Seven Celebrities Who Made Fools of Themselves in 2017

Prominent Hollywood figures spread fake news, bullied kids, tried (and failed) to take the moral high ground — and plenty more

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 02 Jan 2018 at 7:52 AM

The year 2017 was hardly a “best foot forward” period for Hollywood celebs.

The entertainment industry became increasingly political and aggressive toward average Americans during the first year of the Trump presidency — and celebs made fools of themselves as they abandoned common sense amid their red-hot anger over the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Many stars who suddenly became political commentators didn’t bother to fact-check their opinions — or they wound up trying to claim a moral high ground that could never be theirs in the first place.

Here are seven celebrities who made fools of themselves (repeatedly!) in 2017.

1.) Sarah Silverman. The comedian (pictured above, far right) was so ready to be offended and willing to believe the hysteria of the Left following Donald Trump's election victory that she mistook construction markings on a street for Nazi swastikas. Talk about being out of touch.

Twitter users, of course, pounced on the mistake in rather humorous fashion.

Silverman acknowledged her error in a later tweet, but instead of taking responsibility and checking her hysteria, she resorted to blaming You Know Who for her misunderstanding. "To the excited-to-pounce, smelly condescending c**** who say ima dummy 4 seeing swastikas in street markers: I'm seeing swastikas in everything fratboys. It started w Bannon's rise & festered when trump decided not 2 mention Jews re the Holocaust," she tweeted (her words verbatim).

Despite her looking so foolish, Silverman was later handed a Hulu series — which focused on political disconnects in America.

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2.) Rosie O'Donnell. How this "comedian" has amassed over a million Twitter followers is a mystery. There are, sadly, a lot of people out there as caught up as she is in anti-Trump hysteria — or else folks just find her 24/7 meltdowns on Twitter amusing.

In 2017 O'Donnell tried desperately, time and again, to enter the political arena, but it's clear she's not equipped to engage in civil debate or see beyond her echo chamber of liberal information. She also has a tendency to cross moral lines a lot.

In 2017 Rosie O'Donnell cyberbullied Barron Trump, the youngest son of the president, by trying to break down his behavior and claim he suffered from a mental illness that the president was hiding. To put that in perspective, Barron Trump is 11 years old. O'Donnell is a 55-year-old woman.

O'Donnell also attempted to bribe two Republican senators recently on Twitter to get them to vote against the new tax reform bill.

It's safe to say that in 2018, O'Donnell's downward spiral is only going to continue — but let's hope there's no more cyberbullying of children or attempted bribery in her future. (Wishful thinking?)

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3.) J.K. Rowling. The "Harry Potter” creator has been so blinded by fury toward the president that she seems at times to have abandoned common sense. The author spread fake news this summer when she shared an edited video suggesting the president ignored a wheelchair-bound child who was visiting the White House.

"Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition," she tweeted when she shared the video.

Rowling continued, "This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump."

Her tirade didn't end there: "My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it ... So yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child's head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw. That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world, and his daily outrages against civilized norms are having a corrosive effect."

She finally added, "How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the president."

If Trump had truly ignored the wheelchair-bound child — then maybe such anger would have been warranted. Instead, the White House released the full video of the exchange — which clearly showed the president acknowledging the boy and shaking his hand.

Rowling eventually apologized for the tweets (but not to Trump) when people sent her the full video — and the mother of the boy corrected the author. Rowling looked — well, bloody foolish.

4.) Chelsea Handler. Handler aggressively fed into the cultural divisiveness and polarization in 2017.

The comedian tweeted in August that America should put laws on the books that allow for police to arrest people for saying racist things.

"2 Chinese guys were arrested in Berlin for making nazi salutes. Wouldn't it be nice 2 have laws here for people who think racism is funny?" she tweeted.

Twitter users immediately reminded Handler of the many race-fueled jokes she'd told in the past. Handler had, essentially, suggested a law that would land her in jail. Nice going. This is the same person who said she would not want to interview first lady Melania Trump on her Netflix program (which has now ended) because Trump could "barely speak English." In reality, Melania Trump speaks English with an accent and is fluent in multiple languages.

Handler also mistook Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) for a woman this year in a political tweet. What made the mistake worse was that it came shortly after the announcement of the end of Handler's Netflix talk show — and she had said her future would include more political activism.

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5.) Samantha Bee. She's one of the many late-night talk-show hosts whose bread and butter is everything Trump-related. And she's yet another celebrity who's been so willing to fall for anything that she makes colossal mistakes that should be career-enders.

This year, Bee mocked a photo of a boy named Kyle Coddington, an attending member of CPAC. She said Coddington had "Nazi hair" and used his image to promote her belief that conservatives are largely racist.

Turns out Coddington does not have "Nazi hair." His unusual hair resulted from radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He had just gone through his first treatment for brain cancer before CPAC. Way to go, Bee.

6.) Michael Moore. It seems probable at this point that the liberal filmmaker is actually a secret Trump supporter who is merely capitalizing on the far-Left hysteria surrounding the president.

After his career slowed down big-time during Obama's presidency, Moore went into high gear when Trump came onto the scene. Since late last year, he's released a new documentary film and put on a one-man show on Broadway. Both focused on the president. Moore also reportedly has a TV show coming along that is Trump-focused as well.

There were plenty of times Moore looked foolish in 2017 — though it's tough to take anything he says seriously.

Moore was called out by Donald Trump Jr. this year for a criticism of the president that made zero sense.

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"Has [Donald Trump] opened up Mar-a-Lago as a shelter yet?" Moore tweeted in September after the Florida hurricane.

Trump Jr. quickly corrected the filmmaker by using simple facts to show Moore was not basing his argument on reality.

"It's on an island on both the ocean & intercostal and in a mandatory evacuation zone ... probably not the best idea, but you know, narrative!" Trump Jr. tweeted. Oops.

7.) Ewan McGregor. The celeb (pictured above, center) looked like a total fool this year when he walked out of an interview at the last minute for "Good Morning Britain" in protest of co-host Piers Morgan — who had had critical things to say about the January Women's March.

Morgan and others pounced on McGregor's hypocrisy. He was trying to take the moral high ground against someone he perceived as an enemy of women — but he himself had just recently worked on a film for Roman Polanski, the director who remains a fugitive for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. Somehow, in McGregor's mind, Morgan's crime of stating an unpopular opinion was greater than that of Polanski's.

PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected]

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