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Not all celebrities are adored. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten most hated celebs of 2018.
For this list, we’ll be looking at controversial celebrities who’ve generated a lot of ire and hatred throughout 2018. We’ll be defining “celebrity” as anyone who reached a wide audience in 2018, including through politics and broadcasting as well as the typical avenues of fame such as music, movies, and TV.
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#10: Johnny Depp
The hatred towards Johnny Depp shows just how fast one’s fame can flip. Depp was once the biggest movie star on the planet, but now people are publicly calling for his exclusion from the industry. Most of the hatred stems from Depp’s casting as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise in light of his alleged abuse of ex-wife Amber Heard. Nonetheless, J.K. Rowling has publicly endorsed Depp and expressed happiness over his casting. This only added fuel to the fire, however, and the hatred continued throughout 2018. Depp finally addressed the controversy in October, stating that he’d been falsely accused and that he was appreciative of Rowling standing by him.
#9: James Corden
It wasn’t long ago that James Corden was that adorable Brit driving around celebrities and doing karaoke. However, it seems as if people have had enough. There now exist a number of outspoken critics who have labelled him insufferable, and a Harvey Weinstein joke at a charity event back in 2017 didn’t exactly help turned the tide. The backlash isn’t just on the internet, either. Anthony Bourdain has called him a “pandering tool,” and his performances in recent movies have been up for criticism too, with Mark Kermode describing him as “appallingly irritating” in Peter Rabbit. It reached the point that James’ dad decided to defend him on the radio. We’re sure he meant well...
#8: Laura Ingraham
However irritating Corden might seem to some, at least he’s not taunting school shooting survivors. Fox News and talk show host Laura Ingraham took to Twitter to ridicule David Hogg, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. In the post dated March 28, 2018, Ingraham said “David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it” and linked to an article from DailyWire. The backlash was quite severe, and up to 27 sponsors pulled their support from The Ingraham Angle. Unfortunately, this didn’t do much to stymie her base’s support, as her show actually experienced a 36% increase in viewers aged 25-54 following the controversy.
#7: Brett Kavanaugh
We suppose it’s contentious to call Brett Kavanaugh a celebrity, but he was all anyone talked about in September, so we’re counting it. As we’re sure you all know, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh’s hearing then became the biggest TV event of 2018, as everyone stopped what they were doing to watch. His combative responses and constant mentions of beer didn’t do him any favours. And while Kavanaugh was confirmed, a poll commissioned by The Washington Post and ABC News showed that 51% of Americans disapproved of his confirmation.
Yeah, so this guy is still a thing. And believe it or not, the rapper is even more controversial than ever. In April, a member of his posse shot a round at the crew of fellow rapper Casanova at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In the backlash that followed, 6ix9ine lost a nearly $5 million headphone deal and was banned from performing at Barclays. In July, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for allegedly choking a 16-year-old kid at a Houston mall. And in October, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service for making and distributing a sex video with a 13-year-old girl. So, yeah, he’s not particularly well-liked at the moment.
#5: Alex Jones
Alex Jones has been a heated figure for many years now. One of the most prominent conspiracy theorists in the world, Jones is responsible for promulgating numerous contentious opinions, including the idea that Obama is a literal demon, that juice boxes turn people gay, and that Democrats are plotting “white genocide.” He finally found himself in some serious hot water in May when several families slapped him with a lawsuit for claiming that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax involving crisis actors. Throughout the summer, Jones’s ability to project his beliefs was significantly affected, as numerous companies like Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify removed his content from their websites.
#4: Megyn Kelly
In 2017, Megyn Kelly left Fox News for NBC, in order to host Megyn Kelly Today. And it was an instant disaster. Critics called her unfit for daytime television, as her “chilly” personality failed to connect with audiences. She also made inappropriate comments to guests, which led to Debra Messing expressing regret for appearing on the show. Kelly finally met her end in October 2018 when she defended the use of blackface in Halloween costumes. Three days later, amid public backlash, NBC officially announced that they’d cancelled Megyn Kelly Today. Fox News has expressed zero interest in taking Kelly back, leaving her career in limbo.
#3: Kanye West
Kanye West has always been difficult to digest. Some may argue that it’s part of his charm. That said, 2018 has been especially unkind to the influential rapper. In May, West referred to slavery as “a choice” at TMZ headquarters, which led to condemnation from a TMZ employee and many people on social media. The following month, he referred to bipolar disorder as his “superpower” on Ye, which garnered ire from mental health advocates. And in October, he met with Donald Trump at the White House, which only fueled the disappointment of his left-leaning fans. It’s certainly been a difficult year for Ye, but that hasn’t excused his behavior in the eyes of critics.
#2: The Paul Brothers
We feel like the Paul brothers will never be redeemed. They’re just that hateable. First it was Jake, who made headlines for being an absolute ass of a neighbour. In April 2018, he was slapped with a $2.5 million lawsuit for ruining his rental house. He also generated controversy for a video about losing his virginity and for rapping the n-word. Not to be outdone, his brother Logan generated his own share of controversy, vlogging the corpse of a suicide victim, and having his ads suspended after he removed a fish from its pond and tazered dead rats. It’s like they’re in a competition to see who can be the bigger douche.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few dishonorable mentions.
- Piers Morgan
- Bill Cosby
- Tristan Thompson
#1: Roseanne Barr
Talk about ruining a second chance. After a few years of relative obscurity, Barr and her sitcom Roseanne made a return to TV on March 27, 2018 to wide acclaim and massive viewer numbers. The spotlight was back on her, and it didn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. This newfound popularity lasted all of two months before she bungled it with an incredibly racist tweet comparing Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape. ABC swiftly canned Roseanne and her sitcom, deciding instead to option a spin-off titled The Conners without Roseanne’s involvement. Even Barr’s biggest fans couldn’t defend that one, and her co-stars happily left her in the dust.