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19 of the Most Controversial Instagrams of 2016

Let's count how many times the Kardashians made the list.

By: Leanna Commins
Kim Kardashian

TV and Twitter weren't the only places where 2016 basically imploded. The drama of the year unfolded and played out all over Instagram, with some of your fave celebs caught up in the mix. These Instagram pics (in no particular order) caused the most shade-throwing and shit-talking, all while solidifying 2016 as a year we'll never forget but really, really want to.

1. MARC JACOBS’S FAUX DREADLOCKS DEBACLE
People were taking to Instagram and Twitter to express their frustration at not only the faux dreadlocks Marc Jacobs put on his models during New York Fashion Week but also his super tone-deaf initial response to accusations of cultural appropriation.

2. KIM KARDASHIAN’S "M.I.L.F. $" PHOTOSHOP RUMORS
Although Kim shut down rumors that her waist in her "M.I.L.F. $" Instagram pic was Photoshopped (she said there was simply a little bit of squeezing), that didn’t stop the incessant speculation.

3. KIM KARDASHIAN AND AMBER ROSE’S EPIC SELFIE
Everyone heard the record scratch after Kim K. and Amber Rose posted a selfie together, especially considering all the well-documented beef between Amber and Kanye. But the Kardashian-Wests are a family of ~secrets~ best served via Instagram tea.

4. THE ENDLESS SAGA OF THE JUSTIN BIEBER/SOFIA RICHIE/SELENA GOMEZ DRAMA
Since-deleted posts of Justin Bieber with his then-girlfriend Sofia Richie caused fans to completely flip their shit. The drama reached a pitching point when Selena Gomez joined in to school Justin on how he should be handling the shade.

5. BLAKE LIVELY’S "L.A. FACE WITH AN OAKLAND BOOTY" CAPTION
When Blake used Sir Mix-A-Lot’s '90s jam "Baby Got Back" to caption her Cannes red carpet photo, the backlash was swift with people pointing out the lyric's problematic implications. Still, both Blake and Sir-Mix-A-Lot defended the post as a “celebration” of women’s bodies.

6. MISCHA BARTON’S POLICE BRUTALITY POST
The O.C. star got herself into some hot water with people who found her post (that she has since taken down) of solidarity with protests against this year’s police shootings to be tone-deaf, inappropriate, and frankly weird AF.

7. KIM KARDASHIAN’S DAZZLING ENGAGEMENT RING FROM KANYE WEST
The sparkling rock garnered a lot of online traffic after it was stolen during the infamous Paris robbery. Some argued Kim should have the right to show off her hard-earned wealth. Others argued duh, of course you get robbed when you show off your bling like that.

8. KYLIE AND TYGA’S PHOTO SHOOT
Although Kyga have some supporters, they’ve also garnered some long-time hate for their relationship, so it should surprise no one this photo shoot Kylie posted has generated some serious shade.

9. TREVOR NOAH’S ALLEGED PEACE OFFERING TO TOMI LAHREN
People were pretty pissed to see the Daily Show host Trevor Noah getting buddy-buddy with conservative talk-show host Tomi Lahren after he slammed her on his show. His alleged peace offering was just ~icing on the cupcake~. But Trevor may not have actually sent the cupcake.

10. CALVIN KLEIN’S "UPSKIRT" AD
Klara Kristen, the model in the photo, doesn’t give a damn about your Instagram shade. She apparently loves the shot, so there.

11. KIM KARDASHIAN'S NUDE SELFIE
In another episode of "obsess over what a woman wears (or doesn't wear)," Kim K. faced major backlash (from Piers Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Bette Midler) for her “when you have nothing to wear" selfie.

12. LIL’ KIM’S COMPLETE MAKEOVER
For years, people have been commenting on the ever-changing looks of the rap world’s Queen B. Conversation pitched when Lil’ Kim shared a picture of herself with light skin and blonde hair. The look shocked and disturbed a lot of fans, who knew Kim before the changes.

13. SERENA WILLIAMS'S PHOTOSHOPPED PEOPLE MAGAZINE SHOOT
Despite being one of the world’s most epic athletes with a body to prove it, Serena still gets the Photoshop treatment from some publications. This one in particular, where her waist was slimmed down, caused quite a stir on Insta, until she took it down and put up the un-Photoshopped version.

14. TAYLOR SWIFT AND KIM KARDASHIAN'S EPIC BATTLE ON "NATIONAL SNAKE DAY"
What would a breakdown of controversial moments in 2016 be without a shout-out to the Taylor/Kanye/Kim debacle? Taylor was not having it (or was trying not to have it) after Kim put an accusatory Snapchat up of Taylor allegedly approving of Kanye’s song "Famous," despite previously decrying the song’s lyrics.

15. NICKI MINAJ’S VIDEO OF HER CONVERSATION WITH A MENTALLY ILL WOMAN
When Nicki posted a video of her talking to and laughing at a mentally ill woman while in Miami, the internet was pretty pissed, criticizing her for making fun of the woman. Despite the heat she received for the video, Nicki didn’t take it down nor change the caption.

16. KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN’S PHOTOSHOP BOO BOO
Khloé Kardashian got the Photoshop police called on her when she posted a retouched post-workout photo. After some heat on Insta, Khloé posted the OG un-retouched shot, captioning it with, “If only hatin burned calories how dope would yall be."

17. TINA LAWSON’S ELEVATOR PICTURE
What was supposed to be a picture that captured a sweet family moment between Solange, her son, and Jay Z turned into Instagram users joking that the pic is a predecessor to part two of the infamous elevator fight. The matriarch of the Knowles family quickly deleted the picture but it was too late in a world of screenshots.

18. BLAC CHYNA’S CLAP-BACK AT WENDY WILLIAMS' SHIT-TALKING SESH
When it comes to Blac Chyna’s family, it’s probably best you not make a 20-minute real-talk session about them on public television. Wendy Williams learned about Chyna’s strong clap-back game in a since-deleted Instagram pic.

19. MARIAH CAREY’S THANKSGIVING PHOTOSHOP BLUNDER
Fans had a field day under Mariah's Thanksgiving Insta pic when she made the classic door-curve and bent-mirror Photoshop mistakes. Everyone need to leave this diva alone for the rest of the year and then some.

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