In 2009, a lot of ordinary people became famous for next-to-nothing, previously A-list stars fell from grace, and quasi-celebs made outlandish statements for publicity. From the Balloon Boy stunt to Glenn Beck‘s fear-mongering to Tiger Woods‘ mistresses coming out of the woodwork; some people really tested our patience and wore us thin. Here are the top nine “celebrity” losers we hope go into hiding for 2010.
9. Balloon Boy’s Dad: Think little Falcon Henne had any idea about his fame-guzzlin’ father’s publicity plot while he was chillin’ in a box in their attic? We doubt it, and the little guy’s televised bodily functions pretty well summed up how we felt about the whole stunt after we wasted hours of our lives watching an empty weather balloon float above Colorado.
The Mackenzie Phillips publicity train chugs on today – she was just on “Oprah” reflecting on her family’s reaction to her recent revelation that she had a sexual relationship with her father. She called her stepmother Michelle Phillips‘ harsh reaction “unkind” and said her younger sister Bijou has yet to contact her. Bijou hasn’t stayed silent when it comes to the press, however. The Scientologist (and sometimes actress/model who is engaged to Danny Masterson) released a statement revealing that her ex-junkie big sister told her about the incest when she was practically still a kid. Yikes.
“When I was 13,” says Bij, “Mackenzie told me that she had a consensual sexual relationship with our father. This news was confusing and scary, as I lived alone with my father since I was 3. I didn’t know what to believe, and it didn’t help that shortly there after Mackenzie told me it didn’t happen. Mackenzie’s history with our father is hers, but also clouded with 30 years of drug abuse.”
She adds, “I understand Mackenzie’s need to come clean with a history she feels will help others, but it’s devastating to have the world watch as we try and mend broken fences, especially when the man in question isn’t here to defend himself.”
MacKenzie’s other sister, Wilson Phillips‘ singer Chynna Phillips, was also on “Oprah” today declaring support and forgiveness for her sis. Coincidentally (as all these Hollywood things are, natch), Chynna’s Christian rock album is also being released this week. Go figure. [Photo: GettyImages]
“One Day At A Time” star Mackenzie Phillips had a turbulent upbringing full of drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention pressure of living in her famous father’s shadow. John Phillips of the Mamas And The Papas had addiction problems of his own and theirs was obviously a dysfunctional relationship, but Mackenzie has only now just revealed JUST how dysfunctional it was: the father and daughter had an incestuous affair.
Our mind was blown when we heard this – it’s all in Mackenzie’s upcoming tell-all entitled “High On Arrival” – and it just seems too horrible to be true. In an excerpt from the book, Phillips writes, “My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.”
She explained that both of them were incredibly high and she doesn’t actually recall how many times this kind of thing may have happened – we can’t even fathom this, nor can we fathom that even once they both entered rehab, they continued to have an affair. Normally we (obviously) love juicy celeb gossip but this story deosn’t sit well with us at all, we’ve basically been in holy sh*t! mode since we heard it. However, if you’re anxious to know more, the book is out now. [People. Photo: GettyImages]
Every celebrity has a perfume nowadays, so it was only a matter of time before Beyonce signed on to create one too. Beyonce recently made a deal with fragrance manufacturer Coty to release a scent in 2010, but Abercrombie & Fitch wanted to make sure that the singer, whose last album was called “I Am…Sasha Fierce”, didn’t use her alter ego’s name on the product. Abercrombie owns a trademark to the word “fierce” and uses that as a name for one of its own fragrances and they’re worried that a Sasha Fierce fragrance might cause confusion or cost them sales.
Call us crazy but can’t we deduce that Abercrombie jumped on the Tyra/Christian Siriano/every other diva-tastic celeb bandwagon when they decided to co-opt that word? Get over it, guys. No one is going to confuse anything you do for anything Beyonce does. Regardless, Beyonce and Coty have assured everyone the word “fierce” will not show up in any of its branding. Which is good because if someone told us we smelled fierce, we’d think it was time to shower. [Source: BBC; Photo: Getty Images]
Ashley Greene is a Twilight star and recent winner of the Fresh Face Female Award at the Teen Choice Awards, but it’s not her face we’re looking at today. Nude photos (link is very NSFW!) of Greene (who also locked lips with Chace Crawfordyesterday) have leaked on the internet and Greene and her reps are admitting that, yep, they are definitely legit. Greene’s lawyers stated, “The photos in question, which appear to be of our client, are illegal and are being unlawfully displayed. Our client intends to take legal action.”
We’re all for this very Euro style of living where today’s woman is free and confident with her body and whatnot, but a) Why does every young female star have nude photos these days? And b) Do these starlets not know how to password protect their computers so that these iPhoto mishaps don’t occur?
Greene’s people told Perez Hilton that, “Ms. Greene is the owner of the copyrights in these photos, and as copyright owner, Ms. Greene owns the exclusive rights, among others, to reproduce, distribute, and to display the photos.” Someone should also school Ash in the uses of the internet, #1 being distribution of boobie shots, illegal or otherwise. [Photo: GettyImages]
Dominos Pizza has apologized for the asinine actions of two employees who videotaped themselves sticking food up their nose and sneezing and farting on meals they were preparing. The pair was promptly fired, and now the fast food chain is reportedly filing a criminal complaint against the two idiots, with police issuing a felony warrant for their arrest. Their crime? Grossing out the entire country. The pizza pros are also apparently pursuing a civil suit against the bored booger-pickers.
You can watch their masterpiece above – just make sure you’re not about to eat pizza.
Last week, Scandalist told you about American Idol front-runner Adam Lambert, who became embroiled in a bit of a sex scandal after pics of him dressed in drag and kissing cute guys leaked onto the web. We took to the streets of NYC to ask people what they thought of the latest off-stage Idol drama. Is Adam’s lip lock controversial or no big deal, and what – if anything – does it have to do with his ability to sing? Their responses may surprise you – check ‘em out above.
Here’s a tip for Miley Cyrus: the next time someone pulls out a camera – whether it’s Annie Leibovitz or that hanger-on Mandy – hide. That’s the only way to avoid scandals like the snapshot above, which supposedly shows Miley, her boyfriend Justin Gaston, and some pals “taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent,” according to the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Miley and her reps have no comment at this time. We say if this kid is old enough to date an adult, she should at least act like one and make amends. Stay tuned … [TheSun]