17 Celebrities Who've Survived PR Nightmares
These days, PR fumbles and full-blown scandals are just as likely to ensnare celebrities as they are to trip up companies and politicians. And while some stars find they just can't shake their tarnished reputation, others manage to bounce back — sometimes better than ever. Here are 17 celebrities who not only survived PR nightmares over the last decade, but even thrived once the dust settled.
Actor Gary Oldman has Mel Gibson to thank for his own PR kerfuffle. Oldman caused a stir in a 2014 "Playboy" interview when he defended Gibson's anti-Semitic rant and used profanity to describe Nancy Pelosi, among other things. Oldman put pen to paper in an apology to the Anti-Defamation League, though the group called the mea culpa "insufficient." But observers can look no further than 2017's "Darkest Hour" to see that any career downturn was short-lived: Oldman's turn as Winston Churchill earned him a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar for best actor.
Rapper Kanye West has never exactly been a shrinking violet, but when he interrupted Taylor Swift in 2009 as she gave her acceptance speech for best female music video at the MTV VMAs, it was perhaps the most prominent of a career full of controversies. Still, West has proved to have enormous staying power despite (or maybe even because of) his rants and raves. His 2016 album, "The Life of Pablo," went to the top of the charts, and he even managed to become half of one of Hollywood's ultimate power couples when he married Kim Kardashian in 2014. He's also recently released a new album called "ye," which has become an instant chart topper.
Though Schwarzenegger has kept a lower profile since the height of his fame as a bodybuilder, actor, and governor of California, he blew up the headlines in 2011 when he admitted to fathering a child with a household staffer while married to Maria Shriver. But he returned to the spotlight since the scandal, starring in films including 2013's "Escape Plan" with Sylvester Stallone and 2015's "Terminator Genisys." He even took over for Donald Trump as host of "The Celebrity Apprentice," but eventually quit, saying the show's association with Trump caused too much baggage.
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