What a Creep Season 9, Episode 8: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin is one of the most influential and recognizable faces in movies. The image of the Little Tramp is a part of cultural history. It’s shorthand for classic movies.

Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, edited, starred in, and composed the music for most of his movies. Six of Chaplin’s films have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress: “The Immigrant,” “The Kid,” “The Gold Rush,” “City Lights,” “Modern Times,” and “The Great Dictator.”

Chaplin was also a womanizing control freak who had sex with underage girls.

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If you want to learn more about silent movie history and Chaplin’s influence, check out the documentary, “Moguls & Movies Stars: A History of Hollywood

Trigger warning: Adultery and statutory rape

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 7: Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers was an English actor and comedian who influenced generations of legendary performers including The Beatles and Monty Python. Possibly known best by American audiences for playing Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies, he was an actor who was in the same league as Sir Alec Guinness with three Academy Award nominations in his career.

When he died of a heart attack at the age of 54, he was on a professional highpoint after starring in Being There as Chauncey Gardner, a simple man who enters the world of Washington DC politics.

But it wasn’t long after his death that his fans found out something that almost every single person who interacted with him—the guy was a huge miserable/abusive creep who attacked friends and family with his temper and unprofessional behavior. So, let us dive into the world of Sellers and his creepy ways.

Trigger warnings: Domestic abuse, verbal abuse, cruelty, and hearing about a miserable prick making his family life a living hell.

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 6: John McAfee

Instead of talking about the COVID-19 virus, we’re talking about the creator of anti-virus software, John McAfee. He calls himself the God of Computer Security. His software, McAfee Antivirus Software is probably installed on your computer right now, but you don’t need special software to know he’s a total creep.

Trigger warnings: Sexual assault, drug use, murder, and scat sex

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What a Creep: Season 9, Episode 5: Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was one of the most successful fashion designers of the 20th Century. As the creator of everything from the Little Black Dress to jersey knitwear for women to being the first fashion brand to have a perfume line—Chanel to this day means class, elegance, and is incredibly chic.

Chanel was the only fashion designer who was listed in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.

She was a self-made woman who defied the shackles of femininity and lived a big life. Turns out she was also a huge anti-Semite who aided the Nazis in World War 2.

How did she choose to support Hitler versus her home country?

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 4: Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen is an American pastor and televangelist based in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are seen by approximately 10 million viewers in the US and several million more in over 100 countries every week. Osteen has also written several best-selling books with titles such as “Your Best Life Now” and “The Power of I Am.”

He’s also a greedy creep with a big toothy grin that even Jesus wouldn’t love.

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 3: Merry Creepmas

Happy Holidays to all of you cohorts in Creepitude!

Let’s face it, 2020 was a dumpster fire, and we are more than happy to let the door hit it on the ass on the way out.

So we decided to have a little fun and offer our picks for the things that make the holidays a little (or a lot!) creepy. We hope you enjoy it with the intention of having some fun during the time of COVID!

Trigger warnings: The possible destruction of your childhood!

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 2: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is one of the most successful authors of the 19th Century who attracted a rock star-like following around the world for his dramatic readings. He is considered as close to Father Christmas as any man has ever been and was a champion of working-class people and liberal causes.

His work influenced writers for several generations including Willkie Collins, Jules Verne, Gorge Orwell, Roald Dahl, and Jonathan Nolan (screenwriter for The Dark Knight.)

He was also a massive creep to several important women in his life which is what we will focus on today.

Trigger warnings: Shitty husbands

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What a Creep Season 9, Episode 1: Oprah’s Favorite Creeps

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful talk show hosts in the history of television. Her talk show, which ran from 1986- to 2011, was so powerful that she could create superstars from obscurity.

The Oprah Winfrey Show started as a celebrity chat/tabloid talk show but eventually, it morphed into a spiritually-based program with subjects as varied as how to empower your soul and what our dead relatives have to teach us.

Oprah is a perpetual seeker of wisdom and is unapologetically a hedonist who enjoys her wealth. She went from absolute poverty, born to a single mother to being an Oscar-nominated actress and one of the richest people in the media world.

In the search for Namaste—she has had her share of self-help hucksters on her program. Most have been forgotten—but there are a few that have been proven to be total, unrepentant Creeps

Today we will discuss four such Creeps who at one time were anointed by the Big O.

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Trigger warnings: Pseudoscience, woo, death by suicide, claustrophobia, and total bullshit 

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Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Jenny McCarthy

James Arthur Ray (“The Secret”)

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What a Creep Season 8, Episode 10: Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is, of course, the eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, who are all actors with varying degrees of success.

He’s a very talented actor who moves between TV, movies, and stage with ease. He’s won a ton of awards including two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He’s also a creep with a nasty temper who called his then-11-year-old daughter a pig, and he can’t seem to stop punching photographers and dropping gay slurs.

Trigger warnings: Paparazzi punching, gay slurs, and being an asshole

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What a Creep Season 8, Episode 9: Keith Raniere

Keith Raniere made national news in the fall of 2017 when the New York Times exposed the self-help guru as a megalomaniac, a fraud, a user of women, and a person who allowed (if not blatantly enforced) a secret society of women in his NXIVM group to have sex rituals and human branding to show his loyalty to him.

He claims to have one of the highest IQs ever recorded, to have been a judo expert at the age of 12.

By thirteen, he taught himself three years of college math.

That he can cure anyone from crippling things like smoking addiction to Tourette Syndrome. He told women if they had sex with him—they would see a blue light of magic in their heads.

He called himself “Vanguard” and created a self-help program called NXIVM which for thousands of dollars—could help men and women be their true selves and achieve enlightenment.

His office in Albany, NY had a retreat every year at the end of August called “Vanguard Week” where his most devoted followers from around the world would praise him.

Some of his followers included the wealthy & elite from politics, entertainment, and being lucky enough to grow up wealthy with no boundaries on your trust fund.

He is also a total fucking creep who scammed people out of their money, dignity, and youth. He is a pedophile and a fucking asshole of the highest order.

Trigger warnings for this episode: scam artists, sexual assault, cults, pedophilia, and shitty human behavior unchecked.

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