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Top 6 Most Cringeworthy Celebrity Scandals Of This Year

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Last year definitely had it’s fair share of dramatic headlines from the Taylor Swift and Kardashian-West Snapchat feud to Kelly Ripa’s immediate absence from Live! after hearing the shocking news of Michael Strahan leaving the show with the rest of the world, 2017 is proving to be even messier so far. With 2017 half over, which troubled celebrities have been trending on gossip sites this year?


1. Kendall Jenner Stars in the Controversial Pepsi Commercial

After hyping up her social media followers about being the new Pepsi spokesperson, Kendall Jenner and Pepsi received mostly backlash after the premier of the advertisement. Jenner is pictured participating in a photo shoot when she notices a protest nearby, quickly joining them and coming face to face with a police officer. She hands him a Pepsi and the officer accepts the drink and smiles.

The commercial was accused of appropriating the Black Livers Matter Movement illustrating uncanny similarities to the Black Lives Matter rally in Baton Rouge. The advertisement became a nationwide debate on whether or not it was truly offensive and degrading towards the years of minority struggles. Regardless of opinion, Pepsi pulled the video, and ultimately, united the internet against racism. But unintentionally, united the internet against their company and Jenner.


2. Abby Lee Miller is Sentenced to Prison

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The dance moms must be overjoyed. Reality star, Abby Lee Miller, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and two years of a supervised release after pleading guilty to fraud charges. She hid more than $700,000 in earnings from her hit Lifetime series Dance Moms during bankruptcy pleadings in 2011 and has forfeited about $120,000 in Australian currency that she brought into the United States illegally. Miller took a stand in her own defense tearfully saying, “Dance Moms became a hit and I became the laughing stock of reality TV.”

Former Dance Moms instructor will not be stopped by her prison sentence since she has already formulated plans of what will happen after she breaks free of her cell. Miller hopes to write a book about her time inside prison and has a scripted series in the works that will continue where Dance Moms left off. She also wants to start a Dance Moms production on Broadway which may be a challenging project to get going for Miller since Lifetime still owns the rights to the reality show.


3. Nick Cannon Leaves America’s Got Talent Over an Offensive Joke

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After some beef with some executives of America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon officially decides to end his journey as host.  The comedian claimed that he was “threatened with termination” from the executives at NBC because of some jokes he made about the show on his Showtime comedy special, “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot.” NBC stated that Cannon was in breach of his contract for using the networks name during his show.

Cannon has hosted America’s Got Talent for the past eight seasons, but it wasn’t the first time executives spoke to Cannon about his behavior. Cannon wrote in a lengthy Facebook post, “I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision I wish I didn’t have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled, or treated like a piece of property. There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity.”


4. Ricardo Medina Jr. is Found Guilty for Stabbing his Roommate to Death

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The former television star of the Power Rangers superhero series admitted to stabbing his roommate to death with a sword two years ago. Ricardo Medina Jr. is facing six years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter but was originally charged with first-degree murder which faces 26 years to life in prison. Prosecutors stated that Medina was arguing with his roommate, Josh Sutter, over Medina’s girlfriend when the fight became physical and Medina began stabbing Sutter with a sword.

Medina’s attorney argued that using the sword was self-defense and that Medina locked himself and his girlfriend to get away from Sutter. Sutter broke down the door and came at Medina so he picked up the closest weapon within reach which happened to be a double-edged sword. Medina found the deal of six years in prison favorable because of the angst he felt toward facing the rest of his life in prison.


5. Chris Brown and Lil Wayne are Investigated for Ties to a Drug Dealer

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The two rappers are reportedly targets of a federal drug investigation involving thousands of dollars worth of narcotics. The investigation began when music producer, Harrison Garcia, allegedly sent texts bragging that he sold drugs to Chris Brown and Lil Wayne. Garcia even sent a screenshot of a bank deposit of $15,000 from Chris Brown.

There are photos of Garcia with Brown and Wayne from past instances, but there isn’t any tangible evidence that the drugs were sold to the rappers. Garcia’s lawyers argued that the producer is not a drug dealer and had just developed friendships with the artists to boost his own profile in the music industry. Both Brown and Wayne have spoken about drug use in the past, but this accusation could prove to be detrimental to their records and careers.


6. Tomi Lahren Sues Glen Beck

"When you live without fear, it don't get much better." #TeamTomi #Fearless #godblessamerica

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Tomi Lahren’s fans and critics were shocked over her pro-life statement on The View back in March. The conservative stated, “You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.” She was rapidly terminated from the conservative media site, TheBlaze, and immediately fired back a lawsuit claiming that the causes of her termination weren’t mentioned in her contract.

Lahren has been released from her contract and must remove all videos from her Facebook account having relation to TheBlaze. She is now free to pursue other work including with competitors of TheBlaze. Lahren is relieved that the lawsuit is behind her and is looking forward to connecting with her fanbase on the political issues facing the country in the future.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
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