10 Most Embarrassing Famous Family Members
Every family has a black sheep. Just ask Minnesota Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. His brother Steve Horner is on a one-man quest to stop Ladies Nights around the country and make a profit doing so. He's also written a letter to the Minnesota Daily laying out the differences between himself and his politician brother, including how his quest to protect the rights of a "balding white guy" earned him a month in the workhouse.
In honor of the brothers Horner, who make #10 on our list, we present our list of the 10 Most Embarrassing Famous Family Members:
These are relatives who have shamed some of the most accomplished and well-known individuals in the world today. With any luck, maybe the 10 of them will get together for their own reality show on VH1.
It would seem impossible to embarrass a man who sledgehammers watermelons for a living, but that didn't stop Gallagher's younger brother Ron from trying.
Because Gallagher was afraid he was losing market share to Carrot Top, he allowed his down-on-his luck bro to franchise the hammering fruit routine and take it to small clubs across the country.
But that wasn't enough for Ron--he tried to usurp the Gallagher throne. Ron started calling himself "Gallagher Too" and refused his brother's demand to make it clear that he wasn't the original. In August 2000, Gallagher 1.0 took the interloper to court and won.
Much like Highlander, when it comes to Gallaghers, there can be only one.
Al Gore III
What does Mr. Global Warming get in return? A kid counteracting daddy's goody two-shoes rep by repeatedly getting arrested on drug charges -- most recently after being clocked doing 100 mph in a Prius! Better living through chemistry seems to be behind him now: He last was seen briefly skittering across everyone's radar when he climbed into the ring as "Kid Blanco" for the sake of charity.
It's a special honor to be named Miley Cyrus's most embarrassing sibling.
And though we really hate picking on little kids, this honor really goes to her parents for letting the media capture her past series of embarrassing events.
The ten-year-old little wonder has been seen showing up at red carpet events--seemingly without a guardian--wearing short tutus, knee-high hooker boots, tiny swim suits, and feathered burlesque gear all while wearing enough makeup to make Christina Aguilera blush.
At the tender age of nine the precocious performer was caught pole dancing at a Teen Choice Awards after party, and has shown up on YouTube dancing to Akon's "Smack That" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok."
Billy Ray, please take away her access to the internet. It's freaking us out. We're sure Noah will thank you for it once she in her 20s.
Think of him as the U.K. answer to Michael Lohan. When Amy Winehouse was wandering the streets of Camden in a crack and booze haze, father Mitch Winehouse was there to give misinformed interviews to the press about her health issues (which have ranged from impetigo to emphysema to bulimia), and to discuss his infidelity and subsequent divorce from Amy's mother (which happened over a decade ago).
When asked how his daughter was doing post rehab, he exclaimed, "Fantastic, fantastic. Her boobs are great as well." He followed that up with a "I shouldn't have said that should I?" No, you really shouldn't have.
Mitch promises to continue his campaign of embarrassment into the future: He's recording a jazz album as we speak.
The whole killer rabbit episode notwithstanding, Jimmy Carter generally did his best to comport himself with the dignity and gravity of a U.S. President. But those efforts were always being undermined by his younger brother, Billy, an alcoholic gas-station owner prone to outrageous pronouncements and spectacular alcoholism.
Billy launched his own line of brew, declaring his intention to become "The Colonel Sanders of Beer," then provoked a new scandal as a registered lobbyist for the Libyan government. Other career highlights including drunkenly urinating on an airport tarmac in full view of the press corps.
Michael Jackson's pop career meant a lot of things to a lot of people.
To his sister Latoya Jackson, it meant a chance to finally launch a career in porn.
Latoya graced the cover of Playboy for the first time in 1989. Her family ties made it the best-selling issue in the magazine's history at the time.
She appeared on the cover for a second time a few years later -- this time it was to promote her upcoming autobiography.
Not a bad marketing strategy.
The father/manager of Jessica and Ashlee Simpson has managed to make his girls big stars--but not without considerable ick factor that you just don't want coming from daddy.
When the girls were growing up, the rules were clear: he gave Jessica a "purity ring" when she was 12 to remind her not to have premarital sex. But it seems he doesn't mind exploiting his daughters' flesh to pad his bank account. Of their appearances in skin magazines like Maxim, he once told the New York Times "That's God's business, judgment... Our reason was, we're not too good to do Maxim. The people that read it are not bad people."
But his loveliest quote ever has to be the time he told GQ, "Jessica never tries to be sexy. ... She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!"
There are, let's say, higher-profile members of the Bush family we could call out as embarrassing. But who needs to take swipes at ex-presidents when there's a perfectly good drug addict in their family?
Jeb Bush's daughter Noelle Bush was arrested for attempting to fraudulently obtain a prescription for Xanax from a Walgreens in Tallahassee. Her brilliant plan involved calling ahead to the pharmacy to request the pills for one "Noelle Scidmore."
After her arrest, Noelle was sentenced to rehab, but she soon found herself in jail after she was busted stealing pills from the nurses station and a search revealed crack cocaine hidden in her shoe.
If you don't remember that Bill Clinton even had a brother, it's probably because the president wanted it that way. While Bill Clinton was on his way to becoming the leader of the free world, his half-brother Roger was being sent to prison in 1985 for cocaine trafficking.
Little seen during the Clinton presidency, Roger stirred controversy not long after his brother left office when congressional investigators found evidence that the daughter of a Gambino family crime boss paid Roger Clinton's company $50,000 in 1999, just months after Roger had lobbied for an early parole for the heroin-dealing mobster. He also sought presidential pardons for other criminals.
In 2001, Roger himself was pardoned by his brother for his earlier drug conviction. A month later he was arrested for drunk driving.
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