These People Became Internet Famous For The Wrong Reasons

Not all fame is positive, as evidenced by this list of people whose questionable actions made them infamous on the internet. Some of the most hated figures in the world gained their notoriety thanks to their internet presence, which includes its own specific set of challenges.

In some cases, a misguided or misinformed individual makes a simple mistake or error in judgment. Other times, bonafide internet stars display questionable ethics and amass legions of equally ethically-challenged followers as a result. These figures, hated in the online realm, confirm that many people still will stop and stare at the spectacle of a human train wreck.


  • Many consider Dan Bilzerian the King of Instagram; to others, he's not so affable. Bilzerian allegedly made a fortune as a poker player and parlayed that notoriety into a nonstop hedonistic lifestyle of every bad thing you can imagine.

    He regularly generates controversy, from accusations he uses women as props in his photos to filming himself running away "to go grab a [piece]" during the horrific events in Las Vegas in 2017. Bilzerian's adrenaline-laden existence even led to two cardiac events by the age of 25.

  • Kaitlin Bennett

    In 2018, Kaitlin Bennett posted photos of herself strolling around her college campus fully armed. The historical implications were especially troubling, as the college was Ohio's Kent State University, where four student protestors were tragically taken down during a protest in 1970. 

    Bennett translated her 15 minutes of internet fame into further controversies. She posed at Chick-Fil-A, known for its staunch anti-LGBTQ+ stance, and mocked Parkland survivor David Hogg.

  • Logan Paul
    Photo: Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

    Along with popular YouTube videos, Logan Paul creates many unfortunate headlines. In 2017, he filmed himself walking through a Japanese forest, where he came upon the remains of someone who took their own life. Paul's response to seeing this, along with his decision to upload the video, drew outrage.

    Paul issued multiple apologies, though audiences questioned his sincerity. YouTube eventually kicked him off, but he resumed his daily videos less than a month later.

  • Nicole Arbour
    Photo: Nicole Arbour / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    In 2015, YouTube personality Nicole Arbour launched into internet infamy with a video titled "Dear Fat People." In it, she criticized, shamed, and mocked overweight people. She then refused to apologize, calling the video "satire."

    Arbour, a white woman, sparked controversy again in 2018 when she made her own version of Childish Gambino's "This Is America." Critics argued the video appropriated a song explicitly about the Black experience, but Arbour once again refused to apologize.