As we all know, celebrities love to give their unsolicited opinions about everything to the world. So, when Twitter was invented, lots of Hollywood stars made sure to optimize those measly 140 characters and let everyone know what was exactly on their minds, for better or worse. Sure, celebrity tweets are fun and give fans a glimpse into the lives of famous people, but celebs often find themselves in hot water for offensive tweets and Twitter controversies.
When it comes to the celebrities on this list, they probably should have kept their mouths shut. One wrong Tweet can lead to disaster. Just ask CeeLo Green! Everything from losing money, getting fired, facing a public relations nightmare, and plain old embarrassment have occurred just because of one regrettable Tweet.In the end however, we can all learn a lesson from these funny celebrity tweets that backfired. Always think twice before you tweet, especially if you're Bill Cosby!
Roseanne Barr's Racist Tweet Aimed At A Former Obama Adviser
Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed has been full of conspiracy theories and racist tweets for the past decade, but one in particular she posted on May 29, 2018, really had her in hot water. The Roseanne co-creator and star tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, a Black woman who is former Obama adviser. In a string of Tweets, Barr likened Jarrett to an ape, saying "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj."
After receiving a slew of backlash from her peers and the Twittersphere alike, Barr issued an apology, saying, "I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste."
Unfortunately for Barr, no one wanted to pardon her comments. ABC canceled Roseanne. ABC Entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said, "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
Barr's representation, ICM Partners, also dropped her. In an official statement, the company said:
We are all greatly distressed by the disgraceful and unacceptable Tweet from Roseanne Barr this morning. What she wrote is antithetical to our core values, both as individuals and as an agency. Consequently, we have notified her that we will not represent her. Effective immediately, Roseanne Barr is no longer a client.
Barr said she was leaving Twitter in the midst of the aftermath of her comments.
Betsy DeVos - The Extremely Unqualified Secretary Of Education - Tweets About Pencils
Betsy DeVos - the Michigan billionaire who bought her way into the White House - tweeted a picture of her first day on the job as Secretary of Education. Throughout her confirmation hearings, DeVos faced an onslaught of politicians and citizens questioning her qualifications. She has never taught in a public school, she has no training as an educator, and she and her children have never even attended a public school. Despite this, she was confirmed after Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie vote.
On her first day on the job, she tweeted a picture of herself asking "Now where do I find the pencils? :) " and people were not pleased. The Twitterverse came for dear ol' Betsy, mercilessly mocking her and criticizing her as an anti-public school GOP shill.
Representative Who Opposes Obamacare Posts Poll of People Approving of Obamacare
Staunch Obamacare hater Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., thought she'd fire up her constituents by asking via a Twitter poll them what they thought about repealing the health care law. Unfortunately for her, 84 percent of people who voted - or about 6,700 people - didn't want congress to repeal it. However, as CNBC pointed out, it's possible her poll was slightly influenced by Democrats. Obama White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz retweeted the poll to his more than 23,000 Twitter followers.
Model Dani Mathers's Body Shaming Snaps
In July 2016, Los Angeles-based model and former Playboy Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers posted snaps from an LA Fitness location body shaming a fellow gym member. In the snaps, Mathers holds her hand over her face in mock laughter while a nude woman stands in the background. Text on one of the snaps reads "If I can't unsee this then neither can you."
The snaps immediately went viral, and caused enormous backlash. Mathers faced serious vitriol on Twitter; she is, after all, a model body shaming a nude woman in a locker room for millions to see. LA Fitness turned the photos over to the police, and banned Mathers from ever setting foot in any of its locations again. Mathers was also indefinitely suspended from her job on The Heidi and Frank Show, a radio program.
Mathers offered a hasty, but totally insufficient, apology, essentially saying "I love the female form. I'm sorry. That was supposed to be private. Body shaming is wrong. But only when you get caught. My bad."Here it is in full: "I just wanted to acknowledge a photo that I accidentally posted on Snapchat earlier today and let you guys know that that was absolutely wrong, and not what I meant to do. I have chosen to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know that body shaming is wrong and that's not what I'm about, that's not the type of person that I am. That photo was taken to be a personal conversation with a girlfriend, and because I am new to Snapchat, I didn't realize that I had posted it and that was a huge mistake."
Update: Mathers is officially being charged by prosecutors for the incident.