Welcome to Fact Sider, where we delve into the realm of Top 10 Hated celebrities who faced unprecedented backlash and public disdain throughout the tumultuous year of 2023. Whether these stars can resurrect their public image remains uncertain, but their notoriety in the year gone by is undeniable.
10. Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake, the singer/actor, faced a significant downfall in 2023. Despite a triumphant reunion with NSYNC at the MTV VMAs and an eagerly awaited film, “Trolls Band Together,” revelations in Britney Spears’ memoir tarnished Timberlake’s image. Britney disclosed details of their breakup, accusing Justin of infidelity and a controversial termination of an unexpected pregnancy, resulting in a major hit to Timberlake’s public standing.
9. Justin Roiland
Another Justin on the list, Justin Roiland, the celebrated voice actor and “Rick and Morty” co-creator, fell from grace in 2023. Facing domestic violence charges and revelations of his minimal involvement in the show’s production led to fan disdain. Adult Swim severed ties, and allegations persisted. With a new voice actor taking his roles, Roiland’s popularity plummeted amidst online criticism.
8. Colleen Ballinger
Colleen Ballinger became a prime example of mishandling controversy in 2023. The Miranda Sings star faced accusations of inappropriate behavior and grooming from YouTuber Adam McIntyre. Despite the scandal initially subsiding, renewed allegations in June by YouTuber Kodee Tyler Dahl reignited the controversy. Ballinger’s tone-deaf apology video, accompanied by a ukulele, failed to appease critics, adding racial insensitivity accusations to the mix.
7. Drew Barrymore
Once hailed as Hollywood’s “Queen of nice,” Drew Barrymore faced a rough end to 2023. Criticism arose when her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” resumed airing before the official end of the writers’ strike. Continuing production without union writers sparked condemnation from industry colleagues and fans. Barrymore’s attempts to justify the decision fell flat, resulting in a public apology and a temporary halt to the show.
6. Elon Musk
Elon Musk, the multi-billionaire, faced heightened public disdain in 2023. His actions on Twitter, following the acquisition of the platform, drew severe criticism. Mass layoffs, the revival of banned users, and a surge in hate speech and misinformation prompted backlash. Rebranding the platform as X and charging users for the blue checkmark fueled public discontent, solidifying Musk’s negative public image.
Despite starting the year on a high note with four Grammy wins and a successful reality show, Lizzo’s reputation took a hit in 2023. Accusations from former backup dancers of weight shaming and discrimination tarnished her empowering persona. Lizzo’s attempts to deny the claims left the public feeling deceived, raising questions about the authenticity of her on-screen image.
4. Jonathan Majors
Respected actor Jonathan Majors faced a significant setback in 2023. Despite starring roles in prominent films and his portrayal of Kang the Conqueror in the MCU, Majors was arrested for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend. The fallout led to repercussions in his career, with Marvel reportedly rethinking future plans for Kang, and Majors losing talent representation, coupled with a substantial loss of fan support.
3. Andrew Tate
Controversial influencer Andrew Tate began 2023 on a dire note – in prison. Following a sex trafficking and organized crime arrest in late 2022, Tate complained about the conditions but received little sympathy. Released on house arrest in August, Tate’s public persona became a target for ridicule, even featuring in a “South Park” episode as a parody of toxic masculinity.
2. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith emerged as the epitome of TMI in 2023. Her memoir, “Worthy,” and subsequent media tour revealed intimate details about her marriage to Will Smith. Disclosing their separation in 2016 and proclaiming Tupac Shakur as her true love led to public fatigue. By the year’s end, Jada’s continuous revelations earned her a reputation that garnered more eye-rolls than empathy.
1. Danny Masterson
Once a fan favorite from “That ’70s Show,” Danny Masterson’s fall from grace was complete in 2023. Accused of multiple assault allegations in 2017, Masterson was found guilty in May 2023, receiving a 30-year-to-life sentence. The shocking details of the case irreversibly damaged Masterson’s reputation, leaving his public status in tatters and even affecting the standing of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
The year 2023 showcased a turbulent journey for these celebrities, as controversies, legal issues, and public backlash reshaped their public standing. Whether they can redeem themselves in the eyes of the public remains uncertain, marking these figures as some of the most disliked in the past year.