It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. Kellyanne Conway
I know, I know. We’re all exhausted of hearing about the verbal somersaults Kellyanne commits in the name of Trump.
But, this week, Conway genuinely screwed the pooch, according to actual federal edicts.
On Thursday morning, Kellyanne appeared on Fox & Friends and addressed the fact that Nordstrom department stores recently dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing line due to declining sales. In a moment of forgetfulness (or insanity) Kellyanne then used her position as a federal employee to endorse Ivanka Trump merchandise on the air, saying:
They’re using the most prominent woman in Donald Trump’s — you know, most prominent — she’s his daughter, and they’re using her, who has been a champion for women empowerment, women in the workplace, to get to him. I think people could see through that. Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. I hate shopping. I’m going to go get some myself today.
Cool, so, just FYI: this is in direct violation of the standards issued Office of Government Ethics, which forbid federal employees from using their public office to endorse any products, brands or services.
Conway also added that she was giving Ivanka “a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
*Face-palm heard round the world*
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later told a reporter that Conway had been “counseled” about her remark — though it’s unlikely she will receive any other repercussions.
2. Mitch McConnell
Okay, this story has been tossed around quite a bit this week, so, suffice it to say: when Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to speak out on Tuesday night against Trump’s nomination for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, she was forcibly silenced by her peers.
Warren read aloud from a letter which was originally written to Congress in 1986 by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter discouraged the legislators from appointing Sessions as a federal judge, as his policies were considered to be, well, racist. In the middle of her oration, Senator Warren was interrupted by Senate Majory Leader Mitch McConnell and informed that she was in violation of Rule 19, which bars legislators from “impugning” one another’s character on the Senate floor.
Regardless of your feelings about Elizabeth Warren, silencing someone who is in the middle of reading a letter penned by Coretta Scott King is, in short, kind of a dick move (and seems like a somewhat sexist maneuver).
3. David Beckham
I’m not sure if you were aware, but there is an actual David Beckham email scandal going down right now, and it’s absurd.
A recent leak of emails between Beckham and his inner circle have revealed that the world-famous soccer player kind of acts like a whiny little asshole (via correspondence, anyway). As Jezebel reports:
In addition to insulting the committee responsible for selecting future knights (Beckham called them “unappreciative cunts”) waving off lesser honors (in one email he wrote, “Unless it’s a knighthood fuck off”) and shading other celebrities (he called fellow OBE Katherine Jenkins a “fucking joke”), Beckham’s motivations for all that charity work have been called into question.
In the emails, Beckham also apparently bristles at being personally approached to donate funds to Unicef, saying “I don’t want to do it and won’t do it with my own money.”
Beckham later released a statement which claims that the email excerpts were taken out of context and “doctored,” and that he is a big supporter of Unicef.
Regardless of what is true and what is “doctored,” it’s kind of obnoxious that anyone would ever type the words “Unless it’s a knighthood fuck off,” so I still have to roll my eyes at Beckham on this one.
4. Jon Gugala
Washinton Post contributor Jon Gugala made waves this week when he published a piece entitled “Single men are having less sex than you think.”
Not surprisingly, the article was essentially a glorified version of some dude saying, “Hey, I’m not having regular sex, and that’s kind of a problem.”
Despite sentences like “This is not a plea for sympathy — as a white male, I know I am one of the least sympathetic demographics,” the whole post is an existential exploration of why Gugala keeps getting placated by the women he propositions. This writer can’t seem to fathom why complicated, emotionally-unavailable women are constantly foiling his plans for sexual exploration.
In short: not only is it a rather boring thesis (i.e., “being single isn’t as much fun as it seems”), it also subtly implies that women aren’t holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to having sex with this particular writer.
Um, okay, Jon. Pretty sure your sexual drought will continue well after the publication of this article.
5. George Lopez
George Lopez was performing a standup routine on Saturday night in Phoenix, AZ when he made the remark “There are only 2 rules in the Latino family: Don’t marry somebody black and don’t park in front of our house.”
Apparently, a woman on the front row stood up and gave Lopez the middle finger in response to the joke.
Lopez then proceeded to verbally castigate the woman, saying “Sit your fuckin’ ass down! Sit your fuckin’ ass down! I’m talking, bitch. So sit your fucking ass down!”
Not surprisingly, the woman and her friends got up to leave after this outburst. Lopez responded by crowing “Four seats just opened up front.”