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In the beginning of February, FX/Hulu dropped The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears. It sparked an important conversation around the media’s effect on Spears’ career and the toxic behavior men in media have played toward famous women as a whole.

David Letterman making a joke about Britney Spears shaving her head, saying: "Britney had chapped head"


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This inspired us to ask the BuzzFeed Community when men in media failed famous women, and it turns out a lot of the submissions were about David Letterman. Here’s what they had to say.

Warning: Some submissions include topics of sexual assault.

1.

When Janet Jackson vocalized she didn’t want to talk about her performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII with Justin Timberlake, but David Letterman ignored her boundaries and asked her anyway.

Letterman repeatedly asking Jackson if the Super Bowl halftime show was planned, and  after she says "You're gonna make me relive this and I wanna put all that behind me" he responds: "Well, not me"


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2.

When David Letterman made an inappropriate joke to Charlize Theron about giving her a boner as an early birthday gift instead of sending her something in the mail.


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3.

When he repeatedly asked Madonna to kiss a random stranger in the audience, and every time she said no, he continued to badger her about it.

David Letterman telling Madonna: "Go kiss the guy in the audience, it would knock him out! Like on the forehead"

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4.

When Jennifer Lopez visited the show to promote The Wedding Planner in the early ’00s, and David Letterman’s crew zoomed in on Lopez’s breasts (much to Letterman’s amusement).

Letterman looking at the green screen underneath his desk of his camera crew zooming in on Lopez's breasts, saying: "Yes, sir, look at that. That's pretty darn good"


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5.

When Jessica Alba described wearing a revealing outfit while shooting a scene for Honey, and David made her visibly uncomfortable about it.

Letterman repeatedly asking Alba "How tiny was it? Where was it tiny?"

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6.

When he refused to let go of Mariah Carey’s hand when they first met in the mid-’90s, even though she tried pulling away multiple times.


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7.

When David Letterman interrupted his interview with Jennifer Aniston in 1998 to put a piece of her hair in his mouth without her consent, and when she told him to stop, he didn’t.


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8.

When he mocked the serious issues Oprah tackled on her own TV show in the late ’80s and refused to stand up for her when she was being heckled by one of his audience members.

Letterman mocking Oprah for reporting on satanic dismemberment on her show in the late '80s -- an audience member yelling at Letterman: "Rip her, Dave!" and him doing nothing about it

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9.

When he had no respect for Lindsay Lohan’s boundaries about going to a rehabilitation center in 2013, asking horrific questions like: “What are they rehabbing? How will this time be different?”

Watch the whole clip here:

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10.

When Beyoncé visited the show in 2009 and told a story about getting hurt during an acrobatic-like performance. She explained how she didn’t mind getting bruised during her shows, and Letterman made a comment insinuating she enjoyed rough sex.

Letterman telling Beyoncé "It comes as no surprise to me," making an inappropriate insinuation that she enjoys rough sex


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11.

When he made a demeaning Top 10 List about possible first lines in a Monica Lewinsky biography from the late ’90s, like: “By the time you read this, I’ll be on to my next president.”

Other possible first lines of Lewinsky's book were: "Does this font make me look fat?" and "Even as a baby, my parents noticed I had an unusual attachment to my pacifier"

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12.

When he didn’t stop commenting on Tina Turner’s scent when she visited the show in the mid-’90s, and even made a joke about it to lure people to see her concerts.

Letterman commenting on Turner's scent, telling the audience: "If you're in Houston, just start going door to door, and when you smell something wonderful...you could be home"


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13.

When he made famous women like Tyra Banks and Rosie Perez read a ridiculous Top 10 List titled “Beautiful Women Complaints About Men,” and ultimately took another jab at Monica Lewinsky.

Banks reading an insulting Top 10 complaint: "They keep using lame pick-up lines, like: 'C'mon, let's do it right here on the oval office desk!'"


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14.

When David Letterman greeted Sofia Vergara in the early 2010s, and he kept pulling her in for a hug when she tried to let go multiple times.


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15.

And when David Letterman had Britney Spears read a Top 10 List about her being the president of the US, making light of her issues and refusing to take her seriously.

Letterman mocking Spears if she were president of the US, making her read insulting Top 10 one-liners, like: "Challenge US to put nightclub on the moon by the end of the decade"

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