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Charlie Sheen isn’t the only celebrity who has been booed off the stage.
The actor, who kicked off his My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour in Detroit on Saturday night, angered attendees by insulting the audience, refusing to answer their questions and bringing out a no-name rapper to perform instead of the promised Snoop Dogg, among the many awkward moments. That earned the actor boos before he finally left the stage and didn’t come back.
But he’s not alone in drawing the ire of ticketholders.
Earlier this month, Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was booed at Comedy Central’s Donald Trump roast.
He failed to draw laughs when he referred to Trump as “Donald Chump” and also insulted the other presenters, calling Marlee Matlin “ugly,” Larry King “old” and Lisa Lampanelli “fat.”
He also told fellow roaster Snoop Dogg that he and the Trump had a lot in common because the millionaire developer owned a lot of property and Snoop’s ancestors had once been property.
At one point, the audience began to boo so loudly that comedian Jeffrey Ross had to interject into the act to try to save the Situation, who admitted: “This is my first night doing comedy.”
Sniped Ross, “It’s also your last,” as the audience applauded.
In January, R&B singer Usher got booed during the first date of his OMG tour, which kicked off in Berlin.
The singer, who had canceled the previous night’s performance due to illness, reportedly kept fans waiting the next night for 40 minutes. When he did come on stage, he sang five songs interrupted by five-minute breaks during which he left the stage.
“Then the fiasco took its course as Usher sang a song which he sang ‘wrong and crooked,'” according to one concertgoer’s account. “He interrupted the song and gave an excuse for the cancellation of the previous day. While trying to sing, everybody booed at him. ?After he had sung for like another 10 seconds, he went off the stage. The lights went on, and the concert was over.”
In 2009, Amy Winehouse scheduled a comeback performance in St. Lucia. Amid reportedly torrential rain — and boos from the audience — Winehouse cut the show short.
According to published reports, Winehouse — wearing a tight-fitting blue dress and high heels — seemingly struggled to keep her balance and “stumbled” through her song lyrics. As the crowd began booing, Winehouse shouted obscenities in response and then left the stage without returning.
Her spokesman blamed the abrupt ending on weather-related technical difficulties.
Also in 2009, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve was booed at Italy’s La Versiliana Festival. The reportedly angered the audience — who had paid to hear her read a text based on Georges Perec’s 1978 book Je Me Souviens (I Remember) — by reading the text in French during the 45-minute performance.
The crowd, who had been expecting an Italian-language performance, whistled, called organizers “thieves” and demanded their money back.
Ashlee Simpson also was on the receiving end of an upset audience’s catcalls in 2005 — just a few months after her infamous lip-syncing performance on Saturday Night Live — while performing at halftime of the Orange Bowl.
“Ashlee’s singing sounded like a cross between a political prisoner being tortured and a test of the Emergency Broadcast System,” wrote MSNBC.com’s Michael Ventre.
After she finished singing the song “La La,” the crowd of more than 72,000 began booing, with some even calling out, “You suck!”
Years earlier, Roseanne Barr also angered a sports crowd while singing an intentionally off-tune rendition off “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1990 at a San Diego Padres game. Afterward, she spit and grabbed her crotch in an attempt to poke fun at baseball players.
Later, Barr claimed she had been encouraged by baseball officials to perform a humerous version of the song.
But the stunt backfired and offended many, including President George H.W. Bush, who called it “disgraceful.”
Even the late, great Bob Hope wasn’t immune to catcalls. While making an appearance at the University of Florida in 1979, he angered the audience with relentless ribbing about the university’s reputation for being a party school.
He later apologized and returned in 1983 — reportedly without incident.
Watch Usher’s and Barr’s performances below.
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