Yeah, yeah, yeah—2016 was the worst year ever so 2017 is going to be somewhat better, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work. While you were watching the ball drop and nursing your hangover, these five people were getting their asses handed to them by the new year.
1. This woman who fell off the stage after her boyfriend proposed to her
Texas woman Endyugi Soedarsono got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend proposed to her at a concert on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately she was so floored she fell right through the floor… in front of everyone. And now the internet can enjoy it too. Oh well, at least she got that ring!
2. The @EmrgencyKittens Twitter account
Poor @EmrgencyKittens! The twitter account, which posts and rates cute cats, got a brief thrill from being followed by the president-elect before he (or someone else) unfollowed them. Sad! It’s really too bad though, President-Elect Trump missed out on a pretty good joke:
3. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey was having a pretty good end of 2016, with a stellar appearance on carpool karaoke and a gig performing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (the thing everyone turns on when they want to watch the ball drop). Unfortunately, her performance on carpool karaoke ended up being the better of the two. Carey had a total meltdown on stage after some technical difficulties and later blamed Dick Clark Productions for sabotaging her on purpose for ratings.
4. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte from Virginia, along with other GOP representatives, effectively gutted the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) yesterday. Republican members of the House of Representatives held a secret, closed-door meeting where they voted to fold the independent watchdog group into the House Ethics Committee, giving Congress more authority over investigating itself. (The OCE was established in 2008 after criticism that the House Ethics Committee was protecting members of both parties from serious scrutiny.)
Needless to say, it doesn’t look good when your first priority is to make sure you can do whatever you want without anyone investigating it.
Goodlatte’s efforts have even earned some mild criticism from the president-elect:
And if you’d like to contact Rep. Goodlatte’s office, his phone number is (202) 225-5431.
UPDATE: After intense public backlash, the House GOP has decided to scrap their plan to scrap the Office of Congressional Ethics… for now.
5. Former That’s So Raven star Orlando Brown
I don’t know what it is that turns former Disney Channel child stars into outright freaks, but former That’s So Raven actor Orlando Brown reportedly leaked his own sex tape on Twitter. It may have been accidental, because the tweet was deleted, but not before the entire damn internet noticed. People were NOT happy with it: