Are We Too Sensitive? 15 Celebrities Under Fire Who Deserve A Break

December 2, 2013 ‐ By Meg Butler

It seems like every time you turn on the news, another celebrity is under fire. Is it really that serious? Or do some of these celebrities under fire deserve a break?

Celebrities Under Fire


The Crime: Moving forward with a Barney’s deal despite Barney’s racism.
Reason for Appeal: Maybe a good way to stop Barney’s from being racist is to make them give a black man some money.

People want Jay-Z to boycott Barney’s for reporting a man to the police for shopping while black. But maybe Jay-Z should move forward with the deal. “Money” is a language that executives speak. Having a black man make them some may help them change their antiquated prejudices.

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  • ericamissamerica

    PAUSE. Black people are not Hip-Hop? It was created by us for us. Please respect the origins. It is a culture now that is it integrated and all and I do admire Eminem and 3rd Bass….but.. Are you kidding me right now? Not only did we create Jazz, Rock n Roll, hell, we created the original Twerking back in the 20’s when the white flappers took it over. We created it, only to have it stolen by whites who were then even appointed as “The King” of it all. Now we have to deal with this sniveling 16 year old Euro Trash little waif telling us what WE created and is giving her a platform for a platinum selling album is ridiculous in and of itself? I am shocked that you would even write that. Lourde said in an article that she watched a couple of videos, made a generalization, and came up with the song in about 30 minutes. That is what she based her useless song on? Then I am hearing this trash all over my stations like it’s hot….and Rick Ross and Wale dropped a hot 16 on that mess too? I, however, did not drink the Kool-Aid…well, in her case, Mountain Dew. Lourde is garbage and she wants to be deep and she is not. She is a 16 year old, European white girl who wouldn’t know true Hip-Hip if it was 10 inches, black and slapped her in her wrinkled face. Miss me with that little useless heffa….for real.

  • correction

    “the Jews were slaves in Egypt and building pyramids in Egypt is hot work”

    the pyramids were not build by slaves. the workers were all egyptian volunteers

  • Cats Are Lazy

    Melissa Bachman was on a guided tour in South Africa where lions are used to tourists and don’t run off when they see a van carrying people. They lay around in the shade, bathe themselves and even seek shade under a van. Killing a lion that was probably just hanging out is NOT A SPORT! It’s not “hunting” when the animal is just lays there being a lazy cat and you walk up to it and it doesn’t go anywhere. She does not deserve a pass.

  • Sharese

    First…how do your misspell both Reese Witherspoon and Farrah Abraham’s name’s incorrectly when you spelled them correctly in the line above?

    Second…I love Jay and Bey but they DO NOT deserve a pass for their behavior. They seem money hungry. Beyonce needs to stop letting people airbrush and mock her race for money. Jay-Z is just a Black businessman who doesn’t care how his actions affect African-Americans. They openly disrespect America by going to Cuba and brag about it. It’s getting really hard to support them. Giving to world hunger is great but what about the people you came from? Beyonce has yet to comment on her skin being lightened in that ad or her BlackFace because there is no way to say that wasn’t BlackFace. If they were trying to say all skin colors are beautiful they could have figured out another way to do it. That is BlackFace plain and simple…not art. Beyonce doesn’t get a pass because she is Black. It is shameful and it makes me angry that she refuses to stand up for her people because she would lose endorsements.

  • guest

    So tired of clicking through 15 pages when you guys could easily provide a one-page list. Anyway, I clicked and saw that most of these were really silly and insignificant. If Justin Bieber wants to urinate in buckets and Farrah Abraham wants to make adult films, they’re only making themselves look like idiots and have only themselves to blame for the backlash and damage to their careers.
    On a more serious note, the Jay-Z / Barney’s collaboration was worth listing because of societal implications, as well as Beyoncé’s cover shoot done in ‘blackface.’
    Granted, Jay-Z has the right to do business with whomever he wants, but what message does it send when a high-profile personality continues his involvement with a store that repeatedly discriminates against his own race?? It tells them, ‘Hey, we can treat them any old kinda way and they will STILL do business. Apparently, money trumps self-respect.’
    As for Beyoncé, her cover shoot in blackface was not racist. If you look carefully at the picture and the caption, you see that her make-up starts in the darkest skin tones and gets lighter as it goes down (representing all shades of Black women), with a caption that says “Every Shade of Black is Beautiful.” Nothing wrong with the message *OR* the presentation, especially when a LOT of dark-skinned little girls (and quite a few grown women, too) struggle with self-esteem issues created by the light vs. dark comparisons in our community.