Fame is fickle. It’s like a spotlight cast on a person and that light dims with time, it moves swiftly to find its next subject. With fame comes attention, power and an open door to wealth but like smoke in the wind, all these can be gone in a heartbeat.
In a bid to remain in the public eye, some celebrities go as far as stirring up controversies or engaging in a publicity stunt to stay relevant.
After all, all publicity – good or bad – is publicity.
Below are five instances celebrities have stirred the hornet’s nest to just to stay relevant.
On the morning of August 14th, 2015 Skiibbi was announced dead. The former Five Star Music artiste was said to have collapsed on his living room floor, where he was found without a pulse and rushed to the hospital.
Eulogies and condolences poured in from fans and fellow celebrities alike. A few hours later, it was discovered the artist was hale and hearty.
He was forced to issue a statement following the backlash that ensued as many felt he had gone too far by joking with issues of death.
Making it more sensitive was the fact that the entertainment industry had lost a number of talents in recent times. Safe to say, faking his own death didn’t do much for his career at the time.
If you were a passerby at the Lekki toll on August 2nd, 2019, you might have come across singer, Tekno gallivanting in a transparent truck carrying semi-nude girls. Maybe you were in your bed asleep at the time or doing whatever is you do but you must have surely come online to the reactions that his action sparked.
In a video that surfaced on social media, the girls, four in number, danced around a pole and Tekno himself.
A trail of mixed reactions followed the video and the singer went on to release the controversial music video from which the Lekki toll gate incident happened.
Like Skibii, following the backlash, he tendered an apology to the general public for the viral video of semi-nude women dancing in the transparent truck.
It is interesting to note that prior to this stunt, Tekno had just recovered from a health condition with some critics claiming his career was cruising to a slow death.
If this was the case, what better way to revive it than shock value? While some people’s moral sensibilities may have been offended by the scandalous video, we were definitely shocked to remember that Tekno is still very much around.