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10 Talented Celebrities Who Are Too Offensive To Like

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Happy birthday to Daniel Tosh, who turns thirty-nine years old today! He’s a very talented, funny guy, and I hope he has a great day filled with lots of cake, but it’s been hard for me to get that into him ever since he told an audience member that it would be hilarious if she got raped.

I get I wasn’t there to see how it happened, and that he apologized, and that many if not most people don’t think it shoudl be a big deal, but for better or for worse, it is for me. He’s just one of those people that I probably can’t get on board with in the future. I can recognize jokes of his that are funny to me when I come across them, and I don’t begrudge him his success — he’s just not for me.

And neither are the other people on this list! Unfair as it may be, they’ve said or done something during their careers that for me outshines their myriad talents. Other people might be comfortable just throwing the word ‘controversial’ in front of their names and proceeding with business as usual, but not me. You may disagree, but here’s the list of celebrities who’ve burned me one too many times.

1. Daniel Tosh

Daniel Tosh Miami Beach South Beach Comedy Festival January 23 2009

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Out of context or not, if your go-to insult for hecklers has anything to do with being raped, you’re not the comedian for me.

2. Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin attending the Oklahoma screening April 2014

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He was truly great on 30 Rockand I’ve enjoyed him in other projects that I’ve seen since, but he’ll never not be the guy who called his eleven-year old daughter a ‘rude, thoughtless pig’, who throws out homophobic slurs like it’s his job, and gets withdrawal symptoms if he doesn’t post a Twitter rant every fifteen minutes.

3. Paul Walker

Paul Walker attending the premiere of Fast Six May 2013

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I know we’re supposed to be polite about Paul because of his tragic death last year in a car accident, but ever since I discovered that he had a history of dating underage girls as a full-grown man, it’s been hard for me to see him in the same light.

4. Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson Golden Globes Party January 13 2013 Los Angeles California

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Honestly, I’m surprised Mel even has a career anymore after the anti-Semitic comments he spouted out during his drunk-driving arrest in 2006. And after his phone conversations with then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva where he told her she deserved to ‘get raped by a pack of niggers’. REALLY DUDE? Congratulations on your Academy Awards and everything, but get gone.

5. Woody Allen

Woody Allen attending opening night of Bullets Over Broadway April 2014

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You can believe whatever you want as far as the accusations against Woody, but I happen to believe his accuser, Dylan Farrow. As such, while I can enjoy his movies, I can’t enjoy him as a person. And I’m pretty sure that’s a forever and ever thing.

6. Chris Brown

Chris Brown performing on Today Show August 2013

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Call me crazy, but trying to beat someone to death with your hands isn’t an offense that I’m accustomed to forgiving just because you feel super sorry about it. No matter how annoyingly catchy your dancing is.

7. Sean Penn

Sean Penn 2nd Annual Friends Help Haiti Home Gala January 12 2013 Los Angeles California

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Sean has always had a predilection for violence, but ever since I found out that he allegedly tied Madonna up and tortured her for several hours during their marriage, I mentally steer clear of Sean. He’s just too much of a loose cannon for me to ever be able to relax and enjoy his work.

8. Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts and Evan Peters at Coachella April 2013

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There aren’t a ton of women on this list, and I’m interested in why that is. I don’t have an answer, but I’m aware of it. Emma firmly deserves her place, though, after being brought in for assault after attacking her then-boyfriend (now-fiance!) Evan Peters. Just because the violence is initiated by the female doesn’t make it any more acceptable. Plus, I never liked Emma all that much in the first place, so I’m just hoping the door doesn’t hit her ass on the way out.

9. Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong CBS Early Show September 24 2008 New York City NY

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Man, you are real good at riding bicycles and swapping all the blood out of your body, and reeeeeal bad at telling the truth about it. Good luck in the future, I guess, and good on you for the Live Strong Foundation, but I defended you too stringently for too many years to feel in any way okay about what you did. Particularly the part wher e you attempted to extort your accusers into silence so you could invalidate their (very real) claims. That was super classy.

10. Paula Deen

Paula Deen December 5 2011 New York City NY

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You keep on making your edible butter houses and managing your diabeetus, but I’m gonna find me a baker of treats who thinks a little more highly of people of color. Or even just one who isn’t so eager to admit their use of the n-word. DREAM BIG.

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  • Isabelle

    I see nothing wrong with about half of these people. Daniel Tosh is a great comedian IMO and I love Emma Robert in movies

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Cool, sounds like we disagree!

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      So nice to hear you support your local rape-inciter. You seem peachy.

    • Isabelle

      I think he is a great comedian. I don’t even remember too many of his rape jokes but It is possible to find someone funny for telling crude or brash jokes but still take the situation at hand very seriously given a different context. It’s just small minded to not understand that that’s possible.

    • JenH1986

      I’ve seen this a lot. But the crux of it is: He said something inappropriate, apologized, and continues to do the same thing. I could see asking for some leeway if he had apologized and stopped, but he didn’t. Which means he learned nothing and his apology was insincere. I think Tosh is hysterical, but if he is going to continue to joke about something he has been called out on, I can’t support that. That’s not small minded, that’s simply deciding I don’t care for his comedy.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I don’t think it’s small-minded at all to take the information I’m provided with and use it to make a decision. He makes rape jokes that I don’t find funny. If there were another comedian who was able to make me laugh at a rape joke even through my immediate bias against that kind of humor, that’d be on me. I’d end up grudgingly liking that person. I’m not small-minded, just clear on my likes and dislikes!

    • Isabelle

      I never said it was small minded not to like Daniel Tosh or people who are crude. I get that you guys try to be controversial and silly to get clicks so it’s hard to tell when you’re being honest and just facetious for more views. But that’s besides the point, I never said it was small minded not to like him

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I understand that the tone can be tough to grasp sometimes, so just to be clear — this post isn’t intended to be clickbaity or silly. These are my actual opinions, and I stand behind them.

      As far as which post each of us was responding to, I saw that your response was to Elizabeth, but I felt like it applied to your original comment to me as well. If that wasn’t the case, that was my misunderstanding.

      I’m not trying to start a fight with you, Isabelle, and I’d hope that goes both ways. I’m interested in what you think and how it interacts with what I think, and I was attempting to clarify that.

    • Jessalyn Champignon

      There are ways do a rape joke “right”; & make it funny. 100% serious. It works because sometimes the assailant, not the victim, is the punch line. Or it acknowledges the reality of rape culture. This is a good piece on it.
      http://bit.ly/1hMJzxR

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Well said.

    • Jessalyn Champignon

      I know this conversation is from forever ago… but I just remembered this bit from Louie CK today, and it’s a great example of making a ‘rape joke’ funny. Once again, the joke is about rape culture and not the victims of it. But it’s pure gold.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4LkrQCyIz8

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh my god, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brianna

    Oooof could you maybe take the n-word out of your caption about Mel Gibson? I get the context, but I don’t really find it necessary. Huge fan of your articles though!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’m offended by the word myself, so I totally get it, but especially when quoting someone in context, I try not to write n-word or f-word or c-word or anything like that. It’s what he said, and it’s not okay. I appreciate you saying something, and I’m sorry if you feel offended (it’s offensive!), but I think I will leave it as is. I hope you understand and aren’t upset with me.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      You don’t have to apologize, just state your case. Women apologize way too much for their words.

    • Olivia Wilson

      I believe she’s apologizing that Brianna feels offended, not for her choice to use the word. In which case, I think that’s just the right amount of apology.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thanks, Olivia!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Sorry.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Chill out. It’s a string of letters. It’s all about context, and obviously the author didn’t mean it in the same way Mel did.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think it’s perfectly acceptable to be offended by that word, particularly because Brianna voiced her exception in such a measured, polite way.

  • capoupascap

    Roman Polanski. And totally agree with the rest of this list.

    • JenH1986

      I think adding him to this list would make this list perfect!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Gooooood call. He’s so far out of my awareness that I forgot all about him.

  • Vera

    Awww, all the people I hate too <3

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Welcome aboard!

  • jo

    I’m glad you put Paul Walker on here. I was completely shocked by how many people defended his dating of really young girls, just creepy.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think it’s tough to be unbiased when a celebrity dies, but yeah, that was a real no-brainer for me.

  • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

    I agree with everyone on this list. I’ll also add Chelsea Handler. Her constant trying to ride to fame on the coattails of her famous friends (Jennifer Aniston, etc.) and famewhoring, is just way too much for me.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Nice, I thought I was the only person who felt that way about Chelsea Handler. I find her crude and not that funny.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Hmmmm yeah, that’s interesting. I absolutely see that point, I just still hesitate because I feel like her late night persona is an act, almost to troll the media. I’d need to see her real deal before I totally passed judgement on all the ridiculous and not okay things she’s said.

  • Samantha Escobar

    Agreed on all accounts.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thanks girl.

  • Maddie

    I feel like with most the people on this list, I could understand if people still liked them because their work generally doesn’t show exactly how awful they are. But I can’t stand Daniel Tosh. His show is awful. Every word out of his mouth is offensive and shocking. I know Louis CK isn’t always the best either but I find him to be MUCH funnier and more tolerable than Daniel Tosh. He can get away with making unconventional jokes without sounding like a complete misogynist. Daniel Tosh just seems like he’s trying to offend as many people as possible

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      That’s a great point — that most of the people on the list are offensive separately from their work, but that Daniel Tosh is offensive because of it. Interesting.

  • Samuel

    I don’t think that Paul Walker dating teenage girls makes him a misogynist. The reason that some men date younger girls (and younger women in general) is not necessarily because they find them more attractive or because they want to emotionally control them, but because younger women (younger people in general) have less baggage. A guy doesn’t want to go on a date where anything he says or does is viewed through the lens of a woman’s past bad experiences with men.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I never mentioned misogyny…and I actually disagree with this entire comment.

    • Samuel

      See, you just proved my point. A younger woman would not have disagreed with my comment but rather would have complimented me on how smart and incisive I am :)

    • Blair

      I’m a young woman (21 to be exact) and I think your comment just sounds stupid. The lens (as you describe it) is still there no matter if the woman is old or young because it’s built up by her own standards and values, the life experience only adds on later.

    • Samuel

      Ola? Alexis disagreed with my comment but you go even further and think it’s stupid? Ouch! Ok I agree that age is not a factor, but the “standards and values” comment is the issue. You have to realize that any time you mention something like that to a guy, his first thought is that he doesn’t measure (deep thoughts by Samuel B).

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      In that case, I’m grateful I have the benefit of maturity.

    • Samuel

      I agree. I was trying to make some point, but now as I reread my comments I’m not sure what my point was.

    • http://www.iliketotalkalot.com/ Claudia – iliketotalkalot

      Are you for real? I suspect troll comment here.

    • Samuel

      Wow, for someone who “likestotalkalot”, your reply was very terse. Makes me feel like I don’t rate :(

  • NYCNanny

    Daniel tosh…?!! He’s a comedian. The day we stop being able to laugh at serious things is a sad sad day.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      The day we all have to laugh at the same things is a sad day as well.

  • Jessalyn Champignon

    Girl, you know I got nothin but love for ya, but how are you gonna hash on Paul Walker so much (who’s dead, and therefore unable to respond to any allegations) and not ever hash on R. Kelly, who is still alive and has the ability to speak? (Not about the pissing thing, the Dave Chappelle version of that immortalized it perfectly, IMHO.) I’m talking about the fact that he MARRIED Aaliyah when she was 15 years old. Married!! Paul Walker may have dated 16 year olds, which some may consider immoral, it wasn’t illegal since 16 is the age of consent in California. Note: I’m not championing Paul Walker for doing this… I’m actually leaving my personal opinion out completely because I, like you, may have a biased perspective on the matter. R. Kelly CAN speak about why he illegally married Aaliyah when she was 15 years old, AND the fact that at that time, he was the both the lead song-writer and producer for her debut album, ironically titled “AGE AIN’T NOTHIN BUT A NUMBER”, which was also the lead single I believe. That’s my only point.

    Side note: Sean Penn needs to be on this list.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh damn totally forgot about R. Kelly! He’s such scum! He completely slipped my mind, that’s on me.

  • Natasha

    Thanks so much for including Emma Roberts on here! So many people ignore the fact that she assaulted Evan Peters, and (at least for me) a big part of feminism is a zero tolerance policy on domestic abuse, including female-on-male. Though I’m enormously biased because I think Evan Peters is incredibly talented, and he comes off as really sweet and friendly in all his interviews.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Of course! I have absolutely no tolerance for that kind of double standard.