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Top 10 Things That Sucked About 2016

A look at the top 10 things that sucked this past year, making it one to remember – and not for the good it brought.

There’s less than 36 hours left of 2016, and for many this year can’t end soon enough. The thought of a fresh start in 2017 – and an anything is better than this year attitude – is impatiently watching the minutes tick off the clock hoping another tragedy or incident does not happen in the waning hours. Below is a look at the top 10 things that sucked this past year, making it one to remember – and not for the good it brought.

  1. The Dumpster Fire That Was the Presidential Election

A nightmarish Republican primary that included far too many candidates that most believed to be unqualified. Nonstop babble about Clinton’s emails and her husband’s past marital indiscretions. And, now, the topic of Russia surrounded by rhetoric that harkens back to the Cold War-era. The 2016 presidential election – and countless state and local elections across the country – caused unprecedented anxiety, and even violence.

Demonstrators rally near Trump Tower

Demonstrators rally near Trump Tower after marching through downtown protesting President-Elect Donald Trump on November 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Demonstrators, who accuse Trump of being racist and misogynistic, have staged almost daily protests nationwide since Trump won the election.

  1. Far Too Many Celebrity Deaths

David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Michael, Gene Wilder, John Glenn, Carrie Fisher. Just a handful of the many legendary artists, musicians, actors and heroes the world was forced to say goodbye to during 2016. Many of those we lost this year were fierce champions of love – whether it be LGBTQ rights, mental health or just the simple idea that we should celebrate each others’ differences and independence.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa Star Wars (1977)

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia OrganaStar Wars (1977)

  1. Violence Toward Peaceful Water Protectors at Standing Rock

While the #NODAPL camps have been increasingly documented by mainstream media, the violence peaceful water protectors have endured at the hands of local law enforcement has been largely ignored. Dog attacks, pepper spray, rubber bullets and use of water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures have all been reported, and even live-streamed, by protectors on the ground. This, coupled with conflicting reports from local police departments alleging water protectors have acted violently toward law enforcement, has convoluted mainstream coverage.

Dakota Access security brought attack dogs to hold off people protecting burial sites where company was plowing Saturday.

Dakota Access security brought attack dogs to hold off people protecting burial sites where company was plowing Saturday.


  1. Aleppo

The unspeakable horrors of the war in Syria have been communicated largely through photography and personal Twitter accounts such as @AlabedBana since 2011. In early December, during enhanced attempts by pro-Assad forces to fully take eastern Aleppo, the United Nations described the situation as a “complete meltdown of humanity.” The horrifying accounts coming out of Syria have left much of the world’s population alarmed and disgusted.

Before and After images of Aleppo

Before and After images of Aleppo

  1. The Fact That Flint Is Still Having to Use Bottled Water

The decades-long timeline of contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, continue to embarrass both local and federal officials as stories of water contamination continue to surface. Reports of residents cooking Thanksgiving dinner using hundreds of bottles of water have been published as felony charges slowly roll in for Flint officials.

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Flint, Michigan bottled water issue

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 21: American Red Cross volunteer John Lohrstorfer, right, brings bottled water to Edward Yankee at his home on January 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. The Red Cross is supporting state and county efforts to bring water to every household in the city.

  1. The Orlando Nightclub Shooting

One of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history, second only to the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890, occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. After a nearly three-hour standoff, 50 people, including the gunman, died. Many of the victims were Hispanic members of the LGBTQ community. The shooting not only renewed the conversation on gun control, but also catapulted awareness of discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Orlando shooting vigil

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 13: People hold candles during an evening memorial service for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, June 13, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history.

  1. North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill

HB2, passed by North Carolina’s state legislature in March of 2016, overwhelmingly reversed provisions allowing transgender individuals to use public restrooms of their choice. The legislation also prohibited local governments from passing their own laws regarding individuals who have not “taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificates,” according to the Charlotte Observer. The bill has been viewed as a huge step backward for LGBTQ rights, despite 2015’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory

FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. In a news release Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, the NCAA says the decision by its board of governors came "because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections." The law known as HB2 was signed into law by Gov. McCrory earlier this year.

  1. Brock Turner

Brock Turner, infamously known as “the Stanford rapist,” caused widespread outrage across the nation when he was sentenced to a meager six-month jail stint after gruesome details surfaced about his assault of a 23-year-old woman on Stanford University’s campus in California. The woman wrote a scathing letter addressed to Turner, which was published far and wide, detailing the aftermath of the attack. Turner’s father went on to publicly complain that his son’s six-month sentence was a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” Turner proceeded to serve only three months in jail before being released.

Brock Turner at the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Xenia, Ohio

FILE - This Sept. 6, 2016 file photo released by the Greene County Sheriff's Office, shows Brock Turner at the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Xenia, Ohio, where he officially registered as a sex offender. A California agency that oversees judicial discipline in the state ruled Monday, Dec. 19, that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman on campus.

  1. Racially-Charged Police Shootings…. Still

In 2015, The Guardian debuted a database tracking fatal police shootings in the United States. The statistics show an overwhelming lead by Native Americans being the most likely to be killed by police, at 8.02 per million, while Blacks come in at 6.21 per million, distantly followed by Hispanic/Latino at 2.95 per million. While many have known for decades that fatal violence at the hands of law enforcement is disproportionately directed at ethnic minorities, The Guardian’s detailed tracking system is a harsh reminder of an even harsher reality.

Former police officer Michael T. Slager and Walter L. Scott, in a screen grab

Former police officer Michael T. Slager and Walter L. Scott, in a screen grab of their encounter on April 4th, 2016 from a video taken by a bystander.

  1. The Fact That 2016 Will Literally Last One Second Longer Than Expected

And finally, if points one through nine weren’t enough to make bidding 2016 goodbye seem increasingly favorable, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service reported earlier this year that 2016 will actually last one second longer than originally anticipated. Seriously, someone go check on Betty White.

he clock strikes midnight at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration

The clock strikes midnight at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration, early Friday, January 1, 2016, in New York.