Our parents taught us to think before we speak. We didn't always listen, even though we should have. Nowadays, parents may want to tell their children to think before they Tweet. Just ask celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs and, most recently, and comedian Trevor Noah who were all the subject of intense media fire for offending the public with comments they made on social media. We've put together a montage of sorts, of 10 of the most awkward, scandalous, popular celebrity Tweet fails in recent years. After you read this, you may want to rethink a few of your own failed Tweets.
The "Orange is the New Black" star created a Twitter eruption after news reports confirmed that a Boeing 777 crashed in Ukraine with almost 300 people on board. Jason Biggs joked, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?"
The backlash came swiftly with some saying the Tweet was too soon, and the event too sensitive to crack jokes about.
"Not cool, Not funny Mr. @JasonBiggs," @jorgemps wrote.
Sharliq Grant @SGofDaRuSH said, "too soon to joke, man."
Jason initially blasted back at his armchair critics, spewing an expletive-ridden tirade.
"Hey all you 'too soon' a--holes- it's a f--king joke. You don't have to think it's funny, or even be on my twitter page at all."
"Truly- you losers are literally trying to find s--t to get angry about. Channel your issues elsewhere," he continued.
"The idea that I wouldnt have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?"
After Biggs had some time to cool down, and almost certainly get an earful from his PR guy and management, he released a series of 4 apologetic Tweets:
1) Hey all- ok, so- I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.
2) This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the
3) victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off
4). as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.
And so, my friends, we learn here that when you're public figure it doesn't always pay to be so off-the-cuff. At least now, we know his level of douchiness.
Trevor Noah, the host of the "Daily Show", was in hot water after a few of his old Tweets were dredged up with jokes targeting Jews, women and Asians.
Here's the content of the jokes in question in a nutshell:
- In Thailand hookers are so cheap, even cheaper than food. Tough choice between Big Mac or Quarter Poundher Deluxe.
- I'm watching Olympic women's hockey. It's like lesbian porn. Without the porn.
- Originally when men proposed they went down on one knee so if the woman said no they were in the perfect uppercut position.
- 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!
- "Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!" - fat chicks everywhere.
Trevor didn't get in that much trouble as Comedy Central stood behind their host and said while he has made some off-color jokes in the past, he has a bright future ahead of him at Comedy Central.
A few years back Paltrow found herself in some heat when she responded to a photo of her dancing on a table at a stop during Jay-Z's tour. She tweeted, "Ni**as in paradise". That didn't sit too well with many people. She quickly came to her own defense by noting 'Hey, that's the name of the album'. Yeah, we get that. But way out of taste, Gwyn.
The singer your mother loves received some flack after posting what he thought was a funny observation of a picture his wife took. Buble and his wife saw a woman with half of her lady parts hanging out of her shorts and sprang the idea for a funny Instagram post. The IG post read, "There was something about this photo Lu took ,that seemed worthy of Instagram."
Apparently this wasn't as funny to fans as it was to him and he subsequently issued an apology;
I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue. For the record, it hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being. I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character.
As you can see, for better or worse, celebrities are held to a different standard than us average Joe citizens. Sometimes, just sometimes, they can't control their emotions and we end up with golden social media fails at their expense. And let me tell you, the average Joe sure does love to hold them accountable for it!