We tend to look at our idols with rose colored glasses. But you probably forgot how some of your well-loved personalities actually did some pretty shocking things.
#1 Albert Einstein
If they were to stay married, Albert Einstein gave his wife a list of rules to follow. Part of the list was to serve him 3 regular meals a day in his room; to forgo sitting or traveling with him; and to stop talking when he said so. Unsurprisingly, they did not stay married.
#2 Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt made these very racist statements: “As a matter of fact it was inevitable, as well as in the highest degree desirable for the good of humanity at large, that the American people should ultimately crowd out the Mexicans from their sparsely populated northern provinces…Any one who has ever been on the frontier, and who knows anything whatever of the domineering, masterful spirit and bitter race prejudices of the white frontiersmen, will acknowledge at once that it was out of the question that the Texans should long continue under Mexican rule; and it would have been a great misfortune if they had. It was out of the question to expect them to submit to the mastery of the weaker race, which they were supplanting.”
#3 Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin impregnated actress Lita Grey. He was forced to marry her because she did not want to terminate her pregnancy. Also, back then, he was 35 and she was 15!
#4 Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley felt insecure about women his own age, thinking he would come up short. He usually hosted sleepover parties with girls around 14 years old. He particularly liked virgins since they were less likely to push him to become more physical or judge his skills. We wonder what he would’ve thought of these famous virgins who saved themselves for marriage.
#5 Jack Gantos
The award winning children’s author Jack Gantos worked with a gang of counterfeiters in the 12th grade and drug dealers in the Virgin Islands. They smuggled and sold a boat full of hashish in New York City.
#6 Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was asked to lower an Atari Game to less than 80 Integrated Circuits (ICs) so that it would be made more affordable. He asked his friend Steve Wozniak for help, saying he was going to split the money 50/50 if Wozniak helped him. After 4 sleepless days, Wozniak decreased the ICs down to 30. He was told the job paid $700, so he took his $350. Years later, Wozniak cried when he found out that Jobs was actually offered $5,000 and had cheated Wozniak for his work. Wozniak was saddened, not because of the money, but because their friendship and trust was broken.
#7 Laura Bush
Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, at the age of 17, while she was driving, ran a stop sign in an unlit country road and hit a car. 17-year old Mike Douglas, driving that car, died upon impact. No charges were filed.
#8 Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, during the 4th Lincoln-Douglas debate in September 18, 1858 said, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”
#9 Don King
A boxing promoter, Don King stomped to death an employee, who owed him $600. King served less than 4 years in prison. He was later pardoned by the Ohio Governor for the crime, after receiving letters from Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Gabe Paul, and Art Modell.
#10 Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry, thought to be the father of rock ‘n roll, served 3 years for armed robbery in 1944; served 20 months for illegally transporting a 14-year old across state lines for immoral purposes in 1961; and settled out of court for $1.3 million for possessing videotapes of unknowing women in the bathroom in 1990.
#11 Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill once said, “I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poisonous gas against uncivilized tribes.” This is quite shocking coming from a person so much against Adolf Hitler.
#12 John Wayne
John Wayne in 1971 was quoted as saying, “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”
#13 Tom Baker
At 31, Tom Baker left his wife and children to pursue his acting career. He also emotionally snapped and tried to assault his mother-in-law using gardening equipment. He eventually starred as “Doctor Who,” one of the most iconic and beloved doctors in television history.
#14 Nelson Mandela
Although Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years, going against apartheid in South Africa, he also founded the Umkhonto Sizwe, the terrorist arm of the African National Congress, known for their usage of landmines in rural roads, execution and torture of prisoners, and killing of more than 130 people.
#15 Charles Dutton
Charles Dutton has had many roles in television and film. But he served prison sentences for the illegal possession of a firearm, manslaughter, and being the ringleader of a prison riot.