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Celebrity Scandals and Controversies

Celebrities are people we look up to and admire from a distance. We place them on a pedestal and assume they can do no wrong. But this myth is shattered each year as we see our favorite celebrities go bad and do things that make us blush or make us angry.

When they do go bad and make mistakes, the media is there to capture every detail, and perhaps even exaggerate some details (yes, our celebrity gossip magazines sometimes exaggerate the mishaps of our all powerful celebrities!).

Would there be a Britney Spears panty scandal if there were no paparazzi waiting at her car door to capture the moment? If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?

Quite often they are human moments that we all do, and would be just as guilty of if we had a photographer watching our every move. But some moments are inexcusable and offensive no matter how you look at it.

Here’s our list of top ten scandals and blunders by celebrities for 2006

Top 10 Celebrity Scandals & Blunders

  1. Michael Richards for being racist. We all loved him as Kramer on Seinfeld, but what was Michael Richards thinking when he verbally attacked people in the crowd of a comedy club, using the word nigger several times!
  2. Britney Spears for flashing. With her career in a downward spiral, and her mothering skills being questioned, the pop princess has been photographed wearing no panties several times this year.
  3. O.J. Simpson for being vulgar. The man that may or may not have murdered his former wife and her lover was set to profit from a book called “If I did it”, which talked about what he would have done if he did commit the murder. This may have won the award for the most distasteful book ever published if it went to print!
  4. Tara Conner becomes miss wild USA. It was definitely a year of bad girls in 2006. Miss USA nearly lost her crown for behaving badly, but the New York real estate developer Donald Trump forgave her. Tara Conner says she will now be the best Miss USA ever!
  5. President George W. Bush for not listening to the people. Bush has been voted the greatest villain and the greatest saint for 2006 so he is both loved and hated. We think if he did more for the environment and world peace, he may be taken off some of the villain lists.
  6. Lindsay Lohan for her partying ways. After several much talked about faintings, falling down stairs, and hospital admissions, the actress has booked herself into Alcoholics Anonymous.
  7. Mel Gibson for falling off the wagon. A DUI charge and an alleged anti-Semitic tirade upset the powerful Jews in the entertainment industry who called for a boycott of the actor. All has now been forgiven with the release of his new movie “Apocalypto” which has been a hit.
  8. Nicole Richie goes wild and gets very thin. It was a wild year for the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie which included being arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol). She also reportedly weighs just 85 pounds.
  9. Keith Urban goes into rehab after marrying Nicole Kidman. Not long after the “wedding of the year” in Sydney, Australia, the country music star booked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.
  10. Thomas Kinkade for “ritual territory marking”. His face may not be known to many, but his paintings or prints hang on the walls of millions of Americans. He dubs himself the “painter of light” and is into patriotism and Christianity, but stands accused of unchristian like behavior by owners of art galleries selling his work.

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity Controversies, hollywood Controversies | , , | Leave a comment

A glance at the Historic Boxing Controversies

Boxing’s scoring system is subjective by nature. Throw in some incompetence, not to mention corruption, and the stage is set for controversy. Here are a few examples (in chronological order):

1. London, 1908: Australia’s Reginald “Snowy” Baker, who won Silver at middleweight, was the only non-British boxer to win a medal. Baker, believing that the referee was not impartial, protested his loss in the finals to John Douglas. Sour grapes? Hardly. The referee was Douglas’ father!

2. Amsterdam, 1928: Controversial decisions led to brawls among spectators watching the fights. One such brawl came after a disputed decision went against American flyweight Hyman Miller in the first-round. The U.S. boxing team considered withdrawing from the Games but was talked out of it by Douglas MacArthur, who was – at that time – President of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

3. Berlin, 1936: Lightweight Thomas Hamilton-Brown of South Africa, after losing a first-round split decision, went on an eating binge. No big deal, right? Wrong! It was discovered that one of the judges had reversed his scores and Brown was actually the winner … but he was unable to make weight for his next bout and was disqualified!

4. Los Angeles, 1984
At the 1984 Games, Evander Holyfield represented the United States in the light heavyweight division. In the second round of his semi-final match with Kevin Barry, Holyfield was disqualified. Referee Gligorije Novicic called for a “break”, which instructs the fighters to stop punching. Holyfield, apparently, did not hear the call and threw a punch which dropped Barry to the canvas. When Barry was unable to continue, Holyfield was disqualified. A disappointed Holyfield was awarded the bronze medal.

How bad was this decision? Bad enough that the referee later apologized for being out of position when he made the “break” call. Bad enough that Gold medalist Anton Josipovic of Yugoslavia pulled Holyfield to the top of the podium to join him during the medal ceremony.

5. Seoul, 1988
Roy Jones Jr. was a very successful amateur boxer, compiling a record of 121-13. At the 1988 Games, he represented the United States in the light middleweight division. Jones won every round in dominant fashion to reach the finals. The final was no different as Jones outlanded his South Korean opponent Park Si-Hun 86-32. Unfortunately, the judges were either pressured, coerced or bribed to favor the local fighter and awarded Park an indefensible 3- 2 decision. One judge admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges ended up being suspended.

How bad was this decision? Park reportedly congratulated Jones after the bout and admitted that the decision was wrong. The decision was bad enough that, despite winning only a Silver Medal, Jones was awarded the Val Barker Trophy as Games’ most outstanding and stylistic boxer.

The IOC – despite investigating and concluding that three of the judges were wined and dined by Korean officials – allowed the decision to stand.

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Sports Controversy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment