These Stars Went Too Far And the Internet Wasn't Having it
01st December, 2021
Some celebrities are known for taking things too far on social media. At times, this has backfired terribly, costing them opportunities and their career. With the rising popularity of social media, celebrities are now accessible to their fans on all forms of social media platforms. Most celebs use these platforms to share news about their upcoming projects, promote new ventures and films, or just post selfies, connecting with their fans. But, some celebs are known to engage in banter and have outbursts, landing them in a soup. Such unfiltered outbursts, without proper justification, can be quite problematic, impacting their fan base and careers. Here are some celebrities that have taken things too far on social media.
Azealia Banks has made social media blunders quite a few times in her career so far. From making racist comments to posting homophobic slurs, it seemed that Banks was all set to go down a wormhole of social media disasters. This eventually resulted in her being dropped by her UK booking agency and her Twitter account being blocked.
After spending years away from the spotlight, Amanda Bynes has recently resurfaced on social media by giving interviews and posting on her social media. One of the most famous moments in her career was when Bynes tweeted about Drake and expressed her liking towards him using inappropriate words. It stirred up quite a drama, and the tweet was widely circulated before it was promptly deleted.
Iggy Azalea has no filter when it comes to her social media posts. Neither does Chrissy Teigen, but we’ll talk about her later. After a series of blatantly homophobic and racist tweets by Azalea resurfaced just before her headlining performance at the Pittsburgh Pride event, many LGBTQ groups dropped out in protest. Eventually, Azalea stepped down from the headlining slot and posted what seemed like an apology titled "A Message to Pittsburgh."
The world was quite empathetic when Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and Tsunami. Many celebrities tweeted their feelings regarding the incident. But, Gilbert Gottfried took it a step further by making light of the situation and tweeting jokes and puns that were pretty insensitive. Using humor as a coping mechanism is quite common, but to mock someone’s loss is downright outrageous.
Kathy Griffin is an American, Emmy-winning comedian who shocked the world when she posted a very controversial and disturbing photograph. In 2017, Griffin posted a photograph of her holding a mock but gruesome decapitated head of former president Donald Trump. Naturally, the photo went viral very quickly, and a few hours later, Griffin apologized for it. At least she didn’t lose her show. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Roseanne Barr.
Vanessa Hudgens took to Instagram to express her thoughts about the lockdown measures being extended due to the coronavirus. However, when the High School Musical star went on and on about how “people are going to die” and “everyone is going to get it,” the world was shocked at her insensitivity. She later posted an apology on Instagram, but you can’t take back what you said!
This incident shows the kind of impact a single social media post can have on a person’s career. Roseanne Barr, who had her own show called Roseanne on ABC network, tweeted racist things about Valerie Jarrett, the senior advisor to former President Barack Obama. Barr had to leave the social media platform and post a formal apology about the incident after which, her show was promptly canceled by ABC Network.
When Kesha (who has some social media skeletons of her own) was battling her former producers in court for sexual assault, several celebrities offered support. However, instead of helping, Demi Lovato took to social media and lashed out at those that were helping. Although she insisted her dig wasn’t directed to anyone specific, it seemed as if she was talking about Taylor Swift after she donated £175,000 (approximately $200k) towards the case.
Kesha is known to push boundaries every now and then. In spite of her reputation, people were quite shocked when the “Tiktok” singer posted a very disturbing photo of herself urinating in the street with an equally inappropriate caption that read "pee pee on the street. PoPo come n get me if u can find meeee. I blame traffik.” She even defended herself by saying that it wasn’t “that shocking.”
When Caitlyn Jenner came out to the world with her new pronouns and identity, the world was quite supportive of her, save for a few. Drake Bell immediately tweeted that he would still be calling Jenner by her former name. After the Twitterverse came at him for his transphobic tweet, Bell deleted the tweet and tried to remedy the situation by saying he wasn’t dissing ‘him,’ yet again, using the wrong pronouns.
The world loves the talented Franco brothers. Imagine how shocked his fans were when it was revealed that James Franco was using his Instagram account to flirt with an underage girl and even tried to coerce her to meet him in his hotel room! They say predators come in all shapes and forms, and it seems like we just saw another one. If you think this is problematic, you won’t believe what Ceelo Green tweeted.
When the coach of the Penn State Football Team, Joe Paterno, was fired from his position for a child-abuse sex scandal, everyone seemed quite satisfied with the outcome. However, Ashton Kutcher took to Twitter to express his disappointment for Paterno. Turns out, Kutcher didn’t know the full story of the situation and promptly posted his apology after looking things up.
It seems like not all members of One Direction are handling the hiatus all that well. When Liam Payne tweeted about his song, it seemed as if he chose to completely disregard the LGBTQ community by implying that only boys could find the girl of their dreams. This, of course, didn’t go down so well with his fans, who immediately attacked the singer for his homophobic comment.
Looking for a crash course on what not to do on Twitter? Take a peek at James Arthur’s Twitter history. It started with a tweet by MC Micky Worthless that questioned Arthur’s rap skills. After some back and forth tweets and a couple of diss tracks by both parties, people realized that Arthur’s track was riddled with homophobic and racist slurs. Apologies were made, and things were said, but eventually, Arthur said he’ll be leaving Twitter for good.
Chrissy Teigen is one of the most active celebrities on all social media platforms. Recently, some of her old tweets have resurfaced in which Teigen was involved in online bullying and targeted Courtney Stodden. Aside from this, Teigan has been involved in a large number of online feuds with other people, which seems to be in bad taste given they reach millions of followers. Maybe take it down a notch?