These days, you don’t know you’ve made it until someone’s shopping around a nude photo or sex tape of you — whether or not you actually made one. In 2012, we were surprised to see the sheer variety of famous people whose intimate moments and communiques were leaked, or threatened to be. Olympians, actors, princes and pop stars were all subject to exposure, much to our simultaneous horror and delight. We hope this doesn’t humiliate them anew, but we decided to recap them all here, in their many flavors:
The Leaks We Saw (and Sometimes Wish We Could Unsee):
Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape: The weird lighting, the full sushi belly, the ringtone from his daughter’s single — so much about Hulk’s tape with Heather Clem is humiliating in its own right. But when you add the fact that it was allegedly taped by Clem’s husband, Hulk’s pal Bubba the Love Sponge, it reaches new levels of ick. No wonder Hogan originally said he didn’t remember any of this going down. We’d like to forget it too.
Prince Harry’s Strip Billiards: Here is someone we actually wouldn’t mind seeing full-monty. Except it’s kind of unfair that he was snapped while obviously drunk and unawares in the middle of a game of strip billiards in Vegas. The photo was unsatisfyingly blurry, and we felt really bad about the reaming out his grandma probably gave him.
Miley Cyrus in a Bathtub: This tastefully done nude was apparently shot by a professional photog friend of Miley’s a couple of years ago and intended for fiance Liam Hemsworth’s eyes only. That makes the gift a little less special, so it makes us a little sad.
Gymnast Danell Levya’s Sexxxy Bathroom Pics: A disgruntled ex paramour shared a handful of photos with Deadspin at the height of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team’s fame. If the whole sports thing doesn’t work out, it looks like someone has a future in underwear modeling! Read more…
The stars were out last night at the BET Awards to celebrate some of the biggest names in music. But there was not one person in the audience that didn’t get emotional during a 20-minute tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died in February at age 48. Mariah Carey introduced Monica, who completely rocked a rendition of “I Love the Lord,” and then Brandy kicked off the party with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Later Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, took the stage and we already felt the tears welling up in our eyes. We knew already to expect greatness from the soul and gospel singer as she began singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” She dedicated the song to her late daughter saying, “This is for you, Nip.” That’s when the tears really started to flow. A beautiful teary-eyed Beyoncé was caught on camera as well as Soulja Boy not afraid to show his emotional side. Kanye West was also shown to be deeply invested in the song.
Here’s a look at some of the tear-filled moments:
For those of you wondering if you can ever quietly sing “Pretty Boy Swag” to yourself in the mirror again and have it feel as good as it used to, it turns out Soulja Boy’s Facebook account was hacked. Allegedly. “I wanted to clear the air and let everyone know that my Facebook got hacked,” the rapper told TMZ after a host of borderline racist, potentially homophobic rants appeared on his Wall this weekend. “I had administrators on my account that no longer work with me. The hackers used these old accounts to post hateful messages.Ã‚Â This was not done by me or anyone on my team and I’m upset that I am being labeled as a racist and homophobic person.” Man, those hackers sure do love Soulja Boy for people who no longer work for him…
What were assumed to be Soulja Boy’s rants have since been deleted, but screen caps of the diatribe show that it was aimed at commenters leaving insulting posts, and was the kind of thing that you pray your mother never stumbles upon online. For example, there’s this gem: “I’m gonna keep talking s— to these white f—–s until they unlike my page. f—-ing weirdo stalkers!” Wait a minute…what are the chances this is exactly what happened to Tracy Morgan‘s Teleprompter? We’ll get you, hackers, if it’s the last thing we do!
Given the amount of joy Soulja Boy has given us in the form of a dance we spent months annoying our friends with, it’s painful to find out that he and his family have suffered a tragedy. Reportedly, Soulja Boy’s brother Deion Jenkins died in a car accident Sunday night. Soulja Boy tweeted about his brother yesterday, writing “at home crying my eyes out I can’t believe my Lil bro is gone… today is so not my day.. RIP lil brother love you always ” Producer CEO Miami Mike tweeted his condolences to the rapper as well, saying “The Flags are @ Half Staff @ the Offices of SODMG & PTE, R.I.P. to @Souljaboy little brother who passed-way in a auto crash last nite ”
According to MediaTakeOut, 14-year-old Deion was riding in a car in Charlestown, Mississipi when the accident occured. We hope Soulja Boy and his family are doing as well as they possibly can given the circumstances. At least they have the consolation of knowing how cool it must have been for him to have Soulja Boy as an older brother.
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