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6 Times Actors Suffered Lapses In Likeability: A "Seriously, You Said That?" List

By Jodi Smith | Lists | April 23, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | April 23, 2015 |

We all know about Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner making a terrible, ill-advised, demeaning, and juvenile joke about Black Widow in one of their never-ending press tour interviews. They’ve since apologized for their explosion of unlikeableness and, at least for me, Chris and Jeremy can go back to being liked. I would say they are on a 90 day probationary trial of being not dumb, after which point we will decide whether or not to keep liking them for the foreseeable future. I don’t know about you, but I live in at “at will” state, so I can decide to stop liking them whenever I want and for no reason. So.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Internet has fused into an angry pile of writhing disappointment when a previously well-liked star decided to stick a foot in their mouth. Sometimes the actors bounce back and sometimes they don’t.

1. Gabourey Sidibe

During an interview with Arsenio Hall, Sidibe dropped the t-word five times in one minute. The American Horror Story: Coven and Precious star said, “There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies. And I don’t know what goes on with trannies, but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop!”
The Apology
“I’ve apologized several times for using the word “Tranny”. I don’t realize that it was a slur. I’m very sorry for my poor choice of words.”

2. Carson Daly

I mean, we kind of like Carson in a I-don’t-want-to-kill-you-but-no-thanks-to-your-talk-show kind of way, right? During his radio show, the subject of JetBlue’s crazed pilot Clayton Osbon being subdued by passengers was brought up. Carson thought the best place to take this bit was to say that if the plane were full of gay people, they couldn’t have subdued anyone, what with all of the limp wrists and interior decorating going on. “With my luck, it would be like…this is the flight going to Pride in San Francisco,” observed Daly the Dipshit.
The Apology
“We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I’m truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I’ve long been a supporter of Gay and Lesbian rights, and I’m saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them.”

3. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer was on Live With Regis and Kelly when she was asked about a magazine spread where she dressed up like Barbra Streisand. She replied, “I played dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!”
The Apology
Oh, I’m so sorry, because I can’t find one. Celebrities. They’re better than us.

4. Reese Witherspoon

Reese and husband Jim Toth were pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence. She was told to stay in the car, but decided to yell at the officer when her husband was placed under arrest. She yelled, “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” and also told the officer, “You’re about to find out who I am … You are going to be on national news.”
The Apology
“Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior.”

5. Mel Gibson

A long time ago, in a decade far, far away, people liked Mel Gibson. Ladies swooned, dudes envied his mullet and rugged good looks, and life was simpler. Then Gibson decided to lose his goddamned mind and start spouting nonsense about everyone.

“Fucking Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world… Are you a Jew?”

“With this look, who’s going to think I’m gay? I don’t lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?”
The Apology
Uhhh, I found this: “It’s behind me; it’s an eight-year-old story. It keeps coming up like a rerun, but I’ve dealt with it and I’ve dealt with it responsibly and I’ve worked on myself for anything I am culpable for.”

6. Gary Oldman

Speaking of the terrible things Gibson has done, his woes caused my beloved Gary Oldman to say something stupid:

“I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that fucking Jew?”
The Apology
“I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration and I am an arsehole.I am 56. I should know better. So to them, my fans, I say I extend my apology and my love and best wishes to my fan base.”

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.