Thanks to the rise of online tabloids and social media, a celebrity’s every move is scrutinized more than ever before, and when controversy equals clicks, it doesn’t take much for a star to find themselves with an army of haters. It’s sometimes easy to forget that celebs are only human, and nobody’s perfect. When you look at the bigger picture, some of Hollywood’s most hated stars are actually decent people trying to do some good in the world while navigating the pitfalls of success.
1. Amy Schumer
By late 2015, Amy Schumer had an “overexposure” problem. Thanks to her hit movie Trainwreck and her viral sensation sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, the stand-up comedian was everywhere. We saw her gracing magazine covers, trending online, and walking the red carpets, where she famously once pretended to fall in front of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. (C’mon, that was pretty funny.) However, Schumer ran into some problems when she parodied Beyoncé’s “Formation” video in late 2016. The comedian was accused of “cultural appropriation” and making light of police brutality, according to Vanity Fair. It didn’t help that Schumer’s initial response to the controversy was to post a nude photo to Instagram, reveling in the backlash. She later apologized on Medium, saying that her intentions weren’t to parody the video, but to join it in celebrating women. (In Schumer’s defense, her parody video was first posted on Tidal, which is owned by Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, so it’s not a stretch to assume that Schumer may have had Queen Bey’s approval.) At the end of the day, Schumer is a comedian, and sometimes jokes don’t land. It’s clear from the majority of her material and public stances that she’s dedicated to empowering women, ending gun violence, and denouncing racism. Those topics can be extremely polarizing stances in America, but that hasn’t stopped Schumer from tackling them head-on.
2. Ben Affleck
Just as Ben Affleck earned himself a reputation as a serious filmmaker and seemed to put the tabloid life in his rearview, thanks to a seemingly perfect marriage to Jennifer Garner, he made the surprising decision to star as Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In fairness, who doesn’t want to be Batman? Not to mention, Affleck was likely eager to deliver an epic superhero movie after his star turn in Daredevil wasn’t the best. Unfortunately for Affleck, Batman V Superman didn’t go over well with critics, and the film’s quality has been a hot topic among comic book fans. It also didn’t help that not long before the questionable blockbuster hit theaters in 2016, his marriage to Garner imploded when he was caught allegedly hooking up with their kids’ nanny. Awkward. While Affleck isn’t solely to blame for how Batman V Superman turned out, the nanny thing does look sketchy. However, Garner told Vanity Fair that the scandal happened months after they separated, and she’s consistently praised Affleck as a dedicated co-parent. He even put himself in rehab to be a better father and teach his kids that it’s okay to ask for help. Affleck has also been a reliable team player while filming Justice League, even though there’s a big question mark about when he’ll hang up his cape. What’s more, he’s a crusader in real life who isn’t afraid to stand up against intolerance and has been a passionate advocate for humanitarian aid in the East Congo.