|Whatever you do these days, there will almost always be a record of it somewhere on the internet / Photo by: DPP Law via Flickr|
Whatever you do these days, there will almost always be a record of it somewhere on the internet. It’s a little more extreme when you’re a public figure, especially a celebrity, someone many in society assume is basically public property. When your work is public, the concept that your personal life is public is near impossible to avoid.
Here are the top Googled celebrities in the past year.
Caitlyn has felt the hot attention of the public ever since she came out four years ago as a transwoman. All manners of jokes were made about her, and many even denounced her decision to come out but that didn’t stop Caitlyn from living her life. Now, as a contestant in ITV’s “I’m A Celebrity,” Caitlyn has even beat British celebs on the most-searched-list for Google.
According to British news source Independent UK, Caitlyn’s connection to the Kardashian-Jenner family, as well as her American Olympic gold-medallist past, has made people curious about her.
James Charles has always had quite the divided audience in the beauty community, though most would argue having a divided audience in a niche community is probably just par for the course, except James’ name exploded for reasons it probably shouldn’t have. After getting into a public feud with now ex-friend and fellow beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook, those of us who were casually on social media the day of the explosive issue were suddenly bombarded by posts made about them.
Though he got out of the controversy by debunking every accusation that Tati had thrown at him, it’s still taking a while for him to endear himself to his audience once more. Regardless, it is reported that James Charles makes big in his YouTube career, with 16.3 million subscribers and an estimated net worth of about $12 million.
Perhaps the only bright spot in this article (if not in the whole world), Greta Thunberg shook the world to its core when she broadcasted, with more conviction than everyone else, our need and obligation to protect our Earth right now. She is part of this list because she has also actively fought criticism for championing her cause. Standard UK reports that she ranks seventh on their list, alongside actor Joaquin Phoenix and reality TV personality Jordyn Woods.
|Greta Thunberg shook the world to its core when she broadcasted, with more conviction than everyone else, our need and obligation to protect our Earth right now / Photo by: Brita Olsson via Wikimedia Commons|
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman
For some people, being most searched on Google can mean you have finally made it; people are now genuinely curious about you. But we have to remember that people can also look up your name on Google for some shady stuff you’ve done -- cue Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
After news about their college admissions scandal broke out, Loughlin and Huffman instantly became the internet’s worst enemy, as people from all sides denounced the two for buying their children's way into prestigious universities just so others who worked way harder could be ignored. Sadly, according to showbiz website Cheat Sheet, Huffman only served 11 days in prison and paid a $30,000 fine on top of being sentenced 250 hours of community service. Loughlin was not much lucky, as she and her husband face up to 60 years in prison for money laundering and bribery.
On the list of artists who were on the minds of people to Google for the wrong reasons is relative-unknown Jussie Smollett of the show “Empire.” His shot as the most Googled was due to the fact that Smollett went viral for allegedly staging an attack on himself in Chicago. According to Standard UK, he was instantly recognized by Google’s algorithm as the top Google search.
|On the list of artists who were on the minds of people to Google for the wrong reasons is relative-unknown Jussie Smollett of the show “Empire” / Photo by: Walt Disney Television via Flickr|
R. Kelly became the talk of the town when “Surviving R. Kelly” came out on Lifetime. R. Kelly’s explosive interview has also further pushed people to be curious about him, and soon the “renewed scrutiny” around him led most of us to reconsider supporting his past works. According to Independent UK, it was his relationship with underage girls that people found horrid, and he was thus charged with bribery after he bribed a government official “in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry an under-age girl in 1994.”
In a statement that left so many people confused and outraged, actor Liam Neeson was also a most Googled person this year after he spoke in an Independent article released in March last year about the rape of a female friend which he said was committed by a black man. In that moment, he explained that he was filled with anger on her behalf, that he admitted he had stalked the streets to find a “black bastard” to kill.
This did not sit well with the public, of course, and it added another layer to the racism narrative as many people questioned if it was right that he had thought that way or if it was right that he had acknowledged that it was bad, even now, in a bid to come clean about such a heinous thought.