The 19 Biggest Celebrity Stories of 2016
I've always been skeptical of people talking about how "this year has been the worst year" because it happens year after year. This year, though, people called it around May and yet things still seem to be getting more and more out of hand.
1. Tila Tequila gets banned from Twitter for Nazi salute
This was a bad year for Tila Tequila, or rather the people who are aware of her existence. Tila's rants were taken to a new level when she a) "jokingly" threatened to shoot up a theater out of boredom and b) shared a photo of herself performing a Nazi salute at an alt-right (read white supremacist) conference with two men. By this point, Twitter had had enough of her and banned her permanently. Speaking of that conference.
2. Everybody died
Whether it was undeniable music legends like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Prince; athletes like Muhammad Ali and Chyna; respected actors like Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, and Anton Yelchin, or controversial politicians like Nancy Reagan, Rob Ford, and Fidel Castro, it seems like 2016 was a purge year for the world's pop culture icons.
3. Ryan Lochte's Olympics scandal
This year was not good for American swimmers. Ryan Lochte got the ball rolling with his exaggerated tale of being robbed at gunpoint. As more and more details emerged, it suddenly wasn't a case of being randomly selected for armed robbery but is a lot more complicated, considering Lochte and his buddies drunkenly vandalized a bathroom before the incident. Regardless of how it lands, Lochte is still charged with providing a false claim so we'll have to wait and see how this turns out.
4. Taylor Swift and Kanye's phone call
When Kanye West's infamous song "Famous" dropped, people immediately looked to Taylor Swift to respond to lyrics that apparently called her out. Publicly, the lyric, "I feel like me and Taylor still might have sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous" didn't fly for Swift. That is, until Kanye released footage of the phone call he apparently (if not creepily) recorded wherein she gave him permission to use the lyric and promised that she would say she was flattered by the mention if asked about it. You can read the full transcript here.