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14 Famous Men Who Deserved So Much Better From The Media

Macaulay Culkin deserves a massive apology.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us when celebrities were mistreated by the media, and a lot of the submissions were about men. Here are the eye-opening results.

Warning: Some submissions include topics of sexual assault and pedophilia.

Note: Not all submissions were made by Community users.

1. When Wendy Williams made a really cruel joke about Joaquin Phoenix's cleft palate, and then proceeded to raise her lip, mocking his appearance.

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2. When Piers Morgan made fun of Harry Styles for breaking gender stereotypes by wearing a beautiful gown for his 2020 Vogue cover.

Piers commenting on Styles's Vogue cover, saying: "What on earth is he doing? I don't want my husband popping on the old Versace dinner dress"
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3. When CNN let a former Arizona sheriff appear on their show to lie about having evidence that Barack Obama's birth certificate was fake, allowing him to push the racist, false theory that Obama wasn't born in the US.

Joe Arpaio telling CNN Obama's certificate was fake: "We have the evidence, I'm not gonna go into all the details, but it's a phony document"
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4. When Corey Feldman revealed on The View in 2013 that he was a victim of pedophilia as a child actor in the '80s, and Barbara Walters dismissed his trauma by telling him, "You're damaging an entire industry."

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"He did an interview with Barbara Walters and The View in 2013 where he discussed the rampant sexual abuse and pedophilia in Hollywood. He and his friend Corey Haim experienced it firsthand, and Feldman blamed Haim’s troubled life and subsequent death on the abuse. Feldman's accusations were never taken seriously — people were so mean to him because he told his truth, and any attempt at returning to his career was ridiculed. He deserves so much better."

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5. When Ellen DeGeneres bombarded BTS with an inappropriate question about having sex with their fans and condescendingly told their translator to define what "hooking up" meant.

Ellen asking BTS if they've hooked up with their fans
NBC

"It was so disrespectful, and it made RM so uncomfortable. She then took it a step further when they didn’t answer and asked the translator to translate for her. It wasn't funny."

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6. When a British interviewer asked Robert Downey Jr. about his past drug addiction and traumatic relationship with his father without consent while he was there promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Robert Downey Jr. leaving an interview after being asked about his addiction and relationship with his father
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"RDJ clearly looked like he didn't want to answer the question, but the interviewer kept pushing him to the point were RDJ just left the room."

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7. When various media outlets criticized Macaulay Culkin's thin appearance in 2012, and the New York Post most notably wrote: "Aahh!! Creepy Culkin" (a reference to his Home Alone character's infamous screaming pose).

New York Post quote: "The former child star looks nothing like the adorable 8-year-old he once was in the movies, appearing gaunt, pale, and skeletal"
Jack Dishel / New York Post / Via nypost.com

8. When a cartoonist for the Augusta Chronicle drew an incredibly prejudiced cartoon regarding Colin Kaepernick's Nike deal, making fun of Kaepernick's stance against racial injustice in the US.

Editorial cartoonist Rick McKee's take on the Colin Kaepernick Nike deal. https://t.co/G9VML1CdTJ

Twitter: @AUG_Chronicle / Via Twitter: @AUG_Chronicle

"Every NFL franchise colluded to keep him out of the league after taking a knee during the anthem throughout the 2016 season. He didn't break any laws and didn't even break any league rules — he was blacklisted, and the only justice he received was a settlement from the NFL so he wouldn't take them to court."

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9. When Barbara Walters pressured Ricky Martin to define his sexuality in a 2000 interview, and when he gave his answer, she continued to push him in the most uncomfortable way.

Ricky Martin: "Sexuality is something that each individual should deal with in their own way." Barbara Walters: "Well, you could stop these rumors and say: 'Yes, I am gay'"
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10. When Billboard removed Lil Nas X's massive hit "Old Town Road" from their country charts, claiming that it didn't "embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart," when in reality, their decision was rooted in racism.

Columbia / BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.com

11. When Men's Health published an article with an offensive headline about Jonah Hill's weight loss in the Maniac trailer in 2018, which read: "Jonah Hill Is A Shadow Of His Former Self In New Netflix Trailer."

Netflix / Mens Health / Via menshealth.com.au

"Jonah Hill is the first person who comes to mind. He has always been an incredible actor with amazing style, but he was treated as a complete joke until he lost a lot of weight. Even then, I remember seeing articles talking badly about him, saying he was funnier when he was 'fat.'"

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12. When the New York Post made light of Tiger Woods' drinking and driving accident in 2017, writing this horrible headline that was "supposed to be punny," but was actually pretty damaging.

Today's cover: Tiger Woods acted "arrogant" during his DUI arrest in Florida https://t.co/dmO6iK2cX9

Twitter: @nypost / Via Twitter: @nypost

13. When Terry Crews was brave enough to openly talk about being sexually assaulted, and Wendy Williams made a problematic remark that he wasn't brave — he was "just talking."

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"Men face enough of a stigma about sexual assault without Wendy Williams amplifying it."

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14. And when Ellen DeGeneres made jokes about how the paparazzi invaded Justin Bieber's privacy by taking and selling nude photos of him while on vacation, making him visibly uncomfortable.

Degeneres asking Bieber how he didn't notice the paparazzi taking naked pictures of him, and then showing him a photoshopped image of herself in disbelief over his nakedness

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Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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