hindsight 2020

Ring, ring! 20 times karma called for people in 2020

It's been quite a year, to say the least.

In addition to a global pandemic, 2020 was marred with violence, death, corruption, civil unrest, police brutality, wildfire, hurricanes, and 82--82!--made-for-TV holiday movies.

2020 was also an epic year for karma. So many people, some more deserving than others, had their receipts cashed in, and sometimes all at once.

From antigay evangelical leaders to beloved daytime talk show hosts, closeted Republican lawmakers to Marvel superstars, nobody was off limits.

Click through for 20 times karma called for people in 2020.

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It’s been quite a year, to say the least.

In addition to a global pandemic, 2020 was marred with violence, death, corruption, civil unrest, police brutality, wildfire, hurricanes, and 82–82!–made-for-TV holiday movies.

2020 was also an epic year for karma. So many people, some more deserving than others, had their receipts cashed in, and sometimes all at once.

From antigay evangelical leaders to beloved daytime talk show hosts, closeted Republican lawmakers to Marvel superstars, nobody was off limits.

Click through for 20 times karma called for people in 2020.

Jerry Falwell Jr.

The homophobic religious leader had an epic fall from grace over the summer, beginning with that now-infamous yacht photo and accompanying video and ending with the pool boy cuckolding sex scandal that resulted in him losing his cushy job as president of Liberty University and his standing among Republicans and evangelicals alike.

Related: Here it is, the ultimate Jerry Falwell Jr. pool boy tell-all

That guy who shot his balls off in the name of Donald Trump

The anonymous diehard Trump supporter accidentally shot himself in the groin with a .45-caliber M1911 semiautomatic in August as part of an attempt to “trigger liberals.” Afterwards, his friends asked people not to judge him, saying “he’s learned his lesson without the entire world calling him an idiot.”

Related: Trump supporter shoots himself through the groin in an attempt to “trigger liberals”

Debra Hunter

The belligerent Pier 1 shopper from Jacksonville, Florida was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery in August after video of her coughing on a cancer patient who had asked her to wear a mask went viral.

Related: Karma has finally called for that anti-masker who coughed on cancer patient at Pier 1

Christion Jones

After firing off a string of homophobic tweets in June, the Canadian footballer said he “never will apologize” for his antigay beliefs and didn’t care if they got him fired from the Canadian Football League. So, the league fired him.

Related: Football player goes on antigay rant, says he doesn’t care about getting fired, gets fired

Katherine McPhee

The alleged LGBTQ ally and American Idol alum was permanently disinvited from the kiki in September after FEC records revealed she’d been secretly donating thousands and thousands (and thousands) of dollars to antigay Republicans for over a decade.

Related: Katharine McPhee has been a Trump-supporting “LGBTQ ally” hiding in plain sight for years

Aaron Schock

If the disgraced ex-lawmaker thought coming out would help ingratiate him with the people he actively worked against while serving the U.S. House of Representatives, he miscalculated. After sharing his truth on Instagram in May, he was met with an ice cold shoulder from the LGBTQ community. In hindsight, he might’ve fared better had he actually, ya know, apologized for his antigay past rather than make excuses for it.

Related: Gay Twitter has a lot to say about Aaron Schock’s non-apology coming out

Sofia Taloni

The beauty influencer made international headlines in April for encouraging her 627,000 followers to create fake Grindr profiles to locate closeted gay men and then out them to their communities. After initially claiming she had “no regrets”, Taloni later said she was merely trying to “humanize” gay people by exposing them to the world. Instagram wasn’t having any of it, however, and banned her from the platform.

Related: Awful influencer encourages people to make fake Grindr profiles to out gay men

Chris Pratt

If being voted the least favorite Chris in Hollywood wasn’t injury enough, the sensitive Marvel star was outed for following a ton of right wing extremists, homophobes, and other problematic people on Twitter. This, of course, was in addition to that horrible antigay church he proudly belongs to. Pratt was officially declared #canceled. Though he didn’t comment on the matter, his wife, Katherine, put out a statement accusing people of “meanness and bullying.”

Related: Oh look! Chris Pratt follows a bunch of right wing extremists, hate groups, and other homophobes

Stacey Dash

The former Fox News commentator, who once suggested trans people could “pee in the bushes” rather than use public restrooms, officially filed for divorce from her fourth husband, Jeffrey Marty, in June. The divorce filing came only a few months after she was arrested in Florida for beating Marty up when his daughter (her stepdaughter) called her a bitch. Classy!

Related: Professional homophobe Stacey Dash files for divorce from fourth husband

Gays For Trump

Despite holding numerous Pride events and pro-Trump marches in gayborhoods around the country, the “Gays for Trump” movement never really took off. Not only did their candidate lose bigly, but a bunch of them wound up getting scammed by a 21-year-old delivery driver who created a bogus “Gays for Trump” GoFundMe page and tricked them into giving him thousands of dollars.

Related: Meet the 21-year-old con artist who scammed ‘Gays For Trump’ donors out of cash

Mike Hill and Al Jacquet

The two incumbent Florida lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican, both lost their primaries in August by wide margins after becoming ensnared in two separate antigay scandals. Florida voters have always been an enigma to us. The fact that they voted out two homophobes (hurray!) while also voting to reelect Donald Trump (boo!) in the same year will forever be a head scratcher.

Related: Both of these incumbent homophobes lost their primaries in Florida this week

Lea Michele

The Glee actress was forced to issue an apology and deactivate her Twitter page in June after she was accused of bullying by former co-stars Samantha Ware, Amber Riley, and Alex Newell, along with scores of other former crew members, colleagues, understudies, and extras who came forward to say she was “subhuman,” “terrifying,” “manipulative,” and a “nightmare.”

Related: More and more people are coming out of the woodwork with “nightmare” Lea Michele war stories

Jeremy Roenick

The toxic NBC Sports commentator was let go from his job in February after fantasizing on-air about having a threesome with his wife and his colleague, Kathryn Tappen. Afterwards, he filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, saying he was unfairly targeted for being straight and that if he were gay he could “say whatever.”

Related: Disgruntled sports commentator sues NBC, says he was fired for being straight

Amy Cooper

After calling 9-1-1 to falsely accuse a gay Black man of threatening her life in May, the alleged animal abuser was doxed to the world. In addition to being publicly shamed, her racist actions cost her her job, her dog, and, possibly, her freedom. In October, Cooper was charged with falsely reporting an incident to police, a third degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. She also earned herself a place in history’s hall of shame alongside women like Carolyn Bryant and Linda Fairstein.

Related: Racially profiled gay Central Park birdwatcher opens up about “Karen’s” downfall

József Szájer

MEP Jozsef Szajer
MEP Jozsef Szajer (Photo: YouTube)

The antigay lawmaker resigned from the European Parliament in December after he was busted trying to escape from a 20-man orgy by sliding down a drainpipe during a police raid. He told authorities that he thought it was just a “house party” and had absolutely no idea there would be nearly two dozen men having sex with one another when he showed up with ecstasy in his pocket.

Related: More details emerge in story of antigay lawmaker caught fleeing gay orgy, including pics and video

Linda Bergerson

The makeup saleswoman was fired in July after being caught on camera getting out of her pink Mary Kay-branded car and tearing down a Black Lives Matter sign. Bergerson had been with the cosmetic company since the ’80s and was one of its top sellers, earning 19 of signature pink Cadillacs during her 30+ year career.

Related: Mary Kay drops saleswoman after she’s caught tearing down Black Lives Matter sign

Darryl Daniels

The paranoid pro-Trump sheriff from Florida was arrested in August after calling his deputies to report that he was being followed by a Jeep and that his life was in danger. As it turned out, the person in the Jeep was his mistress, on her way to meet him for a scheduled booty call. After realizing his error, Daniels tried to cover his tracks by accusing her of stalking him and having her arrested. When she proved that, no, actually she wasn’t a stalker, she was his girlfriend (of six years!), she was released from jail and he was fired from his job then charged with giving false information to police and tampering with evidence.

Related: Pro-Trump sheriff arrested after calling the cops on his mistress… for being his mistress

Elizabeth Johnston

The “Activist Mommy,” who vehemently opposes same-sex marriage and all things LGBTQ, announced in March that she was divorcing her husband and father of her 10 children after he had been “repeatedly unfaithful” for over 15 years. Then she asked people to please respect her privacy during her difficult time… the same way she has always respected the privacy of gay people, whose lives she’s been judging, demeaning, and obsessing over for years.

Related: Elizabeth “Activist Mommy” Johnston who opposes same-sex marriage… is getting divorced

Michael McCauley

Abercrombie & Fitch
(Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch)

The gay plus-size model was profiled in Abercrombie & Fitch’s ad campaign about inclusiveness in March. Shortly after the campaign launched, however, a slew of racist social media from his not-so-distance past resurfaced, including attacks on Black Lives Matter and complaints about the Grammy’s not awarding enough white artists. McCauley quickly deleted the posts and issued a half-hearted apology, but not before A&F dropped him as a model.

Related: Gay plus-size model Michael McCauley apologizes for racist posts, but not everyone is happy with it


Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to staff

Last but not least, the beloved daytime talk show host took a major beating in the press all summer long after tons of people, including former crew members, guests, house staff, wait staff, and even a former bodyguard, came forward to accuse her of some pretty atrocious behavior. On top of that, her show was investigated over reports of behind-the-scenes racism, harassment, and sexual misconduct. If that wasn’t bad enough, Ellen also became the most unfollowed celebrity of the year on social media, besting transphobic author JK Rowling and accused sexual predator Jeffree Star. Then, because karma wasn’t quite finished yet, the funny lady closed out her year from hell by catching COVID.

Related: Ellen DeGeneres closes out 2020 by catching COVID-19, halts production

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