By Kyle Boris
This time last year, then 21-year old, Nicholas Fraser turned the classic song, “Too Close” by Next, into an internet sensation with his parody titled “Why You Always Lying”. The unique video would become common knowledge to everyone on the internet and would be used as a meme for anyone caught lying. The classic remake celebrates its one-year anniversary this month and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at the Top 10 Celebrities who got caught lying.
10.) Ryan Lochte
We’ll start off with our most recent liar. Olympic-gold medalist, Ryan Lochte, could do no wrong as one of the more popular swimmers in the country, besides Michael Phelps. That was until Lochte was caught fabricating a story about how he, along with three others, were robbed at gunpoint in Rio during the 2016 Olympics. In apparently a drunken state, Lochte had actually vandalized a gas station which led to the altercation he exaggerated. The Olympian went on to lose many endorsements, including his deal with Speedo. See kids, lying isn’t smart; especially if it makes you lose millions of dollars. Jeah!
9.) Sean Kingston
I’m sure we’ve all told a small lie here and there to impress a date. “I make this much money” “I was a star-athlete in high school” “I can bench 300 pounds” “Justin Bieber gave me his car”
Oh, you can’t relate to that last one? Well neither can singer Sean Kingston.
In 2012, Sean Kingston and his date were leaving a restaurant when paparazzi asked him about the Fisker Karma he was driving. Kingston went on to say that Bieber had gifted him with the car as a symbol of friendship. The “Beautiful Girls” singer was obviously attempting to impress the beautiful girl that was his date, but I’m sure he messed up his chances once Bieber’s crew found out about the lie and called him out for it. I guess some of us need to learn the difference between a gift and a borrow.
8.) Steve Rannazzisi
Every now and then someone tells a lie that just makes you question, “what is actually wrong with you”. This is the case for star of the FX series, The League, Steve Rannazzisi. As Rannazzisi would appear on podcasts and in interviews, he would occasionally bring up the story of how he survived the horrific 9/11 attacks. As an employee for Merrill Lynch, Rannazzisi claimed he was on the 54th floor the day of the attacks. Years later, Steve admitted to lying. He wasn’t anywhere near the attacks. He never worked for Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch didn’t even have offices in the World Trade Center. Its one thing to lie, but to lie about something so horrific just makes you question, “what is actually wrong with you”.
7.) Milli Vanilli
Milli Vanilli celebrated huge success in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The duo won three American Music Awards and even won a Grammy for Best New Artist. The R&B duo, consisting of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, were taking over a nation with their voices. Except…it wasn’t their voices. The two were lip-synching on all of their tracks. Apparently, the songs were sung by less attractive singers which is why Morvan and Pilatus were asked to stand in their place. Milli Vanilli’s certified platinum album was ironically titled Girl You Know It’s True. Girl, you know it’s true that they lied.
6.) Brian Williams
Brian Williams had been a respected journalist in the world of broadcast television. That was until he lied about his experiences while covering the Iraq War. He told a story of how the military helicopter he was traveling in, was “forced down after being hit by an RGP”. Once again, we have a man using terrible circumstances to make himself look stronger. As a journalist, a lie of this magnitude will ruin your career, and that’s ultimately what happened to Williams.
5.) James Frey
James Frey is an author known for his memoir A Million Little Pieces. Its too bad his memoir that detailed his struggle with drug addictions along with his criminal record was more of a novel. The lies came to fruition when Oprah had him on her show and confronted the author. Frey would go on to admit that several of the allegations were in fact correct and he had fabricated most of the story. We know what Oprah must have been thinking; oooooooh my god.
4.) The White Stripes
You ever start a band with your ex-girlfriend, but lie to everyone and say that you’re siblings? Well, Jack White of the White Stripes is probably the only one on this planet that can say yes to that question. White’s reasoning behind the lie was, “when they’re brother and sister, you go, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ You care more about the music, not the relationship.” Uhh, whatever you say Mr. White. Just don’t go kissing your sister, eh…wife, with that lying mouth.
3.) Manti Te’o
Ah, the legend of Manti Te’o. This…this is a confusing one so you may have to do some research after reading this. Te’o played his 2012 collegiate football season at Notre Dame under heavy burden after he learned that his grandmother and girlfriend, who had leukemia, had passed away. Te’o would go on to be be an inspiration with his tremendous play on the field. However, it was later determined that a friend of Te’o was actually portraying the role of his girlfriend and lured Te’o into an online relationship. Te’o had lied that he had actually met his internet girlfriend because he was embarrassed of the online fling. This story takes being catfished to an entire new level.
2.) Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding, a two-time Olympian, was a tremendous figure skater. However, there was another skater who was just as good if not better by the name of Nancy Kerrigan. Prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was attacked by a man who was hired by Harding’s ex-husband and her bodyguard. Kerrigan was hit above the knee with a baton forcing her to miss the upcoming competition. Harding lied about her involvement in the incident, but eventually plead guilty after her ex-husband came clean. This was a lie mixed with an assault like no other.
1.) Anyone Involved with Frank Ocean’s Album
It’s tough to know who exactly to blame for this one. Frank Ocean’s long awaited album “Boys Don’t Cry” was finally released August of 2016, but fans had expecting this album for what seems like forever. Frank Ocean never came out and said, “my album is coming out this day”, yet, every couple of months rumors would fly around stating the album was about to be released. Where did these rumors come from? It could have been Twitter users. It could have been someone on Frank’s team looking to create some publicity. The world may never know who, but someone was responsible for lying and continuing to have us on the edge of our seats waiting for new music from Frank Ocean. Then, once we were let down because nothing was released, we were left asking…
Why you always lying?
Kyle Boris is a contributing editor for YourSitch.com