THE DIXIE CHICKS
The Dixie Chicks ruled the country music roost for years thanks to hit albums like Wide Open Spaces and Fly. Then, just as U.S. soldiers prepared to enter Iraq, the Chicks’ empire came crashing down when lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd at a 2003 London concert that they were “ashamed” then-President George W. Bush was from their home state of Texas. Almost overnight, the Chicks became country music’s most hated group. Their songs were banned across radio stations. Fans literally bulldozed their CDs. They even received anonymous death threats. Despite the backlash, the group never backtracked on their statement. In fact, they fired back at critics with the powerful anthem “Not Ready to Make Nice.” That song, along with the album Taking the Long Way, earned the Chicks multiple Grammys in 2007, including one for Album of the Year. By then, things were clear: The Dixie Chicks had finally gotten the last laugh.
Fans of Ariana Grande (and America in general) turned on the “Problem” singer after TMZ obtained a bizarre video, in which the 22-year-old diva is heard saying “I hate Americans; I hate America” at a local California doughnut shop. The comment, which was reportedly over a delicious, tasty, ooey-gooey tray of doughnuts, sparked an intense Internet backlash, forcing Grande to embark on an apology tour. “It’s important to think about what you say and do,” Grande told Good Morning America during an awkward interview in September 2015. Yeah—no kidding.
Chris Brown’s career was quickly (and deservedly) flushed down the toilet in 2009 after the R&B singer reportedly beat Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, the morning of the Grammy Awards. At the end of that year, Brown—whose debut albums sold 2.2 million and 2.0 million, respectively— released Graffiti to poor sales (362,000 as of 2012) and pathetic reviews, ending his reign as a modern-day king of R&B. In the years since, Brown has quietly crept up the Billboard singles charts. Album sales, however, remain a dead zone.
6 CELEBRITIES WHOSE FANS QUICKLY TURNED ON THEM