31 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist People
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31 Celebrities Who Have Been Caught Being Racist

This is a list of celebrities who have been caught being racist. The following famous people landed in hot water after making a racial or anti-Semitic slur, posted a stereotypical photo, or Tweeted negative comments about a race other than their own.

The gallery below doesn't necessarily include racist celebs or notorious bigots, but mostly well-known stars of film, TV, and sports who have caused controversy because they didn't use a filter to prevent themselves from offending other people. Whether they were joking or not at the time, there is nothing funny about the hurtful words, offensive pictures, or tasteless Twitter posts that almost cost these celebs their careers. For some, like former leading man and acclaimed filmmaker Mel Gibson or culinary legend Paula Deen, making racist remarks have truly ruined their reputation.

Racism is a huge problem all over the world and in the U.S. – race relations, discrimination, and racial stereotypes are constantly hot topics of conversation. Hate crimes are increasing and just because words can't physically hurt another human being, the pain inflicted on someone with a hateful racist remark can often be worse. 

Most of the celebs in the gallery below are stars who were caught being racist have either said something racist on stage like comedian Michael Richards, made a crude racial remark on an interview like singer and songwriter John Mayer, caught on tape in an angry voicemail like Charlie Sheen, or posted an offensive photo on Twitter, like pop stars Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. Almost everyone of these celebrities and athletes, like football player Riley Cooper and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., have issued some sort of apology for what they said, but the public doesn't easily forget. Who are the most shocking celebs caught being racist? Check out the gallery below and be sure to also visit Ranker's lists of celebrities who have declared bankruptcy and people Amanda Bynes has called ugly

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  1. E! Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic publicly apologized for her "accidental" racist comments about singer/actress Zendaya during an Oscars red carpet recap. Rancic made an insensitive comment about Zendaya's dreadlocks, saying that she thought Zendaya probably smelled like patchouli oil. Fellow host Kelly Osbourne added, "or weed."

    Zendaya was offended by the comments,
    saying that she chose to wear her hair in locs to the award ceremony in order to "showcase them in a positive light, and remind people of color that our hair is good enough."

    Rancic apologized on E! News, saying: "I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters. It’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay. Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry.”

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    Age: 41
    Birthplace: Naples, Italy
    Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Actor, TV Personality
    Institution: University of Maryland, College Park, Walt Whitman High School, American University
    Height: 5'9"
    Children: Edward Duke Rancic
  2. Originally filmed for Bieber's 2011 documentary Never Say Never, Bieber is sitting in a room in Los Angeles with a group of friends. Bieber sets the joke up when his friend can be heard in the background, advising him not to finish the joke, before Bieber smirks and delivers the punchline. 

    Bieber received a lot of backlash from his fans, Beliebers, on Twitter. One fan said, "Bieber is actually disgusting. Man's gone too far this time." Another one posted: "Bieber – no excuse, no acceptable reason for racism. The use of the N-word [is] disgraceful and racism far too serious to ever be funny."

    Since then, Bieber's clean-cut appearance has gone bad boy, getting himself into trouble with the police and disappointing fans all over the world.

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    Age: 21
    Birthplace: London, Canada
    Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer + 1 more
    Institution: St. Michael Catholic Secondary School, Stratford Northwestern Secondary School
    Height: 5'8"
  3. In 2014, LA Clippers owner, business magnate, and real estate developer, Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks to his mistress, V. Stiviano. Stiviano, who is of African-American and Mexican descent, made a recording, released by TMZ on April 26, in which Sterling tells her not to associate publicly with “black people,” especially at Clippers games.

    NBA investigators and a forensic expert determined that the voice heard on the audio tape was Sterling's and was not altered. The NBA banned him for life, fined him $2.5 million, and raised the possibility of a forced sale of the team, which could be worth up to $500 million.  

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    Age: 81
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Lawyer
    Institution: Theodore Roosevelt High School, California State University, Los Angeles
    Children: Scott Sterling, Joanna Sterling, Chris Sterling
  4. No one can forget Mel Gibson telling a policeman during his 2006 DUI arrest that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." In 2010, several voicemails were released of the hot-headed actor and filmmaker going postal on his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. In one of his rants, Gibson wished that his ex got raped by a pack of the "n" word and in another, he referred to Mexicans as "wetbacks."

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    Age: 59
    Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 2 more
    Institution: National Institute of Dramatic Art, St Leo's Catholic College
    Height: 5'9"
    Children: Hannah Gibson, Thomas Gibson, Christian Gibson, Edward Gibson, William Gibson + 3 more
    Medical Conditions: Bipolar disorder
  5. The butter-loving queen of Southern cooking practically lost her business empire and was fired by the Food Network after she was caught in the middle of a racially charged controversy in 2013. Deen admitted to using the "n" word and was accused by a former employee of racial harassment.

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    Age: 68
    Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
    Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author, Actor + 1 more
    Institution: Albany High School
    Height: 5'4"
    Children: Jamie Deen, Bobby Deen
    Medical Conditions: Type 2 diabetes
  6. During a 2006 performance at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, the former "Seinfeld" actor shouted racial slurs to black hecklers in the audience, used the "n" word several times, and even referred to lynching.

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    Age: 66
    Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    Institution: Los Angeles Valley College, California Institute of the Arts, The Evergreen State College
    Height: 6'3"
    Children: Sophia Richards
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