Presumably, it’s not the end of the world as some Mayans once predicted, but at times, it sure felt pretty damn close. There are many pop culture bits we’ll treasure for years to come ― Magic Mike, Jennifer Lawrence becoming an A-list actress, the first half of the fifth season of Breaking Bad, the rise of Frank Ocean ― but some, we suspect, will not age so well.
Provided December doesn’t abruptly end in an apocalypse, we know that in a decade or two we’ll look back and cringe, cringe, cringe at a number of this year’s headlines. Unless ― we choose to forget. Collectively, we have the power to erase all the many many smudges on 2012 and pretend it was a happy golden year full of wonderful music, brilliant television, superb cinema, frolicking unicorns, and stars who always acted at their most gracious and composed.
So let’s do it! Let’s bid pop culture's bad bits goodbye! Here are the Top 30 things we (and the celebrities who wrought it all) will pretend never happened in 2012.