Things We Can’t Wait To Say Goodbye To This Year

Aly Semigran

The best thing about 2014 is that it’s almost over. Alright, so this past year wasn’t entirely terrible (it did, after all, give us everything from “Adele Dazeem” to Dancing Baby Groot) but there were so many disappointing, dumb, or downright awful moments that happened in culture, we’d rather just lock them up in 2014 and keep them there forever. As we look forward to 2015, we’re looking back at the things that happened over the past year that we’re going to keep in the past.

Photo Leaks and Email Hacks

The Internet can be a pretty great place (see: sad ropes course Kanye memes, “Too Many Cooks,” this very website), but 2014 once again proved — in horrifying fashion — that it can be a really terrible place, too. Back in August, hackers stole and leaked nude photos of some of Hollywood’s top female stars, including Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and Jennifer Lawrence. The leaked photos were not only a gross invasion of privacy, but as Lawrence herself put it, “a sex crime.” More recently, the cyberattack launched on Sony by North Korea lead to leaked emails and, subsequently, the controversial decision to shelve release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview after war-like threats were made. (Theaters eventually agreed to show The Interview and Sony made the film available online on Dec 24.) We know that, sadly, this is hardly the end of hacks and leaks, but if we could leave only one thing behind in 2014 and make it stay there, it’d be this.

Robin Thicke

Truth be told, we probably should have left Thicke (and “Blurred Lines”) back in 2013, if only to have him, his estranged wife Paula Patton, and all of us avoid the misery and embarrassment that this year brought. Thicke spent the majority of 2014 trying to win back Patton (it didn’t work) and released one of this year’s biggest flops, Paula, which sold only 24,000 copies in its first week.

The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover
Some rivalries should always remain rivalries. Case in point: the depressing, aggressively unfunny crossover of former animated foes The Simpsons and Family Guy. Fans on both sides were disappointed, thanks to what turned out to be one of the worst episodes of television all year. Seriously, when was the last time a TV crossover even worked? Certainly not in 2014.

Shia LaBeouf’s Various Meltdowns

Shia LaBeouf isn’t famous anymore, but you sure wouldn’t know it. The Fury star was everywhere in 2014, from causing a drunken scene and getting arrested at Cabaret in New York City to his controversial #IAMSORRY art show in Los Angeles. Hopefully LaBeouf gets the help he needs in 2015, and leaves his bizarre, traumatic 2014 behind.

The Ending of How I Met Your Mother

Photo Credit: CBS

After nine long seasons, fans of How I Met Your Mother tuned in to the series finale to see the long-awaited mother Tracy (poor, poor Cristin Milioti) get killed off so that Ted could get permission from his kids to go back to hooking up with Robin (ew). The titular Mother, this once-great sitcom, but most especially, the patient fans of the series, deserved a much better send-off than this.

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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