Because we fall in love with celebrity personas, we tend to be extremely disappointed when a star does not meet our expectations. After all, if you can play a nice person on screen, some large part of you must be that nice person in real life, right? In some cases, this could not be further from the truth. Once some celebrities are out of character, they are also out of generosity and common kindness. Here are a few who really stand out for leaving an unfavorable impression on fans.
1. Miley Cyrus
In the four years of starring on Disney’s “Hannah Montana” series, Miley Cyrus became one of the most likable Hollywood figures among teens, tweens and little tykes. Disney was able to even merchandize the success of the character by selling clothes, dolls, jewelry and other toys. Understandably, as Mily got older, she wanted to break from her nice girl image to appeal to an older audience. What she did to make the break still leaves some people stuttering.
There are plenty of highly sexualized onstage antics, including the public twerking episode with then seemingly happily married Robin Thicke at MTV’s 2013 VMA awards. There was also the naked video for her chart-topping smash “Wrecking Ball.” Hannah Montana seems almost like everyone’s imaginary friend after these episodes.
What makes her stand out as mean these days is the numerous fan reports of her being rude, complete with eye-rolling and attitude. She has developed a signature scowl, refuses to sign autographs loves to stick out her tongue. In a March 2014 interview with “W” magazine, she admitted that he does not like kids. In fact, she said she wants to smack other people’s kids. Well guess how many kids probably feel the same about you, Miley Hannah Cyrus Montana?
2. Bill Cosby
He earned such a stellar reputation in the 1980s and early 1990s as America’s favorite TV dad on “The Cosby Show.” In fact, we gave him so much credibility, that we relied on him to give sound real-world advice off screen. Imagine the shock when long-time fans found the things coming out of his mouth were not only unpopular, but they also made him sound like our crazy uncle from the attic. As one of the foremost elitists alive now, he has really been tough on the black community. Dear old “dad” has harshly criticized African-American vernacular, single-parent families, black manhood and the high rate of black incarceration. Would he have been able to take the same harsh criticism if his 2006 out-of-court settlement with a Canadian woman for sexual assault had gone to trial?
In public places like hotels, he has had a reputation for being quite demanding. He talks down to staff and wants the food arranged a specific way on his plate. All the all the fuss, one fan said he did not even leave a tip. He has also been known to tell interviewers that their questions are stupid and ask them where they went to college.
We felt sorry for her after the horrendous beating that she suffered at the hands of then-beau singer Chris Brown. The pity turned to contempt for some fans when she reconciled with him a year later. None of this gets to why she is mean, however.
She seems to pride herself on being inspirational. The mega star leaves exalting quotes on her social media accounts to help others live wonderful lives. Do not be a woman wearing the same dress as she does, though. She will try to end you. In May 2014, 16-year-old Rihanna fan Alexis Carter posted a Twitter photo of a wing-sleeve prom outfit that she created to look like Rihanna’s. After the photo went viral with a #PromBat hashtag, Rihanna kept joining in on the mocking. It revealed how absolutely territorial and mean-spirited this star can be.
Maybe it took Charlie Sheen to give her a dose of her own medicine, though. In the same month, Sheen slipped into a Twitter rant on Rihanna after she allegedly snubbed him and his fiance at a Los Angeles restaurant by not joining them when he asked.
4. Jared Leto
Whether he is donning his loose flowing locks or has his hair tapered in a short crop, we do not know whether to characterize actor and 30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto as mean or just plain lewd. He randomly tells fans to eff off when he does not want to sign autographs, but when it comes to oral sex and all things kinky, he’s all in. According to Classicalite.com, Leto has been known to ask female fans for oral sex after concerts. One stripper even recalls that he choked her at a private party in April 2002 and said that he could reach sexual fulfillment in 30 seconds flat just by looking into her eyes as he choked her. Creepy.
5. Reese Witherspoon
Some of her long-time friends have characterized her as a Southern sorority girl. It should not have surprised any of us, then, when she and her husband Jim Troth were arrested in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia for disorderly conduct and a DUI, respectively. Reese was quick to remind the officer that she was not just any U.S. citizen with a right to stand on American ground. She was Reese Witherspoon, darn it, and he was going to make national news by arresting her. Name dropping did not work that time, Reese.
When nannies hear Reese’s name, they tend to run the other way, it seems. She has allegedly earned a reputation for being one of the most difficult moms to work for in Hollywood. Hesitant nannies cite her unwillingness to hire those she considers ugly. She’s afraid they might sell her out. Just to be sure, she confiscates their cell phones the moment they enter her house so she can go through their private messages. Other allegations: she’s allegedly verbally abusive, rude and requires nannies to work extra hours that she does not pay for. This is the word from BlindGossip.com. She’s Reese Witherspoon, darnit, and she can talk to the nanny any way she pleases.
6. Robin Thicke
Is everyone worn out with Robin Thicke begging his wife Paula Patton to go back home? The cheating singer was separated from his wife in February 2014 after she allegedly caught him creeping with other women. Since that time, he’s been publicly wailing about the split and begging her forgiveness. He even dedicated his June 2014 release, an entire album, to this purpose. The album tanked, and reportedly as of July 2014, the couple has placed their $3 million Los Angeles mansion on the market.
We will venture to say that cheating was probably the last straw, but not what sent Paula Patton into deaf mode when it comes to her husband. Numerous media reports allege the singer was condescending and verbally abusive to his wife in public after the wild success of his sixth album “Blurred Lines.” It looks like those offensive words cut much deeper than cheating, Mr. Thicke. Lesson learned, we hope.
7. Julia Roberts
She has often been called one of America’s sweethearts. This glamorous image may have been shattered in March 2014 when John Dilbeck, fiance of Roberts’ late half sister Nancy Motes, spoke to the Uk’s Mirror. Dilbeck says Roberts tortured Motes and bullied her most of her life. He found Motes dead in a bath tub in February after a prescription overdose. She also left a note in which she blamed her family for her depression.
According to Star Magazine, this diva is also prone to tantrums. To express her displeasure for a dress selected by a stylist at a recent photo shoot, she flung the dress across the room. When the stylist offered to give her some other choices, she retorted by telling the stylist not to effing bother. Sweethearts are not always sweet, it seems.
8. Christina Aguilera
Just in case you have ever questioned singing dynamo Christina Aguilera’s divadom, here is a story to set you straight. Aguilera went shopping at a gag-gift store on Sunset Boulevard and shut it down to shop. According to Star Magazine, she ordered the doors be closed behind her and no one allowed to leave or enter. This might be a slice of heaven for fans that might have been shopping in the store at the time. However, Aguilera insisted that no one be allowed to shop or leave until she was done. When those locked in with her asked for autographs, she openly laughed in their faces. With this antic, Aguilera took prima dona to a whole new level.
9. Sandra Bullock
Perhaps no one would have even thought Sandra Bullock’s moodiness odd after he messy breakup with ex-husband Jesse James. After your husband is exposed as a Nazi sympathizing philanderer, you can have little room to be pissed off at the world for a while. There’s such a thing as going too far, though. Denise Kodes, wife of a U.S. veteran, told Star magazine about a run-in her husband had with the star in Boston. Apparently, while on the set of “The Heat,” Bullock allegedly covered her face and screamed at the wheelchair bound vet just for asking for her autograph. Bullock has denied the incident ever happened. Maybe rage causes amnesia, too.