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Nothing’s more infuriating than seeing a person being handed fame and fortune on a plate despite not deserving it. And given their obnoxious or irritating or even downright criminal ways, the following 20 celebrities don’t deserve it at all. In fact, we’re still working out how some of these people even found the spotlight in the first place.
20. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is seemingly famous just for being part of the Kardashian clan – well, and for her lips. But that’s about it. So that makes it all the more depressing that in 2014 she was named one of that year’s most influential teenagers by Time.
19. Kelly Osbourne
Once just famous for being the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne is now… pretty much mainly just famous for being the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne. Oh, and for making an offensive comment about Latino people on The View. Way to go, Kelly.
18. Kevin Federline
Kevin Federline is known for exactly one thing: marrying and divorcing Britney Spears. He’s since parlayed that notoriety into terrible music and appearances on reality TV shows – but nothing that warrants him still being in the public eye nearly ten years after the Britney split.
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17. Perez Hilton
Perez Hilton definitely shouldn’t be as famous as many of the real celebrities he showcases on his blog, especially when he’s notorious for outing, infuriating and just generally creeping on them. No wonder nobody’s fond of him.
16. Iggy Azalea
Over the course of her relatively short career, Iggy Azalea has managed to piss off everybody from Nicki Minaj to Snoop Dogg, and from the LGBT community to – reportedly – even Britney Spears. Unsurprisingly, then, the rapper has now fallen from favor in many quarters, but then did she even deserve people’s attention in the first place?
15. Spencer Pratt
Spencer Pratt, for his part, was named the “greatest reality TV villain” in a 2015 Yahoo! survey. That’s not a talent, though, and nothing since or including Pratt’s appearance on The Hills has shown why he should still be famous.
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14. Scott Disick
Scott Disick hasn’t even been deemed significant enough to warrant his own Wikipedia page, yet the media still reports on his every move. And that’s just because he’s the ex-boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian. Keep up the good work, Wikipedia.
In 2009 the premiere season of MTV’s vapid reality TV show Jersey Shore unfortunately made stars out of its cast, which included Snooki. Reportedly, the woman also known as Nicole Polizzi went on to pocket $150,000 an episode for doing absolutely nothing of worth – and that’s a trend she’s continued to lucrative effect since.
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12. Robin Thicke
With his 2013 mega-hit “Blurred Lines” and its sleazy video, Robin Thicke was justifiably accused of sexism and the promotion of rape. Good reason, then, for him to fade into obscurity; still, fortunately the sales of his 2014 album, Paula, suggest that such a fate could come sooner rather than later.
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11. Mel Gibson
Despite being the very picture of the racist grandfather whom no one wants to invite over for Christmas, Mel Gibson is still living the celebrity lifestyle and still making movies. Retirement, though, could be the best and least offensive move he’s made in many years.
10. Russell Brand
Rampantly unfunny comedic controversies, general debauchery and jumping onto the political bandwagon together pretty much make up Russell Brand’s life legacy so far. Add a spot of narcissism into the mix, then, and you get one often unpleasant individual who shouldn’t receive the fame he craves.
9. Tila Tequila
Not even any discernible talent could excuse reality TV starlet and model Tila Tequila from being a Nazi sympathizer. And it’s a shame that people still sit up and take notice when she spouts such deeply offensive garbage on social media, too.
8. Chris Brown
Chris Brown’s relationship with Rihanna apparently ended when photos of the bashed-up face that he had given her shocked the public in 2009. Well, shocked them for a little while, as someone still has to be buying his records for him to have the inexplicably successful career he still does.
7. Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman treads a very fine line between pushing the limits of social taboos and just being straight-up offensive. It might help her case, though, if she were funny with it – or if her career weren’t built mostly on controversy.
6. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has irritated and offended with her twerking, flashed almost every part of her body and been accused of racism and cultural appropriation. In fact, she’ll do and say pretty much anything to keep herself in the public eye, but she really needs to take a break from the spotlight – and perhaps even a permanent one.
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5. Chuck Norris
Okay, so Chuck Norris has achieved some impressive martial arts feats and made a few good – if occasionally cheesy – movies. But in recent years he has become more known for being a now played-out meme and for his anti-gay agenda. It’s perhaps time, therefore, that no one ever need speak his name again.
4. Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is the apotheosis – or maybe the nadir – of “famous for being famous.” Among the so-called socialite’s crowning achievements to date are appearing in a sex tape, starring in a few awful movies and DJing badly. Nothing, then, to justify her riches and fame.
3. Justin Bieber
Once a cute little teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber transformed seemingly overnight into a truly horrible person. He’s vandalized a building, he’s attacked people, he’s urinated in a mop bucket… yet he’s still mega-famous. There’s no justice.
2. Kim Kardashian
There’s something deeply appalling about Kim Kardashian’s rise to fame off the back of a sex tape. And she’s raked in the millions since. Kudos to her, then, for making hay while the sun shines, but probably not even Kanye would care if she never appeared on TV or in a magazine ever again.
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1. Donald Trump
In 2015 Donald Trump announced that he was running for the Republican nomination for U.S. President. The property mogul’s true colors shone through soon after, though, as his campaign was quickly marred by his sexism, racism, and all-around nasty behavior. It’s a cautionary tale of what happens when a person who should never, ever have been allowed to become a celebrity turns into one – so let’s all learn from it.