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
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
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”
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
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!