Top 10 Craziest Things Celebs Did For Attention
Some stars will do anything to stay in the spotlight. For this list, we're looking at the wildest publicity stunts or outright lies that stars have used to draw attention to themselves. We’ve included insane tricks like DJ Khaled proposing to Nicki Minaj, Meg, and Jack White pretending to be siblings and Shia LaBeouf’s paper bag. Join WatchMojo as we count down the craziest things celebs have done for publicity.
#10 Joaquin Phoenix
In 2008, Joaquin shocked the audience when we announced that he would be giving up acting to become a rapper. A few months later, the actor made an appearance on Letterman’s Show for an interview where he showed his wild beard and unusual looks.
#9 Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf ’s bizarre behavior had produced many attention-grabbing headlines. He’s volunteered to become a meme, watched all his movies in a non-stop marathon and applauded a song that painted him as a vicious animal. But his most famous stunt was when he appeared on the red carpet during the Berlin premiere of ‘Nymphomaniac’ wearing a paper bag with eye holes.
#8 Dj Khaled
Dj Khaled tired to propose to Nicki Minaj on MTV in 2013. His confessions of love and his ten karat ring looked like the proposal was legit; however, it didn’t take long for the truth to come out. Later, they both admitted that the proposal was a publicity stunt for their upcoming album.
#7 Farrah Abraham
When people asked the reality star about her rumored sex tape, she said it didn’t exist. But, after the adult film performed James Dean confirmed he shot a scene with her, her story drastically changed.
First, she told that the tape is for herself, then she admitted she sold it to Vivid Entertainment for one million dollars.
#6 Meg and Jack White
Although their music is very cool and real, their relationship as a brother and sister were not. Jack said that he started the band when he heard his sister played the drums; however, that is not true. They even got married and divorced while playing together in the bans.
#5 Garth Brooks
In 1999, Brooks slimmed down and changed his hair to transform into his alter ego. When he released his music album that was not a success. And when that didn’t happen hi did not have a choice but to return to being a country singer.
In 2008, Ashanti released a murder theme music video for her new song ‘The Way That I Love You’ and to promote the video the label created a gotchagram website. They made a campaign where they would show people names in the news and their names were written in blood at a crime scene. Of course, this type of marketing received a lot of backlashes.
#3 Brian Williams
Shortly after the Iraq War began, Brian Williams traveled abroad to cover the conflict for NBC News. During a stressful day in the field, a friendly helicopter was hit with an RPG, but Williams exaggerated the story and told that he was in that helicopter.
#2 Steve Rannazzisi
The 9/11 attacks changed many lives. For 14 years Steve claimed that he was at the center of the tragedy. He claimed he was working for Merill Lynch on the South towers on the 54th floor on that tragic day. In 2015 a New York Times article revealed that he never worked for Merill Lynch and he wasn’t even in the tower that day.
#1 Jussie Smollett
In early 2019, Empire actor Jussie Smollett said that he was attacked who screamed racial and homophobic slurs at him, threw liquid on him and placed a hose on his neck. Following a police investigation, the alleged attackers were revealed to be former Empire extras and came to the truth that Smollett hired these men.