CLOSE
Original image
Getty Images

10 Things Various Celebrities Decided to Boycott

Original image
Getty Images

When they got fed up, celebs left these things behind—sometimes temporarily, and sometimes for good.

1. Florida

Thinkstock

Florida won't be the sunshine of Stevie Wonder's life ... A day after the Zimmerman trial verdict, the legendary soul singer announced that he's boycotting Florida until the "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law is abolished. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world," Wonder said. That would take 23 other states—including Illinois, Oregon, and even Michigan, home of Motown—off his tour schedule.

2. Kick-Ass 2

Twitter

Critics are one thing. But what happens when a leading man gives his own movie a bad review? In June, Jim Carrey denounced Kick-Ass 2, claiming that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December had changed his views on movie violence. The movie's executive producer quickly rushed to its defense. Despite Carrey's change of heart, the actor is probably contractually obligated to walk the red carpet and promote Kick-Ass 2 when it opens on August 16.

3. Instagram

Celebrities were outraged when Instagram announced changes to its terms of use that would allow the company to sell users' images to advertisers without notification. Even the paparazzi doesn't do that! Pink, Olivia Wilde, Kate Walsh, and model Bar Rafaeli were just a few famous Instagram users who threatened to delete their accounts when the change went into effect on January 16. Pink kept her word, leaving behind 12 million followers. Wilde no longer posts pictures. Walsh and Rafaeli still use the site. Stars: They're just like us.

4. Zero Dark Thirty

The 2012 war film Zero Dark Thirty made many viewers uncomfortable, including actors Martin Sheen and Ed Asner. The two, along with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member David Clennon, claimed the film promoted torture and started a campaign against it during the 2013 Academy Awards season. Zero Dark Thirty received five nominations, but only tied with Skyfall for Best Sound Editing.

5. Two and a Half Men

Getty Images

Two years after becoming the highest paid child star on television, 19-year-old Angus T. Jones urged the public not to watch Two and a Half Men. The born again actor called the show "filth" during a video interview with the religious website Forerunner Chronicles. Jones issued an apology the next day. Former co-star Charlie Sheen's response: "I like the apology his lawyers wrote for him—that was pretty good." Jones will play a smaller recurring role in season 11.

6. Awards campaigning

Getty Images

Mo'Nique was thrilled when her performance in Precious was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009. But she wasn't eager to campaign for the Oscar with countless interviews and media appearances, like most actors do. So she didn't, and it led to an angry backlash. Film industry insiders and critics called Mo'Nique unprofessional and ungrateful. She won the Oscar, anyway.

7. Hugo Boss

The same year that Mo'Nique took home an Oscar, Danny Glover told attendees what not to wear. Fashion house Hugo Boss was set to close its Cleveland plant and lay off 400 workers a few weeks after the ceremony. Glover and the labor union Workers United urged Hollywood stars to dress up in another label in protest. Most Oscar-goers went along with the plan, and the plant stayed open. In 2012, Hugo Boss workers signed a three-year contract with the company.

8. Jay Leno

Getty Images

Thousands of supporters proclaimed "I'm With Coco" when Conan O'Brien left The Tonight Show and was replaced by his predecessor Jay Leno. Fellow late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel even compared Leno to Jason from the Friday the 13th movies: “Just when you think he’s dead, he comes back.” Every other late night talk show host agreed. In May, NBC announced that Leno's finally being put to rest. Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show on February 24, 2014.

9. Hilton Hotels

In a 2007 appearance on The Tyra Banks Show, Senator Barack Obama revealed that his 9-year-old daughter, Malia, had been watching the news and didn't approve of Paris Hilton's bad behavior. At the time, Hilton had been sentenced to jail for driving with a suspended license after an earlier drunk driving arrest. Obama explained that Malia feels so strongly that she's asked her parents not to stay in Hilton hotels. Maybe she has a future in politics, too.

10. Cristal

Diss and ye shall receive. In a 2006 interview with The Economist, Frederic Rouzaud, managing director of the company that produces Cristal, was asked if mentions in rap music have been detrimental to the high-end champagne brand. His response: "That's a good question, but what can we do? We can't forbid people from buying it. I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." Rapper Jay-Z immediately announced that he was pulling the bubbly from his 40/40 Club chain and wouldn't be drinking it at home, either. In the 2009 single "On to the Next One," he rapped, "I used to drink Cristal, them f***ers racist/So I switched gold bottles on to that Spade s**t."

Original image
By Napoleon Sarony - Library of Congress, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
arrow
literature
25 of Oscar Wilde's Wittiest Quotes
Original image
By Napoleon Sarony - Library of Congress, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On October 16, 1854, Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. He would go on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, dabbling in everything from plays and poetry to essays and fiction. Whatever the medium, his wit shone through.

1. ON GOD

"I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability."

2. ON THE WORLD AS A STAGE

"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast."

3. ON FORGIVENESS

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."

4. ON GOOD VERSUS BAD

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."

5. ON GETTING ADVICE

"The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself."

6. ON HAPPINESS

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

7. ON CYNICISM

"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

8. ON SINCERITY

"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

9. ON MONEY

"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."

10. ON LIFE'S GREATEST TRAGEDIES

"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

11. ON HARD WORK

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."

12. ON LIVING WITHIN ONE'S MEANS

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

13. ON TRUE FRIENDS

"True friends stab you in the front."

14. ON MOTHERS

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

15. ON FASHION

"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."

16. ON BEING TALKED ABOUT

"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

17. ON GENIUS

"Genius is born—not paid."

18. ON MORALITY

"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."

19. ON RELATIONSHIPS

"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?"

20. ON THE DEFINITION OF A "GENTLEMAN"

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally."

21. ON BOREDOM

"My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s."

22. ON AGING

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."

23. ON MEN AND WOMEN

"I like men who have a future and women who have a past."

24. ON POETRY

"There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope."

25. ON WIT

"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

And one bonus quote about Oscar Wilde! Dorothy Parker said it best in a 1927 issue of Life:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

Original image
Michael Campanella/Getty Images
arrow
Lists
10 Memorable Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes
Original image
Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Neil deGrasse Tyson is America's preeminent badass astrophysicist. He's a passionate advocate for science, NASA, and education. He's also well-known for a little incident involving Pluto. And the man holds nearly 20 honorary doctorates (in addition to his real one). In honor of his 59th birthday, here are 10 of our favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes.

1. ON SCIENCE

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
—From Real Time with Bill Maher.

2. ON NASA FUNDING

"As a fraction of your tax dollar today, what is the total cost of all spaceborne telescopes, planetary probes, the rovers on Mars, the International Space Station, the space shuttle, telescopes yet to orbit, and missions yet to fly?' Answer: one-half of one percent of each tax dollar. Half a penny. I’d prefer it were more: perhaps two cents on the dollar. Even during the storied Apollo era, peak NASA spending amounted to little more than four cents on the tax dollar." 
—From Space Chronicles

3. ON GOD AND HURRICANES

"Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes ... The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms."
—From Death by Black Hole

4. ON THE BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY INVENTED FOR USE IN SPACE

"Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope." (Editor's note: technology used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope's optical problems led to improved technology for breast cancer detection.)
—From Space Chronicles

5. ON THE DEMOTION OF PLUTO FROM PLANET STATUS 

PBS

"I knew Pluto was popular among elementary schoolkids, but I had no idea they would mobilize into a 'Save Pluto' campaign. I now have a drawer full of hate letters from hundreds of elementary schoolchildren (with supportive cover letters from their science teachers) pleading with me to reverse my stance on Pluto. The file includes a photograph of the entire third grade of a school posing on their front steps and holding up a banner proclaiming, 'Dr. Tyson—Pluto is a Planet!'"
—From The Sky Is Not the Limit

6. ON JAMES CAMERON'S TITANIC

"In [Titanic], the stars above the ship bear no correspondence to any constellations in a real sky. Worse yet, while the heroine bobs ... we are treated to her view of this Hollywood sky—one where the stars on the right half of the scene trace the mirror image of the stars in the left half. How lazy can you get?"
—From Death by Black Hole

7. ON DEATH BY ASTEROID

"On Friday the 13th, April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup will fly so close to Earth that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites. We did not name this asteroid Bambi. Instead, we named it Apophis, after the Egyptian god of darkness and death."
—From Space Chronicles

8. ON THE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND AMERICA'S MOONSHOT

"[L]et us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do."
—From The Sky Is Not the Limit

9. ON INTELLIGENT LIFE (OR THE LACK THEREOF)

Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/neildegras615117.html
Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/neildegras615117.html

"Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life."

10. PRACTICAL ADVICE IN THE EVENT OF ALIEN CONTACT 

A still from Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Universal Studios
"[I]f an alien lands on your front lawn and extends an appendage as a gesture of greeting, before you get friendly, toss it an eightball. If the appendage explodes, then the alien was probably made of antimatter. If not, then you can proceed to take it to your leader."
—From Death by Black Hole

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios