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The Most Offensive Moments Of 2015

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    It was a year of controversy in the world of entertainment. Yes, we witnessed the usual onslaught of gossip-fueled BS and petty feuds. But many of the biggest conflicts that cropped up in Hollywood (and everywhere else) dealt with some heady topics, including race.

    We saw backlash against celebrities accused of casual racism and cultural appropriation. We saw stars fiercely defending their sexual, gender, cultural, and racial identities. And we saw leaders in entertainment make mistakes. Some learned from them. Unfortunately, others did not. Here’s a look at the most memorable — and consequential — controversies from 2015.


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    Rancic Ate Crow On The Air

    A chastised Rancic issued an apology, first on Twitter and then again during Fashion Police. "I learned a lot," she said. But the storm didn't end there. Kelly Osbourne, a friend of Zendaya's, got into a nasty fight with Rancic and quit the show.

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    Amandla Stenberg's Response

    In April, 16-year-old Hunger Games actress (and college professor in the making) Amandla Stenberg spelled out the issue in an impassioned video on Tumblr, titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” which went viral. "Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high-fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves,” she said. Giving an example, she continued, “Hip-hop stems from a Black struggle, it stems from jazz and blues, styles of music which African-Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity." At the end, she asks poignantly, "What would America be like if we loved Black people as much as we loved Black culture?” (Zendaya also weighed in this summer.)