A few weeks back, tough-guy hip-hop star turned rich-guy entrepreneur 50 Cent was asked to throw in the opening pitch at a New York Mets baseball game. Instead of delivering a standard toss, Fiddy managed to botch the throw so badly that he guaranteed himself a spot on our most embarrassing celebrity moments of all time list. But he’s definitely not alone.
For years, celebs have proved that they are human just like us by unintentionally embarrassing themselves in front of cameras. Whether it’s bad pitches, wardrobe malfunctions, falls or a good old foot in the mouth, celebrities have definitely chalked up some epically embarrassing moments. Here is a look at 15 of the most memorable and mortifying.
50 Cent’s botched pitch
Yes, here is the epic footage of 50 Cent’s ultimate baseball embarrassment from a few weeks ago. Fiddy is a celebrity who has always prided himself on being Mr. Bravado in terms of lifestyle and physique. But when he got onto the mound to throw the opening pitch for the Mets he made most 6 year old baseball players look like major leaguers. This embarrassing moment will haunt 50 Cent for the rest of his career, and maybe life.
Katy Perry falls and can’t get up
Back in 2008, Katy Perry was asked to play her then hit “I Kissed A Girl” at the MTV Latin America Awards. In typical Katy fashion, the singer decided to accentuate her performance with a ridiculous prop, in this case a giant pink frosted cake. At the end of her performance, Katy dived on top of the big pink pastry…but she couldn’t get back up. When she attempted to stand, she slipped and fell on her face due to the slickness of the icing on the stage. The failed attempts to stand up recurred several times until she was eventually carried off. At least she kept a smile on her face the entire time.
Ashlee Simpson Lip syncs
Ashlee Simpson has never been able to shake off her most embarrassing moment. Back in the fall of 2004, Simpson was the musical guest on SNL. When it came time to perform her single “Pieces of Me,” something went wrong. The band’s timing was off, and someone behind the scenes triggered Simpson’s vocals too early, exposing her as blatantly lip syncing the performance. It was an embarrassing disaster which has sadly gone on to define her career.
Fergie Pees her pants on stage
Can you imagine the horror of being a giant international pop star and accidentally peeing your pants while performing in front of a crowd? That nightmare situation happened to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie back in 2005. The story is that she was running late for the show and didn’t have time to use the bathroom. The embarrassing result was Fergie peeing her pants on stage for the crowd to see and snap pictures of. Tragic!
Tom Cruise’s Couch Jumping
Remember when Tom Cruise first started dating Katie Holmes? How could we forget. He was really, really, and we mean really, excited…or at least he wanted us to believe that. The actor embarrassed himself by going on the Oprah show and getting himself so riled up with excitement that he was literally jumping on the couch. It was truly bizarre.
Jennifer Lawrence Falls at the Oscars
We all love Jennifer Lawrence. She is a fantastic actress and seems like a down to earth person. Unfortunately for Lawrence, she is also the holder of one of the most embarrassing celeb moments in recent history. At the Oscars in 2013 when she went up to the podium for the very first time to accept her Academy Award for best actress, she fell flat on her face while walking up the stairs. This year she took another spill on the red carpet en route to entering the Oscars. We still love her all the same. Maybe even more so.
Bieber tosses his cookies on stage
Last year when Justin Bieber performed at the Arizona date on his Believe Tour, some big dance moves and green room catering got the better of him. During his performance of “Out of Town Girl,” the Biebs turned his back to the crowd and tossed his cookies twice on stage to the horror of his audience. The Biebs then apologized to all of the little kids in attendance.
Sofia Vergara’s Emmy dress rip
Minor wardrobe malfunctions are the root of many embarrassing moments for celebrities. But sometimes those minor malfunctions go nuclear. That was the case for Sofia Vergara at the Emmy Awards back in 2012. While on the red carpet, the Modern Family actresses’ dress split down the back revealing her entire bum to the media world. Although it was painfully embarrassing for poor Sofia, many members of the media didn’t seem to mind.
Madonna’s Super Bowl Fall
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and getting to play the annual Halftime Show is one of the biggest honours for an artist. Some people watch the sporting event just for the musical performance. When Madonna played the show back in 2012, the pop icon had a choreography misstep and took a tumble backwards down some steps on her giant riser. Talk about embarrassment on a giant scale.
Christina Aguilera’s strange leak
Christina Aguilera’s most embarrassing performance as an artist took place at legendary singer-songwriter Etta James’ funeral. Mid-performance, an unknown reddish liquid began dripping down Aguilera’s leg from inside her skirt. You can see Aguilera trying to rub it off with her other leg at the 3:50 mark of the video. Her handlers later claimed that it was an excess of spray tan liquid, but we can’t be sure. The presence of the mysterious red liquid dripping was kinda gross and most definitely embarrassing.
Zac Efron’s Condom Drop
Zac Efron had a moment of mortification on the red carpet at the premier of The Lorax back in 2012. While walking the carpet in front of all of the media outlets on hand, Efron reached into his pocket and accidentally dropped a condom on the ground in plain view. He quickly snatched it up, but was made fun of in the blog world for days on end. He even addressed the embarrassing moment on the Today Show.
Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl nip-slip
Madonna isn’t the only celebrity artist who has been embarrassed in front of the world at the Super Bowl. Janet Jackson was involved in one of the most humiliating Super Bowl Halftime show moments in history…and the most talked about. During her performance with Justin Timberlake, JT ‘accidentally’ pulled off a piece of her top revealing her nearly bare breast. The moment was and will forever be dubbed “Nipplegate.”
Beyonce’s Stage Tumble
Beyonce may be the biggest female pop star in the world and a mega celebrity, but it doesn’t mean she can avoid being embarrassed on a grand scale. During one of her shows in Orlando back in 2007 Beyonce was dancing as only Beyonce can and decided to run down the stairs on her stage set. Poor Bey tripped and did a brutal face plant down the steps. To her credit, she got right back up and continued performing like nothing happened.
Beyonce’s Hair Caught in a fan
Sadly for Beyonce, her 2007 Orlando stage face plant wasn’t her only embarrassing disaster. Last year the singer and mega celeb had another awful stage moment in Montreal when she was performing her hit song “Halo.” Bey’s hair somehow managed to get caught in a fan blowing on her from the stage and she had to have her handlers struggle to get it out. Once again she was a total pro, and sang through the entire embarrassing ordeal.
John Travolta can’t say Idina Menzel
John Travolta did a superb job of making a laughingstock of himself at the 2014 Oscars when he announced “Let It Go” singer Idina Menzel’s performance at the show. Somehow Travolta had never heard her name and couldn’t phonetically sound it out from his teleprompter. He ended up announcing her as “Adele Dazeem.” It wasn’t even close! Travolta was ridiculed mercilessly on the internet for his embarrassing flub.