Studylist of the Week: Celebrity Gaffes

Wardrobe malfunctions, secret affairs, public altercations, sex tapes… and all of it, eventually, leaking to the Internet to quickly go viral.

For whatever reason, the lives of famous people are continually fascinating for the rest of us “normal” folks, especially when there’s a scandal or something else gasp-worthy involved.  The Celebrity Gaffes studylist highlights some of these titillating stories, reminding us that celebrities are people too, and everybody screws up sometimes.

oh snap!

Sometimes it seems like celebrities are involved in a lot more high-profile drama than the rest of us.  And that’s because, in all likelihood, they are.

The difference, though, between celebrities and regular people like you and me, is that the bad hair day or public breakup or “nip slip” of a celebrity has been caught on film by dozens of paparazzi who will quickly upload the photo to the Internet to be spread around by gossip forums and Perez Hilton.

Our mistakes, happily, are less often photographed and much more easily placed out of sight and out of mind.

So while it might be tempting to engage in a bit of schadenfreude over celebrity slip-ups (“Ha! You might be rich, gorgeous, and famous, but you’re not perfect either!”), we shouldn’t lose all sympathy.

Remember, we’re all only human.

It was perfectly clear to everyone watching that the foot fault called against Serena Williams was a terrible call.

Still, the tennis star raised some eyebrows with her breach of etiquette when she angrily criticized the official during the game.


When photos of Ashley Cole that openly portrayed nudity appeared in model Sonia Wild’s phone, he claimed that he had given his phone away without realizing those photos were still on it.

Backpedaling at its best.


Charlie Sheen has revealed his inner thoughts to be more than a little difficult to understand lately.

His accusations against CBS and Warner Bros. are no different, claiming that, by firing him, they are in breach “like so many whales.”


The announced separation of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife of 25 years ceased to be surprising after the enlightening disclosure that the Governator had fathered a child with a member of his household staff.

He has since publicly apologized for his behavior.


When celebrities screw up, it tends to be on a larger, and definitely more public, scale.  The magic of the Internet, along with the ubiquity of digital cameras and smartphones, means that we’re never without our latest tidbit of shocking celebrity gossip.

But the next time you’re about to condemn a celebrity for snapping at a director or sleeping with an intern, take a moment to be thankful that your own shameful moments go undocumented.

I certainly wouldn't want these guys pointed at ME.

Do you have any juicy celebrity gossip stories to share?  Are you sympathetic to celebrities who have their private lives and mishaps splashed all over the media, or do you think they knew what they were getting into when they became famous?  Let us know what you think in the comments!

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