and videos circulating.

- prodigal_dolphin

Wesley Snipes V. Everyone

Wesley Snipes VS the rest of the cast of Blade Trinity. That scandal was so funny!

- Mr-Dicey

He was on a lot if drugs during Blade Trinity. He wouldn't show up or wouldn't do the script. Watch it again. There's a bunch of scenes that cut between Ryan Reynolds and Wesley Snipes. They basically gave Ryan Reynolds more lines and filmed scenes with him when Snipes didn't show up. Later they filmed Snipes' scenes with him saying one word lines, then edited it together.

- jittery_raccoon

  • He hated the director and threatened to beat him up on multiple occasions. This may or may not have happened.
  • He refused to film a sex scene with Jessica Biel because of her ethnicity.
  • In one scene, he didn't even open his eyes, he just CGI'd them in.
  • He only communicated in post-it notes and made everyone reference him to as "Blade."

There's probably more, but this is what I can think of.

- CheesePuffFluff

What A Rush

Rush Limbaugh went on an all-male trip to the Dominican, and was caught on his way back with a bottle of viagra in his doctor's name.

- saltfish

Under The Rug

In 1995, when singer Ty Herndon was first gaining popularity on the country music charts, he was arrested in a public park in Fort Worth for showing his penis to an undercover police officer and trying to get the guy to have sex. Because country music was so homophobic at the time, it was much better for his reputation to get the public indecency charge dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to meth possession since he was also high and in possession at the time of arrest.

Country radio quickly swept the whole "oh wow, Ty Herndon is gay" stuff under the rug. He went on to have a bigger career, and only finally came out as gay 19 years later.

- ursoparrudo

The Couch Incident

Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch, confessing his love for Katie Holmes, only to find out it was a possibly contracted marriage and she escaped Scientology.

- itsahardnarclife

Doggy Road Trip

When Mitt Romney and his family were accused of driving 12 hours to Ontario with their dog tied to the top of their car. When they got to their destination, the dog was so terrified it had literally soiled itself - they noted that it was everywhere.

- Isuckatbattlefield4



It's undoubtedly the Roxanne Pallett controversy. If you're not in the UK, she was on Celebrity Big Brother UK and acted like another male contestant had beat her when, in fact, he did not. Thankfully, the incident happened in view of the camera and she was caught lying.

It seems she has a history of being untruthful and colleagues knew it too well as she has accused a few them of being violent also.

- epsteindntkillhimself

Jenny's Body Count

Jenny Mccarthy's direct responsibility for the rise of antivaxx (financed by Jim Carrey). See

Apparently her son was never diagnosed as autistic in the first place.

- qpgmr

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All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

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The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!

What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."


"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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