This article originally appeared on eightieskids.com
These days, we have insight into the lives of our celebs at the click of a button, with scandals, mishaps and feuds clear for everyone to see. But back in the 80s, this information wasn’t quite so easy to get a hold of – and what was splashed across the front pages of the tabloids one day could be quite easily forgotten the next.
Here we’ve rounded up 20 major celebrity scandals from the 80s you probably forgot about.
20. Milli Vanilli were outed as frauds
In 1989, Milli Vanilli were at the peak of stardom, despite only beginning their music career and getting signed to a label a year prior. However, their newfound fame came tumbling down around them in 1989 during a live performance on MTV. Everything was going swimmingly until their backing track jammed, exposing the fact that the pop group were actually lip-syncing rather than singing, much to the audience’s shock.
The pair made no attempts to cover up the slip, instead simply fleeing the stage, mortified. Though they eventually returned to the stage and finished the set, the pair admitted that their career was never the same from that point onwards. Controversy followed them continuously, only increasing when singer Rob Pilatus allegedly said he was ‘the next Elvis’, and implied he would be more famous than Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney combined.
19. Madonna’s Like a Prayer music video was denounced by the Vatican
Madonna’s music career has always been boundary-pushing, so it’s no surprise that she’s been followed by criticism right from the beginning. Many of her music videos have been blasted as too sexual, too taboo or just too offensive by critics, and her video for Like a Prayer was no exception. When Madonna released the video she was met with outrage and horror from the Vatican, who claimed that it contained blasphemous uses of Christian imagery. The Vatican took issue with the fact that, amongst other things, the video featured footage of Madonna passionately making out with a statue of a crying saint.
Between the statue kissing, her somewhat revealing outfit choices, and the fact that she sets several crucifixes on fire throughout the video, many Christians felt it necessary to protest against Madonna and everything she represented. Not only that, but the video’s original purpose as a Pepsi advert was also abandoned completely, with the company wanting to distance themselves from the controversy.