Everyone likes to see a celeb fall from the very same pedestal we’ve put them in the first place. It’s almost ironic, how first, we follow their moves (personal and professional) on social networking and micro blogging sites, imitate their fashion trends, revere them like demigods and then gloat at their downfall.
From Paris Hilton to Mel Gibson to Britney Spears, Tiger Woods and O.J. Simpson, George Michael, Michael Jackson to Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan to Harbhajan Singh; celebs across the world have displayed an almost insatiable appetite for misbehaviour in public.
Harbhajan Singh hit fellow cricketer S Sreesanth in an IPL match and had a verbal duel with Andrew Symonds; Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez’s verbal spat with French footballer Patrice Evra got him a racist tag. Another example of celebrity anger came to fore when former boxing World champ Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear during a bout. Nicholas Cage was once arrested in New Orleans for assaulting his wife (in public) and yelling at a policeman. Former supermodel Naomi Campbell, pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers at Heathrow Airport and was later accused by her maids of reckless assault.
Mel Gibson had a verbal argument with his instructor about his name tag during the first day at an anger management class after his rant at a police officer; Russell Crowe publicly apologized for throwing a telephone at a hotel concierge; Chris Brown was arrested for attacking his girlfriend Rihanna and making criminal threats against her. Salman Khan got into a public brawl with now frenemy Shah Rukh Khan and the spat turned ugly when the two promised never to speak to each other, dividing the Hindi film industry into two teams: Team Salman Vs Team SRK. SRK had another spat with filmmaker Shirish Kunder earlier this year in a pub party. Minutes after the slapgate, Shirish went viral and blasted the Khan for being a big bully who had threatened to ruin his career, only to eat humble pie a day later and make peace with the superstar.