There are celebrities who we love because they are charismatic or talented, but there are a lot of stars that we hate. Some of these celebrities are hated because they have done or said terrible things. Then there are others who are hated just because they are everywhere, and are therefore inescapable.
Some of these celebrities are on our favorite guilty pleasure TV shows, while others have almost totally ruined their careers with their bad behavior. These are 25 of the most hated people in Hollywood.
1. Chris Brown
The singer had a pretty promising career, but he flushed it all down the toilet after beating ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. Chris Brown was able to walk away with a five-year probation and community service. However, he continued to spiral out of control. He broke a window after having a tantrum on Good Morning America and was in a violent fight with Drake, reportedly over Rihanna.
Brown still somehow has a career because of some devoted fans. But no company will give him endorsements anymore and most people can recognize that he is an awful person. In 2016 he made headlines for making fun of singer Kehlani after her suicide attempt.
2. The Kardashians
The Kardashians are a phenomenon that took years to make, but seemed to be an overnight success. It all started with Robert Kardashian’s involvement with the O.J. Simpson case years ago. But what brought the ladies back to the limelight was Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J. Since then, the ladies have had many businesses from apps to clothing lines. Then there are the numerous reality shows they have in order to keep us up on their every move.
The hatred that this family gets is mostly due to their over exposure. They are in the news every week, and the public seems to be tired of it, yet love it at the same time. This is the family America loves to hate.
3. Mel Gibson
The actor was generally loved and had a good action movie career, but then his true self came to light, and his fan base basically broke down. Turns out Mel Gibson is really sexist and racist. He was recorded ranting at his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, using the N-word and saying he hoped she would be “raped by a pack of n*ggers.”
He also was arrested for a DUI and reportedly told a police officer that Jewish people were responsible for all the wars in the world. He then turned to the female police officer and called her “sugar tits.”
4. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber came on the scene as a cute little kid singing love songs. But his cuteness started to wear off when he began acting like a dumb teenager. Bieber made headlines for dumb pranks like egging his neighbor’s house. A video of him also surfaced peeing into a mop bucket at a restaurant. He was also barred from the Mayan ruins for getting on top of them and mooning everyone.
It’s definitely stupid kid stuff, but it fueled the fire for people who weren’t fans of him to start with.
5. Kanye West
The rapper has definitely had a great career and most people would agree that he is talented. However, his reputation took a turn at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. When it was announced that Taylor Swift won Best Female Video over Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” West interrupted Swift to say Beyoncé had the best video of all time. The whole thing was shocking and instantly made him unlikable.
Since then, the rapper has gotten flack for being cocky, outspoken, and for picking fights with various people. It also probably didn’t help that he married Kim Kardashian, another one of the most hated celebrities at the moment.
6. Bill Cosby
The actor was once one of the most beloved actors and comedians in Hollywood. Many grew up watching him play Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. However, Bill Cosby had a dark double life and has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women. Many of them have the same story of Cosby drugging them before he attacked them.
Although he claims he is innocent he admitted in court to getting a prescription for Quaaludes to use on women for sex. Since the accusations, The Cosby Show reruns have been pulled off the air.
7. Zack Snyder
With a title that promised an epic superhero showdown, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2016. However, most critics (and many fans) were disappointed by the overly serious portrayal of the two iconic superheroes. And while we feel that BvS did some things right, there’s no question that the movie had some serious flaws.
Not surprisingly, most of the blame for the film’s problems were laid squarely at the feet of its director, Zack Snyder, with some fans even starting a Change.org petition to get him removed from Justice League.
8. Shia LaBeouf
The action star had a pretty promising career, including his lead role in the Transformers franchise. However, his career was derailed when he got arrested for public intoxication. Shia LeBeouf then participated in weird public antics like showing up to a premiere with a paper bag over his head with the words “I Am Not Famous Anymore” written on it. He also watched all of his movies for 10 hours as some type of experiment.
LeBeouf is still getting some work, but he’s nowhere near as popular as he would have been without his odd personal choices.
9. Stephen Collins
Like Bill Cosby, the actor played a lovable dad for years on 7th Heaven. But like Cosby, he also made headlines years after 7th Heaven ended for some despicable things. There was a recording released to TMZ of him reportedly admitting to child molestation. He later released a statement about his actions.
“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since,” he said according to People Magazine. “On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago. The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”
10. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow’s inclusion on this list might not make as much sense as the others, but a lot of people have turned on the Oscar winner since she made the switch to lifestyle guru. Her publication, Goop, has gotten a lot of coverage and has been the butt of many jokes, partially because it made her very unrelatable to the average person due to her expensive recommendations.
The feelings are so strong that she has been voted as the “Most Hated Celebrity” in the world according to a poll taken in 2013.
11. Katherine Heigl
The actress was once on Grey’s Anatomy and got an Emmy for her work. But things took a turn in 2008 when Katherine Heigl pulled her name from the Emmy race and said in a statement, “I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention.”
Of course, through this statement she was bad mouthing her employer so it was no surprise that the actress was later written off the hit show. This wouldn’t be the last time Heigl would insult her employers.
While doing press for Knocked Up, she said the film was “a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. … I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy?”
Perhaps the actress had a few fair points, but the criticism has certainly hurt her career. People in Hollywood probably feel much more hesitant to hire her and a lot of the fans she had from Grey’s Anatomy turned on her for dissing their beloved show.
12. Stacey Dash
The Clueless actress shocked many fans when she started getting more political. For example, she called BET a form of segregation.
Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard. Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know, we’re Americans, period. That’s it.
The actress became a conservative commentator on Fox News and said several inflammatory statements before getting fired. When Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards she was brought on stage to be the butt of a “Happy Black History Month” joke that rubbed most people the wrong way because of their disdain for her.
13. Casey Affleck
The Manchester by the Sea star didn’t used to be a big celebrity, and was more known for being Ben Affleck’s little brother. But during the 2017 Oscar race, there were many things that came out about Casey Affleck that weren’t flattering at all.
Two women previously filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him. He managed to avoid doing a lot of press during his Oscar run, but it was covered in the news and many people in Hollywood openly disapproved of him being nominated for an Oscar. When he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, presenter Brie Larson notably refused to clap for him as a show of solidarity with the many who were against him being nominated.
14. Anna Gunn
Sometimes being part of a project with a rabid fanbase can backfire. The Breaking Bad actress played Skyler White for the show’s five seasons. But many fans hated her character, which spilled over to fans hating the actress herself. The backlash got so bad that the actress wrote about it for The New York Times.
But I was unprepared for the vitriolic response she inspired. Thousands of people have ‘liked’ the Facebook page ‘I Hate Skyler White.’ Tens of thousands have ‘liked’ a similar Facebook page with a name that cannot be printed here. When people started telling me about the ‘hate boards’ for Skyler on the Web site for AMC, the network that broadcasts the show, I knew it was probably best not to look, but I wanted to understand what was happening.
15. Hayden Christensen
The actor played young Darth Vader, also known as Anakin Skywalker in the prequels. The movies are hated by much of the fandom and a big reason why is the actor’s performance. Hayden Christensen came across as stoic and petulant.
Christensen was so hated, that he actually quit acting for several years afterward.
The child actress was able to continue her acting career for quite some time. But later, when she started speaking out about politics and race she started getting flak. For example, when she became a host on The View she offended many when she said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “black” sounding name.
Eventually, more than 90,000 people signed a petition for ABC to fire her from the show, but they refused to.
17. Adam Sandler
The actor has been in some great movies, but at some point, his career took a turn. Lately, his movies, The Cobbler, Pixels, and The Ridiculous 6 were torn apart by critics, and many have scores under 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although his movies haven’t been well reviewed for quite some time, he has a Netflix movie deal, so he will be making many more.
18. Anne Hathaway
The public really started turning on the actress once she won her Oscar. Many cited the reason for their hatred is that she reminds them of the “annoying theater kid.” It also didn’t help that when she hosted the Academy Awards with James Franco many thought both of them did a horrible job.
When asked about her thoughts on the public’s backlash she said, “People treated me a certain way but I’ve grown from it. This whole thing has made me a way more compassionate and loving person. And I don’t feel sorry for myself.”
19. Jaden Smith
The young actor and real-life son of Will Smith, did well in The Pursuit of Happyness, but things went downhill from there. His biggest bomb, After Earth, was also with his father. Fans and critics tore apart his performance in the film and the public poked fun at the young man in real life, for randomly wearing superhero costumes in public and tweeting weird things.
20. Scarlett Johansson
The actress has become a big action star by being in movies like The Avengers, Lucy, and Ghost in the Shell. But she has gotten flack for the racial issues with her projects. Lucy portrayed Asian men as predators and Scarlett Johansson was criticized for playing what was originally an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell years later.
American audiences decided not to support the latter, and the film was beaten by The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast at the box office in 2017.
21. Woody Allen
There’s no doubt that Hollywood itself has no problem with the actor and director. Many beloved actors still work with him and his work still gets nominated for Academy Awards, but the public feels conflicted about Woody Allen.
Many actors who have worked with Allen in the past, have been asked how they are okay with the allegations of sexual abuse by Dylan Farrow. The director himself avoids doing press now and pretty much avoids addressing the allegations.
22. Tyler Perry
The writer, director, and actor has made an empire based on his famous elderly female character, Madea. He has also found a very dedicated fan base that has supported him over the years. However, he has found his fair share of critics too.
Tyler Perry has been criticized for depicting stereotypes of black people, colorism, and sexism in his movies.
23. Charlie Sheen
The Two and a Half Men star was doing pretty well until his problems with substance abuse started getting in the way of his work. He was fired from the long-running show in 2011. According to Entertainment Weekly, the dismissal letter cited the reason being his declining condition.
The actor was given another chance in the show, Anger Management. However, it’s no longer on air so it’s tough to say whether his breakdown has ended his career for good.
24. Brendan Fraser
The actor most notably starred in The Mummy franchise, but he has been out of the public eye for quite some time. This could be due to the mediocre success of his later movies. Although fans didn’t turn out in hordes to see the actor’s more recent work, there are still those who are rooting for his comeback.
25. Andy Dick
The comedian was in many wacky comedies like The Cable Guy and Road Trip, but he’s another actor that no one really hears from anymore. A big reason why is because he had a long list of legal problems, including being arrested for public nudity and charged for sexual abuse.
The actor has turned things around by getting sober and being a spokesperson, but the public doesn’t seem to be clamoring for more of his comedy.
Additional reporting by Nathanael Arnold.
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