Six of History's Most Awkward Public Displays of Affection
1. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley had accompanied her husband, Michael Jackson, to the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards for moral support. Shortly before the ceremony, Michael informed her that he was going to bring her onstage and give her a big "this-isn't-a-sham" kiss. She was horrified and warned him not to do it, but her pleas were ignored. Onlookers noted that Lisa exploded in anger backstage afterwards, but Michael was oblivious, saying how great things went. Just think, nobody thought this would last.
2. Hillary Clinton & Suha Arafat
Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton made a political gaffe by embracing and effusively kissing Suha Arafat after the latter had made an impassioned and inflammatory speech about Israelis using poison gas against Palestinians.
3. Richard Gere & Shilpa Shetty
4. Jacques Chirac & Laura's Hand
This photo didn't incite any international incidents, or cause American restaurants to rename foods. First Lady Laura Bush was simply another conquest for Chirac.
5. John Bryan and Fergie's Toes
6. Madonna & Britney Spears
Bonus: Al & Tipper Gore
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