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9 Disliked Celebrities Who Deserve Another Chance

10/21/2013 01:18 pm ET

Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in the fervor that follows certain shunned celebrities. Maybe they've made some mistakes. Maybe they're dealing with personal problems. Or maybe they've done nothing wrong at all and simply lack a likable public persona. Still, they are human beings, and they deserve to be treated like human beings.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Why You Don't Like Them:
With all the reality TV, short-lived marriages, and mic-stealing, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are criticized for appearing to care only for themselves.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Not only did they recommend donating to Lurie Children's Hopsital in Chicago in lieu of baby gifts, they actually visit children's hospitals regularly.

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Kristen Stewart

Why You Don't Like Her:
Besides not liking her in the "Twilight" films, people don't see KStew as much of a people person, perhaps because she rarely seems intent on gaining the public's approval.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Stewart gave a lot of time to the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert, to help the clean-up effort after the hurricane. She also agreed to an unpublicized meet-and-greet with an unidentified Middle Eastern prince who promised to donate five hundred thousand dollars to the cause for just a few minutes with Stewart.

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Taylor Swift

Why You Don't Like Her:
Though she did get a brief pass for the infamous Kanye moment, people generally criticize T-Swift for repeatedly using her songs to air dirty laundry about her relationships.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Swift just donated a $4 million Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The two-floor center includes classrooms and learning labs where kids can learn and experiment with music.

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Justin Bieber

Why You Don't Like Him:
Now that the 19-year-old is hitting the gym and growing mustaches, Biebs has been getting a lot of flack for attempting to look and act tough.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Bieber has a pretty impressive relationship with his fans, especially less fortunate fans like Avalanna Routh. Avalanna was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer when she was just an infant. Bieber flew Avalanna and her family to New York to meet him, which began a very meaningful friendship. The two reconnected countless times before the six-year-old died last September.

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Jay Leno

Why You Don't Like Him:
Jay Leno didn't come out of the "Tonight Show" turnover very well. He promised Conan O'Brien he would step aside from the "Tonight Show," only to make a grab for the show again just a short time after O'Brien's ratings faltered.

Why You Should Reconsider:
In 2012, when the "Tonight Show" was facing layoffs, Leno actually offered to work for free to keep his staff. Executives rejected the offer, but allowed Leno to take a 50% pay cut to save jobs.

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Katherine Heigl

Why You Don't Like Her:
She's described as being very difficult to work with, and much of that has seeped into the public's opinion of her.

Why You Should Reconsider:
In 1986, Heigl's brother died tragically in a car accident at the age of fifteen. In honor of his love for animals, Heigl started the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an animal rights organization focused on the rescue, health, and placement of needy animals. Also in the memory of her brother, Heigl and her family are very involved with Donate Life America, an organization which advocates the importance of becoming an organ donor.

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Ashton Kutcher

Why You Don't Like Him:
Ashton Kutcher gets criticized for trying too hard, being over-exposed, and stepping outside his job as an actor too often.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Kutcher is involved in a number of charities, and clearly cares a great deal about children. Not only is he helping kids though organizations like UNICEF, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and his own THORN foundation, he's also doing his best to be a role model for them, as proven by this very inspiring speech he gave at the Teen Choice Awards in 2013.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Why You Don't Like Her:
Paltrow was recently marked as the most hated celebrity in Hollywood by New York Magazine. The popular criticism of Paltrow is that she is a privileged member of the elite, instructing others on how to live their lives.

Why You Should Reconsider:
Whatever you think of her as a person, Paltrow is involved in a number of charities to help the poor, including UNICEF, Robin Hood, and the Food Bank For New York City. In 2008, she gave $75,000 to help feed New York's homeless and impoverished, and for years sat on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization which has distributed millions of dollars to help New Yorkers who live in poverty.

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In conclusion: No one's perfect. And these celebrities don't have to do any of the charitable work they do. Feel free to continue criticizing their movies/music/TV shows if you think they're no good. But let's give them credit where credit is due.

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