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10 Scandals From The 2010s That You Completely Forgot About

Because humans are humans, every decade is fraught with its fair share of scandal. But before the internet, rumor and gossip could only spread so far—now, it seems like every day spills literally endless tea. That said, while the internet allows information to spread far and wide, it also causes us to quickly forget the past, and 2019 has been such a wild year that even the juiciest scandals from the 2010s are doomed to be overshadowed. But never fear! We’ve rounded up 10 of the spiciest scandals from the past decade that you’ve probably forgotten amid the chaos of this past year.

2010 – Tiger Woods’ Chronic Infidelity

After all that’s happened in the past ten years, Tiger Woods’ adultery seems like child’s play. But back in early 2010, Woods publicly admitted to serially cheating on his then-wife of six years, Elin Nordegren. The scandal led to an abundance of media backlash and the eradication of a major contract with Gatorade, as well as marring Woods’ reputation.

2011 – Anthony Weiner Was Caught Sexing

The subject of a 2016 documentary originally meant to redeem his behavior, former Democratic U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was caught sending explicit photos to various women online (one of whom was a minor). After a flurry of media attention, Weiner dropped out of politics in an attempt to set himself right, only to get in trouble for sexting again in 2013 as a candidate for mayor or New York City.

2012 – Lindsay Lohan Was Arrested for Punching Someone at a Club

2012 was a rough year for Lindsay Lohan. In September, she was suspected of clipping a man with her car in New York City. In October, she and her mom got in a fight that inspired someone to call the police. And in November, she was arrested for third-degree misdemeanor assault after hitting another woman in the face during an argument at a club.

2013 – Aaron Hernandez Was Arrested for Murder

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Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a previous friend of his who played football for the semi-pro Boston Bandits. After a famous trial that made headlines for months, Hernandez was found guilty in May of 2015. He was found dead in his cell in 2017. After his death, researchers examined his brain to discover that he had advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a serious pathology that is common in football players due to the intense brain trauma they often experience and which affected Hernandez’s mental health.

2014 – Bill Cosby’s History of Sexual Assault Was Revealed

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With the exponential surge in #MeToo-type accusations since this came to light, no one has forgotten this terrible scandal. While many women suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby, this event catalyzed the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, providing many women with the courage to come forward with stories of sexual abuse.

2015 – Ariana Grande Licked a Donut

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This was a huge deal at the time! Authorities even began an investigation, according to a statement by local police. Ariana later apologized, everyone forgot, the world moved on.

2016 – The Cost of A Single EpiPen Skyrocketed

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If you suffer from severe allergies, you know how terrible this was. In 2015, an estimated 3.6 million Americans were prescribed an EpiPen, which is a powerful medication that can save the life of someone in anaphylactic shock. In 2007, Mylan Pharmaceuticals bought the EpiPen from Merck KGaA, and the cost of a two-dose pack of the drug rose by 500% between 2007 and 2016.

2017 – Fyre Festival “Happened”

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This may be one of the most hilarious and unfortunate scandals of the whole decade. In case you were living under a rock that year, Fyre Festival was a fraudulent luxury music festival “founded” by Billy McFarland, CEO of Fyre Media Inc, and rapper Ja Rule. The event was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas over the course of a weekend, and tickets ranged from $500 to $12,000. After people paid these exorbitant costs for tickets, they were not exactly pleased to find a nearly empty island when they arrived. Really, this one’s worth a Google (or, you can watch a whole documentary about it on Netflix).

2018 – Kevin Hart Was Removed As Oscars Host

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Just hours after being announced as this year’s Oscars host, the internet was flooded with evidence of Hart making homophobic jokes and comments on various platforms. He stepped down as host a few days later.

2019 – Celebrities Were Convicted For Bribing Universities

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This is still pretty fresh, but just serves as a reminder that you can’t bribe your kids’ way into Ivy League schools, even if you are rich and famous!

These Top 12 Memes Of The Decade Told Our Stories Of Joy, Anger, And Sadness

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These Top 12 Memes Of The Decade Told Our Stories Of Joy, Anger, And Sadness

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A meme is basically a trend that is passed on person to person within a culture. It’s one of those infectious “word of mouth” kinds of things. That’s why memes go “viral,” they spread. With the internet’s ubiquity looking back at memes is like looking back at cultural moments. It’s a way of taking stock of what has happened in the past through an absurd, ironic, and humorous lens. Here’s your decade in memes. 

“Come to Brazil”

The phrase celebrities heard ’round the world on Twitter. “Come to Brazil” became the battle cry of Brazilians thirsty for pop artists to acknowledge the country’s existence and just visit. Its origins cannot be fully traced, but the first documented instance of the phrase being tweeted at a celebrity was in 2009 — at Justin Bieber who had joined Twitter. For the rest of the decade, the phrase would be used both ironically and in complete earnest. 

“Friday” by Rebecca Black

One of the earliest viral videos, 13-year-old Rebbeca Black’s amateur ode to the best day of the week became a beacon of the internet’s ironic humor. Discovered by The Daily What in 2011, the video garnered millions of views in just a few days. The video turned Black and the “awkward dancing girl” featured in the video into memes. However, the meme also spawned a larger conversation about what happens to random people when they get memed. Black described her experience as largely being cyberbullied.

Ermahgerd

While the “Ermahgerd” meme is probably too dated for Gen Z, the photo of the pigtailed girl holding a plethora of Goosebumps books was everywhere in 2012. The strange spelling and imagery meant the meme would be remixed and reappropriated for years. 

The Harlem Shake

“Harlem Shake” by Baauer dropped in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2013 when the blogger Filthy Frank posted a video fo four people dressed in latex outfits to the song that the meme caught on. Seemingly thousands of people created Harlem Shake videos, making it one of the first and most ubiquitous video memes that required a lot more effort than reposting the same image with text. Creators had to execute a concept where something unexpected happens (usually a crazy dance or wild costumes)  when the beat dropped. 

Confused Brazilian Math Lady

Brazilian actress Renata Sorrah portrayed Nazare Tedesco in the popular telenovela Senhora do Destino. The image of her confused face as math algorithms emerge from it was a photoshopped reaction GIF traced back to 2013

But That’s None Of My Business Kermit The Frog

The Muppet drinking a cup of tea became the totem of a generation seemingly obsessed with getting, sipping, and consuming the proverbial tea so to speak. The “none of my business” Kermit meme grew in popularity in 2014, spawning other Kermit memes like “evil Kermit” and “Kermit falling down the stairs.” 

Soraya Montenegro

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The fictional character and antagonist of the Mexican telenovela Maria la del Barrio, garnered an ironic following for her campy performance. Soraya’s image has been remixed millions of times, but it was the “Cries in Spanish” meme of 2014 that brought her to a mainstream audience. 

On Fleek

We wouldn’t be saying “On Fleek” if it wasn’t for Viner Peaches Monroee who uploaded her viral selfie video on June 21st, 2014. Peaches described her eyebrows as “on fleek” and the rest is history.

Why The F**K You Lyin’ 

On August 29, 2015, Nicholas Fraser uploaded the “Why The F**k You Lyin'” meme to Vine. The video of him dancing and singing the lyrics to the tune of the 1997 R&B single “Too Close” by Next. The video circulated on Vine, then YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Hotline Bling

Drake is perhaps one of the most meme-able celebrities of the decade. The 2015 “Hotline Bling” video was jampacked with dance moves and facial reactions that seemed tailored to be repurposed. The video was parodied on SNL, and turned into multiple memes including #DanceLikeDrake and #DrakeAlwaysOnBeat. It even spawned an entire movement of memes called “Drakeposting.” 

Obama/Biden Memes

The “Prankster Joe Biden” memes emerged in the 2015 campaign season and carried through 2016 — the election that solidified President Barack Obama would be ending his presidency. To lament the loss of Obama users began circulating memes that lionized the Vice President and President’s friendship. Obama is portrayed as the straight man, to Biden’s hapless but seemingly authentic antics. 

Do It For The Vine (RIP) 

“Do it for the Vine,” became the slogan of Viners and fans who competed to be the funniest and most outlandish on the platform for views. In 2013, Kaye Trill released a hip hop track called “Do It For The Vine.” Kids these days wouldn’t have TikTok without Vine. Founded in 2012, the revolutionary platform that only allowed six-second looping videos, paved the way for largely creators of color to showcase their comedic and storytelling skills. By 2015 it had 200 million users, by 2016 the app was shut down. 

24 Celebrity Instagram Posts From The Beginning Of The Decade Vs. Their Posts Now

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24 Celebrity Instagram Posts From The Beginning Of The Decade Vs. Their Posts Now

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It’s always amusing when celebs share throwback pics of when they were younger – or back when they knew nothing about fashion. But on the occasion of the decade coming to a close, we thought we’d celebrate with a different kind of TBT. We uncovered the debut posts from some of your favorite celebs, to show them as the mere mortals they really are, and compared them to their 2019 content. Just a friendly reminder that all of us posted terrible things on Instagram at one point or another. Enjoy…

Maluma in 2010

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The pretty boy, dirty boy wasn’t even on Instagram back in 2010. So we dug up this post of his via Twitter. He was the face of innocence, and his body was like a clean slate, little did he know about the fame and fortunes that awaited him.

Maluma now 

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Still shirtless, but with a lot more ink. Through the years the reggaetonero racked up tats and hits. Millions of streams and many records later, Maluma has positioned himself as a top exponent of his genre. His IG isn’t as polished as other celebrities’, but he still shares insights into his lifestyle, his appearances and tours.  

Selena Gomez in 2013

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Heavily filtered as was cool back in the day. Making great use of the famous Instagram frames. Ah, life —and instagram— was much easier back then.

Selena Gomez Now

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Sel recently made a comeback with her two singles ‘Look At Her Now’ and ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and her Instagram has been on fire ever since. Nowadays she shares photos of the making of her works, special moments with her friends and family —and she stays away from the haters. As we all should.

J Balvin in 2014

The Colombian singer had just dropped his second album ‘La Familia’ and was only just getting a taste of what would be his worldwide stardom.

J Balvin Now

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I think a lot about what J Balvin’s skincare routine is, and why he hasn’t let us in on his secrets. Nowadays the king of Urbano and Reggaeton shares photos of his lavish life —and skin— his looks are always fire, his hair is always colored in a bright hue and his concerts are always LIT. That pretty much sums up his content. 

Bad Bunny in 2015

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Behold Bad Bunny’s very first gram. It’s hard to imagine Benito without his signature bright manicure and wild outfits, but here it is. Proof that his style has definitely evolved into the psychedelic grandiose mess it is today.

Bad Bunny in 2019

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A musical king, a style icon, a fashion AUTHORITY. Benito has truly grown up these last few years, and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter will look like. Nowadays he serves a fashion clinic every time an #OOTD of his goes up onto Instagram and teases all of us with snippets of upcoming hits in his IG stories too. 

Camila Cabello circa 2012

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Here’s Camila’s very first post. A blurry photo-collage of a concert. Who was on? Who knows? Maybe Fifth Harmony themselves. Guess we’ll never know, but apparently it was a great night. 

Camila Cabello Now

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The former Fifth Harmony member is a Pop Princess of her own accord. These days she only posts high quality, hi-res photos of herself. And the looks she serves, give us LIFE. 

Demi Lovato’s first post 

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“You better be watching The X Factor tonight”. The grainy picture is giving us life, and not to mention the sexy cheetah makeup. 

Demi Now

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Demi has grown to be a true strong, confident woman. This year she shared this photo in which she promised to not airbrush her body any longer, “I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got. I want this new chapter in my life to be about being authentic to who I am rather than trying to meet someone else’s standards.” —and we’re definitely on board. Here’s to an unedited new decade. 

Will Smith’s first post 

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Will Smith joined Instagram in December 2017 – a LOT later than pretty much every human being but when he did, it was fresh from the set of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’!

Will Smith in 2019

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The epitome of ‘cool dad’ style. Will Smith remains the king of comedy, his instagram videos are often funny or heartwarming, no in between. 

Beyonce’s first post

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Queen Bey’s very first post dates back to 2012, when she wore this tee to show her support for Pres. Obama.

Beyonce now

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Queening then, and queening now. This icon of a woman has definitely evolved in her IG content, now she wows up with her lewks and lavish lifestyle. We’re loving her with these braids, as much as with her signature gold locks.

J.Lo in 2013

Ah man, those retro-esque filters got all of us. Here’s Jenny from the Block back in 2013 sharing a pic of herself and dad. 

J.Lo nowadays

Glamorous, fabulous, athletic, bronzed. J.Lo won’t post a bad picture anymore uh-uh. She has a glam team to make sure that doesn’t happen —and tbh, we’re not complaining. She serves hair and makeup inspo for all of us to try —and in my case fail— to achieve.

Eva Mendes first posted in 2015

With this major throwback, the Cuban-American actress greeted instagram for the first time. 

Eva Mendes Now

A whole businesswoman. A mom, an actor. This woman is proof that yu can have it all —and Ryan Gosling is just the cherry on top, amirite?

Lady Gaga circa 2012

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Behold Lady Gaga’s first Instagram selfie, dating back to 2012. Grainy, dissheveled and natural. We love everything about it.

Lady Gaga now.

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The GLAM. The makeup, the hair, the earrings. The lighting! Looks like a lot has changed for mother monster in the last decade.

Salma Hayek then

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One of Hayek’s very first instagram posts. With the grainy texture, warm colors of the trendy Instagram filters we all loved and the neon lipstick that was all the rave back in 2015.

Salma Now

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Polished, glammed up, good lighting, good backdrop. La Veracruzana is a whole Instagram goddess these days.