From politics to entertainment, 2017 was a year of major change around the world. President Trump took office, sexual harassment scandals rocked Hollywood, and new technology promised to change the world as we know it. However, despite all the hype, much of what we thought would happen in 2017 didn’t actually pan out—just check out these predictions that didn’t come true in 2017. And for more great ways to take stock of the past year, here are the 20 Biggest Viral Moments of 2017!
Many critics of President Trump were certain that impeachment was imminent in 2017. However, it looks like he’ll be calling the White House home for some time. In fact, Trump’s approval rating among Republicans currently stands at 81 percent—that’s three points up from the end of October. Oh, and speaking of POTUS: here are 45 times it was “the beginning of the end” for President Trump.
Reports of a toxic company culture and shocking conditions for drivers made countless Americans join the #DeleteUber movement. However, while Uber lost market share to Lyft as a result of the boycotts, their network still includes 50 million riders.
Beyoncé and Jay Z Splitting
After the release of Beyoncé’s confessional Lemonade in 2016, fans were convinced that the singer and husband Jay Z were headed for splitsville. However, despite admissions of infidelity on Jay’s part, the couple banded together. The pair welcomed twins in 2017 and are reportedly releasing a joint album. And for more on Jay-Z, read our in-depth interview with him.
The Affordable Care Act Repeal
Despite Trump’s promises that the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would be repealed and replaced in 2017, it didn’t happen. The Republican party’s proposed replacement didn’t have the support it needed in the Senate, leaving the ACA in place—for now, at least.
A Friends Reunion
Rumors of a Friends reunion crop up from time to time, but people really had their hopes up that it would finally happen in 2017. Sadly, this was also the year that we heard a definitive no from one of the cast members. Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the long-running hit, told Heat magazine, “It’s not going to happen.”
The Wide Release of Tesla Model 3
While Elon Musk made it seem as though everyone would be driving a Tesla Model 3 by the end of 2017, that’s far from the case. After reconfiguring some issues—like getting the car an FM radio, for starters—Tesla had made under 600 Model 3s by November 2017. If you couldn’t get your hands on a Model 3, you can still hit the road in style in one of these luxury supercars.
Mother! Earning Big
Director Darren Aronofsky, beloved for his work on movies like Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, hoped to have another hit on his hands with Mother! in 2017. While fans were hoping the Jennifer Lawrence thriller to be amazing, the movie was widely panned and brought in just $44.5 million worldwide, barely earning out its $30 million budget.
U.S. Military Action Against North Korea
North Korea’s missile tests have left the country’s enemies understandably frightened. However, despite the expectation that the United States would take military action against North Korea, we’ve seen little decisive action. We have seen a lot of taunts about Kim Jong Un’s appearance, though!
Face Recognition Making Waves
The iPhone X promised to make 2017 the year that face recognition technology finally took off. However, after it failed during an Apple presentation in September and many users claimed it stopped working after the latest software update, it’s becoming clear that this technology needs more time. If your phone just isn’t cutting it, treat yourself to one of these amazing cameras instead.
A Big Hit for Justice League
Having all of your favorite action stars in one place worked for The Avengers, but not Justice League. The movie, which opened just before Thanksgiving, severely underperformed, earning just $94 million its opening weekend.
Google Home Beating Amazon Echo
Google has done its best to advertise Google Home, but 2017 didn’t see the system becoming as widespread as many had anticipated. In fact, research suggests that the Amazon Echo still dominates the market, with Google enjoying just 24 percent of market share. Luckily, you can still make this holiday season special with one of these amazing tech gifts.
A Big Year For Blake Griffin
2017 was supposed to be Blake Griffin’s year. Unfortunately, the Clippers forward is back on the bench again. A knee sprain will keep Griffin off the court—and away from a championship—for the foreseeable future. At least he’s got Kendall Jenner to keep him company.
Kardashian Pregnancy Announcements
Speaking of Kardashians and Jenners, many fans assumed that reality TV’s most famous family would have announced their rumored pregnancies by now. While Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian are both presumed to be pregnant, they’re staying tight-lipped about those maybe-babies.
La La Land Winning Best Picture
La La Land was the frontrunner in the 2017 race for Best Picture at the Oscars. However, despite the movie being announced as the winner in one of the biggest Oscar flubs of all time, director Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight walked away with the well-deserved award instead.
After 317 mass shootings occurred in the United States in 2017, many people assumed we’d see some changes in our gun control policies. Unfortunately, it’s as easy to get a firearm in the States as ever. In fact, a new bill headed for the Wisconsin Senate would remove any age requirement for hunters.
Lemonade Winning Album of the Year
After Queen Bey’s Lemonade dropped in 2016, fans everywhere were convinced it would sweep the Grammys in 2017. However, it was Adele who beat Beyoncé for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. In fact, it came as such a surprise to even Adele that she gave a shout out to Bey in her speech, calling her “the artist of my life.”
’90s Hats Making a Comeback
If you listened to anyone in the fashion industry, ‘90s-style hats were poised to make a major comeback in 2017. However, despite the many designers trying to bring fedoras, bucket hats, and pageboy caps back this year, people clearly sobered up and said no.
Victory for Marine Le Pen
Many followers of French politics were convinced that conservative candidate Marine Le Pen, who has often been accused of racism, would become France’s next president. However, it was the more progressive Emmanuel Macron who ended up nabbing the role, to the delight of millions. Macron’s politics aren’t his only claim to fame—he and his wife are one of the 10 Celebrity Couples With Huge Age Differences!
The End of Transparent
Following reports that Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor had sexually harassed his co-workers, fans were convinced the Amazon show was over. However, Amazon decided to take a different approach: Tambor left, but the show will continue without him.
A New Linkin Park US Tour
When Linkin Park released their seventh album, One More Light, in May of 2017, fans were eager to see their heroes in concert. While the band played shows in Europe and South America following the album’s release, the suicide of frontman Chester Bennington in July led to the cancellation of the tour’s remaining dates.
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