India has just opened its 100th airport, and very few airports around India, and even the world, can match this one for views. The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is the first airport to open in the Sikkim state in the north of India, and close to the Himalayas, and was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, last week.
The airport, which is also very near to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, has been carved out of a mountainside. Nestled in a deep valley, the airport is 4,500 feet high, making it one of the highest airports in the world. Moreover, the airport, which is set across 990 acres, took engineers nine years to complete, working through dangerous conditions.
During monsoon rains, they worked on rocky slopes and needed to bring equipment up mountain roads that would not be considered safe at all times. it was a risk they had to take in order to complete the project.
Meanwhile, the entire airport is built on land that was created after building a 263 feet deep embankment wall and, according to the BBC, this is one of the tallest ‘reinforcement’ walls in the world.
As for the terminal, the building can hold up to 100 passengers at a time and, once opened, will offer commercial flights to a number of destinations. The first plane to take off from this picturesque airport will be a flight to Kolkata at the end of September.
However, photographer Rajiv Srivastava was one of the first fortunate people to catch a glimpse of the airport first hand before its public opening. Speaking to MailOnline Travel, he said, “Pakyong Airport is indeed an engineering marvel set in the heavenly abode of the Himalayas.”
Having your flight ever delayed in this airport will perhaps not be the worst part of your day, and that will certainly be a first!
The world of celebrity can be a fragile one. One minute you’re on top of the world, and the next you’re in a prison cell. The celebs on this list managed to ruin — or at least tarnish — their careers in all sorts of terrible ways. Some committed serious crimes, others made embarrassing mistakes, and a couple revealed their dark, prejudiced belief systems. Brace yourselves, because this list of celebs that ruined their careers overnight isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Chris Brown’s Battery
Right off the bat, it’s important to note that some of these celebs still enjoy careers. While Chris Brown may have ruined his reputation back in 2009, he’s still dancing on stage in 2021, which is saying something.
Anyway, entertainer Chris Brown beat up his then-girlfriend Rihanna at a pre-Grammy party, and pictures of the star’s bruised face were splashed all over the tabloids. RiRi ended up in hospital after the incident. Since then, Brown has had other run-ins with the law.
Jerry Lee Lewis’ Child Bride
Anyone that’s heard of singer Jerry Lee Lewis knows that he married his cousin. But, did you know that the cousin in question was only 13 years old at the time? Yeah — that’s right.
Jerry Lee Lewis was considered the first wild man of rock and roll, but his popularity plummeted when he got hitched to cousin Myra Gale Brown. Altogether, Lewis was married seven times. He was with Brown for over a decade, and they split amid her allegations of abuse.
Tila Tequila’s White Supremacy
Clearly, there’s no rest for the wicked, because now we have to talk about Tila Tequila. At one point, the TV personality was everywhere, including as the most popular person on Myspace. The celeb had her own dating show, but eventually killed her career when she appeared on the British show, Celebrity Big Brother.
Tila Tequila only lasted two days on the show when she was asked to leave based on her white supremacist views. Producers had uncovered Tequila’s website where she’d written pro-Hitler comments.
Milli Vanilli’s Lip-Sync Scandal
Listen, the presence of Milli Vanilli on this list really proves that not all of these careers were killed over the same sort of issue. Some celebs on this list are literally imprisoned because of their crimes, whereas this German-French R&B duo just messed up a performance and paid the ultimate price.
Essentially, the extremely popular ’80s duo performed live on MTV, the track skipped, and their lip-syncing was exposed. When it was discovered the pair didn’t sing on their albums, fans demanded refunds, and their Grammy was revoked!
Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitism
Here’s another A-lister whose reputation took a serious hit, but whose career never actually died. Actor Mel Gibson was an Oscar-winning actor known for his work in Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, and Mad Max.
In 2010, recordings of the celeb ranting at his then-wife were released, and he pleaded no contest to a battery charge. Prior to that, the star was pulled over while driving under the influence and launched into an anti-Semitic rant. Gibson was blacklisted for almost a decade — not long enough!
Ian Watkins’ Shocking Crimes
Fans were shocked when the co-founder and lead vocalist of rock band Lostprophets was exposed as a serious criminal. In 2013, the Welsh musician was sentenced to 29 years in prison for crimes involving babies, young children, and animals.
Disgustingly, the day after Watkins’ guilty plea was accepted, he referred to his crimes as “mega lolz.” Since then, Watkins has been continuing his crimes from prison, and was sentenced to even more time for contacting potential victims using a cell phone while locked up.
R. Kelly’s Imprisonment of Women
Really, R. Kelly should not have had the career he did. If the police had listened to the accounts of the entertainer’s victims and their families in the early stages, Kelly’s disgusting actions might not have continued.
As with many of the celebs on this list, R. Kelly’s money and celebrity meant that he could prey on young women for years. Kelly went so far as to imprison women in his home, as shown in docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. The celeb is currently in jail facing 22 federal crimes.
Sinead O’Connor’s SNL Stunt
Now known for her outlandish behavior, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor shocked audiences when she appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1992. O’Connor sang an a cappella version of “War” by Bob Marley, and started ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II while singing and looking into the camera.
Interestingly, O’Connor was protesting abuse within the Catholic Church, and did so nine years before the Pope acknowledged it. Regardless, the world went wild, and even Madonna criticized the singer in the press.
Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction
While some celebs on this list have seriously harmed others, singer Janet Jackson’s career took a massive hit because she exposed herself on stage. There are various conflicting accounts of this incident, with people initially thinking that Jackson’s exposed breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show was a costume malfunction.
However, years later people think that Jackson’s co-performer Justin Timberlake orchestrated the incident. Following the incident, Janet Jackson was uninvited from the Grammys, and blacklisted from radio and music channels. Justice for Janet!
Jennifer Grey’s Nose Job
Here’s another talented woman that didn’t really deserve to see her career plummet. Jennifer Grey is best known for playing Baby in Dirty Dancing, though she also starred in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Red Dawn, as well as in various other movies and TV shows. However, when Grey had a nose job, she basically made herself anonymous.
Jennifer Grey has since remarked, “I went in the operating room a celebrity — and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible.”
Charlie Sheen’s Treatment of Women
It’s remarkable how many celebrity men have admitted to harming women and then continued to work with little or no consequences. Actor Charlie Sheen has made tabloid front covers with his wild behavior and womanizing ways. The star has been married three times, and has faced accusations from several of his partners.
Actress Denise Richards accused Sheen of threatening her with violence, and with looking at inappropriate images of children. His next wife, actress Brooke Mueller, eventually acquired a restraining order against him.
Josh Duggar’s Predatory Crimes
Josh Duggar is the eldest child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, the couple featured on the reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. However, when the family was set to star on The Oprah Winfrey Show, reports arose of Josh’s previous crimes.
Indeed, as a teenager, Duggar had acted inappropriately with multiple children, including his own sisters. When he told his parents, they spoke with Church elders and sent him to a “program.” In light of this, and Duggar being on Ashley Madison, the show was canceled.
Dani Mathers’ Shameless Snapchat
Model and actress Dani Mathers has starred in soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as in Playboy. Mathers ended up losing her regular radio gig on the Heidi and Frank Show when she posted an image of another woman online.
More specifically, when she was in the gym, Dani Mathers took a video of a 71-year-old woman in the shower. She captioned the snap, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” She ended up charged with 45 days in prison.
Lori Loughlin’s College Admissions Fraud
Actress Lori Laughlin, and her husband, were charged by the FBI for taking part in fraudulent activities to get their daughter into college. In a nationwide scandal, Operation Varsity Blues uncovered that the actor and her husband had bribed organizations so their daughters would be accepted to the University of Southern California.
Lori Laughlin served two months in prison for her crimes, and was dropped from Fuller House. Her YouTuber daughter, Olivia Jade, also lost work but was able to remain at USC.
Ryan Lochte’s Olympic Lie
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is the second most decorated swimmer in Olympic history, but most people know his name for other reasons. Back in 2016, Lochte and his fellow athletes claimed they had been robbed in Rio De Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics. However, the details were slightly different than that.
In reality, Lochte and his pals had vandalized a gas station and paid money for the damage. As a result of lying, the athlete was suspended for 10 months and lost millions in endorsements.
Hulk Hogan’s Racist Rant
Hulk Hogan is another celeb who killed his career by revealing his unacceptable views. The former wrestler is one of the most recognized athletes in his sport, especially because of his forays as an actor and reality TV star.
Back in 2015, a compromising tape of Hogan was released. In the tape — where the wrestler is with a woman — Hogan makes various racist comments. In fact, at one stage he admits being racist “to a point.” As a result, WWE fired him.
PewDiePie’s Anti-Semitic Slurs
YouTuber Felix Kjellberg — best known as PewDiePie — has faced numerous controversies. One of the most popular figures to appear on the platform, PewDiePie has offended various groups and still managed to keep a substantial following.
In 2017, the YouTuber used anti-Semitic, racist, and homophobic slurs. When challenged, Kjellberg admitted to taking his so-called jokes “too far,” but complained about the outrage. Alas, this celeb didn’t really ruin their career, as PewDiePie still boasts over 100 million subscribers.
Lance Armstrong’s Damning Doping Scandal
If you really want to see someone that ruined their career overnight, look no further than disgraced professional cyclist Lance Armstrong. For years, Armstrong’s name was synonymous with cycling, with success, and with those rubber bracelets that supported the Livestrong Foundation.
However, the US Anti-Doping Agency eventually named Lance Armstrong as the ringleader of “the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” As a result, Armstrong received a lifetime ban from all sports and was stripped of his medals.
Felicity Huffman’s SAT Subterfuge
So far we’ve seen actress Lori Laughlin face the consequences of her involvement in a nationwide college admissions scandal. Well, Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman — and potentially her husband, William H. Macy — were also involved.
In 2019, the actress was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. Eventually, Huffman pleaded guilty to having someone take her daughter’s SAT exam, and was sentenced to 14 days in prison. For unclear reasons, Macy was not charged alongside his wife.
Amanda Bynes’ Erratic Behavior
Child star Amanda Bynes fronted her own TV show, and starred in several successful movies including What a Girl Wants and Hairspray. Much like many of her noughties party girl peers, Bynes suffered from addiction and ended up facing legal issues.
After several incidents with the police, Bynes’ mother was granted conservatorship over her daughter. Amanda Bynes has since apologized for her erratic tweets during this time, but her acting career never recovered. The star hasn’t acted since 2010.
Michael Jackson’s Multiple Allegations
Despite being an iconic entertainer, Michael Jackson’s career started to decline in the late 1980s, and it only got worse from there. MJ’s changing physical appearance made him a controversial figure, and he was accused of serious crimes from as early as the 1990s.
The Prince of Pop was then subject to a wave of media criticism when he held his newborn baby over the railing of his four-story hotel room. Since his passing, Jackson has faced more allegations of inappropriate conduct towards minors.
Robin Thicke’s Creepy Dancing
When singer Robin Thicke performed with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, it became the most tweeted about event in history. At that stage in her career, Cyrus was transitioning from cutesy country child star to twerking, grill-wearing, Bangerz-era Miley.
For that reason, and because of his song’s creepy lyrics, audiences didn’t take too kindly to Thicke grinding all over a scantily clad Cyrus. This was made even worse by the singer’s black and white ‘jailbait’ suit.
Mark Salling’s Criminal Offenses
Understandably, Glee star Mark Salling’s career went down the toilet when he was accused and convicted of a string of serious crimes. The actor, who played bad-boy Puck on the musical series, was arrested in 2015 for possessing thousands of inappropriate images of children.
Mark Salling pleaded guilty to the charges against him, but passed away before he was formally charged. Prior to that, the actor was accused of engaging in inappropriate conduct by one of his ex-girlfriends.
Boy George’s False Imprisonment
English singer Boy George has faced various legal issues, partly due to his long-term addiction issues. In 2005, the singer was charged with falsely reporting a burglary, and in 2006 a warrant for his arrest was issued when he didn’t show up to court.
More seriously, the Culture Club singer was convicted of assault and the false imprisonment of a Norwegian model. Apparently, the singer restrained the model and beat him with a metal chain. For these crimes, he was imprisoned for four months.
Logan Paul’s Insensitive Footage
Arguably, Logan Paul’s career should have been over when he posted incredibly insensitive videos of human bodies on his YouTube channel. The footage was taken in a Japanese forest, and was aired alongside other videos of Paul harassing locals.
Much like Boy George, Chris Brown, and PewDiePie, Logan Paul has been able to continue his career despite multiple scandals, including animal cruelty and using slurs. The American YouTuber has over 22 million subscribers, and has gone on to work as an actor and boxer.
Jeffree Star’s Nasty Behavior
Here’s another controversial online figure that could perhaps do with a little less media attention. YouTuber Jeffree Star has been accused of racism and bullying by multiple high-profile figures including Kat Von D, Kylie Jenner, and Tati Westbrook. Plus, in a skit posted to Myspace, the makeup artist was seen using racial slurs.
In 2020, Star was accused of multiple cases of engaging in inappropriate conduct, and of previously having a white supremacist website. The site, named “Lipstick Nazi,” featured pictures of swastikas.
Michael Richards’ Racist Tirade
Prior to 2006, actor Michael Richards was best known as Kramer from Seinfeld. The star won the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series three times, and decided to branch out into standup comedy when the show wrapped.
However, while performing at a comedy club called the Laugh Factory, Richards launched into a racist tirade when some audience members wouldn’t quiet down. After footage was released, Richards apologized, but his stand-up career was over. We’d say that’s definitely for the best.
Paula Deen’s Plantation Party Plans
In 2013, celebrity chef Paula Deen was sued for racism and sexism, and accused of regularly using racial slurs. The TV personality apparently wanted her brother to have “a true Southern plantation-style theme” wedding complete with African American servers. Ultimately, she decided not to because of the possible media backlash.
Thankfully, Paula Deen lost a whole bunch of endorsements, publishing deals, and cooking shows because of her prejudiced beliefs. However, it’s worth pointing out that sales of her books massively increased during this scandal.
Ashlee Simpson’s Ill-Timed Jig
For some reason, a lip-syncing scandal can really be the undoing of a professional musician. Sure, we get that they’re supposed to sing, but isn’t it pretty common for performers to just mouth along when they’re doing a so-called live performance?
Much like Milli Vanilli before her, singer Ashlee Simpson’s career came to an abrupt end when she was caught lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live. When the wrong backing track started playing, Simpson started doing an awkward jig. And, when she blamed the band, the backlash began.
Kaley Cuoco’s Hideous Hairpiece
Listen — compared with some other famous faces on this list, Kaley Cuoco did basically nothing wrong. In fact, she did absolutely nothing wrong. However, when the Big Bang Theory actress wore fake bangs to the SAG awards, she remarked that the resulting chaos “almost ruined” her career.
It turns out that Cuoco’s hairpiece was hiding a black eye and stitches that she’d received while on set. The actress and costar Johnny Galecki were playing a prank when she ended up actually injured.
The Chicks’ Political Statement
Country trio The Chicks learned who their real fans were when they made comments about ongoing issues between tensions between the US and Iraq. When frontwoman Natalie Maines joked about not being proud of her country, the band faced major backlash.
Fans destroyed their albums, radios boycotted their music, and threats were issued against Maines. The backlash against the group was so huge that the American Red Cross refused a one million dollar donation from the band. Thankfully, they’ve since made a comeback.
Tana Mongeau’s Terrible TanaCon
YouTuber Tana Mongeau has had her fair share of controversies. The internet personality tried to call out fellow YouTuber iDubbbz for using racist slurs, but it backfired when he responded with many examples of her doing the same thing.
Then, in 2018, Mongeau hosted her own convention “TanaCon,” which ended up being canceled on the very day it was held. Fans passed out while waiting in the sun with no food and water, leading people to compare the event to Fyre Festival.
Michael Vick’s Dog Fighting Ring
Technically, this is another person who went to prison and still continued with their career afterward. We’re just saying, Janet Jackson was blacklisted for an accidental nip slip, whereas this guy earned millions of dollars after being convicted of actual crimes. Something’s not right here.
NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty for being involved in a dogfighting ring and went to prison for 21 months. The athlete had extensive facilities at his home, and there was evidence of serious animal cruelty.
Bill Cosby’s Decades of Harm
The world was shocked when they discovered that long-beloved TV actor Bill Cosby was actually a serious and dangerous criminal. The actor and comedian faced multiple accusations of engaging in inappropriate conduct with women, dating all the way back to the 1960s.
Overall, over 60 brave women came forward to accuse Bill Cosby of harming them. Unfortunately, not all of the cases could be tried because so much time had passed. However, Bill Cosby is still behind bars for up to 10 years.
Belle Gibson’s Cancer Fraud
And here we have the controversial Belle Gibson. The so-called wellness guru claimed to have cured her own cancer through diet and exercise, and to donate generously to charity.
It turns out that Belle Gibson never even had cancer, and also wasn’t exactly donating her cash. The scammer eventually admitted to making the whole thing up, but she still hasn’t paid back fines. As recently as 2020, Gibson has been seen pretending to be part of the Ethiopian community.