Oh, Twitter. When you first launched, people didn’t know what to do with you. “What’s the point of Twitter?” was the common question amongst early adapters. Still, people stuck with it and it’s now become one of the most accessible and versatile social media tools out there. Businesses use it to communicate to their audiences, friends use it to communicate with friends and stalk celebrities, and celebrities use it to…
Embarrass themselves horribly with things they should probably keep tucked away in their piles of money - to be honest.
We’re talking about those “I can’t believe he/she would tweet that” moments. We’re talking about those times when you can’t decide if you should still be a fan of a celeb because of how stupid he/she now looks. We’re talking about those unforgivable Twitter blunders.
Um, Azealia, really?
Rapper Azealia Banks rose to some semblance of fame through the underground scene and was able to land a major record deal in 2012. With an army of loyal fans following her on social media, this rapper’s support system branches far beyond that of any up-and-comer. She’s really done well for herself, but amidst all that, her complete lack of empathy threatened to outdo her. This past week, she tweeted a homophobic slur and then failed miserably at trying to explain herself. And again. And again. And then tried to defer the situation. And again.
We’re surprised at her nonchalance because Azealia herself has identified as bisexual. In Azealia’s defense, she has used the word d-ke and the n-word in her songs, but people are upset when she uses the f-word? Be offended by all of it, or none of it.
However, it isn’t only about the slur she used, but her complete inability and insensitivity towards the people derogatory terms offend. Whether it’s the f-word, or the n-word, or whatever other word, the truth of the matter is there are people of any denomination or ethnicized group that will find it offensive. Saying people should “get over it” is immature and tactless. Media training and some common sense is probably in order here.
Okay there, Piers.
Piers Morgan is quite possibly the most questionable British export to grace America in recent years. He has fans on both sides of the pond - and haters as well. For all the things people call him out for, perhaps the most accurate one would be his lack of tact. He just can’t gauge a response, which is odd for someone in the entertainment industry, and ends up saying some really, really weird things.
At the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, overwhelmed with pride and joy, Morgan tweeted this gem. And even when he had a way out - when he could have denied it and corrected his response - he instead followed up with this winner.
In plain language, let’s just say that when you’re from a country whose empire colonised about 90% of the world through military action and the hard labour of innocent slaves, saying you would love to see a grand return of British rule isn’t the best idea you’ve ever had. Hopefully, his tweets aren’t used in the case to have Piers deported back to the UK.
Excuse you, Rob.
Rob Kardashian should really learn to keep his relationship issues off of Twitter. We know that his family is in the public eye, but geez Rob, keep some stuff to yourself. Rob sent out a tweet implying that rumoured girlfriend Rita Ora cheated on him with 20 men, and when his fans got “Rita Whora” trending worldwide on Twitter, he did nothing. He returned to Twitter the following day to state that he never called Rita a whore, it was the fans. So, in essence, he blamed his fans…
Really, Rob? Really?
Seeing that Rob himself has five sisters (and one of his sisters has been called a whore on several occasions) he would be a bit more sensitive and respectful. We understand that he was angry about being cheated on, but he could have been the better man in this situation.
What are some other Twitter blunders by celebrities that had you cringing out of second-hand embarrassment?