Celebrities Getting Called Out for Hypocrisy
I'm interested in celebrity culture, so from time-to-time I come across glaring examples of celebrity hypocrisy. These stories can provoke a lot of fun and amusement, as well as frustration on gossip sites and celebrity forums. Commenters tend to have a field day pointing out this hypocrisy and exposing the offending celeb's double-standards. It's no surprise one of the biggest celebrity gossip sites is called Oh No They Didn't because that's often the reaction. Here are a few examples of celebrities being hypocrites and comments on forums calling them out for it.
Mayim Bialik Vs. Ariana Grande
Sometimes older celebrities tsk-tsk the young up-and-comers. The most recent case involves actress Mayim Bialik and singer Ariana Grande. Mayim was upset after seeing a billboard of Ariana wearing underwear. She didn't post a picture of the offending billboard but it may be a Grande album cover where she's wearing what looks like a 50's style bathing suit. Bialik took offense and blogged this:
Mayim Bialik on The Big Bang Theory
"I am a bleeding heart liberal without exception. But I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they only wear to synagogue. I don’t favor my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don’t want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that.
Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me. There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does....Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?"
It didn't take long for someone on Jezebel.com to post a much more provocative picture of Mayim wearing sexy underwear, fishnet tights and high heels. How will she explain that to her sons? This kind of hypocrisy is so expected, it led to this comment:
"BAM! I knew something like this must exist, but this is even better than what I imagined."
Mayim makes her living acting on the show The Big Bang Theory, which frequently has sexual content. The show also makes fun of social anxiety and nerds. One commenter addressed this:
"I do think that Mayim should probably bring her own acting choices into the discussion at some point, because TBBT [The Big Bang Theory] has plenty of its own issues. That bit is part of why I find the level of her judgment here irritating."
Social anxiety disorders are real and serious problems for sufferers as someone else points out.
"This show supposedly informs the world about geek culture and makes it cool, but all it really does is generalize it, and then make fun of it and of people with social disorders"
Others attacked her for her anti-vaccination stand. After all, they say, if she really cared about her kids well being wouldn't she protect them from debilitating illnesses like whooping cough and polio.
"Not being vaccinated is more damaging than a billboard ad, lady. Get the f**k out of here."
Some wondered if she ever takes her sons to a beach or swimming pool where they'll see far more female skin. Others pointed out she breastfed her kids until they were 5, meaning she herself exposed her sons to far more female anatomy than Grande did. Several comments attacked her "but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons" line:
"ugh, parents like this make me crazy. my cousin and her husband are such good parents and when things like this come up, they sit their girls down and talk to them. you don't have to shelter kids from the entire world."
Kesha's demo of This Love which became a top 10 hit for The Veronicas
The Veronicas Vs. Kesha
In 2011, Lisa Origliasso from the Australian twin sister duo The Veronicas slammed Kesha for some sexy dance moves during a TV performance in Australia.
"If this is what is selling records these days, I think I'd rather be a starving artist...Don't kid yourselves guys, you are not 'BUYING' into an artist, you are buying into a machine."
The problem is The Veronicas are part of the very same machine. They've done sexy themselves. Both Kesha and The Veronicas worked with producer Toby Gad in the past and both are working with producer Pete Nappi for their respective 3rd albums. The machine comment is very much the pot calling the kettle black. Unlike the Veronicas, Kesha is the main writer of her own music, so she's a big part of the artistic creation of her work. The Veronicas only had writing credits on about half the songs on their first album.
But the worst part is Kesha actually wrote their hit song This Love when she was still an unknown songwriter. And This Love is a deeply personal song Kesha wrote about her first boyfriend, a guy she was with for four years. The Veronicas had a top 10 hit singing about Kesha's life and emotional experiences yet they claim to be "artists" while she's just part of "the machine." Kesha said about The Veronica's cover of This Love:
"I wrote that song about someone I really loved and I think it's sweet that it can live on even though it won't be on my record."
One forum commenter made this point about the hypocrisy of Lisa Origliasso's attack on Kesha:
"I can't take her comments seriously considering a) her music is essentially the same as Kesha's and b) this bitch is one to talk about shock value. She's either blind or dumb or both if she can't see all of the twincesty pics photographers have them take."
Twincesty refers to several quite sexual looking poses the sisters have done together. Others accused her of jealousy.
"She's probably just mad that Kesha went from being a girl who wrote one of their songs to a bigger popstar than they'll ever be."
Katy Perry Vs. Lady Gaga
In 2010, Lady Gaga released a very controversial video for her song Alejandro that was heavily inspired by Madonna's Like a Prayer video. This is how MTV described part of the video:
"Gaga’s music video...shows the singer dressed in a red-latex nun’s habit and sucking on rosary beads, and a crucifix appears during a same-sex orgy."
Katy Perry may have taken offense at Lady Gaga's Alejandro video
Many Christians took offense. Katy Perry, the daughter of two Pentecostal preachers, may have taken offense as well. She tweeted:
"Using blasphemy as entertainment is as cheap as a comedian telling a fart joke"
While the tweet didn't mention Gaga it was almost certainly aimed at her and the controversy surrounding the Alejandro video. On forums a topless image of Katy with a crucifix hanging between her breasts was used against her.
"Katy! Is that a crucifix in between your breasts? How controversial and blasphemous."
P!nk Vs. Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga
In late 2013, Access Hollywood asked P!nk a question about inspiring a younger generation of artists like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. She responded with this:
"I mean, maybe,” she said between chuckles. “I don’t have anything to say about that."
However, she then said this:
"I hope that I inspire women to put their clothes on, really."
Just a few months later she did a nude spread for People magazine titled "Naked at 34." And it wasn't her first. Type "sexy P!nk" into Google and you'll find numerous risque images. Some fans tried to defend P!nk by saying her shoot was tasteful or not done to sell records. And it wasn't meant to be sexy. But other commenters challenged that.
"Doesn't matter how tatsteful it is, she said she hopes to inspire girls to keep their clothes on at the end of the day she still stripped for that shoot and it makes her her look like a hypocr!te"
"The reason WHY she's naked is irrelevant tbqh. She shows her body just as much as the other pop girls & she's been doing it for years. In this regard she has always been a hypocrite. She's talented, but people make it seem like she's above showing skin when that isn't the case."