2022, like many years before it, was exhausting. The pandemic is still looming, Russia has waged an unimaginable war on Ukraine, Kanye has gone full Nazis, and the Supreme Court has flipped entrenched laws left and right. Law vs Wadeand Elon Musk took over Twitter and quickly destroyed it.
The march of reality into surreal progressed rapidly.
But in between all that endlessly exhausting big news, the other things we cared about were… refreshing and mundane. There were many scandals in 2022, such as your bag being an entertainment drama, a royal drama, a morning drama, and an educational drama.
It wasn’t all glee. Many of this year’s scandals have been painful, and some have been arguably even dangerous, but above all, gossip — mundane, run-of-the-mill, low-risk gossip — is his 2022. It may have been the salvation of
Your gossip year, rap
How much did you like gossip this year? Count the ways.
we were listening normal gossip podcast, gossip normal gossipand gossiping about normal gossip gossip. We were reading gossip his influencer girlfriend Deuxmoi and gossiping about Deuxmoi. gossip Dumois gossip. we were eavesdropping. We were sipping our tea and spilling it.
And there was so much tea to spill! Desus and Melo? Say no! Tri Guys? It broke not only our hearts but also our brains. funny girlI didn’t realize you cared so much about Broadway dramas or whether you could read Lea Michele.?
Bennifer is married. Brangelina went on to divorce. Chris Rock got slapped, Julia Fox got slapped.The late Queen Elizabeth may have been rolling in her grave during the recent season crown For all the drama it brought, Meghan and Harry certainly weren’t going to let the royal family go so easily.
About Olivia Wilde’s twisted movies don’t worry darling, was such a juicy scandal that there was a scandal upon a scandal. Did the stars hate each other? Did Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine? Did Olivia fire or quit Shia LaBeouf? Are Wilde and star Florence Pugh friends or foes? Did ex-husband Jason Sudeikis try to publicly humiliate Wilde by filing divorce papers onstage during the press tour for the controversial film, or did the year-long cheating rumors, on? Was it an angry reaction to the set drama? press tour dramaI can’t provide an answer, but the endless bad press has paid off.? The film was a modest box office success upon its September release and has since made around $90 million worldwide.
of don’t worry darling Scandal encapsulated this year’s craze in Scandal: No just not a dirty drama just A he-said/she-said debate, but a whole dramatic cinematic universe of secrets and shocking twists. normal gossipObscene anonymized stories of funny girlMonths of casting tales to unravel the ever-increasing royal story about Meghan and Harry. And because we live in the future, many of these scandals have been riddled with receipts: funny photos, text, screenshots, video evidence, and even instant replays. It was drama, 2022 style.
Cheating scandals dominated tabloid headlines this year, and many of them played out in a solemn atmosphere that marked a change in tone after “Me-Too.” Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced in October after accusing multiple much younger women of inappropriate flirting while he was married to supermodel Behati Prinsloo. It caused a big backlash. “Embarrassing” gateway.
Days after news of Levine’s cheating scandal broke, actress Nia Long made headlines when the Boston Celtics suspended her husband and head coach Imme Udoka for a year. The public backlash again conveyed shock and outrage that such an ideal woman could be with her benevolent spouse.
The most dramatic and bewildering cheating scandal of all these days was the revelation that Ned Fulmer of the popular informational YouTube group (and BuzzFeed offshoot) Try Guys was cheating on his wife. The Try Guys had a strong anti-social relationship with their fans, with Fulmer branding himself as a wife guy. It inflicted a sting and sent social media into collective shock, hurt and mourning. sever ties with solemn official statement.
For the most part, public attitudes toward cheating scandals remain stigmatized. No, but 2022 has a last-minute twist. It’s a cheating scandal that won fans and supporters instead of backlash.
good morning america Anchors TJ Holmes and Amy Robach ended the year with an old-fashioned love affair that surprisingly won the public’s attention rather than the judgment. A torrent of leaked photos revealed they were cute and affectionate together, and the public responded with glee. Still, the reassurance is that this cheating scandal is not a source of moral outrage, but rather a source of moral outrage. Who knew morning show pundits could effectively steal the show from the celebs they interviewed?
But we can’t pretend that all of this year’s biggest gossip was completely banal. Throughout the spring, the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation lawsuit dominated the headlines, creating the kind of awkward situation people love to discuss, but especially when people attack Amber Heard. The jubilation felt was too cool to feel like gossip. In both situations, the exhausting court process and the implied misogyny of the public reaction to these women have led to other cases this year. It helps mediate the joy we find in the scandal of
In a low-crime but still high-cost affair, Will Smith’s shocking Oscar slap resulted in a decade-long award-show ban from the Academy, and many people have been harrowing about his mental health. He later described the incident with Trevor Noah as “bottled-up rage,” leading The New York Times to declare 2022 “the year we lost.” It also has a hard time summing it up: Ezra Miller has gone from starting fights over bad karaoke in the bar room to brandishing knives at his friends in a volatile year to being an Icelandic man. I’ve done everything from developing a sex cult and far more to do with allegations that I may be multiple grooming. underage teens.of flash The star seems barely ready to stick to the role of the franchise. Warner Bros. negotiated a submission by August amid reports that Miller had previously been a disaster on set. In his statement, Miller said he was seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”
Kanye West, on the other hand, is spiraling more and more. Yeh, who has been open about his mental health struggles in the past, hasn’t mentioned any such struggles in recent times, despite clearly having his career ruined. , which at first seemed like an extreme post-divorce life crisis (Pete Davidson bullying), turned out to be truly amazing. Ye’s shocking new willingness to befriend a professed white supremacist and his new commitment to vile anti-Semitism sound like a scandal too painful and harmful to be reduced to gossip. Extreme racism is not currently considered a mental health disorder, so neither can it be reduced to mental health struggles (although there is some debate as to whether it should be.
Still, Kanye West’s crushing horror praising Hitler is the kind of news all other 2022 gossip needs to distract us.
I needed a break. Gossip gave us that.
Gossip wasn’t the only petty distraction this year. It could have been the equivalent of a collective sigh of relief.
After all, we have been through extreme planetary stress for the last five years. An unstable Trump presidency, a weary pandemic with long-lasting effects still lingering, attempted riots, horrific wars, and the ongoing global climate crisis.
But when most of these circumstances passed, things seemed to stabilize in another way. The job market has opened. We prosecuted the rebels! Freed Britney Griner! One step closer to using nuclear fusion energy!
2022 was, at heart, a moment of cautious optimism. Finally, somewhere, somehow, I’ve been holding my breath ever since I started feeling like things had gone terribly wrong. Everything is completely off track with no end in sight. 2022 was a rest. We filled that space with what we felt was mostly low stakes, refreshing and petty. “I am not surprised that years of social crises – in a society that is barely recognizable as such – have produced an audience for facile sensationalism focused on human interests.” Gossip year.
It’s title podcast genius normal gossipFormer Vox writer Kelsey McKinney’s podcast was a breakout hit over the summer after launching in January, but gossip isn’t just normal and healthy, it might just be what you need right now. We embrace the idea that we cannot. “[During the pandemic] “It didn’t always fill me up with trivial funny stories to tell my bartenders or repeat to my friends,” McKinney said in an interview about the show’s founding. Because discovering these little stories is one of my favorite things about being a journalist and being a human being.”
In other words, being able to gossip means getting back to normal. A world where we collectively have the bandwidth to indulge in petty gossip is a world that feels like it once did. Did you fully appreciate the simple goodness of speaking at )? Did you ever think Pete Davidson cares so much about who he’s dating?
Gossip has made it bearable in a myriad of ways this year. Even better, the drama of 2023 is already going wild. Your tea will be hotter than ever.