The 10 dumbest things celebrities said in 2019
They’re famous for their films, TV shows and music — but sometimes celebrities make more headlines for the jaw-dropping, controversial or cringeworthy things they say.
Here are 10 times that Hollywood heavyweights put their foot in their mouth in 2019.
1. Kanye West’s sickening self-praise
No stranger to nonsensical rants and an inflated sense of self, the rapper who made the 2013 album called “Yeezus,” which included a song called “I Am a God,” was at it again this year. While joining televangelist Joel Osteen on stage at a Sunday church service in Houston in November, West proclaimed, “The greatest artist that God ever created is now working for Him.” Ye added, “I’m here in service to God. No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
2. Barbra Streisand’s Michael Jackson misstep
Babs took a lot of heat after her tone-deaf comments about two men — Wade Robson and James Safechuck — accusing Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand told British newspaper The Times in a piece out last March. “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say (grown-up Robson and Safechuck), they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
3. Kelly Ripa’s cluelessness
As college students across the county struggle to pay tuition, the TV host — who boasts a reported net worth of $75 million — thought it would be funny to joke that her son Michael Consuelos was living in “poverty” now that he’s an NYU student and living in Brooklyn.
“He hates paying his own rent, and he is chronically poor,” Ripa said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in October. “I don’t think he ever really experienced, you know, extreme poverty like now.”
4. Pete Townshend stains late bandmates’ legacies
Fans of The Who guitarist “Won’t Get Fooled Again” if they ever thought Townshend missed having his late bandmates, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, around for gigs.
“It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone,” the British rocker told Rolling Stone in an interview out in November, adding they “were f —ing difficult to play with.” Townshend also threw in that the two “never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
5. Kid Rock’s obscene Oprah rant
The Trump-loving rapper/country crooner’s crass onstage rant at a Nashville bar in November was only made worse by the fact that its target was Oprah.
Apparently under the influence of alcohol, Kid unleashed an ugly tirade that included such gems as “F — — Oprah. Oprah Winfrey is like ‘Hey, I just want women to believe in this s —.’ F — — her. She can s — — d — — sideways.”
6. Justin Bieber’s bizarre fight challenge
Who knew that the Biebs had it in for Tom Cruise? The answer is neither one of them, but that didn’t stop the singer from challenging the “Top Gun” star to a row back in June. “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon,” Bieber tweeted at the time. “Tom if you don’t take this fight your (sic) scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”
He even tagged Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, but days later said he was just joking and that Cruise would “probably whoop my a** in a fight.”
7. Roseanne Barr attacks #MeToo accusers
There’s no shortage of controversial or offensive things Barr has spewed, so just take your pick. The comedian incited groans again in March when she referred to women who shared their stories of sexual harassment or assault as “hos” during an interview with conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Barr said that a woman had recently told her, “ ‘Well they were there in the (hotel) room ‘cause they thought they were gonna get a job 15 years ago.’” Barr said she responded, “It’s like well, ‘cause they’re hos.”
8. Louis C.K.’s abhorrent humor attempt
This isn’t the best way to stage a comeback. Comedian Louis C.K. — who admitted to masturbating in front of women in 2017 at the height of the #MeToo movement — has since returned to stand-up comedy with an international tour.
But a Holocaust joke he made in November, while earning applause from the crowd in Israel, didn’t go over well with the rest of the world. “I’d rather be in Auschwitz than New York City,” he cracked. “I mean now, not when it was open.”
9. Madonna’s melodrama
When Madonna’s interview with New York Times Magazine didn’t turn out exactly as she’d hoped, she threw a hissy fit and declared that she felt “raped” by it.
Of the June article, titled “Madonna at Sixty,” the singer posted on Instagram: “The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people don’t get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as … never ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN! … sorry I spent 5 minutes with her. It makes me feel raped.”
10. Kim Kardashian’s roundabout realization
Who knew all it would take was a White House visit to get Kim K. to stop posting endless scantily clad selfies? The reality show star, who’s had to mingle with politicians as she’s taken up criminal-justice reform activism, explained the reasoning.
“I realized I could not even scroll through Instagram in front of my kids without full nudity coming up on my feed pretty much all the time,” Kardashian told The Cut in November. “And I definitely contributed to that … I also did think, like, ‘Okay, I’m here in the White House and then the next day I was posting, like, a crazy bikini selfie.’ And I was thinking, ‘I hope they don’t see this. I have to go back there next week.’”