When I was little my parents instilled in me the idea that you should never make the same mistake twice, and in light of George Michael’s recent arrest this adage has been floating in my head all day. He just can’t stay out of trouble with the police. In the early hours of July 4th, Michael crashed his car into a store and was subsequently arrested; marking the second time the ex-Wham! star has been found unconscious at the wheel. Anyway, George Michael is prone to arrest just like some people are prone to drinking too much, or doing drugs, or being huge sexist pigs. Let’s take a look at some of the people who are just as liable to repeat the same mistakes as George Michael.
Ben Roesthlisberger, aka”Big Ben,” has more sex scandals attached to his name than Kobe or a college lacrosse team. In 2009 and 2010 the no-helmet-wearing Steelers quarterback allegedly sexually assaulted female fans. In both instances the charges were dropped; the latter because the victim hated the intrusive nature of the highly publicized trial. In the end, Ben was suspended from games, his line of beef jerky was pulled off the shelves and he’s been added to the professional athlete scum-bag list.
The RNC (Republican National Committee) has been involved in sex scandals since before the Great Depression. In recent news, the RNC had been using a strip club in Las Vegas named the Forty Duece as its go to meet-up spot. They claim there was no nudity involved, which sounds a lot like something you might say to your wife when you come home smelling like cheap perfume and dirty g-strings. I guess they’ll never learn, because just months later a scandal broke out claiming that RNC Chairman Michael Steele paid young Republicans to attend a club specializing in, you guessed it: lesbians, bondage and S&M! I guess they can only repress their insatiable sexual appetite for so long until they use donated money for their own sexcapades.
George Lucas was something like a father to me. Well not like a father, more like a weird uncle who always told the best stories. Even though Alexander Pope said “to err is human” doesn’t mean I have to be divine and forgive. I feel I am not alone in believing that the three newest Star Wars movies are an atrocity, and possibly George Lucas’ greatest mistakes. The man created some of the greatest movies ever produced (in my opinion), but for some reason he didn’t get the message when The Phantom Menace was seen as a flop and slight towards Star Wars fans worldwide. Since Episode I premiered he’s made mistake after mistake (see: Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and the newest Indiana Jones) and it doesn’t look like he has any plans to reconcile with his now ex-fans.
It’s hard to image anyone who continually shoots their mouth off like Kanye West. He’s infamous for his Hurricane Katrina gaffe, where he nonchalantly told America that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” More recently he stepped all over Taylor Swift’s VWA acceptance speech and looked like a huge jerk. It seems like Kanye may have learned his lesson, but as soon as his new album drops in September I’m sure he’ll be hyping it up with a new set of off-color comments. Also, I’m surprised no one has told him how ridiculously bizarre his hair looks; a mistake he’s been making for some time now.
Pete Doherty is kind of endearing in a way. Like a kid who, no matter how many times you tell him not to pick his nose, he just can’t stop himself from doing it. The ex-Libertines front man has been arrested/sent to been to rehab more times than anyone should try to count. But time and time again he’s bounced back, played some shows and fallen back into drugs. In June of last year he was arrested twice in two days; both arrests involving drugs. Apparently TThe Libertines are getting back together, and I hope for his and our sake that he’s truelly clean. But my intuition and his past tell me it’s probably a naive hope.