10 Good Guys From History Who Actually Weren’t a Good Guy at All

Oprah Winfrey

AUTHOR: Ben Rice

As time progresses, the more information we uncover about iconic historical characters, the more their star begins to fade. They say, "Never meet your heroes," and there is something important in this message. Humans are all flawed, though some of us are more than others.

An online post discusses people's choices for famous icons who retain their heroic status but don't deserve it. Here are ten figures whom you may wish to research.

1. Coco Chanel

Milan, Italy - November 09, 2019: Famous stylist Gabriel Coco Chanel on postage stamp
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It is surreal how Chanel's products generate a multi-billion dollar industry, considering Coco Chanel's history during World War Two. Of course, we must judge people's actions by when they happened. However, Chanel's crimes include being a Nazi spy, betraying her Jewish colleagues to gain control of the company, and starting several anti-Jewish newspapers.

2. Henry Ford

Henry Ford
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Aldous Huxley's masterpiece Brave New World refers to Ford as a deity, even using "His Fordship" as a third-person reference to greatness. The dystopian novelist may or may not have known Ford was a keen eugenicist and anti-semite. Tragically, great achievers are sometimes deeply flawed.

3. Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
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"He wouldn't let his wife get modern medical attention and made her rely on 'traditional medicine' like water from the Ganges, saying faith would have to heal her," explains our next contributor. "His wife died."

4. John Lennon

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 07 FEB 2017 : The Art Wax Of John Lennon at Grevin Seoul Museum. The Grevin Seoul is a waxwork museum in Seoul, South Korea
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As much as I love Lennon's musical genius, I dislike much of what I have read about most fans' favorite Beatle. The man who wrote the lyrics, "Imagine no possessions," while sitting at a white grand piano in his 72-acre Georgian estate in England is hardly the "Working Class Hero" he championed. He also physically abused his wife and verbally assaulted his son Julian.

5. James Marion Sims

James Marion Sims
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The doctor earned the "father of modern gynecology" moniker as his legacy. However, one commenter claims he "committed some pretty nasty human rights violations when he experimented on women" in the plantations. Wretched.

6. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah appears in this thread a lot. Sadly, her rise to fame came with misfortune for others, as Bill Burr once insinuated. "Oprah … has put a lot of dangerous people and ideas into the spotlight while taking zero responsibility for the damage done." When making an omelet…

7. John Batman

John Batman
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It is hard to read this guy's name with a straight face, but John Batman (stop it) was also Christened "founder of Melbourne" in southern Australia. Before his mainland exploits, Batman was active in the Black Line, a dreadful episode of mass slaughter during the colonization of Tasmania.

8. Fritz Haber

Fritz Haber
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Fritz Haber was a decorated bio-chemist who, one commenter says, "pioneered the synthesis of Ammonia, which allowed the human population to get as vast as it is now." The downside is that Faber's knowledge became central to the Imperial German Army's chemical warfare use in World War One.

9. Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. President (1829-1837)
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On the one hand, the 7th president showed courage and determination in his young life: he overturned the odds and was a testament to the American Dream in many ways. However, this came with many awful traits and cruel actions as he rose to power, says a critic: "Some people still think Andrew Jackson was a good U.S. president, despite being responsible for the Trail of Tears."

10. John Wayne

London, - United Kingdom, 08, July 2014. Madame Tussauds in London. Waxwork statue of John Wayne. Created by Madam Tussauds in 1884, Madam Tussauds is a waxwork museum and tourist attraction.
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My dad will not like this choice, and nor do I because I love his films. However, the American screen icon had a string of nasty allegations over the years. "He also apparently had to be held back when Sacheen Littlefeather was at the Oscars," recalls a forum member. Ironically, Wayne didn't know she wasn't from any tribe, nor was she Native American. Her father was Mexican.

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