Because it’s hard for celebrities to not be in the public eye sometimes, it’s often the case that we get to see much of what’s happening in their lives—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Unfortunately, the ugly part often ends in some form of backlash from fans, followers, the general public or the industry itself, with certain celebrities getting “canceled”. But problems are never easy to unwrap and sometimes this “cancellation” is undeserved, or ends up being truly undeserved once it’s all over.
People on Reddit have been discussing celebrities who got canceled, but they couldn’t but feel bad for them and were actually saying how they didn’t deserve to be cancelled at all, or at least not any more, as asked by Reddit user u/Yung-Potter-XO on r/AskReddit.
Check out the best responses from the subreddit in the neat curated list below. And while you’re there, why not leave a comment and upvote the submissions you liked the most!
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As a male that was in a relationship with an abusive woman, this whole thing breaks my heart.
I know how hard it can be to come out about, and how hard it is to be believed at all. And then of course, as soon as someone starts to put pressure on the abuser, suddenly all these allegations start coming out about you, and none of them true or accurate, but because she's a woman, she must be the victim right?
If my ex was upset about something, she'd rub the cat on my pillow (I'm allergic) so I'd be up all night coughing and wheezing. Then she'd [email protected]#t on me for staying up late. Then give me [email protected]#t for sleeping in the next day.
My ex used to punch me in the face while I was sleeping. She couldn't stand my snoring. I'd go to work in the mornings with a black eye. If she fell asleep first, it was ok, but she was always up late, so I'd have to go sleep on the couch. But she'd insist on staying up late and watching TV, so I couldn't sleep on the couch. I fell asleep on the bathroom floor once out of sheer exhaustion.
There's so many more examples, but the point is I feel for JD 100%
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#2Not completely gone, but Terry Crews has issues getting work because he spoke out about being sexually assaulted during the me too movent. People assumed a man his stature couldn't be assaulted and he gave names and people weren't very happy.
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#3Kind of a unique case but: Laura Dern.
When Laura Dern played Ellen’s girlfriend on the episode where she came out, she was blacklisted by the industry for nearly a decade. And some people would harass her to the point she needed protection in public.
She says her manager warned her she wouldn’t get roles if she agreed to take the part on Ellen but did so anyways. She went from Jurassic Park and being in demand to nobody giving her a call.
Obviously she’s recovered but we lost a decade of great Laura Dern performances because of studios perception that she was cancelled by public opinion for playing a gay role.
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#4Elizabeth Olsen. Her co-worker died and she didn't post to social media immediately as it was happening. So people bullied her off of her Social Media accounts.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. If you were part of that mess, you don't deserve to watch WandaVision or Doctor Strange 2
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#5Britney Spears when she shaved her head and all that. I'm no fan of hers but she just seemed like someone who cracked under all the pressure and lost her s#@t. Craig Ferguson did an absolutely amazing job talking about that and relating it to his own life. Major respect to him for that. Kind of long but worth watching.
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#6Monica Lewinsky. Judging from her Twitter account, she seems like a lovely person.
It's a shame. Dave Chappelle said it best. 'Who hasn't sucked a d#$k they regretted?' and Bill was a charismatic dude too. Lots of people get into relationships with authority figures during lapses in judgement, but Monica has been the butt of a joke because of it for two decades because of her lapse in judgement.
S#$%#y situation, she deserves better.
Also, f$%k the person that said Lewinsky doesn't deserve better.
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#7I dont know if he was "cancelled" but Hollywood did Brendan Fraser dirty. Glad to see him working again. I hear doom patrols good.
[Turns out,] [h]e was blacklisted not cancelled. I dont want to blur the lines between the two, I'm just not very hip.
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#8Megan Fox deserved better than the way media constantly sexualised her and ignored anything she had to say. She has numerous interviews trying to talk about being uncomfortably sexualised by Michael Bay when she was a teenager but the audience and interviewer would just cheer as if she wasn’t talking about predatory behaviour. Megan Fox is so smart and eloquent NOT the bimbo Hollywood would have you believe.
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#9Janet Jackson after Nipplegate was a travesty in how she was treated like a pariah afterwards. (I know, timing with Timberlake's apology and all).
Just want to throw in here that I really don't care whether it was planned or not, I'm talking purely the reaction, which was incredibly stupid.
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#10I think Wynona Rider got cancelled from the spotlight for a long time (until Stranger Things) for some shoplifting. Sure, its s#$%^y but we’re all human.
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Spoke out against corruption and pedophilia in the catholic church very blatantly in a SNL act. Was completely removed from anything in the entertainment industry. Turns out instead of moral outrage people should have listened. I've seen in somewhat recent interviews that she is somewhat well adjusted despite it all. She knew it was going to cross a line when she did it, but she believes it pushed any investigation into such things forward and possibly gave people courage to speak up.
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#12Not a celebrity but a YouTuber. Tobuscus was accused of sexual assault or something, he completely proved himself innocent and the accuser admitted to lying, but his career was still destroyed. Innocent until proven guilty is no longer a thing I guess.
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#13Amanda Bynes. If you look into the reality of how creepy and awful Dan Schneider was, it all starts to make sense.
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#14Ashley Judd. Harvey Weinstein blacklisted her for years. She’s an incredible actress IMO.
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#15Mira Sorvino. She went from one of the most in-demand actresses after winning her Oscar, to being completely blacklisted because Weinstein was telling anyone who'd listen that she was a diva and impossible to work with.
When Peter Jackson was still making LotR through Miramax, Weinstein told him not to hire Judd or Sorvino, and Jackson believed him. Even when the movies eventually moved to New Line Cinema, he still believed what Weinstein had told him, and wouldn't work with them.
When #MeToo started snowballing, Jackson remembered what Weinstein had told him about the two and apologized to them for it.
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#16She isn’t full on canceled but what Kesha went through was so messed up. Not only was she abused but her abuser was part of the record label and she wasn’t able to leave her contract.
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#17Ingrid Berman was unhappily married to a doctor, Peter Lindstrom, with whom she had one child, Pia. In the late 1940s she had an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. When news of the affair broke she lost all her contracts, her husband took her daughter, and the scandal was so intense US senators gave speeches condemning her on the Senate floor.
Because of the fallout she wasn't allowed to see her daughter Pia for seven years, and didn't make a Hollywood movie for seven years as well (She returned in Anastasia).
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#18Hayden Christensen did nothing wrong. No actor should be maligned for decisions made by the writers and director.
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#19Liam Neeson. The man isn’t just an incredible actor he’s an amazing human being who gives selflessly and asks for nothing. But because he admitted to having a racially violent thought way back when, when he was much younger and much more naive, a thought he literally said he was ashamed he’d ever had in the first place, the piece of s#$t journalist interviewing him twisted the narrative to make Liam look like a racist just to make a name for himself.
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#20Corey Feldman. Truly breaks my heart. I had the chance to get to know him when I was a kid in 2000. He was pretty normal then. Because of what the industry did to him he always made sure that i was being taken care of on set and that I was protected from the same monstrosities. I think Haim dying really f#$%@d him up again. I will always be so grateful of how he looked out for me and I hope he gets the help he needs.
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#21Jenna Marbles. Basically people were angry at her old content that she made 10 years ago and while she's already apologized for her actions and addressed how she now understands why it's inappropriate, she felt that her presence on YT was causing more harm and it was too much to keep rehashing the same issue. She still streams with Julian all the time.
I miss Jenna. Grew up as she grew up and her ability to mature and grow helped me do the same.
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#22Dixie Chicks. This one still infuriates me, how come they got banned from country music stations but Hank Williams Jr. didn't after all that racist garbage he spewed about president Obama, I still listen to classic country but people and the stations are hypocrites.
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#23Not too sure cancelled is the right word for them but Lindsay Lohan. Phenomenal actress and started at a young age. Had really messed up parents, no guidance from anyone and too much money.
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#24Rebecca Black. Everyone was so mean over Friday. She was THIRTEEN and deserved better.
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#25Ahmed Best played JarJar Binks and nearly killed himself over how hated the character was.
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#26I was pretty upset for James Gunn when he got fired from Marvel for things he had said over 10 years ago, but obviously fan outrage over that managed to make Disney realize how stupid their decision was.
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#27Al Franken. Several Democratic Senators told Jane Mayer in 2019 that they regretting forcing Franken to resign without an investigation. (He wanted to appear before the Senate Ethics Committee but he was not allowed).
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#28Hana Kimura. She was an Indonesian-Japanese wrestler who often played the heel, and she wanted to be an actress. When she was offered a chance to be in the reality show Terrace House, she jumped at it.
As we all know, reality shows are scripted. In a scene, Hana (remember, a professional wrestler on a reality show) "slapped" removed another contestant's hat1 and scolded him. Her twitter and instagram accounts were overrun with awful comments, racist criticisms, and death threats for weeks, but over time it tapered off.
Part of a reality show producer's job is to know how the audience thinks of all of the stars. The company monitors media coverage and social media trends. They knew.
But right after quarantine started in Japan, they re-aired the episode.
Hana lived alone. When the abuse began again, it must have seemed endless. She apologized on social media, took her kitten to the Stardom Wrestling office, and went home to [take her own life].
She was 22.
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#29Howard Dean. He yelled in excitement at one of his political rallies in 2004. People thought he was wasn’t fit to be president because of it.
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#30Julius Cesar. Rome did him dirty
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#31Aziz Ansari definitely didn’t deserve the public shaming he received for what amounted to an awkward, bad date.
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#32David Arquette. There’s a really good documentary called “You Cannot Kill David Arquette” about what happened and how he is now.
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#33Taylor swift after Kanye "got her permission" to call her a b#$%h in a song.
People really overreacted and the video of Taylor swift approving the lyrics was clearly very vague, there was nothing to say she actually agreed to being called a b#$%h.
It was so embarrassing.
Everyone keeps telling me she wasn't cancelled but according to everyone's definition neither has the majority of the celebrities mentioned in this thread.
I feel that if a lot of people are telling you you're cancelled you're cancelled. Even if it's brief, if it looked like their career was over and they had to fix it they were cancelled.
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#34I don’t know if they were “cancelled” per say but I don’t think Miley Cyrus deserved all of the bad media attention she received. She exemplifies how being a child star isn’t easy, and a lot of the struggles she went through. She went through a lot of what was really going on on Joe Rogan’s podcast and it really shed some light on her internal struggles.
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#35As an 80s kid who loved PeeWee’s playhouse, remembering how my parents tried to explain Paul Rubens getting canceled is hilarious. My dad told me “he took off his clothes in a movie theater” and kid me was like “wow that’s really weird but I guess he is kind of crazy?”
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#36Remember when Michael Phelps got cancelled because he got caught smoking weed?
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#37Michael Richards , I don't feel bad he got cancelled.. I just felt bad when he tried to apologise on Letterman and the audience was laughing and thinking it was a joke just because it's "Kramer".... Jerry was a good friend he told the audience this isn't a laughing matter.
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#38Joji, even though he didn't get "cancelled" cancelled just the fact that twitter tried to cancel him amazes me and saddens me at the same time.
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#39Comedian/podcaster Shane Gillis had just landed a gig on Saturday Night Live, but journalist and comedy blogger Seth Simons got him cancelled.
Gillis and his co-host Matt McCusker operate a podcast called Matt and Shane's secret podcast. it's just two comedians and occasionally a guest just [email protected]#$%^g around having a raunchy good time. None of it is to be taken seriously.
Simons made a video clip of a bit where they are just joking around about Asian people and Asian cuisine. Simons' basically presented some jokes out of context to the right people, and got Gillis fired.
Gillis and another comedian have started doing their own sketches and uploading YouTube.
Shane Gillis rules and Seth Simons is a punk b#$%h who couldn't stand to see someone getting a come up because they disagreed with their type of humor.
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