The celebrity scandal has become the window dressing of our daily lives on the Internet. Trending celebrity hashtags can spring up overnight over the slightest public mishap or regrettable fashion choice, discussed and dissected by thousands. Which historical celebrity scandals
would have blown up the Internet if they happened in the present day?
Classic Hollywood had its share of celebrity gossip, too, but aside from being less ubiquitous, the media was also more forgiving - especially in an age before Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and endless parades of celebrity Internet memes. Sticky questions about "ethics" still occasionally plague contemporary conversations about famous celebrity
scandals, but with up-to-the-minute Instagram and Twitter feeds detailing every move a famous person makes, it's hard to believe how much public figures were once able to get away with.
It's easier now than ever for celebrities to trip up and tank their whole careers over a single offhand comment, or an unfortunate night of bar-hopping. Would the media today ever even dream of sweeping a presidential affair under the rug? If a famous musician today said he or she was "bigger than Jesus" would FoxNews let it slide?
Below are just a few of the nastiest, most shocking, and most bizarre celebrity scandals that would have headlined the Internet and 24-hour media cycles if such things had been around when they happened. Collection Photo: via flickr