The Devil Is A Lie! 15 Celebs With A God Complex
With millions of adoring fans and millions more in the bank, some celebrities may feel like superior to average and ordinary every day citizens. However these 15 celebs have taken their egocentricity to the next level, likening themselves to God or a god.
Kanye West has always thought highly of himself. In 2006, he graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with a crown of thorns around his head. After crowning himself king by teaming up with his mentor Jay-Z for their platinum selling collaboration, Watch the Throne, West now declares himself a god. In the song “I Am a God,” off of his Yeezus album, the Chicago native raps, “I am a God/ Hurry up with my damn massage/Hurry up with my damn ménage/ Get the Porsche out the damn garage.” Even his newborn daughter has a godly name. Grandma and momager Kris Jenner recently appeared on ABC’s “The View” and explained the meaning behind the name. “The way [Kim] explained it to me, north means highest power, and North is their highest point together. I thought that was really sweet,” said Jenner.
During the 1960’s, there was no band bigger than the Beatles. After becoming a phenomenon over in the UK, the four band members flew across the pond for their first appearance in the U.S. in February of 1964. They landed at JFK International Airport to thousands of screaming fans waiting outside in the dead of winter. A few days later, the Beatles appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and 73 million viewers tuned in. With Beatlemania in full throttle, a few years later John Lennon declared in an interview, “the Beatles were bigger than Jesus.” After a backlash from the Christian community, Lennon apologized for his remarks.
Recently we mourned the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Although the King of Pop was arguably the biggest star on the planet, his career was mired with allegations of sexual child abuse. During the videotaping of a 1996 interview with lawyers, the gloved one denied allegations and compared himself to a modern day Jesus. “Jesus said to love the children and be like children, be youthful, be innocent, be pure and honorable,” said Jackson. “He was talking to his apostles and they were fighting over who was the greatest and he said, ‘Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest among me.’ He always surrounded himself with children, and that’s how I was raised – to be like that and imitate that.” He was eventually cleared of the allegations in 2005.
Like his mentor Michael Jackson, Chris Brown just wants to be left alone, but when you compare yourself to Jesus Christ, people are going to talk. After news of his scuffle with R&B crooner Frank Ocean outside of a studio parking lot in Los Angeles broke earlier this year, Brown took to Instagram to express how he felt. Posting a photo of a painting he did of Jesus on the cross, the “Don’t Judge Me” singer included the caption, “Painting the way I feel today. Focus on what matters!”
Ever since he stepped onto the basketball court LeBron James was destined for greatness. After finishing up high school, James bypassed college and was drafted as the number one pick. Calling himself King James, the Akron, OH, native grew into his leadership role and headed down to South Beach in search of a championship. Branded as “The Chosen One,” James folded in the 2011 NBA Finals and many believed he was crowned too soon. James and the Miami Heat redeemed themselves by winning the championship by winning back-to-back championships once again igniting the comparisons to the Holy One.
Rapper Tupac as gunned down on the Las Vegas strip back in 1996 and died six days later. Before his death, the “I Get Around” rapper was working on a new project, which was released eight weeks after his passing. On the cover of The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory album was a drawing of Tupac on the cross with nothing on but his signature bandana. The controversial cover and some of the content and lyrics from the album gave birth to the conspiracy theory that Tupac is still alive and will one day make a triumphant return to rap.
Madonna loves to be the center of controversy. She’s made a career of turning heads and dominating the news coverage with her sexually suggestive lyrics and persona. The “Like A Virgin” singer (who named herself after the mother of God) managed to ruffle the feathers of Christian leaders back in 2006 during her Confessions tour. Halfway through the concert, Madonna appeared on a mirrored cross wearing a crown of thorns. Although she explained it was supposed to illustrate a theme of confession, religious leaders were still fuming. NBC opted to edit that part of the concert out when a special featuring the singer on tour aired the following month.
She may have compared herself to God but her date to the 2012 Grammys was a dead ringer for the one man on Earth that is supposed to be closest to His Holiness. Rapper Nicki Minaj turned heads when she showed up to the red carpet dressed in a red hooded cape. Escorting the former “American Idol” judge was a Pope impersonator. Many were confused by the costumes but when the New York native took to the stage later and performed the song “Roman Holiday” complete with a staged exorcism, things became clearer. Perhaps Minaj was aiming to top Lady Gaga’s infamous egg-incubating arrival to the Grammy’s the previous year.
There’s no denying that Jay-Z is one of the most influential rappers in the world. Ever since he emerged on the rap scene with his 1996 Reasonable Doubt debut album, Jay-Z’s lyrical skills have earned him the top spot. All ten of his albums have reached platinum status and he’s sold out concerts all over the world. Crowning himself the “God of Rap,” the Brooklyn emcee-turned-mogul started calling himself HOVA, short for Jay-Hova, a play on the word “Jehovah.” “I’ve never been comfortable being called God,” Jay-Z has said of his own nickname. “I shorten it to Hova.”
He may not have gone on record and outright called himself a god but Tom Cruise claims to have special celestial powers. The mega Hollywood star is Scientology’s most famous member and has been a part of the religion since 1990. Cruise reportedly has reached an advanced known as the Operating Thetan or OT. Practicing members who are OTs can allegedly move inanimate objects with their minds, leave their bodies at will and communicate telepathically with and control the behavior of both people and animals. Cruise’s religion and some of its unorthodox beliefs was rumored to be the cause of his divorce from former wife Katie Holmes.
When Charlie Sheen does something he does it one way: big. He’s gone on to star in one mega hit television show after another. Notorious for his bad boy behavior, Sheen has made it no secret that he parties hard, complete with booze, coke and prostitutes. So it was no surprise that he departure from “Two and a Half Men,” the number one sitcom on television, was epic. Engaged in a verbal sparring with show creator Chuck Lorre, Sheen went through a very public meltdown that included bizarre rants of tiger blood and Adonis DNA and epic one-liners of his godlike status like, “I’m an F-18, bro. You can’t process me with a normal brain.” During a recent trip to Dublin, Sheen compared himself to Jesus when he tweeted a photo of himself with his arms extended with the words, “And on the 1st night Jesus saved Ireland #emasculated misconception.”
Rapper Pusha T has always thought highly of himself. Even as one-half of the rap group The Clipse, the Virginia rapper carried himself differently. After branching out on his own, Pusha T signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label and adopted his boss’s holier than thou attitude. Soon after he named his mixtape Fear of God. On the song “New God Flow” off of the label’s compilation Cruel Summer album, Pusha T raps, “I believe there’s a god above me/I’m just the god of everything else/I put holes in everything else.”
Rapper Lil B gained a cult following by using Myspace and Twitter to flood the market with free music. While many criticized the California native for his lack of talent and lyrical abilities, Lil B, real name Brandon McCartney, holds a high opinion of himself. He even calls himself the “Based God.” “Music wise I do feel like I’m a prophet status and at the God status. I just wanted my point across and I wanted to be a little bratty attention slore,” he said in a 2010 interview. In 2011, Lil B created controversy by titling an album I’m Gay, which he says was his way of supporting the LGBT community.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lim
Soccer player Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima was a superstar on the field. Considered by many as one of the best strikers to take the field, Ronaldo became the highest goal scorer in the history of the World Cup. To commemorate his retirement from the sport back in 2011, Nike compared the one dubbed “the phenomenon” to Jesus Christ in an ad. While Jesus had B.C. and A.D., the sports brand bestowed B.R. and A.R. on the soccer great while highlighting how Ronaldo changed the game.
Rakim will go down as one of the greatest and most influential emcees in the rap industry. He blazed a trail for all other rappers to follow. Christening himself as a rap god, Rakim calls himself God MC and explains why in the song “Holy Are You.” “For those who find it hard to believe/ And it is why they call me the God MC/ The lyricist trace this down to the roots from Genesis/The world wonder, I’m still standing like pyramids.” Although Paid In Full was named the best rap album of all time, Rakim has failed to reach the heights of success he once enjoyed during the golden era of hip-hop.