30 Interview Moments With Famous People That Weren't Acceptable Then And Aren't Acceptable Now

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We've asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which celebrity interview moment was inappropriate or uncalled for. Here's what they said:

1.When interviewers pressured Shawn Mendes into answering invasive questions by playing a game where they'd electrically shock their coworker for each question he didn't want to answer.

An interviewer asking Shawn what noises he makes during sex and then shocking his coworker when Shawn doesn't answer

"Shawn Mendes was around 19 years old. He was visibly uncomfortable and was probably terrified on the inside."

Hoggingmylifee

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2.When an interviewer took off her shirt and tried to get the members of 5 Seconds of Summer to do the same.

An interviewer taking her shirt off and then begging the band members to take their shirts off too

"That was the worst interview I've seen. It was clear they were all very uncomfortable."

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3.When Howard Stern body-shamed Anna Nicole Smith and tried to force her to weigh herself during her interview:

Howard Stern asking Anna Nicole Smith to get on a scale

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4.When Janet Jackson told David Letterman she didn't want to talk about her performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII with Justin Timberlake, but he ignored her and still asked.

Janet Jackson saying she doesn't want to talk about the Super Bowl and David Letterman asking anyway
CBS

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5.When Howard Stern made a bet with Freddie Prinze Jr. that his marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar wouldn't last 10 years.

Howard Stern telling Freddie Prinze Jr. his marriage to Sarah Michelle Gellar won't last
E!

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6.When David Letterman sucked on Jennifer Aniston's hair.

David Letterman sucking on Jennifer Aniston's hair

"She was clearly very uncomfortable but tried to stay professional. He’s so gross."

katrawling

CBS

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7.When Wendy Williams asked Laverne Cox extremely personal questions about her transition.

Wendy asking Laverne if she has breast implants

"So tacky and awkward."

ashleyl31

CBS Television Distribution

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8.When Ellen made a whole game out of which English words Sofía Vergara could and couldn't pronounce.

Ellen laughing at Sofia not being able to pronounce a word

"Ellen laughed at her the whole time."

foxja2005

NBC

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9.When Oprah was insensitive to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen about their weights.

Oprah interrupting Ashley to ask her what size she is

"When she interviewed the Olsen twins, she was so disrespectful the whole time. That interview is probably why they’re so notoriously private now."

diyanahj

ABC

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10.When Ellen asked Justin Bieber why his wife wasn't pregnant yet.

Ellen asking Justin Bieber why it's taking him so long to have kids

"You could tell he got really uncomfortable, and it's none of her business anyway."

fortnjen001

NBC

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11.When Wendy Williams told Alyssa Milano that she doesn't think mothers should publicly breastfeed after Alyssa Milano had spoken about the backlash she got for posting a picture of herself breastfeeding.

Wendy Williams telling Alyssa Milano that breastfeeding is a sexual thing and that she doesn't need to see it
CBS Television Distribution

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12.When Jay Leno asked Kanye West if his recently deceased mother would be ashamed of him for interrupting Taylor Swift's speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Kanye trying not to cry and Jay Leno asking Kanye if his mother would give him a lecture

"I don’t support Kanye, but asking a question like that when someone is in such a vulnerable state is just wrong."

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Citytv / NBC

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13.When Robert Downey Jr. was promoting a Marvel movie and was asked about his past drug use and getting arrested.

Robert Downey Jr. leaving an interview after being asked about his addiction and relationship with his father

"RDJ clearly looked like he didn't want to answer but the interviewer kept pushing him to the point where RDJ left the room."

tatumrosner

Channel 4 News

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14.When Wendy Williams asked 18-year-old Marcus Scribner if he was a virgin.

Wendy asking Marcus if he's a virgin

"He was super uncomfortable and to make it worse, his dad was on the side with the camera witnessing everything. She said the reason why she asked was because his character on Black-ish was sexually active. Luckily, he just nervously laughed it off and said that the audience can use their imagination on that subject."

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CBS Television Distribution

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15.When an interviewer asked One Direction which band member sleeps with the most women.

An interviewer asking One Direction, "Who is the main fucker of the band?"

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16.When Katie Couric asked Carmen Carrera if she'd gotten bottom surgery.

Katie asking Carmen if her private parts are different

"Carmen wasn't comfortable with the question. Laverne Cox was also on the show and she was quick to shut Katie down with an eloquent explanation as to why her line of questioning was offensive."

myviolentheartandsoul

ABC

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17.When Howard Stern interviewed Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) and was offensive and sexist the whole time.

Howard Stern saying that Emma lost her virginity when she was "Swallow Spice"
E!

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18.When a red carpet interviewer at the Grammys told Taylor Swift she'd be walking home with a lot of men that night.

An interviewer telling Taylor she will leave with a lot of men tonight
Entertainment Tonight

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19.When Ellen asked BTS if they've ever hooked up with their fans.

Ellen asking BTS if they've hooked up with their fans

"So disrespectful and it made RM so uncomfortable. She then took it a step further when they didn’t answer and asked the translator to translate for her. Not funny."

kirstinguardian

NBC

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20.When Howard Stern asked Sarah Michelle Gellar how hairy her vagina was.

Howard Stern asking Sarah Michelle Gellar how hairy her vagina is

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21.When Ellen forced Mariah Carey to drink alcohol to prove she wasn't pregnant.

Ellen telling Mariah to toast to her not being pregnant.

"How messed up is that?!"

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Entertainment Tonight / NBC

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22.When David Letterman asked Lindsay Lohan questions about rehab that hadn't been approved.

David Letterman asking Lindsay Lohan about rehab and her saying that these questions were not approved

"Letterman started addiction-shaming her and her rehab failures, and kept pressing on her. She handled it well, but ew."

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CBS

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23.When Anderson Cooper was interviewing Lady Gaga and brought up the rumors about her having a penis.

Anderson Cooper bringing up rumors about Lady Gaga having a penis
CBS

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24.When Ellen brought up Justin Bieber's nude paparazzi photos and displayed them on a huge screen.

Ellen displaying Justin's nude paparazzi photos and asking him about it.

"She was disregarding the fact that he was obviously uncomfortable."

bhenaultbassett

NBC

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25.When Ellen put photos of famous men and Taylor Swift's exes on a big screen and asked her which ones she dated.

Ellen putting pictures of Taylor's exes on a huge screen

"Ellen was basically slut-shaming her. Taylor legit almost started crying and Ellen was cackling like an old witch! It is so upsetting!"

misteryahoo

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

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26.When Conan O'Brien was staring at Nicole Scherzinger's chest and she called him out.

Nicole Scherzinger telling Conan to focus on what she's saying and not her chest

"Conan O’Brien has made so many women on his show visually uncomfortable. Even though they both play it off like a joke, it was so inappropriate."

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TBS

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27.When Wendy Williams defended Trey Songz after Keke Palmer called him out for pressuring her to be in his music video and then featuring her in it without her consent.

Wendy Williams saying she couldn't be less accusatory to Keke Palmer
CBS Television Distribution

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28.When Cara Delevingne was on Good Morning Sacramento and they mocked her because she didn't seem excited.

News anchors mocking Cara Delevingne

"They began by getting her name wrong. Later, when she gave a dry response, they told her she should take a nap and drink a Red Bull, then continued to mock her even after the interview was over and she was gone."

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CBS

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29.When Ellen repeatedly asked Taylor Swift and Zac Efron if they were dating when they went on her show to promote The Lorax.

Ellen telling Taylor Swift and Zac Efron they're a cute couple even though they weren't dating

"It was SO rude and uncomfortable for both of them."

brennaboo

Warner Bros. Television Distribution

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30.And finally, when Megan Fox brought up that she was sexualized from a young age and Jimmy Kimmel shut her down and made jokes.

Megan Fox talking about Michael Bay sexualizing her as a teen and Jimmy Kimmel joking about it

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What's another completely uncalled-for celebrity interview moment? Let us know in the comments.