Top 10 Celebrities Whose Controversies Are Often Ignored

  • Published on Oct 18, 2016
  • Top 10 Celebrities Whose Controversies Are Often Ignored
    Hollywood scandals sometimes cause our favorite celebrities to fall from grace, which means there are some celebrities whose controversies we ignore. Whether it’s a physical abuse allegation - as in the case of Chris Brown, a murder charge - as in the case of Phil Spector, or a sexual abuse charge - as in the case of Bill Cosby, these are now artists whose work we separate from their personal lives. WatchMojo looks at ten celebrities whose personal lives we have to ignore to enjoy their work.
    If there was anybody you thought should be on the list but wasn’t be sure to check out Top 10 Celebrity Falls from Grace: and Another Top 10 Celebrity Falls from Grace:
    00:46 #10: Woody Allen
    02:00 #9: Michael Jackson
    03:07 #8: Joan Crawford
    04:27 #7: R. Kelly
    05:41 #6: Richard Wagner
    06:32 #5: Sean Penn
    07:47 #4: Chris Brown
    09:00 #3, #2 & #1???
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  • Nick Montoya
    Nick Montoya 3 days ago

    #7 not any more

  • PhoenixRising87
    PhoenixRising87 3 days ago

    Fuck Woody Allen, and fuck the entire industry for enabling him. It's fucking shameful. Why wasn't that....creature No. 1 on the list??!!

  • Carlos Alvarez
    Carlos Alvarez 5 days ago

    This list should be updated.

  • Antboy 925
    Antboy 925 7 days ago

    #1 Cardi B literally admitting to raping men

  • Lcarter52
    Lcarter52 13 days ago

    3:02 creepyyyyyyy

  • Katie C
    Katie C 13 days ago

    Michael Jackson’s penguin and seal are both so adorable.

  • Eric Thigpen
    Eric Thigpen 15 days ago +1

    3:32 That's Greta Garbo, not Joan Crawford

  • Laz s
    Laz s 18 days ago +1

    2019... R. Kelly has been arrested, and HBO has shook Jackson's reputaton and legacy.
    Where there's smoke, there's fire...

  • pussc wetter dan a seceryum

    girl, michael's false allegations are being brought up every 0.2 seconds wym?

  • Chopper
    Chopper 18 days ago

    Bill Wyman?

  • Everything’s Fine
    Everything’s Fine 19 days ago

    I know he isn’t a music artist or actor but Picasso huge D-bag! Hooked up with underaged woman and talked about needing to completely destroy a woman and leaving them worse off or something like that, he is just gross to me.

  • animefan25
    animefan25 21 day ago

    Honestly, the controversies surrounding both Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby doesn't really affect my enjoyment of their media.

  • Melanie Willikams
    Melanie Willikams 24 days ago

    We at least M.J. didn't do it

  • John Kenneth Wiseman
    John Kenneth Wiseman 25 days ago

    Adolf hitler and Robert Wagner?

  • amollo01
    amollo01 26 days ago

    Did you forget that Sean Penn assaulted Madonna while they were married?

  • Harriet Kaufman
    Harriet Kaufman 26 days ago


  • KylieCat101
    KylieCat101 27 days ago

    My dad showed me "No wire hangers" and I was scarred for life. I'm old enough to not be afraid of my mother but oh my GOD

  • James Ramsier
    James Ramsier 29 days ago

    The people certain that Jackson was innocent are as bad as those insisting he's guilty. No one knows for certain except for Jackson and the kids. Remember, most victims of childhood sexual abuse never speak out. I never did. Many of his actions are questionable, but that in itself isn't evidence. But neither can it be ignored.

  • adrian velante
    adrian velante 29 days ago

    MJ trying to get the soul stone or something?

  • disney fan81
    disney fan81 Month ago

    How about Jane Fonda?

  • Abel Mantor
    Abel Mantor Month ago +2

    If only those accusations didn't began in 1993. They just ruined Michael's career from there. He's innocent not guilty.

  • Charles Erkenswick
    Charles Erkenswick Month ago

    Where’s Bill Clinton?

  • SkyDaddio
    SkyDaddio Month ago

    Stephen Collins? Out of all the names on this list, his is the one that seems to actually be ignored.

  • Brian Welch
    Brian Welch Month ago

    Wagner has the excuse of being in his time

  • Michael Dobson
    Michael Dobson Month ago

    They should have called this video, *"Top 10 Celebrities Whose Controversies Tarnished Their Legacies,"* rather than *"Top 10 Celebrities Whose Controversies Are Often Ignored."* Obviously, everyone knows about these controversies, and all celebs careers were tarnished (even ruined) by them.

  • Kersha Beaver
    Kersha Beaver Month ago

    R.kelly still on this list 2019

  • Amaranta Amalaya
    Amaranta Amalaya Month ago

    Inst the title of the video a bit... Misleading?

  • Ellen McLeod
    Ellen McLeod Month ago +2

    As Michael Jackson fan I am offended that Michael is on this list. I'm sorry but what proof did the public have against him? None

  • staple stein
    staple stein Month ago

    Who’s watching this after mjs pedo claims./leaving never land documentary and r kelly

  • MuffinMan215 XCX
    MuffinMan215 XCX Month ago

    WHO are the douchey trolls who put together these ass-bag lists???

  • Ezequiel Banuelos
    Ezequiel Banuelos Month ago

    Orson Welles should've been on the list since he was a suspect on murdering The Black Dahlia.

    • PhoenixRising87
      PhoenixRising87 3 days ago +1

      It's hard to put that on the same level as these, because I'm actually familiar with the Black Dahlia case, and this is literally the first I'm hearing of Orson Welles being a suspect.

  • Samantha Boyer
    Samantha Boyer Month ago +3

    I never believed Michael Jackson did anything I think that's a load of crap rip king of pop

  • Thaddeus Slamp
    Thaddeus Slamp Month ago

    2 things: 1) I'm so behind the times that when Shaun Penn showed up on the list I'd heard 0 about his political activities/interview, / assumed it was for his penchant for hitting Paparazzi, which he was well known for in the '80s. 2) If ur going to go back in time for ur celebrities like u did w/Wagner, how about Thomas Jefferson.

  • Johnny Smith
    Johnny Smith 2 months ago

    After seeing all those documentaries and stories I admit he does talk about children a lot and I mean a lot.

  • anne hudson
    anne hudson 2 months ago

    sorry forgot what a sleaze bag woody allen has always been......used to try and get his hand down my panties, my brother didn't like that much...…..he settled out of court ANNIELEE

  • anne hudson
    anne hudson 2 months ago

    I wonder whether SPECTOR is allowed all his wigs in prison.....he was crazy man believe me on that !!!! I testified to that!!!
    all the rest are...….roman???? a shattered man as was Michael...…..ANNIELEE

  • Reina Van Leeuwen
    Reina Van Leeuwen 2 months ago

    I wouldn't exactly say any of these controversies are ignored... they are still used as topics when people can't find anything else to gossip about.

  • jashane stone
    jashane stone 2 months ago +1

    Motley Crue singer Vince Neil served a 30-day sentence in the Gardena City Jail for vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving..
    Just a bit of Sean Penn: Penn's attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, promised that his client would learn self-control. "He feels this is an unfortunate experience," Weitzman said. "He has to learn that people are going to attempt to goad him into situations where he may react inappropriately. He needs to and does understand that incidents like this are inescapable and he can control and will control them."
    Wearing sunglasses, a conservative gray suit and a green shirt open at the collar, Penn showed up for his hearing more than two hours early. He pleaded no contest to both incidents, which constituted violations of his probation on a previous battery case, and politely told Cathey that he would obey all laws "from now on, your honor."
    In his latest outburst, Penn pummeled movie extra Jeffrey Klein, 32, during a break in the filming of "Colors" at Venice Beach. According to a spokesman for the city attorney's office, Penn objected to Klein's photographing him and actor Robert Duvall, and swore and spat at him. When Klein spat back, Penn punched him in the face several times with a closed fist and had to be pulled off him and restrained by members of the crew and cast. Klein was treated for cuts and bruises at an emergency medical care center.
    Not to mention Madonna herself speaking of him in one of her books, beating her on multiple occasions one in particular for 8 hours taking breaks in between..
    But Chris Brown is the monster just for telling hard head ass bitches to get out his crib? Foh

  • jashane stone
    jashane stone 2 months ago +2

    Sean Penn was also a woman abuser.. As said by Madonna when the police was called to their house after he'd tired her up and beat her for 8 hours straight.. Fact

    KAJA CHRIS 2 months ago Who has been ignoring MJ's controversies?? With no proof, may I say... Noone... Everyone has been making money off of him for decades, even after his death.. and you guys are also using his face to promote this video. I love you guys, but sometimes I wonder! You get a L for one.

  • Rouge Guardian
    Rouge Guardian 2 months ago +2

    Do I love Michael Jackson's music? Yes
    Do I acknowledge that he's done some horrible things?
    Do I defend what he did or might have done? No
    That simple

  • Calvin Delaronde
    Calvin Delaronde 2 months ago

    WatchMojo really needs to pay more attention to its titles and content. Half of these are completely incorrect. I suspect they have gotten to big and don't even care and just write what they assume will add to the number of views.

  • Amber Annette
    Amber Annette 2 months ago

    There isn’t proof because people don’t understand what’s happening while it’s happening. We need to stop blaming the victims.

  • Adagio Breeze
    Adagio Breeze 2 months ago

    It’s tough separating the Art from the Man, that’s our current MeTop Zeitgeist

  • lucy boynton
    lucy boynton 2 months ago +1

    Michael Jackson? What about Matthew Brodirick knocking over someone (car accident) resulting in their death.

    • lucy boynton
      lucy boynton 3 days ago

      @PhoenixRising87 I was saying that MJ shouldn't be on this list because his controversy is not all. Whereas people forget that Matthew accidentally killed someone.

    • PhoenixRising87
      PhoenixRising87 3 days ago

      Accidentally causing someone's death isn't quite on the same plain as pedophilia.

  • antii.trash
    antii.trash 2 months ago

    alot of people are complaining that these people's controversies are not, in fact, ignored...I think what they mean by ignored is that so many many many people still support them after the controversies..and that sometimes there isnt even any legal action taken

  • Hannah Ware
    Hannah Ware 2 months ago

    I read that the father of the first child to accuse MJ forced him to lie. Once his father died he came out and said he never wanted to hurt MJ in that way since they had been good friends

  • Savage KingX
    Savage KingX 2 months ago

    MJs controversy didnt ruin his career, it ruined his mentality in a way. He was falsely accused 5 times. He deserves his rest

  • Nick Carlson
    Nick Carlson 2 months ago

    Spector and Cosby were convicted of his crimes.

  • Nick Carlson
    Nick Carlson 2 months ago

    Sean Penn is prone to violence also.

  • Jennifer Ferguson
    Jennifer Ferguson 2 months ago

    I don’t know if you consider him a celeb but ted Kennedy driving drunk and killing a girl was widely ignored.

  • matheuss berant
    matheuss berant 2 months ago

    Mike Tyson raped a woman tho.

  • Darryl Thompson
    Darryl Thompson 2 months ago

    One word: Elvis

  • Reed Mack
    Reed Mack 2 months ago

    And what's wrong with some one hanging out with fans who are kids that probably made a dream come true

  • Reed Mack
    Reed Mack 2 months ago

    I bet the guy was not MJ and had a baby doll

  • Ash Landers
    Ash Landers 2 months ago +1

    I only clicked on this video because of the thumb nail.

  • Oma Rumunna
    Oma Rumunna 2 months ago

    No.1 is perfect.

  • Oma Rumunna
    Oma Rumunna 2 months ago

    Half of these people should be in jail! RIP MJ!

  • Sagar j ash
    Sagar j ash 3 months ago

    Fuck you... Michael Jackson is innocent leave him alone

  • Rachel El- Hamamsy
    Rachel El- Hamamsy 4 months ago +1

    I cannot believe they didn't include Sean Penn beating the shit out of Madonna with a baseball bat...

  • Random Fan?
    Random Fan? 4 months ago

    you forgot bono

  • Rosalina G
    Rosalina G 4 months ago

    Michael did that shit, guilty as fuck.

  • Valincia Pruitt
    Valincia Pruitt 4 months ago

    I thought Crawford's daughter said she lied. Maybe she shouldn't be on this list.

  • Life With Todd
    Life With Todd 5 months ago

    Michaels were I guess “forgotten” because of his amazing music
    He’s fine tho

  • Ariel Fruge
    Ariel Fruge 5 months ago


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    Ariel Fruge 5 months ago


  • Shannon Ortner
    Shannon Ortner 5 months ago +2

    Michael Jackson is 100% innocent

  • JP Mackey
    JP Mackey 5 months ago

    9. It’s so sad that MJ’s later years was marked with controversy.
    8. Wow. Many people don’t know about Joan Crawford.
    7. I can NEVER listen to R. Kelly’s inspirational music (including “I Believe I Can Fly”) the same way again.
    6. Or Wagner’s.
    4. I think Chris Brown has been able to rise from his past, just not to the heights of the late 2000s.
    3. Unfortunately, what happened with Phil Spector was a long time coming...with his instability and love of guns.
    2. Now that Bill Cosby’s convicted, he definitely WON’T be famous as America’s Dad.
    1. Roman Polanski is #1?! Is he on the FBI’s Most Wanted List?

  • Bob Rolander
    Bob Rolander 5 months ago

    Woody Allen is objectively boring and not funny ever.

  • gemvega 22
    gemvega 22 5 months ago

    i would make a second list with snoop dogg, robert downey jr, drake, john lennon, matthew broderick and mike tyson

  • kryceksangel
    kryceksangel 5 months ago

    Clinton and his affairs. You'll never say it because you love Democrats

  • Toby Ham
    Toby Ham 6 months ago +1

    Didn't Jerry Lee Lewis marry his 13 year old cousin?

  • Tim Barnes
    Tim Barnes 7 months ago

    Is that Proof in the Aaliyah vid?!

  • D.Anthony Franco Jr.
    D.Anthony Franco Jr. 7 months ago

    I blame Michael Jacksons dad Joe for most of his issues but not all of them! His dad never let Mike grow up normal! If raised right he might have just have been a straight up gay man as an adult! But his dad kept him young at heart by beating his ass and scaring the shit out of him! P.S He might have had a rough childhood because of his dad beating & scaring him but that is NO excuse for doing what he did!!
    F U C K T H A T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • tobyyawn24
    tobyyawn24 7 months ago +1

    Roman Polanski is a monster who escape justice. Hollywood still stands up and defends him. Sick Polanski belongs in prison.

  • mrnocal
    mrnocal 7 months ago

    How are these often "ignored" exactly?

  • Patricia Blue
    Patricia Blue 8 months ago


  • Ellie Miller
    Ellie Miller 8 months ago

    John. Lennon.

  • J. T.
    J. T. 8 months ago +1

    R. Kelly wrote the song “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” soooo...

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  • Megan Westrick
    Megan Westrick 8 months ago

    Joan Crawford only had 4 children

  • Jamal Vargas
    Jamal Vargas 8 months ago +2

    I always hated bill Cosby now he's incarcerated for his crimes

  • Jothulhu Drell
    Jothulhu Drell 8 months ago

    No Chris Benoit?

  • myjka82
    myjka82 8 months ago

    Ignored??? Are you f.king high WM? What a bag of shit this list is.

  • green random girl
    green random girl 8 months ago +1

    The guy who plays Hyde in the that 70 show
    Update Danny Masterson

  • Miss Cellaneous
    Miss Cellaneous 8 months ago

    Watchmojo wtfffffffff Cosby’s controversy was not ignored??????

  • alsunpilsut
    alsunpilsut 8 months ago

    Roman Polanski has made some of the best films I've ever seen. It tears me apart to know he's an utter dickhead...

  • AS AAD
    AS AAD 8 months ago

    I never ignored the controversies... I liked those better than the other shit they were famous for

  • Shardinian
    Shardinian 8 months ago

    This comment thread is so full of trolls it reads like a Tolkien novel.

  • Andrew Rodenbucher
    Andrew Rodenbucher 8 months ago

    Trump should be #1 even though I don’t consider him as a celebrity

  • Hollylivengood
    Hollylivengood 9 months ago

    No Jerry Lee Lewis? I mean 12, right? His wife was 12? Not counting his affaires.

  • amy clarke
    amy clarke 9 months ago

    10 bill cosby i dont ignore at all he was inappropriate his show too wasnt my thing too 9 woody allen great films but what he did does mar 4 me who he is 8 michael Jackson sad as he is a great singer and dancer 7 joan crawford i dont know too much about this her acting was ok love Mildred pierce 6 rkelly i like his songs but he is weird 😣5 jimmy saville liked him once but after all the abuse he did no i dont 4 wagner nooo racists arent my thing 3 sean penn heard things about him but he can act 2 chris Brown i dont like i didnt like his stuff either 1 phill Spector weird control freak good music mind 😣

  • digapygmy70
    digapygmy70 9 months ago

    So Sean Penn is on the list but no mention of him "allegedly" tying then-girlfriend Madonna to a chair for two days and beating the shit out of her?

  • Stephanie Richardson
    Stephanie Richardson 9 months ago

    Sean Penn KIDNAPPED Madonna in her own apartment but that wasn't worth a mention? Just his political activism? Ok......

  • MVS_Maïa
    MVS_Maïa 9 months ago

    Most of theses celebs wish their controversies were ignored. Bill Cosby really? Come on, no one is leaving him off the hook!

  • costamesaresident
    costamesaresident 9 months ago

    You left out Matthew Broderick. He killed a female motorist in an accident in Ireland in 1987 when he was still dating that then-big-nosed actress Jennifer Grey.

  • cristina
    cristina 9 months ago

    Michael ??? Really Mojo ???

  • mattblast44
    mattblast44 9 months ago

    No Kobe?

  • benikage666
    benikage666 9 months ago

    Jane Fonda deserves the #1 spot. James Brown gets a dishonorable mention. Also the Cosby was found guilty, so nobody can ignore that.