2016 Controversial Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted 

Jacob Shelton
Updated February 11, 2019 144.3k views 16 items

Twitter can be a lot of fun if you’re not famous or worried about getting sued. But for celebrities and politicians, Twitter is a minefield. Anything they say that’s remotely offensive or has the potential to be taken out of context will probably get them busted by the Internet Police. Even if they manage to delete whatever dumb thing they said, someone has probably taken a screen shot of the deleted tweets in preparation for the imminent tornado of media coverage.

These 2016 deleted tweets cover all of the offensive and dumb things that celebrities didn’t think would be a big deal. From Donald Trump accusing Ted Cruz of theft, to Zac Efron completely misunderstanding the point of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, these 2016 deleted controversial tweets are begging to be seen. Sorry, famous people.

In 2016, it’s hard to believe that anyone would think that anything they do on the Internet - especially on Twitter - isn’t being monitored and stored for later use. It almost makes more sense to own up to your controversial, stupid statement than to delete whatever you said. It only ends up calling more attention to your crazy tweet, which everyone is going to see anyway.

If you’re a fan of seeing celebrities make HUGE mistakes online, then this is the list for you. Just remember: Watch what you say on Twitter. Vote up the quickly-deleted tweet that you think is most controversial, and then see what controversial tweets were deleted in 2019.

KFC Accidentally (On Purpose) Posts Suggestive Photo

In April 2016, KFC Australia posted this cheeky blurred out picture with an #NSFW tag. There's basically no way they didn't know what they were throwing out there, right? Still, they promptly deleted this tweet when it was met with a fierce Twitter backlash. At least they got the attention they were looking for. 
Wendy's Serves Up a Side of Extra Passive Aggression

 In January, Wendy's and Burger King traded barbs via Twitter over their two similar meal deals. First, Wendy's offered up a "4 for $4 meal." The next day BK advertised a "5 for $4" deal because "5 is better than 4." Everything was cool until some random Twitter user egged Wendy's on, then ish got real.

After coming in second at the Iowa Caucus, Trump took to Twitter and said that Ted Cruz (who came in first) "illegally stole" the election. Trump deleted the tweet and changed it to something less inflammatory, but the original version will live forever on the Internet.


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The youngest film critic in America had a real "uh oh" moment when he posted a picture of himself and comedian Amy Schumer on Twitter with the caption, "Spent the night with @amyschumer. Certainly not the first guy to write that."

Jackson took the photo down after Schumer responded “I get it. Cause I’m a whore?” She also said, “Glad I took a photo with you. Hi to your dad.” Jackson removed the photo and posted an apology, saying, “I truly apologize for the tweet I posted earlier. I'm not a comedian and it wasn't funny.” Duh.