The rise of social media has made it incredibly easy for celebrities to communicate directly with their fans. But it has also made it just as easy for celebrities to say incredibly dumb and offensive things without much thought, only to find themselves immediately regretting it.
Here’s a look at some of those horrible and controversial celebrity tweets from throughout the site’s history, including one TV star’s terrible take on Caitlyn Jenner (No. 9). Just to narrow things down, we’ll be excluding politicians from the list.
- The tweet:”I wish I was aloud to use the n word sometimes (in a non racist way of course).”
Sonny John Moore, a.k.a. Skrillex, randomly wrote on Twitter in 2011 that he wishes he was allowed to use the N-word in a “non-racist way.”
Skrillex actually did not delete this tweet at the time. But over the years, it gained more and more traction, and he eventually took it down.
Next: This celebrity made a bizarre comment about global warming.
14. Pat Sajak
- The tweet: “I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.”
Pat Sajak’s Twitter followers were fairly baffled to see him randomly tweet in 2014 that “global warming alarmists” are “unpatriotic racists.”
This was a particularly controversial sentiment, although it wasn’t the first time Sajak expressed skepticism towards global warming. Just about a week earlier, Sajak had tweeted, “Very hot weather: ‘We’re all going to die!’ Very cold weather: ‘There’s a difference between climate & weather, moron!'”
The Wheel of Fortune host has since deleted both of these tweets.
Next: This celebrity tweeted out the address of a random Florida family.
13. Spike Lee
- The tweet: A random family’s home address, thinking it was George Zimmerman’s.
Back in 2012, director Spike Lee tweeted out the home address of George Zimmerman; this was about a month after the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
But it turned out the address Lee tweeted wasn’t even the right one. It was actually the address of an elderly couple with a son named William George Zimmerman, according to The Huffington Post.
This family ended up suing Lee, with the director settling out of court. He later said of this tweet, “I did a stupid thing. I don’t know what my intention was.”
Next: This celebrity defended someone he definitely shouldn’t have been defending.
12. Ashton Kutcher
- The tweet: “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste”
After Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State amid accusations that he helped cover up the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, Ashton Kutcher took to Twitter to express his outrage, not at Paterno’s actions, but at the fact that he was fired.
Kutcher’s followers were surprised and outraged to see him defending Paterno, but he apparently didn’t know why the coach was fired when he sent the initial tweet. He soon deleted it and followed it up by saying, “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn’t have full story.”
Next: This celebrity made a joke about a recent tragedy, and it got him fired.
11. Gilbert Gottfried
- The tweet: “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say. They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”
If you ever wondered why Gilbert Gottfried is no longer the voice of the Aflac duck, this is why. In March 2011, following the tsunami in Japan that killed over 15,000 people, Gottfried went off on a Twitter firestorm with a whole series of jokes about the tragedy.
Aflac subsequently fired Gottfried. In a statement, the comedian said, “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in Japan. I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”
Next: This celebrity also made a joke way too soon.
10. Jason Biggs
- The tweet: “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?”
Jason Biggs also came under fire for his tweet making light of a recent tragedy. In this case, it was Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which had recently been shot down with 298 people on board.
Biggs later apologized on The View. “I certainly meant no harm; there was no malice, but I was stupid,” he said. “It was poorly timed. I’ve always tried to find the humor in situations … it’s a knee-jerk reaction for me, it’s how I cope.”
Next: This celebrity made a surprising transphobic comment.
9. Drake Bell
- The tweet: “Sorry…still calling you Bruce”
Back in June 2015, Vanity Fair unveiled its Caitlyn Jenner cover story, and in response, former Nick star Drake Bell chimed in with an insensitive comment saying he refused to stop using the celebrity’s birth name, Bruce.
For obvious reasons, this tweet was highly controversial, and the reaction was so universally negative that Bell deleted it after just a few minutes, according to Page Six.
Bell soon followed it up by saying, “I’m not dissing him! I just don’t want to forget his legacy! He is the greatest athlete of all time! Chill out!” He said in another tweet, “Calm down children.”
Next: This celebrity made a shocking statement about Ebola.
8. Chris Brown
- The tweet: “I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control.”
On Oct. 13th, 2014, it was reported that the Ebola virus had been contracted by someone in the United States for the first time. Chris Brown tweeted in response, “I don’t know … But I think this Ebola epidemic is a form of population control. Sh*t is getting crazy bruh.”
After getting exactly the response you’d imagine, Brown tweeted, “Let me shut my black ass up!” However, he didn’t end up deleting the original tweet.
Next: This celebrity’s disturbing tweet from years earlier resurfaced in 2016.
7. Blake Shelton
- The tweet: “Wish the d*ckhead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would atleast know what he’s planning to bomb!”
In 2016, some old tweets from Blake Shelton’s account resurfaced, and many of them were quite homophobic or xenophobic. The worst one was him complaining that a person he was overheard in the next room should “learn some English” so he would know what he’s planning to bomb.
Shelton ended up issuing an apology for these tweets, saying he was just joking. Shelton said:
Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see. That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended.
Next: These tweets set off weeks of controversy in 2018.
6. Kanye West
- The tweet(s): “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Kanye West set off a firestorm in 2018 by going on a tirade supporting Donald Trump. He did so in a number of tweets, one of the main ones involving him saying that the “mob can’t make me not love [Trump]” and that “he is my brother.”
A number of celebrities, including John Legend, criticized West, only for West to say that these people were trying to suppress his freedom of thought. Later, he suggested in an interview that slavery was a “choice.”
Next: This celebrity “joked” about shooting gay people.
5. 50 Cent
- The tweet: “Perez hilton calld me douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better”
In this shocking tweet, 50 Cent says that he’s so frustrated with Perez Hilton that he’s going to send someone to shoot up a gay wedding in response.
This tweet was so outrageous that GLAAD responded to it, asking their readers to tell him that this is nothing to joke about.
Next: This celebrity made some offensive comments about a fellow celebrity.
4. Amanda Bynes
- The tweet: “@Rhianna Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.”
Amanda Bynes’ Twitter account has been known to be quite shocking, like when she randomly tweeted, “I want @drake to murder my vagina.” But one of her tweets that actually made people upset rather than just confused was about Rhianna; in 2013, Bynes posted a series of negative tweets directed at her, the most horrifying of which involved blaming her for being assaulted by Chris Brown. She soon deleted the tweets.
Bynes would later speak about how she has struggled with drug problems and was on drugs when writing some of her most outrageous tweets.
Next: This tweet had serious real-life repercussions.
3. Roseanne Barr
- The tweet: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj”
Roseanne Barr’s Twitter account was always controversial, but her crazy tweets really started to gain more attention after the revival of Roseanne became the highest-rated show of 2018.
Amid this popularity, and right before the new season was about to begin production, Barr sent a tweet comparing a black former Obama Administration official, Valerie Jarrett, to an ape.
This tweet was so shocking and racist that mere hours later, ABC decided to cancel Roseanne.
Next: This apology did not go over well.
2. Kevin Spacey
- The tweet: “…I choose now to live as a gay man.”
In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey issued his response on Twitter, and it was a pretty bad one. After saying that he did not remember the encounter with Rapp, Spacey announced, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”
This attempt to deflect the situation by coming out of the closet and conflate homosexuality with making sexual advances towards underage boys was widely condemned on social media. This would end up being Spacey’s final tweet.
Next: This celebrity’s shocking tweets about rape got his show canceled.
1. CeeLo Green
- The tweet: “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
In 2014, CeeLo Green sent a number of shocking tweets about rape, seeming to suggest that a person cannot be raped if they are not conscious. This came after Green had been accused of sexual battery and of slipping ecstasy into a woman’s drink.
“If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent,” he wrote. In another, he wrote, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”
Green later deleted these tweets. He later apologized and said that these comments were “highly irresponsible.”
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