Celebitchy’s most commented stories 2017: Baby fists’ tantrums, Harry’s engagement

2017 was a dumpster fire of a year as you know and it’s not over yet. We went into it knowing that an unhinged orange lying monster was president and it just got worse as the weeks ticked by. We marveled at Trump’s pettiness and thin skin. We learned that so many directors, producers, actors, agents and men in power were rapists, abusers and assailants. We also felt empowered to tell our stories and we opened up a dialogue about sexual harassment and assault. The most eligible royal bachelor got engaged to a lovely and outspoken American actress, while his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, fell pregnant with her third child. Last year our most commented stories were about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split and the drama and custody battle that ensued. This year Angelina Jolie described a casting process for her Cambodian film that was arguably abusive and then tried to get Vanity Fair to retract her comments. So many natural disasters and tragedies occurred and we saw the extent to which people can pull together and help each other. Let’s hope that 2018 doesn’t test our resolve as much as this year did, and let’s hope that Trump gets impeached.

These are the top 10 most commented stories of 2017, in reverse order

Angelina Jolie’s controversial casting process

42nd Toronto International Film Festival
Angelina Jolie gave an interview to Vanity Fair in which she described a casting process that was arguably abusive to the young Cambodian children, including orphans, that were auditioned for her historical Netflix film, First They Killed My Father. It involved offering the children a large sum of money on a table, telling them to snatch it quickly while imagining what the money would pay for, and then taking it away from them. Producers told the children it was a game, but it was criticized as exploitive. (While that article and the follow-up from VF weren’t among the top ten most commented last year, they’re worth mentioning for background.) Jolie was also taken to task by the organization Human Rights Watch for securing filming locations by working with the Cambodian government, which continues to commit human rights abuses. Then, when Jolie realized how poorly her audition story came across, she requested that Vanity Fair issue an apology and retraction. Instead of doing that they released the transcript and stood by their journalist for representing the story accurately. This was a rare misstep from Jolie.

Martha Plimpton’s “best abortion”

Premiere of Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' - Arrivals
Reproductive rights advocate Martha Plimpton’s brief but controversial abortion remarks were meant to stir up controversy and they definitely did. She stated quite plainly during a reproduction rights event that she had “my first abortion here at the Seattle Planned Parenthood” at 19 and that “it was my best one,” adding that she would give it a positive Yelp review if possible.

Ben Affleck premieres new girlfriend Lindsay Shookus

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus hold hands during a dinner date in NYC
While no other stories about Ben Affleck’s romance, his sobriety battle, his groping of women, or his outright lying about his groping of women landed in the top ten most commented, this one, when he stepped out for his first pap stroll with SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, was the third most commented story of the year. Affleck’s debut of his “new” romance was a long time coming, given the amount of stories we’d heard about his extra curricular activities and the continual reports of his on-off-on-ad nauseum relationship with Jennifer Garner. (Note that the photo above is not one of the first photos, those are exclusives.)

2, 3, 6, 8, 10
Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle

Prince Harry got engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, who proved herself already skilled in media relations and in charitable works. Harry’s engagement to charming Meghan overshadowed his sister-in-law Kate’s third pregnancy, which seemed to spur Kate on to make more appearances in her third pregnancy. Meghan’s debut wasn’t without its missteps, she was criticized for re-homing one of her rescue dogs rather than bringing him to England with her and she wore a privately-purchased gown for her engagement photos valued at $75,000. Meghan’s walk to church with the royals for Christmas services was the second most commented story this year. It was also the first time she was photographed with the Cambridges.

1, 3, 9
Donald Trump’s lunacy, pettiness and racism

Donald Trump speaks at US Air Force Base Yokota
Three stories about Emperor Orange made it into the top ten, which shows how we were initially shocked but gradually grew accustomed to the unique blend of treason, racism, classism and abuse which 45 inflicted on us, often in 140 characters (now 280!) on a daily basis. It’s sobering to watch, but at least he incriminates himself on a near-weekly basis, which may lead to an indictment at some point sometime.

Here’s hoping we all have a much better 2018. I’m including a photo of champagne and an angry elf as a palate cleanser.

photos credit: WENN and Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr

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  1. Nicole says:

    I guess I’m shocked that trump stories weren’t more of the top 10. Nor were the Weinstein stories. I wonder if that’s because of fatigue…I know I’m tired.

    Anyways happy new year to the CBers on here. Esp those of y’all I regularly interact with. You guys keep me relatively sane. Let’s hope for a better 2018

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Nicole, I’ve got some great red wine, and glasses… schooch over on the couch…I’m exhausted from this year, too, sigh. I am *so* tired of the Dumpster and his complicit congregation of cohorts… so sad and angry from hearing of all the abuse almost all women have had to endure… to quote the fabulous Madelyn Kahn in Blazing Saddles: “Frankly, I’m tired!”

      Here’s hoping 2018 will bring everyone some cheer and happiness, and that so many of the things that have gone wrong are righted! Peace, love, and JUSTICE for all! 🥂🍷

    • magnoliarose says:

      I am drained. The rollercoaster ride personally and all this 45 nonsense has forced hard changes and choices. The open racism, bigotry, corruption, and injustice just breaks my heart, and though I know it needed to be revealed, it is still overwhelming.
      Working on my marriage has been humbling and keeping it together for my children has been exhausting.
      I am not sad to the back of 2017.
      Usually, we do an adult holiday with our friends for New Years, but no one was up for it.
      BTW this yenta wants to Thank you for being challenging and thought-provoking consistently.

      • Nicole says:

        Aw thanks Magnilia. I’ve had some great discussions with you on here so the feeling is mutual.
        Hopefully next year will be better across the board 🙂

      • Georgie says:

        So sorry to hear of your struggles – read this quote somewhere after 45 became an unbelievable reality – “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

  2. Laura says:

    Thanks to everyone at Celebitchy for the information and entertainment. You helped keep me sane this year!
    Happy new year!

  3. Tate says:

    2017 was a shitshow for sure. Sadly, I am not feeling optimistic about 2018.

    • Jane says:

      I feel the same way. As long as that monster is in office I don’t see any relief for quite awhile.

  4. lightpurple says:

    Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year.

  5. Snazzy says:

    Happy New Year CBers! Here’s hoping for a 2018 filled with prison terms and impeachments for those that traumatised us in 2017, so we can go back to gossiping and commenting on famous people’s terrible life choices.

    Hugs and kisses to all.

  6. Lilith says:

    I’ve really enjoyed coming here in the last year. I always learn new and interesting things about EVERYTHING – not just celeb gossip.

    Kaiser, love your humour and your new kitty cat. Would you please post more on Keanu Reeves? ❤ Happy new year! 🎉🎉🎆

    • applecore says:

      Yes more Keanu please! He’s my only teen crush boyfriend who hasn’t been revealed to be an abuser, cheater, racist, etc. He’s well known to be a humble, kind, handsome, all around awesome dude!

      Happy New Year!

  7. Tania says:

    While the world was on fire, it wasn’t all bad. I married the love of my life, we’ve travelled a fair bit with a few trips already planned for the coming year (including a 14 day cruise to Italy!), I left a job that was toxic, took a couple of months off and am now working for a very diverse and inclusive branch of a major corporation and I don’t even mind working while my husband and Mom stay in their pajama’s for 5 days straight!

    Happy new year to all the people at my favorite blog (not just celebrity because we are quite an informed bunch).

    Here’s to 2018 being the year of impeachment and the continued march to progress for minorities and women!

    • I just can't says:

      Same here! Gotta acknowledge that the outside world is a hot mess but I personally had Good year…married my partner of 8 years, honeymoon to Thailand and a new job that took me out of a toxic, sexist environment. I started the year very engaged in the resistance but got a little burned out. Here’s to 2018!

  8. Sixer says:

    Happy New Year to all Celebitches, whose collective wisdom illuminates so much – including some of the arguments!

  9. Cee says:

    I, personally speaking, had a terrible year. Everything that could go wrong, did, and I am so glad we’re at the finish line. I can’t muster any optimism for 2018 but I can say this: for every bad thing that happened to me, I know someone had it worse, so I can only be thankful for my resources, my perseverance, and my family.

    I wish everyone a happy New Year – may you eat well, drink well, love well, be safe, and be at peace. We wil meet again in 2018 and try to work through the crap that will more than likely follow into the early new year.

    • lucy2 says:

      I had a rough 2017 too – it started with a major injury and ended with my beloved fur baby passing away, and all the while I was depressed and angry over the state of the world, politics, all the harassment stories, etc.
      But like you I’m thankful for how I did get through it all, with a lot of love and support from friends and family. I’m hopeful that things will improve in 2018, and that we’ll end next year with some great elections that lead to righting some of the many, many wrongs that have happened this year.
      Best wishes to everyone, and have a safe and happy New Year.

  10. Maria says:

    Wishing all my friends at Celebitchy a very healthy and safe 2018. 😊

  11. browniecakes says:

    Let’s make it a great year, 2018. Looking forward to gossiping and laughing with you all then.

  12. milla says:

    Have a lovely year filled with excitement and joy💖💖💖

  13. Sparkly says:

    Despite the poo sandwich of a year, I’ve still enjoyed following along here and being a part of the Celebitchy community. Thanks for all your hard work! I hope 2018 is a much better one for all of us. Here’s hoping we can only go up.

  14. ISSAQUEEN says:

    Thank you celebitchy for being a real escape and oasis from the storm. You guys are a sweet part of my life and I love you. Here to a HAPPY, HEALTHY and PEACEFUL 2018!!!!

  15. hnmmom says:

    Grateful beyond words for this site this year. Such bright, insightful, sane comments in times of utter darkness. My send off last year was “F*ck You, 2016” this year it’s “Eat Sh*t, 2017”. I have no illusions 2018 is going to be much better but this is the year to dig deep and fight like hell to save our country. I’m exhausted like most but my resolve remains. I plan on working hard to elect Beto O’Rourke and unseat Ted Cruz in November, that’s my main New Year’s resolution here in TX.

    Cheers to a safe and healthy 2018 for all!

    • a reader says:

      From one Texan to another…. let’s go kick Ted Cruz’s ass!! i freaking LOVE Beto and have been putting in volunteer hours for him. If you can, sign up to contribute a monthly donation (I do $10 per month) to his campaign because he’s going to need every resource to go all in against Cruz.

      To the site authors: thanks for everything this year. This place has been one of my safe havens on the internet in the Trump era and I appreciate your coverage and commentary.

      And to all the commenters here, thank you for continuing to educate and inspire me. I’ve been reading this site for many years but i don’t comment often due to time constraints. But I’m here reading every day and I appreciate this community so much.


    • LB says:

      Another TX for Beto here!!! Even my Aunt who lives in Maryland is donating to his campaign. Fingers and toes crossed!

    • Giddy says:

      Another Texan for Beto! I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, Ted Cruz is a weird combination of weasel and lizard, with a coating of gulf oil slick. So, working against him and working for a candidate I like as much as Beto is easy. Happy New Year everyone. I feel like a battle hardened survivor after this year of Terrible Trumpness. We’ll make it through and hopefully will see future indictments.

  16. Jag says:

    For my top 10 most visited websites of the year, Celebitchy is solidly #2, directly behind Youtube. Love your site! Y’all are thorough and detailed, and the comments are almost always informative in some way. (If not funny as well.)

    Happy New Year everyone!

  17. Olenna says:

    Thanks to all at Celebitchy for your great coverage of 2017’s usual suspects as well as the good, the bad and the ugly! Many blessings to you and all of the celebitches in the New Year!

  18. Esmom says:

    CB is my #1 stop on the web, has been since my teenagers were toddlers! I have no doubt I’ll be sheltering here just as often in 2018.

    Stay safe and warm (or cool if you are lucky enough to be in a warm climate!) over the long weekend as you ring in the New Year. Best to all!

  19. HoustonGrl says:

    Happy 2018! I love you all.

  20. Serphina says:

    Yes a big thank you to the all the people who post and keep it fun and enlightening. I so enjoy trying to get on before work and at the end of the day, your posts are my comfort with some hot tea or a cold adult beverage.

    Happy New Year to you all. May it be filled with health and happiness. And many more fun stories.

  21. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve loved reading Celebitchy for years… YEARS! And this old Texan grabs a cup of coffee in the morning, and this is the first place I come. I’m shocked Afleck made the list as he’s such mind garbage to me lol. I want to thank you Celebitchy, and all the posters, because I honestly know, without a doubt, I couldn’t have made it through this cesspool of a year without each individual byline and post. So much has happened for those of us who simply have to read and/or listen to daily ‘all things news.’ I awoke each morning wondering in what fresh hell would we find ourselves. So thank you. Through all the tears. Through the fits of anger. Through the laughs. Y’all rock. HAPPY 😊 NEW YEAR! 🎉🎆🎈🎊✨🍸🍷🍹

  22. minx says:

    So grateful for the intelligence I find on CB. Happy new year all!

  23. Nicegirl says:

    To my fellows here at cb, I offer this blessing from my Irish ancestors.

    “May the saddest days of your future be no worse than the happiest days of your past.”

    Here’s to 2018!

  24. Incredulous says:

    It has been a very long and depressing 2017. Hopefully, the following is an indicator of our 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-DhlrMqKNk

    • Lady D says:

      Incredulous, I don’t know what your intent was posting that video, perhaps you meant it as uplifting , but it only made me cry. That was seriously heart-breaking.

  25. Unoriginal Commenter says:

    I want to say thank you to the Celebitchy team for your hard work in running this site. Between your hilarious and poignant posts and the epic comments by the rest of the CB family, I keep my sanity and have for many years (even if I only sporadically post). Happy New Year to my fellow Celebitches! Wishing us all health, happiness, and an impeachment in 2018! 🎉

  26. Jana says:

    Poor Jolie

  27. OT Hush says:

    Thank you one and all for your comments on CB. I felt so alone in my thoughts prior to coming here. I’m hoping more will open their eyes as to what’s really going on in our country before it’s too late. Hey a person can dream can’t they? I keep thinking it can’t get any worse and yet it does, scary times.

  28. Lilly says:

    What a refuge this site has been, when I actively turned away from many other places and, especially, the comment sections with all the bots. The gracious and untiring way many of you resist has been inspiring. Thanks to Celebitchy and many regular commenters here and I wish you all the best in the New Year.

  29. monette says:

    To all the writers and commenters on CB: I love you guys and you make me better every year. You teach me so so much about racism, feminism, sexual missconduct, etc. and you make me think and question everything.
    Thank you for existing!

  30. Denise says:

    The best part about reading from
    Australia is that I can wake up and binge the whole day’s worth of posts

  31. Samantha says:

    I’m surprised none of the MeToo stories were on the list. CB is one of the few places on the internet where I can read reasonable, non-misogynistic comments about sexual misconduct and women’s issues. In fact, I’ve learnt so much from the posts and commens here.
    Glad to be done with 2017, horrible year for me.

  32. Eva123 says:

    You lovelies keep me sane in knowing that there are truly good people left in the world. And remember: the best things often come from the darkest of times. This isn’t the first conflict the world has faced, and it most certainly isn’t going to be the last, but the world has always made it out alive. A friend once told me that even if it’s dark where you are, the sun is always still shining, you just have to look for it elsewhere. Yes, all of the reports of sexual assaults are heartbreaking, but think of all the woman and girls who, knowing that they are not alone and have the support of the world, will now have the courage to speak up. Think of all the dirtbags who are finally, FINALLY losing/ going to lose their jobs and credibility this year and next year. Trump is still terrifying, but with every twisted move he makes, the next great president is becoming more and more inspired to step up and change that. The world isn’t perfect; it wasn’t meant to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good place in the end. Happy New Year everyone, and I hope it brings you all growth and inspiration.

  33. StillTotalled says:

    Happy New Year to all the CBers–as so many have said, y’all keep me sane.

    Now…as for this Beto person in Texas, sounds like this New Mexican needs to throw a few bucks that way. Thanks to Jerusha posting links, it was easy to support Jones in Alabama.
    Feel free to make it equally easy for your fellow Celebishes to support this clearly worthwhile cause!

  34. Lina says:

    I would like to wish a very happy new year to the team at Celebitchy as well as all who comment here, particularly the funny and wise regulars who brighten my day every single day.
    I am one of those people who don’t comment a lot, but I’m here reading and appreciating all the interesting, funny, smart and wise conversations. I did decide to share my own “me too” story on one of the threads a few days ago. And I would like to thank each one of you who read, listened, and took the time to write such lovely, thoughtful responses to me. You all are really a wonderful bunch, and made me feel so much better!
    So happy new year to all!

  35. Abby says:

    Happy New Year CB-ers! 2017 was the worst in recent memory in my personal life. I’ve never been one to want to just throw away an entire year until this one.

    Thank you for covering important topics on this blog, as well as the clothing and the relationships and everything else celebrity. I feel the conversations you sparked over sexual assault and the way you’ve covered Trump are much much needed. And I also thoroughly enjoy your Royals coverage.

    Thank you to the commenters. I’ve learned SO much from you. Politics, intersectionality, racism, monarchy, mental health–the list is long. I am grateful for the thoughtful and kind responses, I’ve been educated by many, and those of you that share your pain and lived experiences, thank you for making this site a safe place to confide, commiserate and learn. I’ve also laughed out loud at the wit and silliness. This is a great space all around.

    Celebitchy is a daily stop for me. If I see a news headline I ALWAYS come over here for your take, both in the blog and the comments. It’s been something like 10 years that I’ve made this my home page for celebrity news, but this year it’s extended to other news as well. I appreciate the hard work you put in here!

  36. Hotsauceinmybag says:

    Happy New Years cbers! It’s been a sh*tty year but you all keep it interesting, thought provoking and funny (when it’s not unbelievably insane). Keep well and safe!

  37. Happy to see this year go!!

  38. Lynda says:

    Happy New Year from Canada!!!♡ Thank you for all the postings that keep me current and sane! With all the scary stuff going on down there, it is so comforting to find others who are fighting the good fight! Praise the Goddess for free speech to resist the outrageously self serving moron and his cronies! Lots of Canadians are rooting for you!!!♡
    #firstfamilyofgrifters #dumpdrumpf #theswampisfull