Y’all, I got some splainin’ to do. I got busy last week and never got around to posting a Freaky Friday Flashback. So, to make up for it, today we’ll take a look back at two of the biggest WTF? moments in pop culture history. Usually I like to kick it old school in this feature, with stuff from previous decades. But today, I’d like to take a fond look back at two of the biggest celebrity meltdowns in recent history.
I was in Las Vegas on the crazy February 2007 night that Britney Spears walked into a Los Angeles hair salon, demanding the stylist shave her head. When the woman refused, and tried to talk Brit out of it, she grabbed the clippers herself and commenced to cleaning off her skull. My sister, who’s the biggest Britney fan I know, texted me with the news and my first thought was, “Oh man, she’s officially cracked.”
You all know the rest of the story. The next year was filled with umbrella brandishing car attacks, custody battles, affairs with paparazzi, an MTV on-air embarrassment and more ugly wigs and weaves than you could shake a stick at. Thankfully Brit seems to be back on track (and hopefully, back on the correct meds) and has a new CD coming out in a few weeks.
Our next spectacular celebrity meltdown comes courtesy of drunk-ass Mel Gibson. In July 2006, Gibson went out to a Malibu bar and got shit-tanked with a bunch of random strangers. Thankfully, these folks had the foresight to take pictures:
So, after getting his drank on, Mel decides to drive on home and gets pulled by the cops. And this is when things go really wrong. Drunk Mel starts mouthing off at the cops, calling one “sugar tits,” and saying to another “Fuck Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”
Gibson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge and was sentenced to three years on probation. He was ordered to attend self-help meetings five times a week for four and a half months and three times a week for the remainder of the first year of his probation. He was also ordered to attend a First Offenders Program, was fined $1,300, and his license was restricted for 90 days. He also volunteered to record a public service announcement.
Since then, Mel’s been kinda quiet. His film Apocalypto came out shortly after all this went down, but was overshadowed by Gibson’s troubles. He also sat down with Diane Sawyer that year to talk about the incident and his struggles with alcohol abuse:
“The other thing is sometimes you need a cold bucket of water in the face to sort of snap to because you’re dealing with a sort of a malady of the soul, an obsession of the mind and a physical allergy. And some people need a big tap on the shoulder. In my case, public humiliation on a global scale seems to be what was required.”
What’s funniest about these stories is that these two started hanging out earlier this year. Birds of a feather flock together, eh?
Have a good weekend, and try to stay out of trouble, kiddies!