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. Molly Cavalli
This porn star recently earned some major online buzz after she posted a video of her cage-diving experience off the coast of Florida. In the video, Cavalli appears to get attacked and bitten by a lemon shark, and reportedly required stitches from the nasty wound.
However, experts are now insisting that the video was staged purely for publicity purposes.
Bryce Rohrer, owner and operator of Florida Shark Diving, tells the Palm Beach Post that he was contacted by Cavalli and her team, who asked Rohrer to help them create a fake shark bite for a viral video:
Rohrer has a text message that the actress, Molly Cavalli, sent him with an image of what the bite would look like with special effects makeup.
“I was talking directly to Molly and she just said, hey, we are looking to do a shoot faking a shark bite and it’s strictly in order for it to go viral,” Rohrer said. “We immediately declined. We are pro-shark, pro-wildlife, and want to show the importance of sharks, not villainize them.”
I can tell you for a fact, it was not a shark bite. How it was inflicted is conjectural, but the main thing is, the injury is not a shark bite. It was a PR stunt, and it worked.
Hmm. Going to extensive lengths to ensure that you get online attention from vilifying a wild creature who was probably just minding its own business? While some might call such actions “dedication,” I call them “a dick move.”
2. Donald Trump
This week, the president stirred up bipartisan controversy when he fired FBI Director James Comey. The Trump administration alleged that the impetus for Comey’s dismissal was his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. However, many found this reasoning to be extremely suspect, as the FBI is currently investigating the alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
As the New York Times reports:
The officials said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, pushed for Mr. Comey’s dismissal. But many in Washington, including veteran F.B.I. officers, saw a carefully choreographed effort by the president to create a pretense for a takedown of the president’s F.B.I. tormentor.
So, essentially, it’s looking more and more as though we have a president who will stop at nothing to silence any voice of disagreement or dissent within the government — and that is, frankly, kind of terrifying.
3. Steve Harvey
Steve Harvey apparently sent an email out to his staff this week with a ridiculous array of diva-esque demands. And, as is to be expected, the email was leaked to the public.
Among the demands on Harvey’s list are priceless sentences such as, “Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED,” and “I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me.”
Um … geez, Steve. Diva, much?
To his credit, Steve Harvey later acknowledged that he should have probably handled his staff requests a bit differently, and maybe shouldn’t treat them as though they’re all desperate fangirls, as opposed to employees who are just trying to do their jobs.
4. Sean Spicer
After the news of Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey broke, Sean Spicer found himself, yet again, in the uncomfortable position of having to answer questions about his boss’ actions. So, rather than face the reporters, Spicer decided to hide in some bushes instead.
No, I am not kidding.
As the Washington Post reports:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge. To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director.
Hilariously enough, Spicer later insisted on correcting the Post, noting that he was actually “among bushes” rather than “in the bushes.”
Um, okay, Sean. Regardless of your relationship with the bushes, you probably shouldn’t put them between yourself and the people you are hired to converse with.
5. Whoever Filmed This Freakin’ Clam
JUST. NO. STOP. WHAT??
I’m going to have nightmares about this damn filthy clam.