Back in the day, it was much harder for celebrities to lose their jobs or their fanbase because of one small statement. You’d probably get one shocking comment in an interview in People or USA Today every now and then, but it was never a consistent thing like it is today. With social media’s growing influence, one bad tweet or Facebook post can spell the end for the careers of many people. These following 10 celebrities probably should’ve kept their mouths shut, but instead, they got front-row seats to watch their careers burn to the ground.
The first person on this list verbally attacked one of the greatest singers of all time.
10. Chris Brown
Chris Brown was sentenced to five years probation when he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna during an argument. You would think that an incident like that would change his ways, but that’s not the case. In 2012, Brown tweeted, “That damn granny b*tch Cher needs to keep her mouth shut about her opinion against Obama! Smh she needs a beating.” The singer blamed it on a hacker, but it didn’t sit well with his team.
9. Megan Fox
Megan Fox got her big break in the hit 2007 film Transformers, but when it was time to film the sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds for the role. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine, Fox stated, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” Bay wasn’t upset with the comments, but Steven Spielberg, who is the executive producer on the Transformers films, wanted her gone. She was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third Transformers film, but Fox and Bay did work together again for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
8. John Mayer
In a 2010 interview with Playboy Magazine, John Mayer managed to shatter his reputation by stating, “I don’t think I open myself to it. My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist.” when talking about dating black women. In the same interview, he managed to dig a deeper hole by saying, “Someone asked me the other day, ‘What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?’ And by the way, it’s sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a ni**er pass.” Yikes!
This next person had to deal with old tweets coming back to haunt them.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea was on top of the charts for a minute, but some old racist and homophobic tweets she made things very difficult for her. In one of her tweets, she poked fun at an Asian lady on a plane (“This Asian lady on the plane tried to act like she didn’t understand me I told her a** b**ch u gone know English today cause that’s my seat!”) In 2015, she was forced to pull out of the Pittsburgh Pride event after several organizations removed themselves because of her involvement. That same year, she was forced to cancel her North American tour due to poor ticket sales.
6. Gilbert Gottfried
When a tragedy occurs, it’s usually not a wise decision to poke fun at it. Gilbert Gottfried forgot that memo when he decided to make a plethora of jokes about the 2011 tsunami in Japan. One joke that he tweeted out stated, “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, “They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.” Aflac were not having it at all; the insurance company quickly fired the comedian from being the voice of their duck mascot.
5. Azealia Banks
Over the past couple of years, Azealia Banks has been better known for her scathing comments than her music. When it came to Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations, Banks pulled no punches by tweeting, “them b**ches frontin’ like they wasn’t trying to get some of that pudding pop!!!!” In 2016, she was removed from a music festival in Europe after calling Zayn Malik a “curry scented b**ch.”
The following person nearly had his entire music career crash because of a series of tweets.
4. CeeLo Green
There’s a reason why CeeLo Green has to change his name to Gnarly Davidson. In 2014, the artist was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to giving ecstasy to women in 2012. He thought it would be a great idea to tweet, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.” While he quit The Voice that same year to avoid being fired, he pleaded to get his job back, but it fell on deaf ears. He has made one-off appearances on the program, though.
3. Scott Baio
Actor Scott Baio’s acting career hasn’t been the same since portraying Dr. Jack Stewart on the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder. In 2010, he got severe backlash for tweeting, “Taxes are DONE…That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy non working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!” While he did find a starring role in the sitcom See Dad Run after that tweet was posted, the show was canceled due to poor ratings.
2. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has said some outrageous things in his career, but a comment about his former boss got him the boot. In 2011, the actor was interviewed by radio host Alex Jones when he went on a tirade about Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen called the producer “a stupid, stupid little man and a p*ssy punk,” which led to CBS canceling the last four episodes of season eight and firing the star.
The final person on the list had their social media pages suspended because of their actions.
1. Tila Tequila
Former TV personality Tila Tequila caused a firestorm when she posted a blog about her love for Adolf Hitler. This weird infatuation spilled out on her social media sites, which caused Facebook to shut down her account in 2013. While she blamed her actions on depression and alcohol, it didn’t stop her from tweeting, “You know what will help Asians earn respect? An Asian version of Adolf Hitler… I want that person to be me; I want to save the world from this Zionist disease.” In November 2016, Twitter suspended her account after she posted a picture of herself doing the Nazi salute with the caption “Seig [sic] heil!”
Even with celebrities getting shunned for their actions on social media, many of today’s young stars tend to fall victim of the same disaster. With more social media platforms popping up in the near future, it’s going to be tougher for stars to not accidentally go off on an explosive diatribe.
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