"Most pretty girls aren't funny."
When certain other celebrities make obnoxious remarks about women on a consistent basis -- (Cough, Daniel Tosh, cough, Adam Carolla), we're unsurprised. However, JGL always seemed like one of the good ones, someone we could safely harbor a wildly unrealistic crush on without guilt.
Joe has since retracted his statement and apologized, and we've begun to sort of like him again. A little. But it got us thinking about other male celebrities we've adored who haven't always lived up to our expectations. What's a woman to do when her celebrity boyfriend lets her down? In some cases, you can forgive -- or at least choose to forget. But for others, that deliciously unrequited love is lost forever.
Thank god for Ryan Gosling. Hey girl, he'd never let us down.
LOOK: Joseph Gordon-Levitt And 7 Other Fake "Boyfriends" Who Let Us Down
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is unquestionably adorable. He writes <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ" target="_hplink">songs with Zooey Deschanel</a> and used to be that awkward kid on "3rd Rock From The Sun." But at Comic-Con this July, <a href="http://jezebel.com/5927124/joseph-gordon+levitt-says-most-pretty-girls-arent-funny-our-vaginas-sigh-with-disappointment" target="_hplink">Joseph Gordon-Levitt</a> tried to compliment co-star Emily Blunt, and instead insulted women. Someone asked him what it was like to work with Blunt and his response was: "She's funny ... and let's face it, most pretty girls aren't funny." Fail, JGL. Fail. He has since <a href="http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2012-07-19/joseph-gordon-levitt-apologizes-for-pretty-girls-arent-funny-comment-but-in-case-he-needs-a-refresher/" target="_hplink">clarified and apologized</a>, but the poor choice of words still makes us sad. Let's just pretend it never happen and get on with our collective imaginary love affair.
It's hard not to be a little bit charmed by Hugh Grant. I mean ... "Sense and Sensibility"? "Notting Hill"? "Love Actually"? But of course in real life, he's done some not-so-charming things. His most famous mess-up occurred in <a href="http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/cheating-ex-hugh-grant-consoles-liz-hurley/story-e6frf96o-1225972131155" target="_hplink">1995 when he was arrested</a> with a prostitute, while he was in a relationship with Elizabeth Hurley. Ugh.
Tiger Woods always seemed like a stand-up, slightly geeky guy. He attended Stanford University, became the youngest player to achieve a career "Grand Slam" and manages to pull off polo shirts. Unfortunately any affection we had for him vanished in 2009 when the news broke that he had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/07/tiger-woods-mistress-coun_n_383441.html" target="_hplink">cheated on wife Elin Nordegren</a> with multiple women. All you can really say is ... ugh. <em><strong>CORRECTION:</strong> An earlier version of this slide stated that Tiger Woods graduated from Stanford University. He attended for two years.</em>
Pretty much everything about Tom Cruise turns us off to him ... but due to his epic turn as Jerry Maguire, we just can't shake him completely. He <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK3XqGAhqaM&feature=related" target="_hplink">had us at hello</a> -- and that's how we'll choose to selectively remember him.
Brad Pitt has long been one of Hollywood's golden gods. And he's still as good-looking now as he was two decades ago. However, he also cheated on then-wife Jennifer Aniston with current fiancee Angelina Jolie. So ... that was pretty uncool.
Michael Phelps won six gold medals at the 2004 Olympics and eight in 2008. Who wasn't a little -- or a lot -- in awe of him? Then we realized he is generally kind of a doofus. He even <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/five_ring_circus/2012/07/24/michael_phelps_is_the_swimming_champion_the_biggest_jerk_at_the_olympics_.html" target="_hplink">demanded a VIP section</a> (separate from his teammates) when the American Olympic team went out to a club during the 2008 games. And he dated former beauty queen <a href="http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2009/05/carrie-prejean-spotted-topless-again-with-michael-phelps/" target="_hplink">Carrie Prejean</a> -- another doofus.
Ben Affleck is <a href="http://www.voanews.com/content/actor-activist-ben-affleck-urges-us-to-help-drc-117700728/157628.html" target="_hplink">an activist</a>, a fabulous writer an a compelling actor. What's not to love? His only flaw seems to be that he allegedly began a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/cheating-celebrities-who_n_1571743.html#slide=1060196" target="_hplink">relationship with J-Lo</a> (yeah, remember "Bennifer"?) before the pop artist was divorced. Not terrible, but not great. We'll let that one slide, Ben. You, Jennifer Garner and your kids are way cute.
Any man that can star in "Newsies," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Batman" is hard to resist. (I mean... he's the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av77_epf3l4" target="_hplink">"King of New York."</a>) Our crush on Bale faltered back in 2009 when he <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/81964/christian-bale-f-bombs-terminator-set-it-was-just-a-moment-assistant-director-says" target="_hplink">flipped out at the Director of Photography</a> on the set of "Terminator: Salvation." However, it started to come back after seeing the photos of his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/christian-bale-aurora-victims-shooting-dark-knight_n_1699662.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HP%2FEntertainment+(Entertainment+on+The+Huffington+Post)" target="_hplink">visit with victims of the Aurora shooting</a>.