Inspiration is everywhere if we look carefully. It is around us, it is behind us, and it is beyond us. People who inspire us, come from different walks of life. Some of them are celebrities, some politicians, and some are ordinary individuals who did something great just once in their life after which the world wasn't the same.
But, have you chosen your inspiration wisely? Think again, because most of the people aren't quite what they appear to be. Be it an actor who tried to hold the record of biggest drug-takers or TV chef who spits racist comments; their real characters indeed come out when they are not in their comfort zone, after all, they are also humans. And many of our beloved historical figures had a dark side as well. Some people have a saint like reputation, but then they do something unbelievable and we're like WTF!
Keeping this in mind, we have compiled the list of dark sides of famous people.
Have a look!
George Patton was a great military leader who won many wars and battles against extreme forces. It's a known fact that victories come at the cost as it is said Patton ordered the killings of all Germans and Italians he held captive.
Apart from this, Patton also had little respect for people who were fighting for him. During his campaign in Sicily, Patton visited one of his soldier who was suffering from shell shock and slapped him twice.
The 16th President of the US, Abraham Lincoln is still considered as one of the best to hold the office. His name is engraved in history and no matter what people will remember him even in the generations to come. Coming to the dark side, Abraham Lincoln had once admitted that "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it."
He continues, "and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that." Also, at one point in time in history, he even tried to turn the Union into totalitarianism by removing Writ of Habeas Corpus which will allow him to imprison anyone without any justification.
Churchill is viewed as the best UK Prime Minister in history, but after Britisher's evacuation at Dunkirk, Churchill was annoyed that French squadron would go into the hands of Germans which will be a disaster for Royal Navy. Keeping this in mind, he ordered the attack on Mers-el-Kebir in North Africa where 1200 countrymen were killed, and the attack caused mistrust between French and the UK.
Nelson Mandela was like a granddad of the world politics. His calm attitude and forgiving nature gave a positive outlook on life. Though, there was a time when Mandela was the leader of the terrorist group Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation). Many innocent lives were lost because of this terrorist organisation.
Steve Jobs was considered as one of the most intelligent minds of this generation. He not only led Apple into smartphone revolution but also made Pixar grow as a film company. However, Jobs was also not known for his charitable image. Unlike other rich people, Steve Jobs didn't give away his wealth to charities, and when he regained the power in Apple, he shut down all the charity plans.
Mohandas Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi was famous for his non-violence movement and pacifist nature. However, what is lesser known is Gandhi's vow of not getting involved in any sexual relationships. For him, the pledge included testing his chastity by sleeping next to naked women. There were many other 'experiments' as well.
Also, Gandhi sent out a letter to Hitler when he was killing Jews during WWII. At that time, the great world leader had sent a letter to Hitler which said, "We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents."
He continued with, "But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness."
Jimmy Savile was one of the Britain's biggest and most successful broadcasters with a career which lasted more than 30 years. Apparently, what public doesn't know is Savile used his influences as a celebrity for much darker purposes. After his death, it was revealed that Jimmy Savile sexually abused more than 100 underage victims.
America's favorite, "Uncle Walt" earned millions of dollars by creating cartoons to which most of us related. He focused majorly on family oriented content and still continues to entertain people. He laid the foundation of Disneyland which is considered as "one of the happiest places on Earth."
But as it is said, even the Moon has dark spots. In the late 1930s when Germans were assaulting Jews in their country, Walt Disney welcomed Nazi film director, Leni Riefenstahl at his studio. There are also rumors relating to Walt Disney strictly ordering his team not to hire women in the creative process.
WittyFeed doesn't confirm these rumors to be true, but even if there's the slightest chance of things being true; it's important for it to come out.
That's all, folks!