Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Snapchat. These are all essential tools for celebrities to engage with their fans, promote their new work, speak their mind, and connect with a larger audience. Social media can make your career, but do not forget that it can break your career just as fast. If not, faster. You can spend your whole life building your career, only to have just one racy tweet or post ruin everything just like that. Poof! Bye-bye! The internet is a crazy thing. Actors, political figures, and musicians are all fair game when it comes to the effects of social media on their career. Twitter does not discriminate, but be sure not to discriminate on social media, or your career will be over just like that!
15. Anthony Weiner
If Anthony Weiner knew how to use Twitter properly, his career may have taken a different turn. In 2011, Anthony Weiner was a well-respected and highly successful politician. At 27 years old, he was the youngest person to win a New York City Councilman seat and he then went on to win and hold the seat of New York’s 9th congressional district for seven years in a row. He worked hard for underprivileged kids and public housing, and he was really working to make NYC a better place to live. But, unfortunately, Mr. Weiner had a Twitter mishap with his other Mr. Weiner.
In May 2011, Weiner accidentally posted a picture to his Twitter wall that was meant to be sent privately to a woman he was sexting with online. Woopsie. This is where #Weinergate began. At first, he said he had been hacked and denied posting the picture, but later admitted that he had been exchanging racy photos and messaging with that woman for over three years. He resigned from congress on June 21, 2011, less than a month after the picture was posted online.
14. Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks is no stranger to stirring up some Twitter drama. She has had so many run-ins, that her account is currently deactivated. From beefing with A$AP Rocky and Iggy Azalea to Lady Gaga and Pharrell, she crossed the line in May, when she sent a series of offensive tweets to singer and former One Direction member, Zayn Malik. When Malik released the music video for his song, “Like I Would,” Banks insisted that he stole her look. She sent him a slew of racist and homophobic tweets calling him a “curry scented bitch” and a “f****t.” She tried to redeem herself with a post saying, “I had to remind him that we’re both in the same boat in this industry and people of colour. By reminding him that no matter what you may think of yourself, the world still sees you as ‘other,’ as they see me.” But the internet wasn’t having it. She lost a whole lot of fans, was kicked off of Twitter, and was booted from the lineup of this summer’s London Born & Bred festival.
13. Iggy Azalea
Oh, man. With Iggy in charge of her own Twitter account, no one is safe. She has been blasted for making fun of Mexicans, Asians, calling gay people d*cks and homos, and making “jokes” about stereotyping black people. The list of her inappropriate behavior goes on and on and on. Last year, Iggy was forced to cancel her headlining gig at the Pittsburgh Gay Pride event because so many people from the LGBTIQA community protested her performing at their event.
In a statement she wrote, “I am truly disappointed that I have to share this news, but I will no longer be performing at Pittsburgh Pride on June 13th. This has been a difficult decision as I truly support the event and LGBTIQA communities however I feel my participation at this point would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event.”
12. Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried, a character actor best known for movies like Problem Child 1 and 2, infamously known as the voice of the parrot Iago in Aladdin, and more famously for booking the voice for the Aflac duck. But he lost that voice in 2011 and a whole lot of money after tweeting a series of offensive tweets joking about the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed Japan. Less than an hour after seeing the tweets, Gottfried was fired.
In a statement, Michael Zuna, Aflac’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer wrote, “Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac…Aflac Japan — and, by extension, Japan itself — is part of the Aflac family, and there is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times.” He then added that the company was giving the International Red Cross $1.2 million to aid in disaster relief.
11. Julianne Hough
Talk about a party foul. Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough really blew it when she showed up to a Halloween party in 2013 in black face. She thought she had the perfect costume idea when she decided to go dressed as Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black. But as soon as her pal, Isla Fisher saw her at a Halloween party, she knew that it wasn’t going to go over well on social media. In an attempt to do some much-needed damage control, Fisher reportedly recommended that she go to the bathroom and wipe her face off before anyone took a picture. But, it was too late. A picture of her ended up online that night and by the next day, Hough was bombarded with tweets, and decided to issue an apology.
“I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is the New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
10. Amanda Bynes
We could tell from just looking at her Twitter account that Amanda Bynes was going nowhere good and fast. We loved her on Nickelodeon. She was so cute and charismatic and funny. Really, really funny. But the fame got to her and it was clear that her unstable Twitter account was just a reflection of how unstable she was in her real life.
She announced her retirement on Twitter first, at the ripe age of 24. Then she “unretired.” She was happy to let us know via Twitter that she loves black men and that she thinks Jay Z has an ugly face. Slam! But when she tweeted that she wanted Drake to do something really, really bad to her vagina, we had to look away. But it sure didn’t end there. She has provided us with more erratic tweets than we can keep up with. She even tweeted to our lovely president to fire a cop that arrested her.
9. Karlie Hay
Have we learned nothing? If you are going to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant, you must delete any of your old racist tweets. Hide those puppies! Duh, you dummy! In July, Karlie Hay, the newly-crowned Miss Teen USA was outed for using the N-word numerous times on her old Twitter account in 2013 and 2014. After she was crowned, offended Twitter users too screenshots of tweets from her old account, @haaykarrls, where she calls her friends the N-word repeatedly. The account has since been made private, and she tweeted via her new account @RealMissTXteen a series of apologies.
“I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person.”
8. Donald Trump
While his Twitter account hasn’t ruined his career just yet, he has had to apologize numerous times for sticking his inappropriate and ridiculous tweets in his mouth. Like in Sept 2014, when he tweeted to Obama that if he stepped down as president, he would let him golf for free at any of his golf courses for the rest of his life? Yeah, that was dumb. How about when he weighed in on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s breakup?
“Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again–just watch. He can do much better!”
Or his thoughts on Katy Perry marrying Russell Brand?
“@katyperry Katy, what the hell were you thinking when you married loser Russell Brand. There is a guy who has got nothing going, a waste!”
7. Chris Brown
He literally got away with domestic abuse, so don’t you think that Chris Brown would want to keep a low profile and keep his mouth shut? Nope. He is the king of popping off and then immediately deleting his tweets and rants. But thanks to the internet, they still exist. What is even crazier is that he has his team of people, #teambreezy, who fight the fight for him and most of them are young women, despite what he did to RiRi.
Back in 2010, B2K’s Raz-B tweeted, “I’m just sittin here Thinking how can n&$%@s like @ebenet (Eric Benet]) & @ChrisBrown disrespect women as Intelligent as @HalleBerry11 and @Rihanna.” And then Brown went to town.
He tweeted back, “@razb2k n&$%@ you want attention! Grow up nn&$%@!!! D#$k in da BLEEP lil boy…Tell me this @razb2k!! Why when the money was coming in u won’t complaining about getting. BLEEP BLEEP #homothug!!!”
6. John Mayer
After a controversial, and just all-around obnoxious interview with Playboy in 2010, people couldn’t look at John Mayer or his penis the same way again. But what put the final nails in the coffin were his apology via Twitter when the story broke.
When he was asked in the Playboy interview if he had black women throw themselves at him, he called his penis, a “white supremacist.” Gross. And his apology on Twitter just made things worse.
“Re: using the ‘N word’ in an interview: I am sorry that I used the word. And it’s such a shame that I did because the point I was trying to make was in the exact opposite spirit of the word itself. It was arrogant of me to think I could intellectualize using it because I realize that there’s no intellectualizing a word that is so emotionally charged.” Blah blah blah. What are you even saying?
His stream of Twitter BS continued: “And while I’m using today for looking at myself under harsh light, I think it’s time to stop trying to be so raw in interviews … I wanted to be a blues guitar player. And a singer. And a songwriter. Not a shock jock. I don’t have the stomach for it.”
5. Perez Hilton
Perez Hilton is the king of controversy, but he took it way too far in 2010 when he tweeted a photo of Miley’s privates, making him the ultimate troll of all the trolls. Seriously, dude? First of all, she was underaged at the time; second of all, it’s just sick and wrong and gross and a complete violation of privacy. It’s her VAGINA for crying out loud. Well, he lost advertisers, got tons of criticism in the press, and was threatened with jail time for the tweet. He later claimed that the picture was “fake,” and it was all just a silly joke! Hilarious, right? Because of all the backlash he received, he posted a video pledging to be a better person and asking for forgiveness and has definitely toned it down since then.
4. Noah Trevor
When they announced that Noah Trevor was going to be the new Daily Show front runner, he didn’t stand a chance. The supporters and fans of Jon Stewart are so loyal and so strong, that those were definitely big shoes to fill. But, to make matters worse, Twitter followers went and found old tweets that Noah Trevor wrote making fun of Jews and women. He tweeted things like, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would have felt so bad in my german car!”
3. Scott Baio
Oh, Scott Baio. We miss you on Charles and Charge, but we certainly don’t need to hear from you on Twitter or Facebook. This recent endorser of Trump is no stranger to Twitter and Facebook rants and neither is his wife. More recently, he’s been feuding with child stars and defending Donald Trump, but it all started back in 2010 when him and wife showed their homophobic side when they feuded with the online media publication, Jezebel, after he tweeted: “Taxes are DONE…That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy non working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!”
Jezebel simply published this tweet and Scott went wild calling the Jezebel editors ignorant racists, hypocrites, and more. The next day, he tweeted a picture of a girl in a bikini riding a broomstick, as a definition for Jezebel. Then, his wife stepped in, and unleashed a homophobic rant on her Facebook page, calling the Jezebel staff “lesbian BLEEPS.”
2. Meek Mill
Meek Mill was like a dog chasing his own tail, just running around in circles, while Drake held his head high and never responded to the online drama. After releasing his second album, “Dreams Worth More Than Money,” Mill was so sick of people comparing him to Drake that he went off. In a series of manic tweets, he accuses Drake of not writing his own songs and of having a ghost writer. Drake stayed quiet, but he was witnessing it all. With the internet going crazy, he let the whole controversy take care of itself. Battle rapper Hitman Holla posted a screenshot of his direct message conversation with Drake during the whole debacle, where we see the Toronto rapper simply respond with, “I signed up for greatness. This comes with it.”
1. Kanye West
Kanye is a special case. We can’t say that social media has ruined Kanye’s career when, in fact, it may have even made it better. Although his insane Twitter rants (that he sometimes does on the toilet) have made him more famous, it doesn’t mean it brought him more respect from his fans. He has tweeted extremely controversial things like, “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” He admits that, “Sometimes I get emotional over fonts.” And tweets like, “have you ever thought you were in love with someone but then realized you were staring in the mirror for 20 mins” make him less than unlikeable. He has gone after T- Swift, Amber Rose, and Wiz Khalifa, and so many more celebs over and over again. He even begged Mark Zuckerberg to give him money more than once. So, yes. Social media has made him a joke, but it also has made him a very famous and popular joke.
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