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How quickly do you forgive your celebrity crush's bad behavior?

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Image Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosLast week, less than 24 hours after my PopWatch colleague Michael Slezak introduced us to the word “doucheboat,” Jason Bateman went and had a DB-ish moment of his own when he cut in front of thousands of people who were in line for the new iPhone. And now he’s sorry for it, tweeting: “If some were mad, I didn’t see them. I wish I had. If you’re out there, I’m sorry.”

On behalf of myself, you’re forgiven, Jason. Not that I was ever that mad at you to begin with. I don’t have the money to buy an iPhone 4, and since it’s my policy never to feel bad for people richer than myself, I can’t say I lost any sleep for the “victims” in this tale. But then I put myself in the shoes of the people in line: If Bateman had been cutting in front of me, say, while in line for Backstreet Boys tickets, I’d be throwing more than “boos” at him. This got me wondering: What questionable actions would make your love for a celebrity waver?

In my mind, there are some Untouchables. Short of killing puppies for sport and/or blocking out the sun, Wentworth Miller, Jensen Ackles, and anyone else on my Great Wall of Hot are on my safe list. But even putting those fellas aside, I’ve come to the conclusion that my tolerance for poor conduct from attractive male celebrities is (troublingly?) high. Hugh Grant’s 1995 arrest? Never crosses my mind when I’m lusting after him on screen. David Boreanaz’s recent cheating scandal? Can’t say it’s affected my fandom, or my love of Bones, either. Maybe I’m blessed with a forgive-and-forget attitude. Or maybe (and unfortunately more likely) I give preferential treatment to the hot and famous. Yes, Michael Bluth…I’d still take your calls any day. Even from that ill-gotten iPhone4.

What about you, PopWatchers? When a legitimate report comes out about bad behavior from a celebrity you like, does it affect how you see them? Or do you quickly forgive? And I’m not talking gruesome crimes, just snootiness/mild scandal. What’s your limit?