Falling Stars: Celebrities Who Were Booed in Public
When they're out in public, most celebrities expect to be swarmed by adoring fans unless they’re deliberately disguised. They love to increase their fanbase to promote their careers. Of course, that also means they live under a microscope, and any questionable action can lead to some heavy criticism.
Some celebrities have even been booed in public settings. Whether they delivered a disappointing performance or behaved atrociously (or illegally), they managed to inspire a strong wave off negativity. Fortunately, many of the stars who misbehaved learned their lesson — others, not so much. Let’s take a look.
Kevin Hart's career has been on fire with sold-out arena performances and movie gigs. The Philadelphia native cut his teeth in New England before landing some roles, thanks to Judd Apatow. Whether it's on the big screen or on stage, Hart always delivers some great comedy to fans.
In 2006, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo burst onto the charts with his number-one single "So Sick." Since then, the artist has landed 12 songs on the Top 10 charts. Aside from music, Ne-Yo made a splash in the acting world with his stint on NBC's The Wiz Live.
Comedian Bob Hope inspired countless others with his wit and delivery. On NBC, he was the master of many Christmas specials, which brought him wider recognition. Something Hope enjoyed doing was performing in front of the troops. For 50 years, he did comedy routines as part of the USO.
After being a back-up dancer for older sister Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson decided to pursue a singing career. In 2004, her debut studio album Autobiography topped the Billboard charts and sold 3 million copies overall. In recent years, she returned to acting with roles in Pawn Shop Chronicles and Space Dogs Adventure to the Moon.
In the '80s, actor Charlie Sheen ruled the box office with roles in Young Guns and Platoon. In the 2000s, he jumped to television with roles in Spin City and Two and a Half Men. His television work earned him four Emmy nominations.
Pop star Rihanna has been a dominant force in music since her 2005 debut album Music of the Sun. Whether it's "Umbrella" or "Work," fans have been jamming her music at every turn. The artist has the distinction of having number-one singles from seven consecutive albums.
After a slew of film roles, comedian Dave Chappelle found success with Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show. However, while filming the show's third season, he decided to abruptly quit and walk away from a $50 million contract. After exiting the show, he made infrequent stand-up appearances across the country.
In 2007, rapper Lil Mama gained her highest-charting single to date with "Lip Gloss." Following the release of her debut album VYP, the Brooklyn native judged the reality competition America's Best Dance Crew. In 2013, she portrayed Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes in the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
North Carolina comedian J.B. Smoove got his start appearing in 1995's Def Comedy Jam. In the 2000s, he landed recurring roles on Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Recently, he appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Controversial musician Marilyn Manson thrives on making audiences feel uncomfortable. For 30 years, Manson has performed his headline-making rock show in various cities around the world. Fortunately for him, controversy creates cash. Manson has sold millions of albums, including 7 million copies of 1996's Antichrist Superstar.
Comedian Paul Mooney gained fame writing for the legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Following his work on The Richard Pryor Show, Mooney wrote for In Living Color and Good Times. A new generation of comedy fans discovered Mooney when he appeared on Chappelle's Show.
New Jersey singer Lauryn Hill gained international fame as a member of the Fugees. After the group disbanded, she began an acclaimed solo career with 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album has been featured on countless "best of" lists and helped influence the current generation of female R&B artists.
Following his stint on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake left acting behind for a rap career. The Canadian artist has since become one of the most successful rappers in the field with 170 million records sold. Drake has also achieved success at the Grammys with four wins.
Rapper Kanye West is arguably one of the most influential people in music. His ever-changing style of hip hop has influenced others to follow suit or get left behind. Despite his platinum-selling music, West has polarized music fans with his personal views and actions.
Boy band One Direction took the world by storm with hits such as "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Perfect." Their lively fanbase couldn't get enough of the five-piece act. In 2016, the band went on an indefinite hiatus while members embarked on their own projects.
Although the East Coast/West Coast rivalry was a staple in '90s hip hop, OutKast decided to switch it up. The Atlanta duo gained a ton of fans following their 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Its lead single, Player's Ball, ruled the airwaves across the country.
R&B artist Usher unveiled hits such as "You Make Me Wanna...:" and "Nice & Slow" in the '90s. His 2004 album Confessions, however, catapulted him to huge heights with 20 million albums sold worldwide. The record influenced many upcoming artists, such as Drake and Adele.
Known as the "Queen of Pop," Madonna still draws a crowd 40 years into her musical career. With more than 300 million albums sold, she's the biggest-selling female artist of all time. As expected, she was a major influence on fellow pop star Lady Gaga.
Canadian pop artist Justin Bieber got his lucky break at a young age. With the release of his 2009 debut EP My World, Bieber became an overnight sensation. Through the years, he has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. The artist also holds numerous Guinness World Record titles, including the record for having the most followers on Twitter.
Filmmaker Michael Moore has ruffled several feathers with his documentaries. His first documentary was 1989's Roger & Me, which was about the working situation in Flint, Michigan, after General Motors' auto plant closures. In 2002, his documentary Bowling for Columbine drew national attention.
Former X-Factor contestant Cher Lloyd enjoyed some success after the reality competition. In 2012, she unveiled the smash hit "Want U Back," which went triple platinum in the United States. Following its release, the singer found herself touring alongside Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
Based out of Texas, girl group Destiny's Child was unstoppable following 1999's The Writing's on the Wall. With singles such as "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name," the act found themselves packing arenas across the country. Destiny's Child also won three Grammys, including two for "Survivor."
When her 2001 self-titled debut album failed, Katy Hudson moved to L.A. to start her transformation. As Katy Perry, the artist achieved success with her debut single "I Kissed a Girl." Since 2018, she's been serving as a judge on American Idol.
It's hard to find a pop star bigger than Michael Jackson. Nearly every pop artist in the book emulated Jackson’s astonishing live performances. To this day, the Thriller dance is still a Halloween favorite at parades around the world.
Singer Mariah Carey was a '90s powerhouse with a slew of Top 10 hits. Her greatest trait is her phenomenal voice, which has a five-octave vocal range. Very few singers out there can come close to her explosive delivery on stage and in the studio.
Comedian Kathy Griffin turned heads with her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. The series earned her two Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program. The show ended in 2010, but Griffin still performs stand-up routines in venues around the world.
As Eddie Murphy's brother, Charlie Murphy saw some intriguing stuff go down. In 2003, he gained fame for retelling these tales as Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories on Chappelle's Show. The late comedian's stories were the highlight of the popular Comedy Central series.
In recent years, comedian Tiffany Haddish has been turning the comedy world upside down. In 2017, she starred in Girl Trip, which earned her an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. In the same year, she became the first African American female comedian to host Saturday Night Live.
In the late '80s, Bruce Willis became a dynamite action star as John McClane in Die Hard. Unlike many action stars, Willis actually has a diverse portfolio of roles, ranging from comedy to drama. He even dabbled in theater in 2001 and 2015.
Rapper Eminem has no problem getting folks to talk about him. From his lyrics to his interviews, he has stayed in the public spotlight eye for more than 20 years. In 2002, he became the first rapper to win an Oscar for "Lose Yourself" from the film 8 Mile.