In 2007, rocker Melissa Etheridge won an Academy Award for "Best Song" after writing "I Need to Wake Up," the theme song for Al Gore's global warming documentary, "An Inconven…ient Truth." After winning the award, Etheridge, who is openly gay, quipped, "This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom." Of course, she meant the little gold Oscar statue.
"Chicken or fish" became one of the quotes of the decade, thanks to a certain blonde singer. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey dined on Chicken of the Sea brand tuna during the first episode of their 2003 reality show, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," when Simpson began to wonder aloud what animal the meat in her meal came from. "Is this chicken what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna but it says Chicken of the Sea," she asked Lachey.
Some people claim that Mariah Carey has one of the greatest voices in the world; after all, the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized her for the number of octaves she can reach. However, when it comes to brains, Carey is not always known for her mental state. Shortly before entering rehab in 2001, the singer made the statement, "I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows."
Actor Tara Reid became the butt of many jokes throughout the 2000s, many of them stemming from the fact that she does not always seem like the brightest bulb in the box. In an attempt to prove that she is not quite as dumb as people think, Reid famous said, "I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist" in 2005. Of course, Simpson may be the one person from the decade who found herself on the receiving end of more dumb jokes than Reid.
Gay marriage became one of the biggest social issues of the decade, and everyone from celebrities to politicians to celebrity-politicians, like Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in on the topic. "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman," the California governor famously said in 2003. The word "gay" does not exactly mean what Schwarzenegger thinks it means.
When it comes to young blonde pop stars of the 2000s, Christina Aguilera actually seemed like the brightest of the group that included ladies such as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. However, that did not stop her from asking this memorable question: "So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?" Someone needs to get Aguilera a copy of a map of France, stat.
Fans knew Britney Spears as a singer, a dancer, Justin Timberlake's girlfriend, and one of the biggest pop stars in the world back in 2001. Luckily, it seems as though no one thought of her as a genius. If they did, they probably would have been disappointed. In a magazine interview, the songstress bragged, "I get to go to a lot of overseas places, like Canada." Geography does not seem important to celebrities.
Joaquin Phoenix has always appeared a little eccentric to his fans and the media, but in 2005, he took it up a notch. In the midst of an interview, he stopped and asked the reporter, "Do I have a large frog in my hair? Something's crawling out of my scalp." This happened shortly before the actor set out on his journey to become a rapper, which later proved to be fodder for a film he created with friend Casey Affleck.
Throughout his career as a soccer star and husband to Posh Spice, David Beckham has uttered many infamous lines that left fans scratching their heads. For example, when asked about religion and his newborn son, Brooklyn, in 2002, Beckham responded, "I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet." Note to Mr. Beckham: only Christians can be christened.
Despite his superstar status, actor Johnny Depp keeps a fairly low profile. So, when he does speak, fans take notice and listen. However, when he uttered these words in 2003, some fans were confused and even offended: "America is dumb, it's like a dumb puppy that has big teeth that can bite and hurt you, aggressive." Depp, born in Kentucky, lives in France these days, perhaps because he is afraid of being bitten by a puppy or something.
Many women dreamed of becoming the mother of Matthew McConaughey's children, and in 2008, model Camila Alves turned that dream into a reality when she gave birth to a son. Afterwards, however, the proud papa shared a little too much information when talking about the birth. "We found a great rhythm. Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it; we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music."
On the reality show "The Simple Life," socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie set out into the world to try to understand how the little people lived. Hilton immediately revealed that she had probably never shopped in a store that didn't sell designer handbags. "Wal-Mart...do they, like, make walls there?" she asked. The infamous quote is still associated with Hilton today.
Miley Cyrus did not make many headlines until after the 2000s were over, but she did manage to earn a few laughs for this quote. On the singer's hit single, "Party in the USA," Cyrus sings, "That's when the taxi man turned on the radio, and a Jay-Z song was on." It ended up becoming the sixth bestselling single of 2009, and that line became one of the most memorable, but when an interviewer asked Cyrus about it, she responded honestly, "I've never heard a Jay-Z song."
The 2000s would have probably been a little less humorous had Britney Spears not been there publicly to share them with everyone, especially when the singer gave interviews on topics such as travel. "I've never wanted to go to Japan, simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular in Africa," she once said. Apparently, Spears is not aware that Japan is not Africa and that they do serve other dishes.
Many of the memorable quotes from the 2000s came from the mouths of young pop stars who did not exactly know their words were funny at the time, but when a seasoned veteran like Loretta Lynn spoke, she probably made you laugh on purpose. "I liked Michael Jackson better dark, and I liked his nose a lot better, too. If he has any more taken off, I don't know how he's gonna breathe," became one of her most famous quotes of 2002.
Some of them were meant to be funny; others were simply so dumb you could not help but to laugh. Either way, these funny celebrity quotes of the 2000s will live on forever.
The "naked man" that Melissa Etheridge referred to after winning the Oscar for "Best Song" is the gold statue that is presented to winners at the Academy Awards ceremony. While it may seem small, the statue is actually over 1 foot tall, coming in at 13 1/2 inches. It weighs about 8 1/2 pounds. (MORE)