It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. The Independent Women’s Forum
In a move that is so Parks and Recreation it’s almost comical, the Independent Women’s Forum (of which Kellyanne Conway is a board member) will award Vice President Mike Pence with a “Working for Women” award next Wednesday.
This is the same man who has been on an “anti-Planned Parenthood crusade” for years, and signed a bill which would require women to bury or cremate their aborted fetal remains. Giving him an award for the “work” he has done for women is cosmically hilarious and depressing, considering he seems hell-bent on mandating what women can and can’t do with their own bodies.
He also calls his wife “Mother,” and if that is not a horrifying affront to women everywhere, I don’t know what is.
2. Prince William
This week, footage emerged of Prince William and confirmed what we all secretly suspected since he began losing his hair: he dances like a total dweeb at the club. William was taking part in a “lad’s trip” at the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, and he and the fellas apparently decided to move the party to a club — where, naturally, people had cell phones and could easily capture the prince’s embarrassing (and most likely drunken) antics.
However, it wasn’t the corny dance moves alone which raised people’s eyebrows. Rather, it was the later-released footage of William getting somewhat “friendly” with a woman who has supposedly been identified as Australian model Sophie Taylor. The footage shows William touching the woman’s waist as he leans in to whisper something in her ear.
Kate Middleton is reportedly peeved about the whole thing, and who among us can blame her? William leaves her behind with the kids to attend a service for Commonwealth Day, and instead frolics around snowy alps with 24-year-old models.
Not only is this behavior decidedly tacky, it’s also cliche as hell. Get your shit, together, William. You have a receding hairline, for god’s sake.
Twitter waited with baited breath for this Tuesday night’s episode of The Rachel Maddow Show after the host herself announced that the show had obtained copies of Donald Trump’s taxes.
People assumed that Maddow was about to drop a huge scandal involving Donald Trump and his taxes (a scandal that everyone’s been anticipating for months). However, when it finally came down to it, the big reveal was … somewhat anticlimactic. That is to say, Maddow had only obtained one specific year of Trump’s tax forms (specifically 2005), and they were not as incriminating as everyone initially expected.
From a journalistic perspective, Maddow made many apt points about how the documents made it clear that Donald Trump had not paid quite enough taxes on his reported annual income, and also made implications that perhaps someone on Trump’s team actually leaked this one non-incriminating tax return in an attempt to shut down accusations the the current President has committed tax fraud.
Unfortunately, the buildup to this news felt like a huge letdown, and everyone felt utterly deflated by a news segment which essentially amounted to: “We have some of his tax returns, but we need to see more of his tax returns.”
The whole thing was a valiant effort by MSNBC, but it just ended up pissing everybody off.
4. The Hackers Who Leaked Nude Photos Of Emma Watson And Amanda Seyfried
Seriously? This is happening again?
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that nude photos of Amanda Seyfried had been illegally obtained and were posted on the site Celebrity Jihad. “The actress’s lawyer fired off a threatening letter to Celeb Jihad, demanding they immediately take down the images that were meant to be private. The letter states the pics were illegally obtained by a third party, and leaked to the site without Amanda’s consent.”
Private photographs of Emma Watson were also obtained in the same hack, and Watson is also taking legal action. According to The Telegraph, “Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs.”
Good gravy, can’t these guys stop infringing on women’s right to privacy and just look at porn like the rest of us?
5. Jesse James
This tattooed pile of hay, who is perhaps best known for cheating on America’s sweetheart and far-superior human being, Sandra Bullock, gave an interview this week in which he essentially defended his infidelity and proudly admitted to being a Trump supporter.
What a true gem!
In the interview with the Daily Mail, James spoke about the Sandra Bullock scandal, saying:
“Yeah, I did cheat on my wife. Yeah, I stood up and took accountability for it and apologized. And that’s end of story. The easy (take) is like, ‘Oh, well you cheated on Sandra Bullock.’ That’s the world’s easiest comeback. In general, both women and men cheat. It’s part of life.”
Okay, cool, so definitely not an apology in any way. Neat!
James also apparently told the publication that he was in the process of making a gun as a gift to President Trump, a sentence which maybe made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
I hope Sandra Bullock is actually a with, like in Practical Magic, and puts a curse on him. Judging from his recent string of life choices, it seems like that may have already happened.