The pop culture scene has been a fury of emotions since 2010. We saw some amazing stars rise, while others lost their way. We lost beloved celebrities. Said goodbye to our favourite shows. Not to mention, trying to keep up with all the celebrity news and drama.
While there’s no way we could have covered every significant pop culture event, here are a few of the biggest headlines since 2010.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2010:
In 2010, we were introduced to Justin Bieber when he released his first single “Baby” and the world got Bieber fever!
“Baby” was the lead song on his debut album My World 2.0, which hit top 10 in over a dozen countries including Canada and the United States. The album also made him the youngest solo male to top the Billboard 200.
And the achievements didn’t stop there. Bieber has:
- Set 32 Guinness World Records
- Won 2 Grammys, 21 MTV Europe Music Awards and 21 Billboard Music Awards
- Broken Elvis Presley’s record for being the youngest solo musician with the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200
- Become the first male singer with a #1 Christmas album in the US
- Topped the charts in 16 countries with Believe
- Become the first artist to chart new #1 singles in consecutive weeks
- Received Diamond certifications for 3 albums, including his debut album
- Been named on of Forbes’ top 10 most powerful celebs
Do you remember when Lady Gaga wore a meat dress at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)? (Of course you do).
The dress was made of raw beef, which garnered negative attention from many animal rights groups. It was also deemed the top 2010 fashion statement for 2010.
Gaga shared with Ellen Degeneress that she wore the dress in protest against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
She goes on to explain, “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’ll have as much rights as the meat on our bones … and I am not a piece of meat.”
The dress was preserved by a taxidermist and later went on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2011:
Royals Will and Kate Get Married
Just over a year after their engagement, Prince William and Catherine Middleton are married. The wedding took place at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
As the Prince is second in line for the crown, the wedding wasn’t a full state occasion. That meant the couple had control over many decisions related to their marriage. Following the ceremony, the couple made their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Over one million people lined the route from the Abbey to the Palace.
The ceremony was viewed by 10s of millions of people and events, in celebration of the union, were held all over Canada.
Bridesmaids Is Released
The movie Bridesmaids was released in May 2011 and made more than $288 million world wide!
If you haven’t seen it, the movie is about the series of events Kristen Wiig’s character experiences after she’s asked to be maid of honour. The movie has a hilarious cast including, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Ellie Kemper.
If you’re a lover of romcoms, this is a must see!
“Bridesmaids reaches levels of hilarity and heart that movies like these haven’t reached in over a decade.”— Peter Sciretta, SLASHFILM
Adele’s 21 Is Released
Adele released 21 and we’ve all been rolling in the deep ever since!
21 is the singer-songwriter’s second studio album, released in North America in February 2011. The album combines soul, country and blues and was written following a break up. The album topped charts in over 30 countries and was the world’s top selling album in both 2011 and 2012.
The album also achieved acclaim for being the:
- Best selling album by a solo artist of all time in the UK
- Best selling album of the 21st century in the UK
- Best performing Billboard 200 of all time
- Longest female solo artist on Billboard 200, holding the top position for 24 weeks
21 also had 3 songs chart #1 internationally, including “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain”.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2012:
Avengers Premiere On The Big Screen
The first Avengers movie came out in 2012 and Marvel spent the next 10 years sucking us in…
Marvel announced the 2011 release of The Avengers following the success of Iron Man in 2008. But late contract signings pushed the release date to 2012.
Based on the comic superhero team, the film (and its sequels) feature a well known line up of actors and actresses. Top credits go to Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanson and Samuel L Jackson.
Bringing in over $1.5 billion, the film is the 3rd highest grossing film of all time. Since 2012, 3 more Avengers movies have been released.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Rumours are that a 5th film, Avengers: Secret Wars is in the works.
It was Secret Wars. I’ve talked openly about it quite a bit. And also said that with COVID doing what it has, that date cannot possibly be accurate now. https://t.co/pMxUFHer0I— Charles I Don’t Know About Trailers Murphy (@_CharlesMurphy) May 25, 2022
Oppa Gangnam Style
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” took over the world. It became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views!
The “Gangnam Style” music video went viral a month after it’s release, surpassing the views on Jusin Bieber’s Baby. It maintained its place as the most viewed YouTube video until 2017 when it was surpassed by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.”
The dance featured in the video was attempted by people of all ages and shared across social media platforms. We’re talking students, seniors, emergency response teams and even political leaders.
Gone Too Soon
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston died the night before the Grammys. She was just 48 when she was found in her Beverly Hills hotel room. The cause of death was “accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.”
Whitney Houston was one of the best selling artists ever. Being the only artist with 7 consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She also received 2 Emmys, 6 Grammys and 16 Billboard Music Awards, since signing her first contract at 19.
The 2012 Grammys opened with a prayer for Houston by LL Cool J, the first host in 7 years. Before taking the stage, LL Cool J shared, “We were up all night, and we just wanted to figure out [and] show Whitney Houston the love, the appreciation, the love, the respect she deserves based on her as a human being and the career that she had and give her that love and make sure that people know we care.”
Following her passing, a post-Grammys party that had already been planned at her hotel was turned into a celebration for the singer.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2010:
A New Royal
In July 2013, the first royal baby was born to Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As third in line to the royal throne, following Prince Charles and Prince William, Prince George’s birth was a big affair. In Bermuda and New Zealand, his birth was celebrated with a 21 gun salute. Landmarks across the commonwealth were lit up and bells of churches rung.
His birth also marked the first time that three generations of succession have been alive at the same time since 1901.
The first of three children, his sister Charlotte was born in 2015 and his brother Louis in 2018.
Miley Cyrus twerked at the VMAs, which prompted a little pearl-clutching. Two weeks later, she came in like a wrecking ball.
The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100 and skyrocketed her career. Even still, Miley would take back the wrecking ball video if she could. While it helped her shed her Disney Channel alter ego, it’s not something she wants to be remembered for.
“That’s something you can’t take away. Swinging around naked on a wrecking ball lives forever … I am never living that down.” Miley continued, “I should have thought how long that was going to have to follow me around. That’s my worst nightmare … is [Wrecking Ball] being played at my funeral.”
Over the following year’s, Miley’s look and sound would continue to change. Her latest album, Plastic Hearts, was a rock pop record with hints of country, disco, punk and glam rock.
Lip Sync Called Out
In 2013, Beyoncé chose to lip sync the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
At a press conference, Beyonce explained why she lip-synced.
“I am a perfectionist and one thing about me – I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very very important, emotional show for me. One of my proudest moments.
And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry and I am very proud of my performance.”
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2014:
Ellen broke the internet while hosting the Oscars when she took an epic A list celebrity selfie. The selfie included:
- Jared Leto
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Channing Tatum
- Meryl Streep
- Julia Roberts
- Kevin Spacey
- Bradley Cooper
- Brad Pitt
- Lupita Nyong’O
- Peter Nyong’O
- Angelina Jolie
Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge took social media by storm. One celebrity after another got their friends to dump ice over themselves in support of ALS research. The challenge was inspired by a former college ball player diagnosed with the degenerative disease (RIP Peter Frates, who died in 2019 at 34).
By the end of Summer 2014, the ALS Association said it received $115 million. By the end of the year, the challenge had raised $220 M worldwide. This has helped accelerate the rate of research and scientific advances related to finding a cure for ALS.
Several ALS organizations re-introduced the challenge in 2015. They wanted to it an annual event, but it did not garner the same amount of attention.
Italy Was The Place To The Knot
In May 2014, Kim and Kanye got married at Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Over the next few years, the couple will have 4 children, garner lots of media attention and end their marriage.
Having met the year before, through mutual friends, George Clooney and Amal also got married in 2014.
Clooney reflects back on the proposal in a 2020 interview.
“We never talked about marriage when we were dating, and I asked her out of the blue.” George continues, “[It] took her a long time to say yes. I was on my knee for, like, 20 minutes. I finally said, ‘Look, I’m gonna throw my hip out.’ We told that story to her parents, and they’re like, ‘There’s something wrong with his hip?’”
The couple got married in Venice, Italy at the Aman Canal Grand Hotel.
And last, but not least, Neil Patrick Harris married David Burtka announced their Italy wedding on Twitter.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2015:
Hello Caitlyn Jenner
In 2015, the world met Caitlyn Jenner!
Jenner started transitioning in the 80s, but stopped later that decade for fear of what the reaction would be. It wasn’t until Bruce and Kris had separated and their two daughters were thriving that he felt ready to take the final step.
In March 2015 Jenner had a facial-feminization surgery and breast augmentation. The following month, Caitlyn came out as a trans woman and in July, she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair.
New Daily Show Host
On February 10, 2015, Jon Stewart left The Daily Show. In an interview with Howard Stern, he explains why he felt it was the right time to leave.
“I think I got to a point where I kind of didn’t think I could do anything else with it … And thank God I did, because before Trump came, you need somebody who’s 32, 33, still has that type of energy — that type of stamina. That fire to go at it. I think I would have phoned it in.” Stewart continues, “I was making decisions about bits towards the end of The Daily Show based on if I would have to change my clothes … That’s how lazy I had gotten at that point.”
Trevor Noah took on as host of the satirical news program. He even won an Emmy for his Between The Scenes short form program.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2016:
Music Fans Say Goodbye
In 2016, the deaths of Prince and David Bowie devastated music fans around the world!
On January 10, 2016 David Bowie died in his home in New York City from liver cancer. He had kept his illness to himself. Even his friends were surprised by his passing, not knowing he had been fighting cancer for 18 months.
Over the years, Bowie has earned Ivor Novello Awards, a Saturn Award, 6 Grammys, 4 Brit Awards and an award for Outstanding Contributions to music. He was even offered a knighthood, which he turned down, later stating:
“I would never have any intention of accepting anything like that. I seriously don’t know what it’s for. It’s not what I spent my life working for.”[
Later the same year, on April 21, 2016, Prince was found in his home, having died from an opioid fentanyl overdose.
Prince’s more than 40 years in the industry resulted in 30 albums, 7 Grammys, 7 Brit Awards, 6 American Music Awards, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Pokémon Make A Come Back
Pokémon Go came into the world and everyone went nuts! The augmented reality mobile game lets people locate Pokémon in their community, then capture, train and battle with them. Downloaded more than 500 million times across the globe, it was one of the most played and profitable mobile apps in 2016
The game released with 150 Pokémon. Today the game’s estimated 80 million monthly players can catch over 730 Pokémon and attend annual events across the globe.
Cubs Win World Series
The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, ending a 108-season drought. They won 8-7 against the Cleveland Indians (who later changed their name to Cleveland Guardians) and made super-fan Bill Murray so, so happy.
The game was highly anticipated as both teams had the longest World Series droughts in the league. It was also the first Series since 1997 to go into extra innings, with the Cubs winning in the tenth inning, including a lead-off home run.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2017:
And The Winner Is …
La La Land Moonlight
That’s right. 2017 was the year the Oscar’s saw their biggest flub ever when La La Land was announced as winner of best picture, but it was really Moonlight that won!
Warren Beatty started the announcement for best picture and then paused, looking confused. He showed the card to Faye Dunaway who announced La La Land and the audience broke out into applause.
La La Land’s producers Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt gave their thank you speeches. But when producer Fred Berger stepped up to start his thank you speech, he announced, “We lost, by the way, but, you know…”
Horowitz jumped in to clarify the situation. “I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture … this is not a joke.” Moments later, Horowitz takes to the mic and shares, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friend’s from Moonlight.”
Turns out Beatty and Dunaway were given the wrong envelope.
The Handmaid’s Tale Is Released
On April 26, 20167, the world was introduced to Margret Atwood’s story – The Handmaid’s Tale.
The series is set in a dystopian world where birth rates have collapsed due to STIs and environmental pollution. Those who are fertile are forced into servitude to bear children for childless government officials.
The first season won 8 Primetime Emmy’s and continues to run in 2022.
#MeToo was born after The New Yorker published articles about harassment, retaliation and assault allegations against Hollywood power-broker Harvey Weinstein. The social movement fought against sexual abuse, sexual harassment and rape culture. People around the world shared their experiences with the #MeToo. The goal was to help empower the sexually abused through empathy and solidarity.
The phrase “Me Too” goes back as far as 2006 when Tarana Burke founded the movement to raise awareness. In 2017, Alyssa Milano set it ablaze when she tweeted:
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2018:
Over the past years, Marvel continued to put out superhero movies that drew in millions. But in 2018 they released Black Panther, which made $1.3 billion worldwide. The movie:
- was the third highest grossing Marvel film at the time it was released
- became the top-grossing movie of 2018
- was the highest-grossing film directed by a black filmmaker
- is the 13th highest grossing film of all time as of 2022
During the 91st Academy Awards, the film won Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Production.
It was later discovered that during the filming of Black Panther, the film’s lead Chadwick Boseman was fighting colon cancer. The actor was diagnosed in 2016 but kept it out of the public eye until his social media page announced his passing in 2020.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is expected to release in 2022.
Harry and Meghan Tie The Knot
Less than two years after meeting, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. The couple shared their vows on May 16 in the presence of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Webly, however, they were not legally married on this date.
In an interview with Oprah in 2021, Markle shares, “No one knows that, but we called the archbishop and we just said, ‘This thing, this spectacle is for the world, but we want our union between us.’ So the vows that we have framed in our room are just the two of us in our backyard with the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Their public wedding took place at George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19. The wedding was seen by 27.2 million in the UK and 29 million in the US at peak viewing. (William and Kate’s wedding had 23 million views from Americans.)
Since the wedding, the couple has attracted a lot of media attention. In 2020, they decided to be financially independent and took a step back from being working members of the royal family. In 2021, the couple confirmed they would not be returning as working members and did an interview with Oprah Winfrey. But we will talk about that in more detail when we get to pop culture events from 2021.
Roseanne The Conners
ABC brought Roseanne back and it was wildly successful. Then Roseanne Barr tweeted. Now the show is The Conners and matriarch Roseanne Conner is dead.
The original Roseanne sitcom aired from 1988 to 1997. It was revived in 2018 and renewed for another season soon after. But then Barr tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s advisors and the show was cancelled.
The tweet in question made racial reference to Jarrett’s physical appearance.
In June, the network announced that they would instead do a spin-off called The Conners. without Barr.
A Star Is Born Again
Bradley Cooper remakes A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and the world loses it!
The story follows Cooper’s character, a seasoned singer, who falls in love with an up-and-coming singer played by Gaga. But as Gaga’s career takes off, Cooper battles alcoholism and internal demons. This creates problems for his career and their relationship.
A Star Is Born has been remade 4 times. First as a television adaptation in 1951 with Kathleen Crowley and Conrad Nagel. The 1954 movie starred Judy Garland and James Mason and in 1976 Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson graced the screen.
Even still, the movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $436 million worldwide.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2019:
Game of Thrones came to an end after premiering in 2011. The fantasy drama TV series was based on books by George RR Martin. But by the end of the 5th season, the source material from the book series was exhausted. While Martin was available to help guide the story, he was concerned that the showrunners would take series in the wrong direction.
Martin’s representative Paul Haas also shares that Martin wanted to do 10 seasons, not 8.
“George would fly to New York to have lunch with [former HBO CEO Richard] Plepler, to beg him to do ten seasons of ten episodes because there was enough material for it and to tell him it would be a more satisfying and more entertaining experience.” – Paul Haas
Martin may have been right to ask for more time. The final season was met with mixed reviews, many feeling that the ending was too abrupt.
Huw Fullerton at Radio Times felt the season was “like the finale — some bits I liked, one or two I loved, an awful lot that leaves me scratching my head.”
Viewers noticed the rush as well. One Rotten Tomatoes user said the final season “shortchanges the women of Westeros, sacrificing satisfying character arcs for spectacular set-pieces in its mad dash to the finish line”
Tom Brady Wins 6th Super Bowl
When the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LIII in 2019, Tom Brady made history.
The victory made him the first player in NFL history to win 6 Super Bowls. The game also made him the first quarterback with six postseason game winning drives since 1970.
“It means a lot. There’s been a lot of guys that are a part of this journey, with this team, and it’s just been so fun to be a part of it. You just do your best everyday. It’s a challenging football environment, the pressure’s always on for moments like this because you have to rise to the occasion.” – Tom Brady
He would later break his own record, winning his 7th Super Bowl in 2021.
Netflix Gets More Competition
Before 2019, Netflix’s main competitor in Canada was Amazon Prime. But in November 2019, two new streaming platforms would enter the market – Disney+, and Apple TV+.
The introductions of these two services made streaming even more popular. Soon, more competitors would enter the market, including HB) Max and CBS All Access.
2020 wasn’t what anybody expected. But even with all that was happening, there were still some pop culture events worth noting …
We Meet Joe Exoctic and Carole Baskin
Tiger King took over during quarantine as viewers learned about the world of big cat collectors and conservationists.
The true crime documentary centered on the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic, who owned G.W. Zoo. We also met one of his greatest opponents – CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin.
As the season progresses, it follows the the events leading to Exotic’s attempted murder of Baskin through a hitman.
The season was well received. Many believed the popularity was due to the escape it provided from what was happening across the globe. Whether you agree or not … the show definitely caught the world’s attention with more than 34.3 million viewers.
Chess Is Cool Again
Queen’s Gambit became Netflix’s most streamed limited script series with over 62 million households tuning in over 28 days.
“Its moves aren’t always perfect, but between Anya Taylor-Joy’s magnetic performance, incredibly realized period details, and emotionally intelligent writing, The Queen’s Gambit is an absolute win.” – Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Based on a book of the same name, the series follows Beth Harmon as she rises to the top of the chess world. The show won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes. It also increased sales of chess boards by 1048%, according to the Director of Marketing at Goliath Games.
Kanye Does Kanye
On July 4th, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce he would be running for president. His platform focused on:
- A culture of life
- Environmental stewardship
- Support of the arts
- Reinforcing faith-based organizations
- Bringing back school prayer
- Improving national defense
West missed the deadlines for ballot access in 29 states and lost access in 9 other states. He also urged followers to write him in on the California ballot even though he was listed as a running mate for Rocky De La Fuente.
West received nearly 70,000 votes during the election in the 12 states where he had ballot access.
Here are some of the top pop culture events of 2021:
An Interview With Oprah
In 2021, we found out that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah. By this time Meghan and Harry were no longer working members of the royal family. The interview aired on March 7, 2021 in the US and the following day in the UK.
During the interview, the couple talked about their relationship, marriage, children and moving to the US. Meghan also discussed her mental health and the lack of financial and emotional support she received.
In addition to providing an inside scoop on their personal life, Meghan criticized the institution of the British Monarchy. Stories were also shared about:
- How Meghan felt silenced
- A royal family member making comments about their son Archie’s skin colour
- How Archie was not to receive a title or security
- The lack of help Meghan was given for her mental health, even when she shared her struggle and asked for help
- How Meghan felt trapped and how she had all her licenses, passports and credit cards taken from her before the wedding
These claims, along with others, were incredibly polarizing. Representatives of the Royals and those close to the family remembered facts differently. Ultimately, the interview had a lasting impact on the Royal Family and their relationships.
In 2021, the cast of Friends came together for a reunion special – Friend: The Reunion.
Jennifer Anniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Leblanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – everyone was there.
The reunion special saw the cast members visit different sets, special guests who had appeared on the show and behind the scene footage. The cast also did reenactments and table reads.
Die hard friends fell hard for a chance to see their favourite group back together and critics gave it mostly favorable reviews.
“When it cuts out the noise and focuses on the connections Friends: The Reunion is as warm and comforting as a night in the café.” – Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Tragedy On Set
Tragedy occurred during the filming of Rust when Alec Baldwin’s prop gun killed Halyna Hutchins and injured Joel Souza.
The weapons were overseen by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. It was her second time serving as lead armorer for a film. Her first film was The Old Way, where she caused Nicholas Cage to walk off set when she discharged a weapon without warning.
The key grip on The Old Way and another source say that Gutierrez-Reed “put the cast and crew in several unnecessary and dangerous situations.”
The incident at the Rust film set happened on the 12th day of shooting while rehearsing a gun fight. The incident is still being investigated, but according to stories Gutierrez-Reed placed 3 prop guns on the cart. Director Dave Halls grabbed 1 of the 3 guns and handed it to Baldwin, calling out “cold gun” as he did so. This meant the gun was not loaded. The safety procedure required Halls to open the chamber and expect the gun himself but he did not.
There’s also accusations of two accidental gun fires before Baldwin’s fatal discharge.
This incident has resulted in many production teams banning live rounds, including TV shows like The Rookie and The Boys.
Britney Spears Get Some Well Deserved Freedom
Since 2008, Britney Spears’ finances and personal life have been controlled by her father, Jamie Spears. This was due to a court appointed conservatorship following the singer’s public mental health crisis. Incidents around this time included shaving her head, hitting a car with an umbrella and refusing to surrender her sons.
It was believed that the conservatorship was meant to protect Britney. Little did anybody know, her father and others would take his management role too far.
According to Britney, she was forced to go on tour and take medications she didn’t want. She wasn’t allowed to get married, have a baby or stop taking birth control. The control even extended to what colour her cabinets could be in her kitchen.
It has also been alleged that her father’s security staff bugged Britney’s room and phone.
On November 12, 2021 after the short removal of her father as manager, Britney’s conservatorship ended. Later, in July of 2022, Jamie Spears will be ordered to produce documents related to surveillance and be deposed.
We Say Goodbye To A Beloved Actress
On New Year’s Eve 2021, Betty White died 17 days before her 100th birthday.
Just 6 days earlier, White had a stroke on Christmas day. Her doctor stated that the stroke was the cause of her death.
Often called the First Lady of Television, White had a television career that lasted almost 70 years. She was the first woman to produce a sitcom in 1953. While her list of achievements throughout her career is substantial, here are some of the highlights:
- 5 Primetime Emmy Awards
- 2 Daytime Emmy Awards
- The only woman to win an Emmy in all performing comedic categories
- 3 American Comedy Awards
- Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame
- A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
She was also known for her work with animals, receiving the Humane Award and commemorative plaque at the Los Angeles Zoo. She was even an honorary forest ranger, which was her dream job as a young girl.
We may only be half way through the year … but it’s safe to say we’ve already had some moments that will be remembered for a while.
2022 started off with a BANG! (or rather a SMACK!) when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
The slap was in response to a joke Chris made about Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it.”
The joke was referring to Jada’s shaved head. The problem was, Jada’s style choice is a result of her alopecia. While Will seemed to be laughing along with the joke at first, he quickly changed his tune. He walked on stage, slapped Chris then proceeded to sit back down while shouting profanities.
Will later won Best Actor and apologized to the Academy during his speech. The following day, he apologized to Chris. While the two actors are back on good terms, Will has resigned his Academy membership and is banned from Academy events for 10 years.
The Screen Actors Guild has publicly stated that they condemn violence and physical abuse. They also feel that Will’s actions are “unacceptable”. The general public has mixed feelings. Some agree that the slap was unacceptable while others feel he did the right thing.
Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard
Earlier this year, Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, stole headlines. Depp was suing Heard for $50 million over her op-ed on her experiences as a domestic violence survivor.
While the article did not name him specifically, Depp’s legal team believed the reference was clear. After 6 weeks of live streamed court proceedings, the jury ruled in Depp’s favor. But not before hearing several accusations of abuse, bizarre stories and testimony from friends, professionals and other Hollywood stars.
Let’s see what else 2022 will bring …