30 Controversial Moments in History That Shocked Everyone


21The Twins

The Twins

The characters known as "The Twins" from The Matrix Reloaded stirred controversy because they were seen as emblematic of Hollywood's "negative portrayal of characters with albinism."

22Growing Up Skipper

Growing Up Skipper

From 1975 to 1977 Mattel produced a Barbie named "Growing Up Skipper" that grew breasts, a slimmer waist and grew an inch taller when you turned its left arm, which led to controversy over the sexualization of the doll.

23Resistance: Fall of Man

Resistance: Fall of Man

The game Resistance: Fall of Man faced controversy from the Church of England due to it featuring the Manchester Cathedral as a battleground.

24Jimmy Pop

Jimmy Pop

In response to the controversy over a scene in the music video The Bad Touch in which two gay men are beaten with baguettes, Jimmy Pop said: "I will give any gay man two tickets to the musical of his choice if he could describe exactly who's going to become violent based on that scene."

25John Waters

John Waters

George Patton was involved in a controversy where he risked the lives of 300 men in a mission to liberate POW camp OFLAG XIII-B where his son-in-law John K. Waters was imprisoned.

26Aliza Shvarts

Aliza Shvarts

In 2008, a Yale student named Aliza Shvarts created controversy by allegedly videotaping her own self-induced abortions and calling it 'art.' 



One of the earliest video game to cause controversy was Gotcha in 1973 over the controls being perceived as pink rubber bulges meant to represent breasts that were squeezed in order to control the action.

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28Sugar Daddy Ken doll

Sugar Daddy Ken doll

In 2009, Mattel released 'Sugar Daddy Ken' doll aimed at collectors. When faced with controversy and protest, Mattel claimed the name of the dog included in the playset was "Sugar", thus making Ken "Sugar's Daddy".

29Dorđe Martinovich

Dorđe Martinovich

Insertion of a beer bottle into the rectum of a Serbian farmer (Dorđe Martinovich) caused a major ethnic and political controversy in Serbia in 1985 and contributed to the collapse of Yugoslavia.

30Captain Philips

Captain Philips

Since the release of 'Captain Phillips', there has been controversy over its portrayal of Phillips, with several crew members claiming that he was not the hero presented in the film and that he was at least partly at fault for an "insistence on being fast and making money.


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