Behold, The Cringiest Internet Fails Of 2020

Zoom has a lot to answer for.

As the whole world can attest, 2020 has been a big old year of fails. There were just a ton of chaotic, shitty moments. And, on the lighter end of the spectrum, that includes some stuff shared on the internet that really shouldn't have been. 

To celebrate the 12 Days Of Ridiculousmas, which kicks off December 21 on MTV and will see marathon sessions of our hit show Ridiculousness play up to Jan 1st, we've decided to throw together a round-up of some of those moments. Behold, our favourite of the most cringe-worthy internet fails from this year, cause why the hell not at this point? 

Note: a lot of these fails revolve around some kind of nudity or sexual encounter. We don't know why; we guess this year has brought out a whole 'nother side to people..? Anyway, if you're particularly uninterested in this sort of thing; why not read about why Hugh Grant's Love Actually character sucks instead?

As for the rest of you, you've had fair warning. Here goes… 

Kim Kardashian's creepy hair extension

In October, Kim shared an Instagram pic of herself dressed to the nines. No surprises there, though what did raise some eyebrows was the crummy hair extension left on the floor. Charming! 

The best bit would have to be Kim's sis Khloe getting in on the joke. "The hair on the floor is my favourite part," she commented, adding: "That hair extension is hating."

The uni student who accidentally left her camera on while she went to the bathroom

Remember back in March, when all uni classes and work meetings were moved to Zoom, and we all struggled to adjust..? Well, some people struggled big time. Case in point: this American uni student who accidentally went to the bathroom in full view of her class.

Yep, Jennifer had been mid-lecture when she decided she needed to pop to the loo and, instead of waiting for the lecture to end (time is money and all that), decided to bring her laptop to the bathroom and put it down on the floor before going, not realising her camera was still on. Of course, it didn't take long for her to realise her mistake, at which point she turned the laptop to face the wall. But it was too late – the moment was immortalised on Zoom forever and poor Jennifer's gaff went viral. Watch it all go down here.

2020 was not kind to Jeffrey Toobin 

The only thing worse than getting caught peeing on camera is being caught full-on masturbating, à la Jeffrey Toobin. Back in October, Toobin was on a call with members of the New Yorker team, as well as employees from US radio station WNYC, when he was reportedly caught touching himself inappropriately. 

The publication promptly suspended Toobin. He told Motherboard at the time: "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers. I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video." Awkward.

Lecturer catches students getting frisky in class, lecture recording picks up the whole thing 

Okay this one falls very loosely into the term 'internet fail', but it's one of our favourite stories of the whole year so it's getting a place on the list. Sue us.

So, back in March (when we were all meant to be social distancing), a Macquarie Uni lecturer spotted two students getting a bit too close for comfort in class. Okay, we'll come right out and say it: one student was giving the other one a handjob (allegedly). The lecturer, clearly baffled, paused her legal class to address the situation. We think she handled it rather well, to be fair.

"Oh my God. Give me a minute guys, I just want to bleach my eyes and brain," she said. "Um, I love y'all but give me one sec. We're going to have a talk now."

"I know that precedent is a very sexy topic and I love when my audiences are excited and animated and engaged, dear Lord, but there's a limit to that," she said. "If you'd like to have special love time with your partner, there are some perfectly sanitised and malleable bean bags over at News, and I'm sure that there's an empty cinema around here trying to make the movie Cats work that's empty. Go for your life."

"But – this is the second time I'm saying this in my career – no below-the-belt touching in my lecture theatre, please," the lecturer said. "I'm not going to name and shame, but just to clarify this is a mentoring unit so I will give some sort of mentorship here. The strategic placement of the hoodie on the lap only draws the eye more." Obviously, this left the entire room in fits. The students involved remainunidentified, which is nice. We're sure they've learned their lesson.

The best part about all this? Macquarie University does this thing for its students where they record all the lectures, so people who aren't in class can listen to it later on instead of missing out; so the WHOLE THING was recorded. (Cheers Echo 360.) You can listen to the saga in full above.

The TV reporter who accidentally filmed her husband coming out of the shower

Never forget the some poor unsuspecting innocents caught in Zoom's crosshairs this year. A particularly honourable mention must go out to the husband who was accidentally caught on live television, naked, when his wife, US TV reporter Melinda Meza, filmed a segment on hair-styling tips from her bathroom. 

During the live-cross, which saw Meza demonstrating how to cut her fringe at home, the poor husband's reflection could be seen in the mirror, stepping out of the shower, completely unaware he was being broadcast into thousands of lounge rooms across California. Poor guy.

Gal Gadot's tone deaf "Imagine" video

Gal Gadot meant well – we're sure she did. Still, back in March, when the Wonder Woman actress cajoled a heap of other celebs including Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Sia and Will Ferrell for a sing-along to John Lennon's "Imagine", meant to provide some solace to us peasants during the pandemic, we wonder what on earth she was thinking.

The backlash was intense. "'Imagine no possessions' sung by some of the wealthiest people in the world," a Twitter user wrote at the time. Later, Gadot explained herself, telling Vanity Fair: "Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it's just not the right good deed. I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world." Big old swing and a miss.

P.S. If you're looking to cap off this absolutely horrible year with a bit of light relief and (good-natured) laughter at other people's expense, our 12 Days Of Ridiculousmas stunt is the one for you. From now until NYD, we're running marathons of our favourite Ridiculousness episodes from 4pm each day. The marathon goes into overdrive all day from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, and on NYE and New Year's Day. More info here.

Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.

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