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16 Shadiest Things Black Panther Has Ever Done



The character of Black Panther stands as one of the most loyal heroes of the Marvel Universe. Committed to the betterment of his country of Wakanda and its people, he does his best to keep their interests in mind. Not only does he vehemently protect his country – he also strives to ensure it will have a bright future for generations to come. Educated in various forms of combat, strategies, and technologies, the Black Panther serves as a distinguished representative of the throne of Wakanda and her people.

Though considered one of the more honorable heroes of Marvel, Black Panther has made his share of mistakes over the years. Granted, he has not committed heinous crimes such as murder, however, he has come very close to compromises his integrity to satisfy his own needs (and pride). Surprisingly, there have been a few instances where murder was not out of the question. Sometimes being too proud can really get you into trouble. In this article, we will explore some of Black Panther’s lower points in his history in Marvel Comics. Though not all of his mistakes have been too severe, they still lead us to question some of his choices in his life.

From nearly killing his one-time friend to abandoning the loves of his life, here are the 16 Most Despicable Things Black Panther Has Ever Done.

16. He Used The Fantastic Four As Fight Practice Dummies

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The first introduction to Black Panther showed him as a powerful and proud leader. With his interests focused on the advancement of his people, T’Challa always made decisions that would put the welfare of his people first. After obtaining the title of Black Panther, he decided to test his strength to ensure he would be a worthy warrior for his country. However, he did not engage in practice fights with members of his kingdom.

He decided, instead, to invite the Fantastic Four to Wakanda as practice dummies in Fantastic Four issue #52! In order to test his skills for an upcoming battle with Klaw, he took down each member one by one just to see if he could! Not the politest way to make a formal introduction to your future allies.

15. Threw Deadpool out the window

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It is kind of alarming to think about the number of people that have actually tried to kill Deadpool. Between his enemies, allies, and partners, numerous characters have tried to end the life of the Merc with A Mouth.

Add to that list a deadly attempt by the Wakandan king Black Panther. In Deadpool vol 4 issue #15, the sarcastic assassin wanted to see for himself how powerful Ulysses really was. He broke into the Ultimates headquarters but was eventually discovered by Black Panther.

Beaten to nearly an inch of his life, the fight ended when Black Panther threw him out of a window! After being tossed out like yesterday’s trash, Deadpool noted that Black Panther was yet another hero he did not care for. You think?

14. He Only Joined The Avengers To Spy On Them

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Black Panther eventually left the confines of Wakanda to begin his life as a hero with various characters of the Marvel Universe. Most notably, he became a member of the heralded Avengers.

Though he became a mainstay within the group itself, his initial intentions for joining the group were not that honorable. He eventually joined the group in The Avengers #52 with other aims in mind. He planned to spy on them and assess their true skill levels. Wary of greedy enemies and alleged “allies” that lived outside of Wakanda, he used his newfound trust to gain access into the group to investigate their intentions. However, he soon learned that Captain American and his teammates were indeed on the side of good and did what they could for the betterment of society.

He eventually abandoned his espionage plan and accepted them as his friends.

13. Broke Up with His First Fiancée Without Explanation

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Though Storm is the most recognizable partner in Black Panther’s life, his first love was actually a woman named Monica Lynne. The two first met when she saved him from drowning after an encounter with Killmonger. He also saved her from an insidious plot by the Sons of the Serpent. The two eventually began dating and fell in love.

In fact, T’Challa proposed to her and made plans to marry her. The two, however, were not meant to be and Black Panther called off the engagement. Unfortunately, he never gave her a real reason why.

In a very “it’s not you, it’s me” move, he broke up with Monica to pursue other personal interests. Monica was heartbroken and never fully recovered from their relationship.

12. Became A Puppet For Doctor Doom

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Known for his dedication to his people, Black Panther has always made decisions that not only benefit his country but the safety of his people as well. Though he may have joined numerous hero groups over the course of his years, his commitment to Wakanda has hardly ever faltered.

During the events of Marvel Knights 2099: Black Panther issue #1, however, readers got a glimpse into a version of Black Panther with some questionable loyalties. In this alternative universe, K’Shamba reigned as the current Black Panther of Wakanda. Doctor Doom attacked the country and killed many of his people. However, Black Panther faced the villain bravely and eventually defeated him, bringing an end to his invasion of the county.

In the end, however, readers were shocked to find out that the fight has all been a ruse and K’Shamba actually served Doctor Doom.

11. He Voted to Shoot The Hulk Into Space

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Known for his brilliant technological and strategical mind, Black Panther made for the perfect candidate to join the Illuminati, Marvel’s team of intelligent heroes. In one of his early meetings with the new team, the heroes were faced with the ongoing problem of the Hulk. Informed by Maria Hill that immediate actions needed to be taken to stop the Hulk’s destruction, the Illuminati brainstorm solutions to stop him.

In a surprising decision, they conclude the best way to deal with the Hulk was to shoot him into space. Wow! As they vote on their heartless plan, there are two hold-outs: Charles Xavier and Namor. That’s right, Black Panther was down to send his friend into space to get S.H.I.E.L.D. off of their backs. What these heroes won’t do to save the world, huh?

10. He Tried to Manipulate His Own Future By Saving His Future Self

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Though Black Panther is usually focused on the well-being of others first, he once tried to use his powers for the benefit for his own future. After using the time-manipulating relics King Solomon’s Frogs, he inadvertently created an alternative version of himself.

Varying greatly in demeanor and personality, this futuristic “Happy Pants” version of Black Panther suffered from a terminal brain aneurysm. Since this version was from 10 years into his future, Black Panther realized he was destined to meet the same fate. In a desperate try to manipulate his own future, he cryogenically froze this version of himself in an effort to save him.

Incidentally, this was the real reason behind his eventual breakup with Monica Lynne – though he never revealed the truth to her. Honestly, would she have believed him if he told the truth?

9. He Agreed To Brainwashing Captain America

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Given his initial experience with the Illuminati, no one expected Black Panther to team-up with the group again. However, surprisingly, T’Challa was the one to reform the group for his own plans.

During the events of New Avengers, the team decided to bring an end to the Incursions that were destroying parallel universes. With the use of the Infinity Gauntlet, they managed to stop the destruction of one universe but subsequently lost the Infinity Gems in the process. The team developed new strategies to halt the Incursions that were very dubious in nature. With Captain America a part of the team, however, they would never get him to agree to their plans.

Their solution? Brain-wash Steve, with the use of Doctor Strange’s magic, so he forgot their discussions and left the group.

8. Drove one of his Dora Milaje Crazy

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The history of the Dora Milaje has been problematic from the start. Known as both the wives-in-training and bodyguards for the king, their roles as concubines made many readers very uncomfortable. In fact, this aspect of their history was removed from the world of the upcoming Black Panther movie, thankfully.

In the comics, however, Black Panther promised his that he had no intention of seeking any physical relationships with them. Unfortunately, he broke this promise and kissed Nakia, one of the members of his guard. Though he was misled to do so under the influence of Mephisto, his affections tapped into her secret crush on her king. She became obsessed with him and attempted to kill his girlfriend, Monica Lynne, by ejecting her out of a plane.

Black Panther banished her from his guard for her crime. She later turned into the villain Malice thanks to Killmonger. Yeah, love hurts.

7. He Annulled His marriage With Storm Without Telling Her

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The history between Storm and Black Panther dated back to his days as a young man training to become the next ruler of Wakanda. During a walkabout, he received help from a young Ororo and eventually fell for her. However, his dedication to throne far exceeded his love for Storm, so they parted ways. Years later, the two rekindled their romance and eventually wed.

By the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, the two spouses found each other on opposite sides of the fight. The people of Wakanda found Storm’s decision to support her colleagues over her tribe unforgivable. Black Panther decided that this betrayal was enough to end their marriage and ceremoniously annulled the marriage himself – without telling his wife! He would later deliver this information in a very cold-hearted way…

6. Then Broke The News in the Middle of a Battle with Her

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AVX: VS vol 1 issue #5 finally brought Storm and Black Panther face to face during the struggle between these two teams. After a devastating blow to Wakanda by Phoenix Namor, Storm showed up to check on their well-being and to speak to her husband.

He coldly informed her to stop coming to the city and that the Wakandans were no longer her people. He advised that her decision to side with the X-Men had forced him to have the high priest of the Panther clan to annul the marriage.

Utterly heartbroken over the news (especially since he was the high priest), she finally agreed to the end of their marriage. Not only did this conclude the union of two powerful heroes but also the first marriage between two black superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

5. Attacked Divine Justice while Hallucinating

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As part of the outcast Jabari tribe, Queen Divine Justice eventually took a spot in the coveted Dora Milaje for both her protection and the reestablishment of her people in Wakanda. She proved herself to be a strong member of the group and served Black Panther to the best of her abilities.

However, she eventually fell in love with Vibraxas while serving as the king’s betrothed/bodyguard. She tried to keep the secret of her Dora Milaje status a secret from Vibraxas, but the truth was eventually revealed. In a fight between Vibraxas and Black Panther, Man-Ape ended up destroying the future Black Panther being held in a cryogenic state.

T’Challa then hallucinated that Divine was actually Magneto and attempted to kill her. Realizing his mistake, he eventually gave up his throne and retreated to New York to reflect on his mistakes. However, before leaving, he released Divine from the Dora Milaje so she could live her life with Vibraxas instead.

4. Accidentally brought the Fantastic Four to an apocalypse

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King Solomon’s Frogs, a treasured relic in the Wakandan kingdom, often brought nothing but suffering to their users. Unpredictable in nature, the frogs could help the user move through time and space. In one such use of the relic, Black Panther unwittingly sent himself, members of the Fantastic Four and Storm on an unusual trip.

During their initial journey, the group first encountered a zombie invasion on the parallel version of the Skull homeland. The Galacti, which were zombified Marvel heroes, eventually destroy the entire planet with Black Panther and company included. Thanks for getting everyone killed, Black Panther!

This just goes to show you that no one should be playing with Black Panther’s toys because they might just get you screwed over, in more ways than one.

3. Defeated Iron Man By Shutting Down his Artificial Heart

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There have always been undertones of rivalry between Tony Stark and Black Panther throughout the years. While they both admire each other’s capabilities, the two have very contrasting backgrounds and morals. Both men are vastly intelligent, have developed ingenious technology and are incredibly rich (with Black Panther being the wealthiest in the Marvel Universe).

However, during an encounter with paradox versions of the heroes in Black Panther #45, Stark got a glimpse into the side of Black Panther that opposes him. During a battle with the paradox version of Iron Man, Black Panther employed some stealthy technology to take down his enemy. In particular, he used a device that essentially shut down his foe’s artificial heart. After the fight, the real Stark is shocked to learn that Black Panther had such specific technology made just for his weakness.

2. Built Special Weapons to go after Namor the Sub-Mariner

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It is hard to believe that, at one point, Black Panther and Namor the Sub-Mariner were actually friends. Since their initial falling out, the two have been at each other’s throats time and time again. Their hatred for one another came to an unsettling head during New Avengers issue #22.

In this issue, Black Panther was determined to bring an end to his long-standing rival. During the course of their fighting, he used exclusive technology designed to kill Namor specifically! Taking the time to develop weaponry to kill someone specifically is on a whole new level of hatred. Unfortunately, for Black Panther, he was unable to fulfill his task but promised to continue his goal of bringing an end to Namor before he died. Yikes.

1. What he did to Sabretooth

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One of the long-standing enemies of the X-Men, Sabretooth actually went toe-to-toe with Avenger Black Panther in the alternate universe Earth-58163. In the pages of Black Panther vol 4 issue #7, Sabretooth worked as an assassin for Magneto. He used Sabretooth to take out many of his enemies including Graydon Creed (his own son).

In his next mission, he was assigned to take down one of Magneto’s long-time enemies, Black Panther. Confronting the king in his own country, Sabretooth fought with Black Panther in a bitter battle. However, T’Challa took advantage of a weakened Sabretooth and promptly decapitated him. As if this death weren’t worse enough, he then celebrated his victory by shipping the severed head to Magneto. We had never seen such a ruthless version of Black Panther and, frankly, we were not ready for it.

What do you think is the worst thing Black Panther has done? Let us know in the comments!


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20 Secrets No One Knew About Emily And Zooey Deschanel




Emily and Zooey Deschanel just might be Hollywood’s quirkiest celebrity siblings. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The saucer-eyed sisters were born and raised in L.A. by showbiz parents Caleb (the cinematographer for Passion of the Christ) and Mary Jo (Eileen Hayward on Twin Peaks). They named their youngest daughter after one of the protagonists of the J.D. Salinger novella Franny and Zooey.

The brassy brunettes are best known for starring in their own massively popular Fox TV shows. Emily spent 12 seasons as the eccentric forensic anthropologist who solved murders on the procedural drama Bones. Zooey portrayed a breezier eccentric on the hit sitcom New Girl. For 7 seasons, she played Jess Day, a fashionably twee school teacher reeling from a bad breakup who moves into a New York City loft with 3 single men.

When the Deschanel sisters aren’t charming television audiences, they follow their passions. Emily is a philanthropist and staunch animal rights activist. Zooey is a singer and musician performing as the “She” of She & Him, and with the jazz cabaret act, If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies. She also founded the feminist website, HelloGiggles. But those are just their resumes – what about their lives behind the scenes?

Read on to learn 20 Secrets No One Knew About Emily and Zooey Deschanel.


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In 2014, Patty Parker filed a suit claiming that after leasing her horse to Zooey Deschanel for $13,000, the horse was, “a shell of [his] former self… injured and unusable.” Deschanel denies that she is responsible for Literati’s ailments and insists that she, “fully complied with each and every provision set forth in the lease.” Furthermore, Zooey claims she returned the horse in good condition. If only they’d done a walk-around inspection like they do for rental cars!

A veterinarian testified on Deschanel’s behalf, saying it’s impossible to know what really caused Literati’s suspensory ligament injury. Moreover, Literati satisfactorily performed in a competition after the termination of Deschanel’s lease. As of January 2018, they had yet to settle the case.


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Even with tight siblings, you have to expect occasional torment. Emily Deschanel exhibited acting chops at a young age, when she convinced her little sister, Zooey, that “Neptunians had [taken] my real sister and replaced her with a facsimile who looked just like her, talked just like her, but when my parents weren’t in the room, made crazy faces at me.”

Emily confessed on Conan, elaborating that it went beyond crazy faces. “I would tell her… that I’d [hurt] her sister and taken over her body, and that I was going to kill her next.”

She wasn’t just playing either. Zooey recalled, “she would make me cry and then she would laugh.” Eventually, Emily needed only to widen her eyes to make Zooey freak out. Emily added that they “get along now very well.”


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With the power of closed-captioning comes the responsibility to get the names of suspected terrorists right. Typos can sometimes have serious consequences, such as when Dallas-Fort Worth’s Fox affiliate KDFW misidentified the Boston Marathon bomber as “19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.” Though the newscaster correctly read the real name of the suspect (Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), the closed-captioning told a different story.

Producer Peter Ogburn first caught the error and tweeted a photo of his TV screen commenting, “Oh come on, Fox!” By the time Zooey caught wind of it from Joel McHale’s feed, Ogburn’s post had been re-tweeted over 4,000 times. Deschanel good-naturedly wrote, “Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!”

Caption Solutions immediately apologized, saying that the responsible party deeply regretted the mistake. CEO Kala J. Patterson said they “sincerely apologize for this error.”


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Despite Emily Deschanel’s early penchant for character work, she didn’t always dream of being an actress. She told BuddyTV, “I think [Zooey and I] both loved doing plays since we were really young. But I didn’t think of it as doing it as a profession.”

What career did little Emily dream of? “I love architecture. I just love the combination between art and science.” Having observed her parents in show business, she didn’t hold any illusions about what it entailed. “I think a lot of times people go into the profession and think that it is about glamor…that it’s easy, an easy job to do. That’s it’s easy to get jobs. I think we never thought any of those things.”


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Some of Zooey Deschanel’s energetic personality might stem from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In a (now deleted) 2011 post on her HelloGiggles blog, Zooey confessed that though she loves crafts, her ADHD prevents her from completing anything too complex.

In “Crafternoon with Zooey D”, she wrote, “Are you an un-medicated adult with Attention Deficit Disorder who also LOVES to do crafts? I AM! I barely have the patience to write this opening paragraph (I have already gotten up four times), so I need to focus my unfocused mind on projects that can be completed very quickly. Am I going to knit a scarf? NO! Will I knit a scarf for a bunny? I don’t know. Maybe, if it’s a really small field bunny and I am knitting with giant knitting needles.”


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In a parallel universe, the leads actors on Bones are a “pretty boy waif” and someone other than Emily Deschanel. Producers have yet to name the actress who nearly beat her out to play the brilliant but socially inept forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan.

Apparently, Deschanel can thank David Boreanaz for her career-defining role.

Once they’d decided on Boreanaz for the male lead, they had him read with prospective actresses and they couldn’t deny the chemistry he had with Deschanel. After their first interaction, Boreanaz exclaimed, “This chick’s got moxie!”

Emily impressed show creator Hart Hanson when, as Brennan, she didn’t physically back down from Booth during a confrontation scene. She blew away producers with her talent because, at that point, she had such a short resume.


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Though New Girl wrapped in 2017, Zooey Deschanel seems to be thriving professionally. Nonetheless, for the past 3 years, the actress has been engaged in a complex and bitter lawsuit with her former managers.

Initially, Sarah Jackson of Seven Summits Pictures & Management sued Deschanel over unpaid commission from her HelloGiggles website. Deschanel countersued claiming that she lost income when Jackson encouraged her to switch agencies from CAA to UTA. Deschanel’s lawyers put forth that Seven Summits “outrageously breached its fiduciary obligation to put [Zooey’s] interests first.”

Deschanel maintains that as a result, she lost lucrative roles during the 2013 New Girl shooting hiatus. Jackson’s defense argues that Deschanel was too busy touring with She & Him to accept acting work.

In February 2018, a judge ruled against Deschanel’s countersuit, leaving only Jackson’s initial allegations unsettled.


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It’s always a challenge for TV writers to deal with the pregnancy of a series regular. Sometimes, they attempt to hide the actress’ growing belly behind desks, file folders, and purses.

When Emily Deschanel learned she was having her first baby, the Bones writers decided to roll with it.

Executive producer Stephan Nathan claims they’d already discussed a baby as a way to resolve the romantic tension between Brennan and Booth. Emily’s pregnancy fast-tracked the relationship between the leads. It worked so well that it was a non-issue when Emily got pregnant a second time.

At first, Deschanel was skeptical. “I was worried I was going to ruin the show with my own pregnancy – but the writers said they didn’t want to ignore it, so they wrote it in. Now I think it has worked in our favor.”


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Zooey Deschanel is a fashion icon eternally adorned in colorful, vintage-inspired frocks. You might think she cultivated her style post-fame, but apparently, she’s always been this way. When she was a girl, her mother caught her attempting to wrap some thread around a straight pin and decided to teach her daughter how to sew properly.

Deschanel’s skills came in handy in high school when her meager allowance couldn’t support the aspiring actresses’ her growing need for theatrical clothing. In 2014, Zooey teamed up with designer Tommy Hilfiger to create a line of dresses that reflected her signature style.

While promoting the line, she told press, “I made a dress with box pleats that had a hidden pleat detail like this when I was a kid. It was my crowning achievement.”


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When it comes to animal rights, Emily Deschanel puts her money where her mouth is. Not only is she a regular contributor to numerous animal welfare non-profits, she’s been a vegan since she was a teenager.

Zooey couldn’t go vegan even if she wanted to.

As an adult, Zooey learned she had contracted a serious gluten allergy known as Coeliac, as well as dairy and egg intolerance. She told Vulture that at first, she thought adopting her sister’s diet was the answer to her problems. “I was like, ‘It’ll be easy! I can’t have that stuff anyway.’ But I didn’t realize you have so few options in the end. To be a gluten-free vegan is, like, the most difficult thing you can possibly be. And I lasted, like, six months.”


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Because the Deschanels are a showbiz family, both Zooey and Emily got to observe the inner-workings of Hollywood at a young age. Emily saw this as an advantage, saying she “appreciated what Los Angeles has to offer.”

Nature wins over nurture with Zooey, who felt that her peers were too superficial.

“Well you’re never gonna be the prettiest girl in the room, so just don’t even try… I’ve always felt like it’s better to be like, ‘Well, I’ll just be myself,’ you know? I am what I am.” She also noted a disturbing disparity between the genders. “At my high school [Crossroads] there were just way more pretty girls than there were guys to go out with them, so any guy that was remotely attractive was like a rock star.”


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Zooey Deschanel isn’t the only one who felt cheated out of potential income by the television Powers That Be. In 2015, Emily Deschanel and Bones co-star David Boreanaz joined a lawsuit filed by executive producer Kathy Reichs, claiming that 20th Century Fox owned them “tens of millions of dollars” in profits.

The case argues that despite the show’s success after 11 seasons, they had yet to receive the money they were due.

Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, claims Fox promised her a 5 percent profit share because the show is based on her Temperance Brennan novels. Deschanel and Boreanaz say their contracts entitled them to 3 percent of profits. Allegedly, they have evidence of “more than a dozen accounting errors, tricks, and deceitful acts that 20th TV has used to deprive plaintiffs of their entitlement to profits.” Fox asked to move the suit to arbitration.


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Zooey Deschanel didn’t just hate the superficial vibe of L.A. She often found herself the subject of ridicule. Middle school was a particularly trying time for Zooey, who felt awkward in her pubescent body.

The other kids picked on her for being “chubby”.

“Girls spit in my face,” Deschanel told Allure. “People were so mean to me. I’d cry every day.”

It certainly didn’t help that Zooey would be forced to leave her friends for weeks at a time when her father travelled for work. “[I] hated all the traveling … I’m really happy now that I had the experience, but at the time I was just so miserable to have to leave my friends in Los Angeles and go to places where they didn’t have any food I liked or things I was used to.”


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As part of her very Hollywood childhood, Zooey Deschanel went to Crossroads, a “nontraditional” school with a “program built on a progressive, developmental model of education.” Her peers included Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson.

When it came time to pick a college, Deschanel went with the most normal place she could think of.

“I was like, ‘It’d be cool to have a traditional college experience.’” However, after a year at Northwestern, conventional college wasn’t cutting the mustard. “I was like, ‘Oh, but none of these people understand what’s cool about me. My specialness is not appreciated in this place.’”

Rather than let her unique talents go to waste, Zooey set out to pursue acting full time. It wasn’t long before she began racking up the IMDb credits.


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Some have called Zooey Deschanel’s quirkiness an affectation. But there aren’t many grown women who would confess to obsessing over the historically-themed American Girl dolls. On Conan, Zooey gushed about the popular toy line with the host, whose own daughter adores her Kit Kitteridge doll.

Zooey recalled that in her youth, she would conceive dramatic storylines for her two dolls.

Samantha Parkington, the pink-frocked Victorian brunette, was “rich, and her friend was poor.” The “poor” friend was Molly, the bespectacled WWII-era girl. But Deschanel wasn’t just reminiscing about her childhood. She told Conan that she’d recently thrown a party at an American Girl Place. More than a retail store, customers can have side-by-side makeovers with their dolls, or eat with them in the restaurant.


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People frequently ask Emily Deschanel if she ever got squeamish when handling the gruesome prop corpses on the Fox procedural drama, Bones. Though Emily admits that it was upsetting at first.

After years of playing a clinically-minded forensic anthropologist, the grossness began to feel commonplace.

“The things that affected me most were in earlier series. I have definitely become desensitized, which I don’t think is necessarily a good thing, but it happens.”

Of course, Deschanel admits that it helps when the body parts are make-believe. “For research, I have been to a coroner’s office and I found that much more disturbing than what we do on our show. I know it’s fake on the show, plus it doesn’t stink like the coroner’s office.”


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Before Zooey Deschanel found domestic bliss with producer Jacob Pechenik and her childen, she was giving Ben Gibbard something to write about. Death Cab For Cutie’s eighth album, Kintsugi features several songs about Gibbard’s 2012 divorce from Zooey.

Though Gibbard veiled the references, he knew that the subject matter was transparent.

“Everybody knows the story of my personal life, to some extent, over the last four or five years, so I didn’t feel it was necessary to go into detail about all that stuff.” He briefly contemplated not going there at all, but soon realized that writing music was essential to his grieving process. “When you have a traumatic experience in your life, such as a divorce, there’s a lot of unpacking that you have to do to understand why things turned out the way they did.”


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Somewhere, the actress who almost played Temperance Brennan on Bones is commiserating with Amanda Bynes about those pesky Deschanel sisters and the roles that got away.

In 2011, Bynes could have really used the break.

The 25-year-old former Nickelodeon prodigy was working on a comeback after having announced her retirement on Twitter. When the producers of New Girl passed on Bynes for the lead in favor of Zooey Deschanel, it may have been a turning point for both actresses. Deschanel went on to become a huge TV star.

The popular sitcom ran for 7 seasons. Meanwhile, Bynes fell into a downward spiral of mental health problems and substance abuse. She has yet to get her acting career back on track.


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If you call Zooey Deschanel “adorkable” to her face, be prepared for some serious side-eye. Though known for her effortless idiosyncrasy, the actress doesn’t just hate the term. She’s also not keen on the stigma it carries.

A 2003 Los Angeles Times article that called “her deadpan, sardonic and scene-stealing performances” a “type” incensed Deschanel.

Zooey argued, “A lot of these roles are just a formula idea of somebody’s best friend, and it’s like, I don’t even have that many friends. In high school, I stayed home all the time, so I don’t know how I’m everybody’s best friend now.”

Being considered “adorkable” has its advantages.

On New Girl, Zooey earned $125,000 per episode, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and a Critics Choice Award.


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They share parents, careers, and good genetics, but Zooey and Emily are two very different sides of the Deschanel coin. In addition to their diets and extra-curricular activities, the sisters have very distinctive fashion styles. Fans know Zooey for her colorful retro-inspired dresses, while Emily prefers a more muted, modern style.

In 2013, Emily spoke to Metro about other differences between the Deschanel siblings. “It’s so hard for me to analyze from the inside. I would say we’re different – but also the same. There are similarities from having grown up in the same household. We have lots of things in common but view the world in different ways. The way we think is completely different and we have different ways of going about things.”

Do you know any other dark secrets about Zooey or Emily Deschanel? Let us know in the comments!


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Dragon Ball: 19 Things About Goku That Make No Sense




Since its start over 30 years ago, Dragon Ball has seemingly never stopped having a decent fanbase. Children and adults alike are drawn to the series, with each new episode or manga being the highlight of their week.

The TV series in particular have gained the most buzz, as the Dragon Ball franchise now has 5 TV shows under its belt, and nearly 20 movies.

As long-running and in-depth as Dragon Ball may be, however, it is not immune to having a few slip-ups along the way.

Considering that Goku is the main protagonist of Dragon Ball, it is understandable that a few things about the hero may not make sense.

While he is certainly not the only character to not make sense, considering other characters like Vegeta have their flaws as well, it is arguable that Goku may have the more flaws than anyone else.

However, this is understandable, considering he has had more screen-time than anyone else. It makes sense proportionally.

Whether it’s due to laziness from the writers, or simply a lack of continuity over time, Goku has had many issues over the years.

This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a bad character; it just means mistakes have been made when writing his character over time and thus, there are quite a few things that just don’t hold up logically.

With that in mind, here are the 19 Things About Dragon Ball‘s Goku That Make No Sense.

19. The Time He Was Inexplicably Beaten By Kefla

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As one of the few powerful female characters in the Dragon Ball universe, Kefla is certainly a force to be trifled with. However, there was one recent point in the series where she defeated Goku, and it simply didn’t make sense at all.

While Kefla was certainly powerful at the time, and has always been a powerful character, making her way up to the Super Saiyan 2 level, she shouldn’t have been able to defeat Goku.

At the time, Goku was at Super Saiyan God level.

While Goku has lost many fights over the years, they were almost all to people stronger than him. The fact that he was defeated by someone at such a lower power level than himself, without her having any real advantage, is simply nonsensical.

18. His Power Level Always Being Higher Than Vegeta’s

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This one is most likely at the fault of the writers, who were presumably focusing more on convenience than consistency. Throughout the series, Goku tends to inexplicably increase his power level at a greater rate than his partner Vegeta.

Take, for example, their arc taking place on Namek. When Goku arrived, he had a 90k Power Level, whereas Vegeta had 30k.

By the time they left Namek, Goku’s Power Level increased all the way to 3 million, while Vegeta’s power level only increased to 1.4 million.

Clearly, these are both huge spikes for their power levels, but they aren’t proportionate. Goku increased his power level by over double Vegeta’s.

While this was clearly written to continue giving Goku the upper hand, it was simply illogical, and has occurred numerous times throughout the series.

17. Underutilizing His Super Speed

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Super Speed is a very useful ability that Goku possesses that he almost always happens to forget about.

While Goku does utilize his ability of moving extremely fast at times, there have been a number of times throughout the series where a complex situation could’ve been easily solved had Goku just moved fast.

Explosions could’ve been escaped, important items could’ve been grabbed, and villainous escapes could’ve been halted had Goku simply used his Super Speed.

It is understandable why the writers chose to not have Goku use this ability consistently, as it would’ve made a lot of the stories a lot less interesting.

Why watch a hero easily solve a conflict when you can watch them struggle and develop instead? The latter certainly sounds a lot more interesting.

16. That Time He Passed Away From Heart Failure

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During Dragon Ball Z, there was a period of time where Goku, kind of out of nowhere, passed away from heart problems.

This really didn’t make sense, however, considering how much Goku works out and makes sure to keep his body healthy. Having heart failures while in perfect health is practically unheard of, so why did it happen?

Well, at the time, the show’s head writer Akira Toriyama was trying to find a way to end the series. Desperate to wrap things up, Toriyama felt suddenly ending Goku was the most practical solution.

Unfortunately, killing off Goku didn’t work long term, as any Dragon Ball fan knows death is almost never the end, as they can bring almost anyone back if they get all of the Dragon Balls together.

This was not a long term plan for Toriyama, and it ultimately became a confusing bump in the road for Dragon Ball Z.

15. Underutilzing His Solar Flare

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Another ability that Goku, among other characters, underutilize is the Solar Flare. This is a very successful technique that will instantly blind whoever it’s used used on, which will almost always guarantee the user a win in a fight.

The reason why Goku stopped using the Solar Flare shortly after learning the ability was because his enemies learned that they can easily deflect the attack if they wear sunglasses.

Since then, however, most of Goku’s enemies don’t normally wear sunglasses, which means there’s really not anything stopping him from blinding anyone who tried to fight him.

Goku could’ve avoided so many defeats or prevented so many tragedies had he just used his Solar Flare. This is just another example of convenience outweighing consistency in the writers’ room.

14. He Regularly Forgets His Philosophy Of “Never Giving Up”

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“When life changes and becomes harder, change yourself to become stronger,” is one of Goku’s most memorable and inspiring quotes over the series. Goku always preaches about never giving up, which is a philosophy that his father told him that he always remembers to follow in his own life… except when he doesn’t.

Some of Goku’s greatest moments are when he follows this philosophy and stands his ground, no matter what.

Unfortunately, these moments don’t come often enough, as there have been a number of times throughout the series where Goku has conveniently forgotten his greatest rule.

While some of his acts of giving up are true moments of weakness where he remembers the philosophy but chooses not to follow it, a majority of the situations of Goku standing down are caused by the writers just forgetting Goku’s rule.

13. Childhood Goku Kept Getting Singled Out For Having A Tail

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Back when Goku was younger, mostly during the original Dragon Ball series, one of his most notable features was his tail. Since Saiyans were not a common race, Goku was regularly singled out and teased for having a tail attached to him.

The thing is, this really didn’t make much sense considering Goku’s tail was one of the least abnormal parts of the Universe.

A good portion of Earth’s population in the series consists of animal-humanoid hybrids. The King of the planet himself is a dog.

Additionally, aliens were not uncommon on this planet, with a good number of them looking human with additional features much stranger than a tail.

It would appear the writers just tried to single Goku out to traumatize him and possibly make him ashamed of being a Saiayan. While this motivation was feasible, having people make fun of his tail was not the most realistic way to do it.

12. The Lack Of Physics Regarding His Hair

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This nonsensical part of Goku is more likely credited to the animators than the writers themselves. One of Goku’s most notable features is his spiky hair, which almost always stays up.

Even in the Gravity Chamber, when experiencing gravity 300 times stronger than Earth’s, Goku’s hair stays up.

Logically, his natural hair style should’ve crumbled under the gravitational pull, but it remained up, unfazed by the enormous pull for it to go down.

The issue is, we know that Goku’s hair does go down. We have seen Goku’s hair actually fall back while in the shower.

While a case could be made that water is his hair’s greatest weakness, it just doesn’t make physical sense for water to force his hair down when a monstrous gravitational pull has no effect whatsoever.

11. Learning More From King Kai Than Anyone Else, Despite Being There For The Shortest Amount Of Time

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At one point in the series, Goku passes away and travels the Snake Way. Here, he trains under King Kai for two months. When he began the training, he had a power level of merely 400, and left with a power level over 9,000.

Conversely, the characters Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu also entered the Snake Way. Each had a power level over 1,000. Tien and Chiaotzu trained for eight months, and Yamcha trained for four.

Despite training significantly longer, entering at a higher power level, and enduring the exact same training, the trio of characters did not increase their power level nearly as much as Goku.

This is one of many examples in Dragon Ball where the writers simply try tried to overpower Goku without having enough backup to justify his drastic increase.

10. Mastering Ultra Instinct After Only Using It 3 Times

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Ultra Instinct is a very useful, yet very hard to learn, ability in the Dragon Ball universe that essentially gives the user perfect reflexes and instincts.

Goku became a master of this, which helped his character development, but the logic of him becoming a master didn’t make much sense.

The thing was, Goku had only used Ultra Instinct thrice before becoming a supposed “Master.”

In addition, during each of the three times he used Ultra Instict, he could barely hold the power for more than 60 seconds.

Ultra Instinct is one of the hardest abilities to learn in the Dragon Ball universe, with very few people actually being able to use it, and even fewer becoming masters.

This is why it’s purely illogical that Goku could suddenly master the power, despite never being able to fully use it an any point prior.

9. The Time He Let Frieza Power Back To 100% Rather Than Taking Him Out

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One of the most noteworthy moments in Goku’s history was his transformation into Super Saiyan in the middle of a fight with Frieza. Frieza had just endedDragon Ball: 19 Things About Goku That Make No Sense Krillin and was ready to be finally taken out by Goku once and for all, but did Goku draw that final blow? Absolutely not.

Goku decided to show mercy, which is usually an honorable move in stories like this, but it didn’t make any reasonable sense.

This was a psychopath who had just finished destroying another one of the show’s more powerful characters (granted, Krillin passes away all the time, but still).

Instead, Goku let Frieza power back up to 100%, which was seemingly a decision by the writers just to raise the stakes. Even then, Goku didn’t finish Frieza after winning the fight.

Instead, he let Frieza live, which completely backfired when Frieza gained full health again and continued to try destroy Goku. While it is understandable that the writers didn’t want to write off the show’s greatest villain, all of Goku’s decisions here were total nonsense.

8. His Farming Skills Seriously Decreased As He Aged

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In Dragon Ball Super, one of the things always holding Goku back is that he needs to tend to his farm, preventing him from training as much as he should. He spends almost all day farming now, with no time to spare.

However, back in the original Dragon Ball series, when Goku was only a child with a power level of only 10, he would be able to plow through an entire field in a matter of minutes.

Today, even though Goku’s power level is literally millions of times stronger than it was when he was a child, it now takes him all day to plow a field.

It feels illogical that this thing he used to do in moments as a child now takes him hours.

While some have theorized that the issue is that he doesn’t want to burn the fields with his power, this is never introduced, and it still wouldn’t explain why he couldn’t just use minimum power while farming.

7. Goku Has The Ability To Destroy Planets, But Not Open Doors

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This one is more of a criticism of video game logic than the character Goku as a whole. Goku, being one of the most powerful characters in the Dragon Ball universe, can destroy almost anything he wants, from buildings to planets.

The thing that doesn’t make sense is that, in the Dragon Ball video games, Goku cannot open doors without a key. If he really needed to get into a building urgently, he would just kick down the door.

He wouldn’t need to follow a long string of clues to find a key to open a thin piece of wood that he could likely incinerate with the snap of his fingers.

This is a flaw in many video games, but for the Dragon Ball games in particular, it can’t help but take any player out of the game due to how unrealistic half of the game play really is.

6. The Time He Teleported Himself And An Exploding Cell To King Kai’s Planet

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In one of the most heroic and controversial moments in Dragon Ball history, in order to save everyone around them, Goku teleported himself and Cell, who was about to explode, to King Kai’s planet.

He chose to save the lives of those near him originally, but in doing so, destroying everyone near where they arrived in the second location.

Instead of letting anyone else pass away, Goku easily could’ve teleported himself and Cell to an abandoned planet, a star, or even into space itself.

However, claiming King Kai’s planet was the only place he could think of at the time, Goku illogically had a bunch of random people destroyed, starting conflict between himself and everyone else on the planet.

It was certainly an interesting event to take place from a storytelling perspective, but looking back on it, it just didn’t make much sense.

5. Ignoring The Physics Of Space

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Everyone knows that in space, it is literally impossible to breathe, and if you’re in a ship that has a door or window suddenly open, you will get sucked out into the abyss at a drastic speed. This, however, does not appear to be the case for Goku.

One particular instance of Goku defying the physics of space was during his journey to Namek. Due to circumstances we don’t need to get into, Goku once got his foot glued to the inside of a spaceship.

Somehow, he miraculously was able to breathe during this entire course of time, despite being out in open space with no helmet or oxygen mask.

Additionally, his problem was illogically solved when they finally opened the door to the spaceship and he climbed back inside.

It would have been physically impossible for him to get into the space ship, considering the vacuum caused by the door opening would’ve thrust him deeper into space and further from the ship. There are many instances of Goku defying the laws of physics in space, and they really don’t make a lot of sense.

4. His Horrible Parenting Tactics

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This is one nonsensical part of Goku that the show occasionally touches on, but not nearly enough. Goku is truly a horrible father to his son, Gohan. Not only is he never there for his wife and kid, but when he is there, it feels like he’s always pitting his son against some super-powered adult who wants to punch the kid’s teeth in.

While Goku’s reasoning is that he’s just trying to train and prepare Gohan, the logic of it doesn’t make much sense at all.

At what point does Chi-Chi just leave with Gohan in order to keep their son safe from the dangerous whims of her husband? And at what point does Child Protective Services step in?

While Goku isn’t personally harming his child himself, he’s almost always putting Gohan in mortal danger.

During the Cell Games, even, Goku pitted his son against Cell, who is arguably stronger than Goku himself, and then gave Cell Senzu Beans to make him stronger. It’s almost as if Goku hates being a father so much that he wants to end his son’s life at any means necessary.

3. His Ship Is Somehow Usable, Long After It Was Destroyed By A Special Beam Cannon

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When Goku first arrived on Earth, he arrived in a high-tech Saiyan space pod, but it was later destroyed by Piccolo using a Special Beam Cannon. Goku’s ship was seemingly, completely incinerated.

This, however, all changed when Goku was able to use the pod to travel to Namek after having Dr. Briefs fix it.

Despite there being practically nothing left of the wreckage of the ship, somehow it was restored. How is this logically possible?

The actual story behind this is that the whole plot where Goku’s ship was destroyed by Piccolo was written for the anime because they had completely caught up with the manga at the time.

This short story arc, featuring Gohan being transformed from the ship’s holograms, never occurred in the manga, so when the manga later wrote an arc where Goku’s ship returns, the anime writers just kind of went with it, rather than rewriting and changing the ship Goku uses to travel to Namek.

2. Inexplicably Surviving A Special Beam Cannon Drilling Through His Chest

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Goku has passed away and come back many times, but the most inexplicable resurrection of all was the time (in the manga) when Piccolo drilled an enormous hole straight through Goku’s chest using a Special Beam Cannon.

This was a very dramatic moment in the manga that Goku logically should not have survived. However, with no explanation as to how, Goku miraculously came back to life, absolutely unscathed by the fact that all of his inner organs were pretty much drilled down to nothing.

The story needed Goku to come back to life, and so it happened. The writers didn’t feel there needed to be a reason for his resurrection, so it just sort of happened with no logical explanation whatsoever.

If he can really come back to life that easily, are there really any stakes in the series anymore?

1. He Is Generally Way Too Overpowered

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Goku is one of the most powerful characters in the Dragon Ball universe. While this may make him a cool character, it also makes him an uninteresting character.

Considering that there are only a handful of characters stronger than Goku, it kind of makes any threat or foe uninteresting to see Goku go up against, unless they’re one of the spare few who are stronger.

In the few situations where Goku goes against someone weaker and they somehow get an upper hand on him, it makes the entire scenario nonsensical.

Goku was a lot more interesting when he was younger and weaker, but now that he is older and stronger, his character just stops becoming interesting, and when he is actually interesting, he doesn’t make much sense.

Can you think of any other aspects of Dragon Ball‘s Goku that don’t make any sense? Let us know in the comments!


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16 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About RuPaul




You better work!” Those words are still stuck in the minds of basically every adult or millennial who grew up in the ’90s, courtesy of the tremendous drag queen pioneer known as RuPaul.

RuPaul has said in his biography that he doesn’t care what gender pronouns people call him, as long as they call him, and he’s carried that decisive sense of self into the realms of movies, TV shows, and music.

From Billboard’s Dance Music/Club Play chart to cameoing in Crooklyn, Ugly Betty, and Walker, Texas Ranger, there’s been much more to the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race than meets the eye, which fits a person who’s made a career out of a dynamic and sassy drag persona.

RuPaul’s been breaking barriers for drag queens and the LGBTQ community for more years than the Internet has existed, and has won Emmy and GLAAD awards for his work.

He’s been controversial lately, as the 10th season of his show RuPaul’s Drag Race starts. In interviews, RuPaul has had some real verbal gaffes regarding the trans community, which have touched off a firestorm of controversy.

Here are the 16 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About RuPaul.

16. He was embroiled in a controversy in 2018 about transgender people

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RuPaul was never one to mince words, but when asked to comment on whether transgender woman can compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race, he wasn’t kind.

He said in an interview with The Guardian that he would “probably not” let trans women compete on his TV show, and that people who identify as a woman change when they change their body.

Though RuPaul issued a rare apology via Twitter addressing the public’s concerns, the trans and LGBTQ community have been up in arms following RuPaul’s interview, and it remains to be seen how their reaction will affect the show as it enters its tenth season.

RuPaul may have to be much more careful about his words moving forward, even though his drag persona is famously outspoken.

15. He was kicked out of high school for being absent too often

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RuPaul’s personality was apparently too big for high school, as he was kicked out of Patrick Henry High School in the 11th grade due to persistent truancy.

This only makes the premise of his show RuPaul’s Drag U on the LOGO channel even more ironic, which featured RuPaul and other judges evaluating new drag queens.

He later found himself at the Northside School of Performing Arts near Atlanta, Georgia, where he’d moved with his sister Renetta to study the performing arts.

However, according to his biography, he didn’t graduate from there either.

It turns out that he didn’t need to graduate from anywhere, and he later moved from Atlanta to New York to make his name in the club scene.

14. He is the first drag queen to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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As of March 2018, RuPaul has become the first drag queen to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, introduced in a ceremony on March 16th, 2018 by Jane Fonda.

The actress and star of classic movies like Barbarella and The China Syndrome gushed about RuPaul’s intelligence and compassion, and said that he deserved a Hollywood Walk of Fame star three times the size of normal ones.

In his speech accepting the star on the Hollywood walk of fame, RuPaul said that it was “absolutely the most important moment in my professional career,” wearing a colorful suit and trademark sunglasses.

It’s hard to argue with the significance of RuPaul getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the LGBTQ community.

13. He’s married to an Australian painter with a 50-acre ranch in Wyoming

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Some aspects of RuPaul’s life sound like someone played “Drag Queen Gonzo Mad Libs.” For instance, the iconic drag queen that took Manhattan by storm in the ’90s actually lives with an Australian painter on a massive 50-acre ranch in Wyoming when he’s not filming RuPaul’s Drag Race.

RuPaul met the Australian painter Georges LeBar at the Limelight club in New York in 1994. According to LeBar’s website, he also studied in Paris, New York, and Miami, and paints portraits and figure studies.

He somehow also finds the time to run a 50-acre ranch in Wyoming, and has been partners with RuPaul for 23 years, finally marrying him on LeBar’s birthday in January 2017.

On average, the couple spends about two months away from each other at a time due to RuPaul’s filming schedule.

12. He was inducted into Time’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2017

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RuPaul was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people on the planet in 2017, and it’s easy to see why, based on the sheer amount of work he’s done and influence he’s had on and on behalf of the LGBTQ movement.

The blurb written on behalf of his induction into the 100 was by Naomi Campbell, and she described meeting RuPaul and immediately recognizing him as a person who knew where he was going in terms of life and career.

According to Campbell, she knew instinctively to follow his career, because as she describes, she knew from the instant that she saw him that he knew where he was going professionally based on his attitude, and “that was where I wanted to be.”

11. His mom named him after a key ingredient in gumbo

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RuPaul’s mother was infamously profane throughout much of her life. However, Ernestine “Toni” Charles did manage to give a poetic quality to her son’s name.

She decided to name him after a key ingredient in gumbo.

The “Ru” in RuPaul’s name was derived from the word “roux,” which means a cooked mix of flour and fat that forms the base for a bunch of stews and soups in both French and Cajun cuisine.

Ernestine was a native of Louisiana even though Ru Paul was born in San Diego and moved to Atlanta, Georgia when he was just 15 years old, and named RuPaul after the base of Cajun cuisine that she grew up with, adjusting the spelling slightly.

10. The person he idolizes most is Judge Judy

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In a US Weekly interview from 2012, RuPaul confessed that the person he idolizes most is Judge Judy.

It’s easy to see why– Judy Sheindlin, as she’s known by her legal name, has negotiated a contract with through 2020 for her show that earns her roughly $47 million a year.

Not only that, but she’s also famous for her sassy judgement. This may be no coincidence, as RuPaul is just as famously sassy for his judgment on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Otherwise, they’re almost polar opposites. RuPaul stands a statuesque six feet, four inches tall, and that’s without heels.

Meanwhile, Judge Judy is only five feet, one inch tall, but both manage to make their presence and attitude known to everyone around them, and woe be to the person who crosses either of them.

9. He had a cameo on Walker, Texas Ranger

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RuPaul is no stranger to gloriously campy, scenery-chewing cameos in everything from Happy Endings to Ugly Betty, and more often than not there’s a fashion-centric plot element related to it.

However, many fans had no idea that RuPaul had a cameo in Walker, Texas Ranger.

RuPaul ended up cameoing in the 1998 Walker, Texas Ranger episode “Royal Heist”.

In it, a criminal Chuck Norris arrested years ago gets out of prison and goes immediately back to his criminal ways, which sounds like it must be the plot of roughly half of all Walker, Texas Ranger episodes.

RuPaul took the role of “Bob,” and sadly, there are no clips readily available of his performance. However, he had to have made Walker, Texas Ranger just a teensy bit more progressive by his mere presence.

8. His first big break was in the music video for The B-52’s “Love Shack”

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In retrospect, the only song sassy and rocking enough to serve as RuPaul’s grand entry onto the stage of popular culture would be “Love Shack”.

After fronting indie bands throughout the ’80s, RuPaul was featured in the music video for the classic song by the B-52’s as a dancer in drag, and it led to RuPaul featuring in other music videos and to his own singing career in the ’90s.

He’s cowritten five albums and his hit single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” ended up reaching 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993, with massive success on MTV, back when it mostly played actual music videos.

So it’s no surprise that RuPaul ran with the success of his appearance in “Love Shack”, and “Supermodel” wouldn’t be his only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100.

7. He sleeps with a stuffed donkey named Jimmy

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We all have our holdovers from childhood: a favorite blanket or a toy that you can’t bear to part with. Whether he’s had it his whole life or not, RuPaul revealed in a 2012 Us Weekly interview that he sleeps with a stuffed donkey named Jimmy every night.

Is Jimmy a childhood treasure, gratefully snuggled every night by RuPaul? Is he a recent acquisition, procured by RuPaul as an adult for the specific purpose of being a nighttime comfort? Or was RuPaul joking purely to provoke conversation with an interesting answer?

There are no end to the mysteries surrounding the stuffed beast of burden known as Jimmy. However, he must have earned a special place in RuPaul’s heart to be his chosen snuggle buddy night after night.

6. He sold “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in his very first pitch meeting

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Pitch meetings are like lottery scratch-offs– you go in thinking that you’re not going to succeed and be given money, but sometimes you are, and that makes all of the times you struck out seem worthwhile.

In Hollywood, almost no idea for a show or movie gets greenlit the very first time you pitch it, unless you’re James Cameron and the pitch is “Let’s make Avatar 2.

RuPaul has managed the magic of landing a show during his first time pitching it when he presented RuPaul’s Drag Race to VH1 executives.

The network bought the show right off the bat, premiered it in February 2009. It has been on air since, and began its tenth season in March 2018 with 14 contestants competing for $100,000 in prize money up for grabs.

5. He was obsessed with drag racing as a kid

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It might not be the kind of “drag racing” that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of the title of RuPaul’s current series, but it turns out that RuPaul was a total gear-head when he was younger.

RuPaul was obsessed with hot rods and drag racing. On his Twitter feed, he still posts pictures of hot rods and dream cars, including classic Cadillac models like the ‘76 Cadillac Seville.

However, he was actually such a car enthusiast that RuPaul followed around someone who owned a gold colored Cadillac El Dorado from 1969 to ask if their car was for sale.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t, and RuPaul was left bereft of a childhood love. RuPaul still looks out for classic cars and tweets when he sees them, though.

4. He was the first drag queen to land a major cosmetics campaign as a spokesmodel for MAC Cosmetics

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One of the first barriers that RuPaul broke was being the first drag queen to be named a spokesmodel for a major cosmetics brand.

In 1994, he became the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, headquartered in New York City, which is pretty much entirely RuPaul’s town.

However, RuPaul didn’t settle just for walking all over barriers and strutting right through them: he was also the first headliner of their Viva Glam line of lipsticks, and raised millions of dollars for MAC’s AIDS fund through his advertising campaign with MAC co-founder Frank Toskan and K.D. Lang.

K.D. Lang took over as spokesperson for the line after RuPaul, but he came back in 2013 with Nicki Minaj to represent the brand and raise more money for charity.

3. He was dubbed the “Queen of Manhattan” by club owners around NYC

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Not much information survives about the criteria behind the award, but in 1989, RuPaul had the honor of being crowned Queen of Manhattan by a survey of club owners and DJ’s around New York’s most densely populated island.

He was already famous for performing in drag in clubs around New York, and for being involved in Wigstock, and thus his coronation as Queen of Manhattan only raised his brand recognition, leading into the success he’d have in the 1990s both in terms of acting and music.

It would only take three or so years for him to score an international dance music hit with “Supermodel (You Better Work)”, and a year after that for him to make his feature movie debut in Spike Lee’s Crooklyn (he’d appeared in the documentary Wigstock: The Movie previously).

2. He was roommates with the founder of the famous outdoor drag festival Wigstock

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Wigstock was an iconic drag festival that started in 1984 when a few drag queens became empowered by liquid courage and decided to stage a spontaneous live show in Tompkins Square Park.

It became organized in 1985 and continued, despite the continued efforts of New York Mayor Rudy Guliani’s administration, until 2005 under the leadership of host Lady Bunny.

While the festival is dead, the spirit of it is alive thanks to her, and her connection to RuPaul.

Lady Bunny happened to host RuPaul as a roommate after getting to know him in the drag scene in Atlanta, and starred alongside him in Wigstock: The Movie and To Woo Fong: Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.

She later went on to be a guest judge in RuPaul’s spinoff show, RuPaul’s Drag U.

1. He thinks that Lip Sync Battle is a rip-off of Lip Sync For Your Life

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Hollywood is a story of constant parallel development; if there’s a good idea, you can bet someone else has thought of it and it will be a race to see who puts it out in finished form first.

For an example, look at Deep Impact vs Armageddon or Olympus Has Fallen vs White House Down (or, actually, you better not see that one).

So, Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle shares certain similarities to RuPaul’s show RuPaul’s Drag Race, namely that people lip-sync to popular songs and perform them, and occasionally do so while wearing clothing typically reserved for the opposite gender.

Thus, it’s not surprising that RuPaul has called it a “poor rip-off” of his own show, Drag Race, and put —Jimmy Fallon’s show in his crosshairs for appropriating his own show’s shtick.

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