Dane Cook refuses to apologize for mocking Hudgens at Teen Choice awards

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Dane Cook shocked, amused and offended many in the audience of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards when he prefaced his category announcement with an off-the-cuff joke embarrassing High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, who was in the audience. Cook specifically called directly out to Hudgens in the audience before delivering the slam referencing a new set of private self-taken nude photographs of the 20 year old actress allegedly from 2007 when others were originally leaked on the internet.

Hudgens innocently took the bait and raised her hand so the cameras could find her and accepted the attempt to shift attention toward her with a curious but welcoming smile, wondering what the gag was going to be.

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Once the “punchline” was delivered however, Hudgens reacted gracefully to the cruel trick as Dane exclaimed “Girl, you gots to keep your clothes on! Phones are for phone calls, girl.”

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Cook, who hosted the show in 2006, added that he decided to address “the elephant in the room” only minutes before he presented Robert Pattinson and Megan Fox with Choice Hotties awards.

“I planned it about 20 minutes before I went out there,” Cook added. “Because I like to be on the cusp of fear.”

The comedian brushed off the attack with the expected “hey, it was just a joke” defense, telling Access Hollywood “Mostly I just wanted it to be funny,” leaving us to wonder what the rest of his intent was after one takes away that “mostly” aspect.  “That’s the best part about being a comic, when you go, ‘Maybe I can say the thing that everybody is kind of feeling and nobody [is saying].’ The elephant-in-the-room moment. So, I’ll take it, I’ll take the hit. It’s OK.”

The problem of course being that the “hit” Cook refers to is non-existent other than perhaps some disgust by his and Hudgens fans, but disgust at a comics attempt at humor can hardly be called a “hit” as it is standard fare for the profession.

Here at OliveSpin, we support controversial humor and performances that have a questionable or mean spirited bent, however we categorically condemn public humiliation on any level, and making the gag in such a venue as the Teen Choice Awards with the target of his attack present in the audience, unable to respond and going out of his way to spotlight Hudgens beforehand makes Cook an asshole here.

He should have apologized, if only for singling Hudgens out before taunting her from stage over such an issue.

Disney is losing its innocence and originality

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Disney has gone so far to pick out these people to be their new “Stars” but do they ever pick any truly DECENT people? They choose all these kids that crack under the pressure. The women and young girls though, they go further. They just are complete idiots who exploit themselves inappropriately on the web and to other people they have cast with. Hudgens, Cyrus, and Bailon. All Disney stars that have taken inappropriate pictures. Cyrus wasn’t as bad. but when you look at other things she’s done (such as dating an underwear model that was about four years older than her).

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Does Disney even TRY to cover these things up? What if a little kid searches Hudgens to print out a picture for say, school? Then they see the nude pictures. Would you want a young child exposed to those images? Not to mention the three celebs I’ve mentioned were just more recent ones. Even stars from Disney’s older generation can’t handle themselves. Just look at the way spears broke down from everything. Especially since she’s been in the spotlight since such a young age. It seems like Disney doesn’t want to help their stars.

Another thing is their so called “original movies” most of them are just spin offs of other movies or wanna-be’s of classics. Alot of people have pointed out the similarities between High School Musical and Grease. If it isn’t a spin off of another movie, it’s just one to follow the same plots just different names and in another place. What happened to their originality? Why can’t they come up with good movies or shows anymore? Even Stevens used to be a good show, so was Lizzie McGuire. OF course both were canceled to make room for what? Hannah Montana? Sonny with a Chance? Jonas? Even then they don’t appeal to the generations which loved Disney. Everyone loves good old Mickey and Minnie. The only place to find them is on the Disney XD channel. Those aren’t even the classic episodes. Those in which are now in vaults with many of the other Disney Character’s shows. Kids can see them at a young age, but once they move up to regular Disney they don’t watch them anymore. Instead they watch shows on what idealistically can only happen to one in a million people.I’m not saying kids can’t dream, but there aren’t so many contests to get on shows, and not too many actors that lead a double life.

Sometimes though, it makes the children too confident, which can hurt them as they mature into high school levels when not everyone is as pleasant as Troy or Kelsey. They can be a lot worse then Sharpay too. There is a lot more than one bully at a school. Not every single person gets along with everyone.