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16 Times We Felt Really Embarrassed For A Celebrity In 2015

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    Looking back over the last 12 months, it’s a wonder that we don’t have a permanent red mark in the middle of our foreheads. That’s how often celebs compelled us to facepalm this year. It’s absolutely the case that when you’re in the limelight, your faux pas loom that much larger than those committed by us mere mortals. But it’s also true that most of these gaffes could have been avoided with a little bit of forethought. This could have come either from the stars themselves or the people they pay to keep them out of trouble. (Or, in Lenny Kravitz’s case, a seamstress armed with industrial-strength thread.)

    We’ve pulled together 15 incidents from 2015 — plus one to grow on — that left us with minor headaches. From victim-blaming and body-shaming to poorly chosen wedding gifts and Nazi-themed subway cars, read on for some of the more memorable mess-ups from this year. Maybe 2016 is the year we bring back the helmet?

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    January 2015

    When Palm Hit Face:
    Ryan Seacrest attempted to gift George and Amal Clooney a “Game Over” T-shirt as a wedding present on the Golden Globes red carpet.

    The couple gracefully did not accept, and viewers wondered why Seacrest thought this could possibly be anything but an embarrassing idea for everyone involved.

    The After-Smack: Things only got worse from there at this particular event. On top of the inappropriate gift and the Clooneys’ classy snub, Giuliana Rancic later committed her own faux pas against the newly married couple. She tried (and failed) to get George to take shots of his own tequila, and totally missed the opportunity to ask him about the “Je suis Charlie” pin on his lapel and on Amal's purse.

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    February 2015

    When Palm Hit Face:
    During a Fashion Police discussion, Giuliana Rancic insinuated that Zendaya’s dreadlocks must smell like “patchouli” and “weed.”

    The After-Smack:
    The fallout on this one lasted for months. Zendaya posted an eloquent response to the tone-deaf comments via her Instagram account. Rancic tried to go the Twitter apology route, but ended up doing another mea culpa on the Today show. Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin both quit Fashion Police in the aftermath of the scuffle.

    And despite the fact that Zendaya has said that it was an overall positive experience that opened up an important conversation, we’re guessing Rancic just wishes the whole thing had never happened.

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    April 2015

    When Palm Hit Face:
    Onstage during a performance at Coachella, Madonna smooched Drake while he sat in a chair, center stage, groping the air as though he was trying to escape from her kissy clutches. It looked like a wet — and unwanted — one.

    The After-Smack: This was the “ew, grossss” heard round the world, particularly after Drake looked none too pleased seconds after the actual incident. The public reaction was mixed: Some claimed that the grab-and-smooch constituted assault, made all the worse, some said, because Madonna is an "old lady" at 57. Others dubbed the backlash against Madonna an example of sexist ageism.

    Drake eventually tried to make amends on social media, and the Queen of Pop seemed super offended. When a fan later asked her what advice she’d give to her younger self, Madge said: “Don’t kiss Drake, no matter how many times he begs you to.”

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    April 2015

    When Face Hit Palm:
    Lindsay Lohan tweeted the word “habibi,” an Arabic term of endearment, and linked the tweet to an Instagram post that featured the phrase “You’re beautiful” in English above what we’re guessing she thought was the Arabic translation. Except that it wasn’t: The script actually said: “You’re a donkey.”

    The After-Smack: She probably felt like a real ass. Though the actress quickly took down the post, she was not spared the giggles of the media or the internet at large. So far as we’re aware, Lindsay Lohan has not busted out any Arabic since.

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    July 2015

    When Palm Hit Face:
    Kylie Jenner snapped and shared a selfie in which she's sporting cornrows, which compelled Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg to call her out for cultural appropriation.

    Instead of learning something from the incident, Kylie chalked it up to sour grapes over a boy. Then, in the wake of their feud, she wore the hairstyle again during a beach romp.

    The After-Smack: Kylie earned a reputation as someone who can’t be bothered to consider racial sensitivity in her styling choices. (Color us not surprised.) And apparently, Kendall didn’t learn anything from the backlash, either. She wore her own version of the 'do shortly thereafter. Maybe in sisterly solidarity?