The American boy band, Jonas Brothers, is not only making headlines because of their music and acting efforts. Recent controversies involving Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas have caused Disney to lose some money to cover up bad publicity swirling around. From the buzz-making Jonas Brothers shirtless pictures to controversial dating rumors left and right, the teen group act has been receiving a lot of jabs from the media, paparazzi and currently, some disappointed fans.
The rumors were said to have been caused by the brothers’ various relationships with famous young stars in Hollywood. With the exception of the oldest sibling, Kevin, the rest of the Jonas Brothers have caused a stir because of highly publicized dates and affairs.
Joe Jonas’ highly sensationalized break up with country singer, Taylor Swift, caused a major buzz in Hollywood. To compound matters, Swift has been very vocal about her feelings towards the split. Swift said that the break up was sudden and only happened through a phone call. Joe, according to her, was the one who made the ‘break up’ call that only lasted for 27 seconds.
“When I look at that person, I’m not even going to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 27 seconds when I was 18,” said Taylor in a talk show interview.
In response, Joe refuted the claims of his ex-girlfriend and said that the phone call only lasted as it did because Taylor wasn’t open to hear his side. He also denied other allegations that he cheated on Swift with 10,000 BC actress, Camilla Belle. Although Camilla and he are already dating, he insisted that he never cheated on any girlfriend.
Nick Jonas has also been the target of tabloids because of his relationship with Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus. The two apparently broke up because of Nick’s new fling, Selena Gomez, another Disney star. Selena starred in the Jonas Brothers’ music video, Burnin’ Up as the singer’s love interest. The incident caused the two teen actresses to cause cat fight rumors and the Youtube war between Miley and Selena also emerged because of Nick.
Despite these, the Jonas Brothers is taking the rumors in stride. They also have the support of Disney and their record label. However, Disney did some reprimanding to the siblings to avoid further damage on their squeaky clean image especially when there some jarring Jonas Brothers shirtless photos spread all over the internet. In some reports, it was said that Disney is alarmed with the issues that have been surfacing about their sweet, clean, and dandy young stars like Hannah Montana, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and just recently, the Jonas Brothers.
Controversy and the Oscars seem to go hand in hand almost every year. Maybe it’s inevitable that such a high profile event as the Academy Awards will attract some controversy.
Let’s take a look back through the history of the Academy Awards, and some of the controversial moments which, amazingly enough, have become memorable moments of Oscar past.
Throughout Oscar history, presenters and even Oscar winners have chosen to use the occasion of the Academy Awards to make some political comments, such as Richard Gere making comments about China’s human rights violations one year, or Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon imploring the United States government to allow a group of HIV positive Haitians to enter the country. But some have stood out as major controversies.
In 1977, when Vanessa Redgrave won her Supporting Actress Oscar for Julia, she used her speech to comment about a bunch of “Zionist hoodlums,” raising scattered boos and applause from the audience.
A short time later, on that same telecast, Paddy Chayefsky came out to present the writing awards, and delivered a speech of his own, saying that he was sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards, “for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda. I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation, and a mere thank you would have sufficed.”
That moment still remains one of Oscar’s most controversial moments.
One year in the mid ’70s, Frank Sinatra responded publicly on an Oscar telecast, rebuking Dustin Hoffman for his criticism of the Academy, saying “and contrary to what Dustin Hoffman thinks, it is not a disgusting evening, it is not garish, and it is not disrespectful.”
Controversy even sometimes erupted by individuals who didn’t want to accept their Oscars. George C. Scott made it known how little he respected the Oscar, saying he would be home watching a hockey game that night, and sure enough, his name was called as the Best Actor of 1970.
The most well known example of an actor refusing his Oscar was Marlon Brando, who was named Best Actor of 1972 for The Godfather. Brando wasn’t at the Oscars either, but instead he sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an actress pretending to be Apache. She delivered the reason why Brando wouldn’t accept his Oscar, due to the poor treatment of American Indians by the film industry, at which point various boos could be heard from the audience.
Recently, controversy erupted before the Oscars, when it was announced that Elia Kazan would be receiving the Academy’s honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, because some people never forgave him for naming names to the House on Unamerican Activities Committee in the ’50s. Some people whose careers were forever ruined because of it.
Of course controversy has even come from unexpected events, such as:
* The streaker who ran across the stage in 1974, which was as much a sign of the times as anything.
* In 1988, the Academy itself got in hot water with Disney because of the use of Snow White in a very cheesy opening production number, which also co-starred none other than Rob Lowe.
* A Best Documentary winner told the Oscar audience to ban General Electric.
* Barbra Streisand made light of the Academy’s choice to honor women through its theme one year.
* Eddie Murphy commented one year that at first he didn’t want to present Best Picture because of the lack of black actors winning Oscars.
But after a few years have passed, these Oscar moments join the other memories of Academy Awards gone by, and we can’t imagine the awards without those moments.
From now on, controversy and Oscar will continue to hang out together, and hopefully one day they too will become part of Oscar’s colorful past.
In other Oscar news:
The Academy officially announced this week that the 72nd Annual Academy Awards telecast will return to the Shrine Auditorium one last time before holding the Oscars in its own theatre. The date for the telecast has also been announced, Sunday, March 26, 2000. The Academy is again planning on a pre-Oscar arrivals show, much like it did for the first time this year.
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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Over the years and decades Madonna’s career continues to blossom. It has become evident, too that her name has become synonymous with controversy. The very first controversy that hit her was when she sang Like a Virgin with much gusto. Back then, the word virgin is somewhat taboo and to sing it over the radio and on TV is quite despicable.
During the very first MTV awards, she sang this same song while wearing a white wedding gown. She sang clothed as a bride while writhing on the floor. There was also this Boy Toy belt that she used to wear which made fans and critics take notice.
This was not the actual mother of all controversies as she also appeared nude on Penthouse and Playboy magazines. Madonna Nude 1979 features most of her nude shots and she flaunts these without any remorse.
Another of her albums, Like a Prayer, garnered raves from the public as she sang on her music video wearing a mere slip while she danced in front of a cross that was set on flames. While she did the dancing, she also kissed an African American saint as she continued to sing the lyrics.
This caused the Pepsi company to withdraw their sponsorship of her tour and also her commercial with them. Many religious groups detested her act yet Madonna did not make any apologies. Instead, she realized that controversies spawn Madonna ticket sales so she continued with her acts instead.
Fortunately, her fans loved her for her weird acts and they supported her equally-shocking techniques on her Blonde Ambition Tour way back in 1990 (this tour featured men wearing women’s bras and this was also when Madonna wore bullet-like bras); her 1991 MTV controversy resulted to her being banned from the said show but nevertheless, she was able to sell millions of her Justify my Love album); the Truth or Dare scandal (where Madonna’s sexual acts were displayed and discussed in details); and even her X-rated book. 1992 was also the year that her album Erotica proved to be successful.
Evita, her 1995 film also caused much opposition from the people of Argentina. They clearly did not want Madonna to play the famous first lady’s role yet Madonna, again, came out victorious as she even won a Golden Globe award for her performance. Evita wasn’t the last controversy for her as she soon offended Hindi people who noticed sacred body drawings on her Ray of Light music video (it would have been okay were it not for her visible breasts on the video).
Motherhood and a serious career in acting made her a bit subdued yet this will not change the colorful and playful past of the actress.