In the past year, country singer Morgan Wallen, model Chrissy Teigen and other stars found themselves in hot water and faced huge criticism for their actions.
Here’s a look at a few celebrities who made headlines in 2021 and then either got canceled or got a ton of flak:
Country singer Morgan Wallen made headlines in February after a video surfaced in which he used the N-word.
Wallen had repercussions online and in the country music industry. Although he was nominated for multiple Academy of Country Music Awards, Wallen was not involved in the ceremony in any way. He was also dropped by his record label and his music was banned from iHeartRadio.
Wallen opened up about the video and his choice to use a racist insult months after the video surfaced in an interview with Michael Strahan.
“I was around some of my friends and we just say stupid things together. In our minds, it’s playful. It sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it comes from, and it’s wrong,” Wallen said. “We were all obviously drunk and I asked his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he left. I didn’t mean to be derogatory at all.”
Despite the setback, Wallen’s music remains successful. He recently announced his tour dates for 2022.
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Chrissy Teigen and Morgan Wallen both made headlines this year after being criticized. Teigen was charged with cyberbullying while Wallen was caught on camera with the N-word.
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Chrissy Teigen joined what she called the “cancellation club” after multiple people came forward and accused the model of cyberbullying.
Teigen was first accused of cyberbullying by Courtney Stodden.
Stodden, who is non-binary and identifies as she/she, claimed that Teigen told them to kill themselves on Twitter. Stodden was only 16 years old at the time of the tweets.
Lindsay Lohan, Farrah Abraham and “Project Runway” star Michael Costello have also accused Teigen of cyberbullying.
Teigen has publicly apologized for her past behavior several times, including in a lengthy post on Medium, which she shared on social media.
Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s are said to have pulled out of the branding deals with the model-turned-chef when the allegations went public. Teigen also quit a Netflix project and moved away from her Safely brand.
Dave Chappelle has been criticized for his Netflix special ‘The Closer’.
Dave Chappelle found himself in the midst of a cancellation culture controversy after his Netflix special “The Closer” led to an employee being fired for the comedian’s use of transgender jokes. Employees were unhappy with the derogatory comments, as well as Netflix’s internal handling of employee concerns.
Multiple celebrities, including Joe Rogan and Bill Maher, came out in defense of the comedian at the time.
During the controversy, Chappelle failed to apologize, but did offer to meet with the transgender community to discuss his jokes.
Despite the setback, Chappelle will headline an event at Netflix’s upcoming stand-up comedy festival.
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Demi Lovato, who identifies as non-binary, found herself in hot water after calling a small frozen yogurt shop on social media. The singer has been criticized for criticizing The Bigg Chill, a local Los Angeles yogurt shop, for offering a plethora of sugar-free options.
Lovato mentioned the yogurt shop on their Instagram at the time, saying they “found it extremely difficult to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar-free cookies/other diet foods before going to the counter.”
The yogurt shop replied to Lovato, saying it offers sugar-free items for people with “diabetics, celiac disease” and those who are vegan.
Lovato later publicly apologized.
“I’m sorry I got the message wrong. I’m sorry I disappointed some people,” she said.
Gina Carano was let go of “The Mandalorian” for a social media post comparing current political divisions to events in Nazi Germany and conservatives to the Jewish people.
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Gina Carano was separate from the Disney+ series, “The Mandalorian” for a social media post comparing current political divisions to events in Nazi Germany and conservatives to the Jewish people.
She had previously been criticized for other comments about the coronavirus, the use of gender pronouns and election fraud.
Since her discharge, she has been cast in a biopic titled “my son hunterabout President Biden’s youngest son, currently in production.
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Country music star Aaron Lewis has been criticized after the release of his song “Am I The Only One”, which criticizes liberals in America.
“Am I the only one who stops singing / Every time they play a Springsteen song?” read the lyrics of the track.
Lewis’s song was championed at the time by Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta after music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz criticized it harshly.
“Aaron Lewis and I have political differences,” Borchetta wrote. “But there are also things that we agree on. I think that’s the basis for the idea of our country. It doesn’t work if we’re so divided that we can’t reach down the aisle, have a conversation or argue , and finally, shaking hands. If we can’t do that, and this moment is so divisive, we may never get our country back.”