Understanding history is not as easy as we think. Many people say so many different things that it becomes difficult to figure out whom to believe. Sometimes, even textbooks are biased towards certain people or events. And sometimes different historians have different opinions about the same event.
There are pieces of evidence for a lot of things from the past, so some facts on the basis of that evidence are not wrong. But when it comes to people’s personalities, it’s difficult to tell if it’s correctly portrayed in the history books or not, one has to really live with the person to truly understand them.
Recently, a Reddit user TGYHJDFGH made a post on r/askReddit: “What beloved person in history should be hated?” Many people flocked to share their opinions and ideas about it. Scroll below to find out what they had to say about some widely loved people from the past. And judge yourself if you think they are speaking the truth or not.
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Pablo Picasso, he was misogynistic and sexually assaulted women
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Christopher columbus…didnt discover s**t and brought misery wherever he went.
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Mother Theresa. My father was a taxi driver in Australia and one of his customers was a man who’d been raised in Mother Theresa’s orphanage. He said she beat him terribly.
Another user also added: She was obsessed with preventing wartime sexual abuse victims from getting abortions.
Her order sold babies.
She buddied up to dictators and accepted stolen cash from them.
Collected millions in donations and never spent them on her “houses of the poor” which were vermin infested crapholes where people went to die.
Refused pain medication for the dying and ill because she believed suffering = being close to god.
Had nothing but top of the line medical care for herself.
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Based on personal experience with Oprah Winfrey at Barnes Municipal Airport on New Years Eve in 1991, I would say it would have to be her. Cosby’s private jet brought her and Steadman into the airport under cover of darkness to go to the Cosby estate up North. I watched from the tower and she shoved a lone child out of the way and slammed the door to the limo. All the child wanted was an autograph. Oprah’s kindness and compassion was an act. If she didn’t get something out of it, she was quite capable of stepping on feelings of a lone child when the cameras were not on her
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John Lennon. Treated like s**t during his childhood, whinges about it his whole life, then does the exact same thing to his son Julian.
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Guy was majorly racist, segregated the military, kicked black people out of the government, he screened a KKK movie in the White House and was a strong defender of the KKK. Even for his time he was considered racist
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Thomas Edison. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to Tesla.
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Ronald Reagan – moved somewhere between 50-80 TRILLION from middle class to upper 1%. Ruined America!
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Coco Chanel was a goddamn Nazi spy. Yes, she was an incredible designer, and she’s probably one of the most influential humans of the 20th century, based on the number of people who have worn clothing directly inspired by her over the past 100 years. She really did change the way women dress in a truly radical way, and I respect that – knitwear, feminized menswear, ditching the corset, transforming black into an everyday color, the essential skirt suit, costume jewelry, synthetic fragrances in perfume, the list goes on.
But she was a goddamn Nazi spy. Coco was a wretched anti-Semite, like so many other members of the European elite during the 30s. She dated a number of staggeringly wealthy British aristocrats and they’d all sit around talking about the Protocols of Zion and s**t, trying to figure out whether any members of the royal family were secretly Jews, etc. When war broke out, the two Jewish brothers who ran her perfume empire (aka Chanel No 5, the best selling perfume in the world then and now) had to flee to the US for safety. How did Coco respond? By writing to the Nazis to ask them to transfer ownership over to her, a good Aryan, so she could make more money. But that’s not the half of it.
She fell in love with a dashing German spy named “Spitz” who’d been seducing bluebloods all over France and England for years leading up the war. Coco was a useful woman – she was simply one of the richest women in the world, and she knew everyone in the British aristocracy, including her old hunting buddy and dear friend, Winston Churchill himself. She and Spitz socialized with all the biggest Nazi names in town, especially Otto Abetz, the Nazi ambassador to France, who invited them to every party in town. Spitz convinced her to join the Abwehr (aka the German secret service) and make trips to Spain. Operating under the code name “Westminster”, she attempted to broker a “separate peace” between Germany and England. (In the meantime, she may or may not have reported at least one woman at the Hotel Ritz whom she suspected of being Jewish to the SS.) She had a grand old time going on her adventures, and wrote about the excitement of working for the Abwehr in her private notes.
Chanel was arrested only a few days after the liberation of Paris – absolutely everyone in town knew what she’d been doing and who she’d been doing it with – but for rEaSoNs UnKnOwN she was released without charges. It’s widely believed that Winston Churchill personally intervened. It might be because the two of them had been close friends for decades. It might be because she was going to embarrass the s**t out of Britain by outing all the anti-Semites and pro-Nazis in the British aristocracy – including the recently abdicated Edward VIII who used his f***ng honeymoon as an excuse to tour Nazi Germany and shake Hitler’s hand. She spent the rest of her life being a nasty, bitter morphine addict living in the Hotel Ritz. The House of Chanel has very, very little to say about the matter, and every few years a few more bits of damning evidence are declassified from the vaults.
If you want to learn more, I did a whole episode about her Nazi days in my French history podcast: “The Collaborator”
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Gandhi. After learning all the colorist and racist s**t he would say to those who had darker complexion or those of African descent in my 8th grade year i haven’t seen him the same.
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Bill Cosby. America’s dad. Up until those allegations started
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Most people know but due to the romanticization of The Greatest Showman, people should know that he was a maniac that did an ungodly experiments on living beings, locked people in cages, abused them, and mocked them. All whilst earning pocket from them.
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He was the type of president who kills his opposition instead of negotiating. He did a lot of illegal executions.
He was going to be executed in Guadalajara, however one of his ministers convinced the soldiers not to kill him with a famous phrase “alto, los valientes no asesinan”, the soldiers forgave his life and risked theirs as the disobey an order. Well, as soon as Juarez returned to Mexico city, he immediately ordered to kill all of those soldiers with no mercy (source: my sister worked with the Sargent’s descendant)
After Juárez’s government, there’s a period Known as the porfiriato, where Porfirio Díaz was Mexico’s president for 30 years. It was possible just because there was no opposition alive
Juarez suddenly died in 1872 from a heart attack. It’s believed that a woman, to avenge his husband, worked on his home as a maid, and when she had the opportunity, she put an infusion of “veintiunilla'” a herb known by the natives for being poisonous and cause a heart attack 21 days (veintiún dias) after it was drank
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Kinda coming much more into light now but The Founding Fathers, all of them owned slaves and by modern day standards they would be horrible people. But something I think lots of people don’t remember is even if these things are utterly reprehensible, everyone was doing it and they were all children of their time.
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King Edward the VIII was a nazi sympathizer who possibly colluded with the Germans to retake the throne in the event of an invasion and conquest of Britain.
He wasn’t just a love sick romantic who gave up his kingdom for a woman.
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Elvis Presley. He groomed a then 14 year old and slept with her while he toured.
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Travis Scott, still ain’t over what insane s**t he did
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Churchill. He started the Bengal Famine which killed 3 million people. He also was incredibly racist and liked killing through gas.
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He’s always presented as the “common man’s president” but he treated the Native American’s terribly . He also had a huge rowdy party and trashed the White House
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Steve Jobs. The way he treated his family is horrible.