Many celebrities including Meghan Markle, Alec Baldwin, and Britney Spears remained in limelight this year due to some kind of controversy. However, only a few of them made the list of top 5 controversial celebrities that people searched the most on Google. Recently, the tech giant released Year in Search 2021 which showed who these famous public figures are.
The scandals ranged from breakup, divorce, sex-tape, to accident, racism, and cyberbullying incidents. Many of them were quite popular in their respective fields which is why their news broke the internet in 2021. Some even drew unwanted attention by giving remarks about COVID-19 that nobody wanted to listen to.
All in all, it has been a difficult year and it has affected celebrities as much as the commoners.
Top 5 Controversial Celebrities Making Headlines
As controversial celebrities make the news, internet users often bombard the search engine with their name to join the ongoing debate. This is exactly what happened this year with the 5 most searched celebrities on Google.
On Number 5 its American gymnast Simone Biles, who shocked the world by quitting Tokyo Olympics 2020, which happened in 2021 after being delayed due to COVID-19. The athlete’s reason to withdraw from the tournament was to focus on her mental health. It riled up the right-wing who called her “selfish” and a “disgrace” without acknowledging her actual feats. However, it was not the only thing that made Simone Biles one of the most controversial celebrities this year.
She is arguably the biggest female gymnast in US history with a total of 32 medals in Olympic and world championships. Another controversy surrounding her is that she can do the kind of moves that only a few other male athletes can do. There are 4 gymnastic moves named after her after she safely performed them for the first time; Biles 6.4 (Vault), Biles H (Balance Beam), Biles I (Floor Exercise), Biles II (Floor Exercise). This year she added some new and difficult skills to her arsenal but did not receive a sufficient difficulty score. The more dangerous moves in gymnastics have higher points if landed successfully. Gymnastic analysts reported that her elements especially the Yurchenko double pike deserved to score way hire but IGF (International Gymnastics Federation) and judges underscored her. They wanted to keep the level playing field so that other players don’t take a risk in trying to pull off the same moves in hopes of scoring more points. Critics argued that by underscoring Biles, the IGF made sure that she is less dominant and the competition stays close.
The athlete also gave testimony against the US Gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar. The doctor is serving a life sentence in prison after being charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting 265 young women and girls under the excuse of medical treatment.
Number 4 is Tiger Woods, who is gradually making a come back into the world of golf after suffering a grim car crash. The legend went under multiple surgeries on his right leg. According to reports, there is a rod inserted into his tibia and screws and pins on ankles and feet to stabilize the leg. At one point, doctors were reportedly considering amputation but luckily it didn’t get to that. 10-months after the accident, Woods stunned the golf viewers by announcing his return in the PNC Championship (formerly known as Father-Son Challenge) 2021 with his 12-year-old son, Charlie Axel Woods.
Woods had a car accident in 2009 as well which also exposed his extramarital affairs and forever damaged his “golden boy” image. Media reports revealed that he had an affair with two women while he was married and had children. The golfer released a statement apologizing for the pain he caused his family. He and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010 following the disturbing scandal.
The son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan was probably the zenith of controversial celebrities in 2021. Rarely has any celebrity got media limelight as this star kid but he sits at number 3. Probably because the top 2 celebrities in this list have achieved some more attention from the internet surfers because of the stuff they were associated with.
Aryan Khan was arrested during a raid on a cruise ship by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India on October 3 for alleged possession, sale, purchase, and consumption of drugs. The court granted him bail on October 28 after imposing 14 conditions. One of these conditions was to appear before the NCB each week on Friday. Moreover, the court barred him from leaving Mumbai or India without the permission of the bureau and special NDPS court.
Many controversies surrounded his arrest including the one when critics and other celebrities argued that the authorities unfairly targeted the family of a Muslim celebrity. Those who arrested Khan were unable to recover any drugs from him which intensified the controversy and calls to release him as soon as possible. NCB alleged that Khan was a part of a larger conspiracy to procure drugs from an international network. However, the support for Khan remained strong as there was already a familiar pattern of Bollywood stars being tied to cases related to drugs.
Comedian Pete Davidson was number 2 on the list of most controversial celebrities in Google searches this year. The news of dating between the ‘Saturday Night Live’ star and the supermodel Kim Kardashian spread like wildfire on the internet. Reportedly, the media first spotted the couple holding hands on October 29 after sharing a kiss during Aladdin and Jasmin skit in SNL. Then the comedian treated the reality star to a romantic dinner without security and they went to many social gatherings together.
On the other hand, Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West has also been dating someone, a 22-years-old model, Vinetria. Kim filed for divorce in February 2021 with her husband, with whom she shares 4 children; Pslam, Chicago, Saint, and North.
The top search on Google regarding controversial celebrities is none other than Alec Baldwin. The veteran actor accidentally killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins with a prop gun while shooting for the Hollywood film ‘Rust’. Director Joel Souza also sustained injuries, who is still recovering from the damage done by the projectile. Baldwin claimed that he didn’t pull the trigger. He explained that he only pulled the hammer back slightly while rehearsing a scene, but when he let go, the gun discharged itself. The actor added that if he was sure that he was responsible for the death of Helena, he would have taken his own life.
The authorities have been reportedly investigating how a live round ended up in the prop weapon. Investigators described that there was “some complacency” in how the weapons were being handled on the film set. However, they said it was too early to file any charges