June 28, 2024 | Marlon Wright

Celebrities Who Have Been Canceled


Celebrities Who Were Canceled

Cancel culture occurs when a celebrity or public figure behaves or speaks in a way that is deemed unacceptable or unfavorable by the general public. This usually causes a mass of people to publicly withdraw their support, and the person is ostracized, shunned, fired, or boycotted.

Here’s a list of 22 celebrities who were “canceled” in 2022 and 2023—and what they did to deserve it.

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Adam Levine

In 2022, the Maroon 5 front man was publicly shamed after he allegedly cheated on his pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo, with whom he shared two other children with.

Levine was accused of having an affair with Summer Stroh—who went public with it on TikTok. She also claimed he “manipulated” her into the relationship.

Portrait Photo of Adam Levine in a gray t-shirt performing on stagekarina3094, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Shia LaBeouf

Transformers star, Shia LaBeouf was canceled in 2022 after his ex-girlfriend accused him of various forms of physical and emotional abuse.

LaBeouf was apparently fired from the thriller, Don’t Worry Darling as a result—but he claims he quit due to scheduling issues.

Portrait Photo of the Actor Shia LaBeouf in a gray and red outfitnicolas genin, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

James Corden

The Late Late Show host James Corden made headlines in October 2022 after he reportedly screamed at waitstaff at New York’s iconic Balthazar restaurant. And word on the street is, this was not his first attack.

Portrait Photo of James Corden at the PaleyFest 2015iDominick, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

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James Corden: Verbal Attack

He is now banned for life from the restaurant, and the owner Keith McNally came forward stating, “James Corden is a Hugely gifted comedian, but a tiny Cretin of a man. And the most abusive customer to my Balthazar servers since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.”

His credibility took a huge hit, of course.

Comedian James Corden Arrives At Number 10 Downing Street To Interview Prime Minister David CameronAndy Thornley, UK, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Ellen DeGeneres

In 2022, TV talk show personality, Ellen DeGeneres was accused of having a toxic workplace culture. As soon as word got out, the world shunned her and as a result her show ended not long after.

Photo of Ellen DeGeneres attending Oprah's birthday partyAlan Light, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Ellen DeGeneres: Witness Reports

Greyson Chance, DeGeneres’ former protégé once said he had “never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered and more blatantly opportunistic than her.”

Portrait Photo of Ellen DeGeneres in a black outfitAlan Light, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Ezra Miller

In 2022, the Justice League star was apprehended by authorities several times, on various charges—which included disorderly conduct and felony burglary.

Fans have since called on DC to cancel his upcoming film.

Ezra Miller speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con InternationalGage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Ezra Miller: Mental Health Help

Miller issued an apology for his reckless behavior and said he would seek mental health treatment. But some fans have claimed he lost them forever.

He has since checked into facilities and programs, and claims to be actively seeking help, and changing his ways.

Ezra Miller at the Justice League Japan Premiere Red CarpetDick Thomas Johnson, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Joe Rogan

Podcaster Joe Rogan faced cancellation in 2022 as well after several clips of him dropping a racial slur emerged online.

Rogan referred to the stunt as a “political hit job,” saying “they’re taking all this stuff that I’ve ever said that’s wrong and smooshing it all together.”

Fear Factor presenter JOE ROGAN at the VH-1 Big in 2002 AwardsFeatureflash Photo Agency, Shutterstock

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Joe Rogan: Misinformation

Apparently, it all started shortly after he started “broadcasting misinformation” during the pandemic.

While he did lose a lot of followers, he still has many who believe his “misinformation” is the exact opposite.

Portrait Photo of Joe Rogan in the press room at Spike TV's s_bukley, Shutterstock

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stepped down from teaching at George Washington University in July of 2022 following backlash from his Roe v. Wade decision.

Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Library of CongressEarl McDonald, Wikimedia Commons

Clarence Thomas: Resigned

Two days after the Roe v. Wade ruling was released, Thomas’ detractors launched a Change.org petition to remove him as a teacher at the university.

The petition sparked serious controversy, with various forms of attacks ensuing on Thomas—including online slander and various protests.

Clarence Thomas Official Scotus PortraitSteve Petteway, Wikimedia Commons

Bette Midler

Hocus Pocus star Bette Midler was also cancelled in July 2022 after using inappropriate language about the trans community in a tweet.

Her tweet read: “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name. They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators,’ and even ‘people with vaginas!’ Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!”

Grayscale Portrait Photo of Bette MidlerRob Bogaerts, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Bette Midler: Wrong Words

She was immediately slammed online, saying the language used erases members of the trans community.

She fired back, of course, stating that she had no intention of anything exclusionary or transphobic—but the damage was already done.

Portrait Photo of Bette Midler backstage at the Grammy AwardsAlan Light, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Lady Susan Hussey

Lady Susan Hussey, the former lady-in-waiting, was canceled in November of 2022 after it was revealed that she made a racist remark to Ngozi Fulani, domestic abuse campaigner, while at Buckingham Palace.

Lady Susan Hussey, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley (lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II) attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince PhilipMax Mumby/Indigo, Gettyimages

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Susan Hussey: A Royal Mistake

Fulani said Midler asked her where she was from, and after the activist said she was a British citizen, Hussey said, “Where are your people from?”

The exchange went viral causing Hussey to resign mere hours after the post, and a public apology was made from Buckingham Palace.

Portrait Photo of Lady Susan Hussey wearing big white hatIbagli, Wikimedia Commons

Kanye West

Kanye West faced a massive cancelation in 2022 after the rapper unleashed a storm of anti-Semitic remarks.

He was banned from both Instagram and Twitter for spewing hateful remarks.

Not only that, he was dropped by Gap, Balenciaga, and Adidas.

Kanye West At The 2009 Tribeca Film FestivalDavid Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons

Kanye West: Faithful Followers

Faithful fans attempted to rally behind West and set up a GoFundMe in an attempt to get the rapper back to his billionaire status, but the site shut the page down after it only made $5.

Kanye West performing at The Museum of Modern Art's annual PartyJason Persse, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Balenciaga

Balenciaga, the fashion brand, also suffered a cancelation in 2022 when a major design flaw was slammed online for being “creepy”.

The advertisement featured children alongside bears wearing inappropriate adult bedroom attire.

Online shoppers were infuriated, calling the images “frightening,” “creepy” and “wrong.”

Close Up Photo of a Balenciaga Store  Show WindowZoaghram Dumee, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Will Smith

Will Smith’s cancelation made headlines across the globe after he slapped fellow actor and comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.

Smith apparently slapped Rock after he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He joked about her shaven head, asking if she was going to be in “G.I. Jane 2.”

Portrait Photo of Will Smith with blue shirt and white hatVanessa Lua, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Will Smith: Divided Support

Some fans stand behind Smith for standing up for his wife, while others stand behind Rock, saying it was nothing more than a joke that should not have been taken so seriously.

Smith apologized to Rock, and to the public, but Rock was not quick to forgive. Smith hasn’t fully come back from this yet, and we aren’t sure if he ever will.

Portrait Photo of Will Smith in a gray shirt, smilingTaís Melillo, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

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Danny Masterson

Moving on to 2023 now, That 70’s Show star, Danny Masterson, also made global headlines when he was canceled after he was convicted of two counts of heinous acts on women.

Portrait Photo of the actor Danny Masterson in a blue shirt, smilingRed Carpet Report on Mingle Media, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Danny Masterson: Locked Up

In September 2023, Masterson was sentenced to 30 years behind bars as a result of his monstruous actions 20 years ago, in which the judge told him he “took away another person’s choice and voice.”

Portrait Photo of Danny Masterson in a gray shirt and gray hatOscar Rohena, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s life has always been full of scandal, from berating her own fans to a fashion faux pas, in only a few short months her Instagram follower count dropped by half a million.

Portrait Photo of the American rapper and singer Doja CatCondé Nast, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Doja Cat: Online Controversy

Her latest controversy unfolded in October of 2023 when she posted a photo on Instagram of her wearing a t-shirt showcasing controversial internal comedian Sam Hyde clutching a rifle.

Fans quickly voiced their concerns with her seemingly endorsing a figure notorious for perpetuating racist and sexist perspectives.

Portrait Photo of Doja Cat performing at the release party of her second albumLavishRuby, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Jonah Hill

In 2023, actor Jonah Hill’s ex-girlfriend Sarah Brady accused him of being “emotionally abusive,” and a “misogynist narcissist.”

Her allegations prompted Zoey 101 star Alexa Nikolas to come forward with other abuse accusations of Hill.

Portrait Photo of Jonah Hill at the Berlinale 2019Harald Krichel, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Jonah Hill: Specifics

Nikolas claims Hill allegedly, “slammed her against a door and shoved his tongue down her throat.”

Hill’s lawyers claim the story was a “complete fabrication.”

Jonah Hill at the 2010 Comic Con in San DiegoGage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been accused of many heinous crimes against women. Many women, and on many separate occasions. In fact, the allegations go so far and so deep that women are continuously coming forward, even still.

Portrait Photo of Sean Combs in black outfitReckless Dream Photography, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Sean Combs: Most Recent

His most recent lawsuit involves allegations of his involvement in a group forced defilement on 17-year-old girl back in 2003.

Combs denies all allegations—but it doesn’t matter. He is standing alone as nearly everyone has dropped their support.

Portrait Photo of Sean Combs aka Sean P. Diddy in a white suitCannes Lions Learnings, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Lizzo

Singer Lizzo, who was once known as a fierce advocate for body positivity, has been sued by her former dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez, accusing her of harassment, body shaming, discrimination, and creating a hostile working environment.

Lizzo lost nearly half of her fans, and has since kept a low profile.

Lizzo performing at the 2022 South by Southwest festivalDaniel Benavides, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Justin Timberlake

Another high-profile case of cancel culture involves singer and actor Justin Timberlake.

The former N’Sync member was instantly canceled when his ex, Britney Spears released her memoir, The Woman in Me, in October of 2023.

Justin Timberlake at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con InternationalGage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Justin Timberlake: Termination Accusations

Inside her book, Spears revealed that during her relationship with Timberlake she fell pregnant and was coerced (by him) into having the pregnancy terminated.

His entire past relationship with Spears has been under scrutiny since, and fans have changed their overall opinion of Timberlake as a result.

Justin Timberlake arrives to the 2013 Grammy AwardsDFree, Shutterstock

Russell Brand

In September of 2023, British actor Russell Brand was accused of heinous acts on women—four women, to be exact. These alleged assaults took place between 2006-2013.

Portrait Photo of Russell Brand at Arthur PremierEva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Russell Brand: Response

Brand denies the allegations, saying “Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.”

He has since been questioned about six further similar allegations.

Russell Brand performing at Regents Park Open Air TheatreRaph_PH, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Elon Musk

Elon Musk has been canceled before, and this likely won’t be his last time either.

He was previously canceled for his messy acquisition of X (Twitter), and his mass firing of company staff.

But now, it get’s worse.

Portrait Photo of Elon Musk in dark suit, facing the camera.The Royal Society, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Elon Musk: Current Cancelation

Musk is now facing cancelation again for appearing to endorse anti-Semitic posts on social media as “the actual truth.”

Musk’s comment received criticism from not only the internet at large, but also Tesla investors and even the White House. Several advertisers like Disney, Warner Bros, and Lionsgate have also said they are pulling advertisements off of X.

Portrait Photo of Elon Musk At A Press ConferenceDaniel Oberhaus, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye was criticized on X for his role as an actor and creator on HBO’s The Idol.

Not only do fans believe his acting is “unsalvageable,” but the show itself has been deemed one of the worst ever created. It has been said that the show is sexist and involves controversial dialogue.

The Weeknd wearing a jacket in pink and blue lighting, holding a microphonePedro Mora, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Weeknd: Witness Reports

Tesfaye received huge backlash for defending the show after 13 staff members attested to the show’s “toxic” change of direction from a dark satire about the trappings of fame, to transforming into the very topic it initially set out to satirize.

Portrait Photo of  The Weeknd performing live in July 2018Nicolas Padovani, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Jonathan Majors

Jonathan Majors was apprehended by authorities in March 2023 for assaulting his then girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. Apparently, a heated argument in an SUV occurred and Majors got physical with Jabbari.

He was charged with third degree assault and second-degree aggravated assault, and both Marvel and Disney dropped him.

Jonathan Majors attends the Fred Duval, Shutterstock


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