Miley’s Not The First, Nor The Last: 10 White Folks Who Turned Ratchet For Attention

August 30, 2013  |  
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Oh, ratchet white folks. Just this past Sunday, Miley Cyrus pissed off and scared a whole bunch of soccer moms all over the country when she dropped it low multiple times in skimpy costumes at the VMAs. And while I can admit that all that tongue sticking out and rubbing up on Robin Thicke (and herself) was obnoxious, baby girl isn’t the first white girl or guy to go completely buckwild in an attempt to be taken seriously or to simply get attention. Mother Madonna might have been the first to dry hump a stage on TV, and Miley might be just another to stick up a middle-foam finger to it, but they sure won’t be the last. Here are 10 famous white folks who got a little ratchet to get a little more famous.

Christina Aguilera

Remember when Christina Aguilera was going by Xtina? Yeah, it was around the release of her second album, Stripped, and that’s exactly what she did–stripped down. A**less chaps became her favorite pants and she truly looked a tad bit “Dirrty” like her song every time we saw the star who once played innocent for “Genie In A Bottle.” She has since left the ratchetry behind and maintained great success, though she tried to bring it back around for the Bionic album when she was trying to push this random appreciation of that BDSM life. Unfortunately, the whole ratchet thing was a massive fail the second time around.

Justin Bieber

Bieber is still stuck in his ratchet phase. It includes the following: peeing in mop buckets at public restaurants and then screaming “f**k Bill Clinton!”; walking around shirtless at all times when in public; trying to throw down with paparazzi and threatening them; getting a tattoo every other day, and hanging out with peculiar looking fellas with names like Lil Twist. And despite folks blaming Mr. Twist for this change in Bieber’s behavior, that’s all Biebs. And there seems to be no stopping him…

Drew Barrymore

It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Drew Barrymore be anything but adorable, but before she was a happily married wife and mother, Barrymore was doing the most in the mid-90s. Seriously, she was walking around sans clothes for like half the decade. At 17 she was posing fully undressed for Interview, and by the age of 19 she was doing Playboy (see above). Fortunately for Barrymore, there were enough people watching her who cared enough to tell her to sit down somewhere and put on some clothes. This includes Steven Spielberg, her godfather, who gave her a quilt for her 20th birthday with a card that said, “Cover Yourself Up.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

For a time there, Gwyneth Paltrow was getting a little too comfortable around her famous black friends, specifically Jay Z and Beyoncé. She had already been trying to rap (including an attempt at “Straight Outta Compton“) and was out here singing “Forget You” with Cee-Lo. But when she took the above picture with Jay and Bey, Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee and The-Dream, she of course captioned it “Ni**as in paris for real.” Because of that, she felt the wrath of many. While she was defended by quite a few people (including Nas of all folks), she decided to stick to what she knows best–acting and reminding folks how awesome and sheltered her life is.

Elizabeth Berkley

After years of being smarty-pants Jessie Spano on Saved By the Bell, Elizabeth Berkley decided to take off those pants to be taken more seriously as an actor. She did so when she took on the role of Nomi Malone for the terrible film, Showgirls. Everything about the movie, from the acting to the storyline as a whole, helped it bomb at the box office and with critics. And after getting fully unclothed for it and having quite a few over-the-top sex scenes in it, Berkley decided to calm herself down and take on smaller, more tame roles.

Levi Johnston

Levi Johnston got a small taste of fame when he stepped out of obscurity as the baby daddy of the daughter of the Governor of Alaska. Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last. And while he was supposed to fade back into obscurity, Johnston did the absolute most to ensure he could still get 15 minutes of fame…and a check. That includes posing fully unclothed for Playgirl, lying on the Palin family for attention, and naming his own daughter (with new wife Sunny), Breeze Beretta Johnston, after a gun.

Britney Spears

When she wasn’t shutting things down in the pop game, Britney Spears was, and still is, a tad bit ratchet. And that’s what we love about her. Kind of. From kissing Madonna and stripping down to an itty bitty nude costume at the VMAs, to allowing herself to be thrown around a porta potty for Jimmy Kimmel and dressing like a 13-year-old boy alongside Snoop Dogg in 2004 (and even shaving off all of her hair, though we came to the conclusion that she was having a nervous breakdown), her ratchetry at times has inspired many of these pop-star wannabes.

Lady Gaga

I can’t lie. Lady Gaga’s foolery gives me life at times. And that’s probably because behind all the costumes and bravado, that baby can really sing and dance her behind off. But we couldn’t help but notice that when she took a break from music in 2012 (before she wound up messing up her hip), Gaga was out here twerking too, and possibly better than Miley. She released a short video called “Cake” (and song) directed by Terry Richardson where she booty pops in front of a mirror, in a tub, and on a cake for the camera. And the song featured with it includes Gaga rapping about being the shiz-nit: “Diamond ring in your face, f**k your face trick b**h…”


Jennifer Lopez

Had to do it! Lopez is the exception to the list, as she’s clearly brown, not white, but she certainly has had some moments where she did certain ratchet/questionable things for attention. After dating Diddy and realizing his gun-toting homies (sorry Shyne) were a little too real for her, Lopez decided to stick with the PG-13 gangstas of Murder Inc. During that time and for a few years after, she was out here dropping the N-word (remember “I’m Real”?), clowning in the camera with Ja Rule and Irv Gotti, and pushing the “Jenny From The Block” image. C’mon J…you’re far from that life these days…

Dustin Diamond

After playing a sweet and shy nerd on Saved By The Bell, Dustin Diamond decided to turn up and turn ish on its head when he came back on the scene after all these years with an adult film in 2006. And if that wasn’t enough, he started talking crazy about his former Saved By The Bell castmates. Unfortunately, most folks didn’t care what he had to say, and since then, he’s been grasping for reality show straws to get somebody to cut him a check. He is currently on Celebrity Big Brother 12.

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