It’s a total understatement to say that what you write on the Internet is important. That’s especially true for celebrities, whether they’re A-List pop-stars or indie actors trying to break into the mainstream. When you’re famous, the Internet can really be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if you wield it well, you might become a cultural and media darling; Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick is just one of the many celebs who seem to be known now just as much for their online personality as for their work. Other celebs use social media as a tool to expand their influence – for example, could you imagine the Kardashians being as popular as they are today without Kim’s legendary selfies? And with more than 20 million followers in nine languages, even the Pope is in on the action.
Sadly, not everybody in Hollywood is up on their Internet etiquette. It turns out, when it comes to the internet, many stars don’t have any more idea what to do than that one aunt who’s always posting “inspirational” quotes on Facebook and inviting you to play Farmville. It’s a little surprising how many celebrities – and not just old ones, either! – simply have no idea what to do with their social media accounts, and when the results of their confusion come out, what’s super embarrassing for them can be fascinating, puzzling, and frequently hilarious to us.
Here, a sampling of some famous folks who probably should have consulted a publicist – or at least a teenager – before posting.
10. Cher – The CAPS LOCK QUEEN
Ah, Cher. Like the internet’s kooky grandma, Cher has been tweeting away for almost four years now – and in that time, you’d think she would have gotten a little better at it! Unfortunately, most of her tweets seem like they were written by somebody who just discovered what the internet was yesterday. From insulting trolls to making political statements to just asking if somebody will help her figure out how to use this darn thing, Cher brings lots of emotion and lots of CAPS LOCK – just not a lot of sense. But it’s okay – who needs sense when you’ve got Emojis?
9. Jose Canseco – Feuds, Rants, And Conspiracy Theories
Jose Canseco hasn’t played baseball since 2001, but he’s found a new way of staying (kind of) relevant: Twitter. Canseco has gone no-holds-barred on social media, leading to weird feuds, rants, and crazy theories about space and time travel. When he’s not tweeting off-the-wall statements like “I actually died over night and came back to life now I am a vampire and you are my apprentice,” he’s utilizing the internet for personal purposes: in 2014, he tweeted that he was looking for a wife, and asked if anyone was interested. It doesn’t seem like he got any results from that – next time, maybe try OkCupid, Jose.
8. Anderson Cooper – What’s Clickhole?
As one of America’s most well-known television journalists, you’d think Anderson Cooper would be a little diligent when people send him links. But in May of 2015, Cooper showed how little he understood the internet when parody site Clickhole posted an obviously fake quote from him, along with other obviously fake quotes from other celebrities. Instead of taking five seconds to look at the other (again, obviously fake) headlines on the page, Cooper took to twitter to defend his good name, writing, “do u make this stuff up?” Yes, Anderson. Yes, they do. That’s kind of the point.
7. Metta World Peace – “The Panda’s Friend”
You probably know that basketball player Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace in 2011. What you might not know is that World Peace goes by yet another name now – “The Panda’s Friend.” When World Peace went to China in 2014, he developed quite a liking for the black-and-white bears, and took to Twitter and Instagram to express his love in – well – interesting ways. While he later deleted the posts, which included shoddy photoshops of himself next to pandas, it’s unclear if he still wants to go by “The Panda’s Friend,” if he’s back to World Peace, or if maybe he’ll come up with an even better, wackier name.
6. John Corbett – Walgreen’s Twitter Bio
John Corbett is probably best known for his role as hunky Ian in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, or also hunky Aidan on Sex and the City. But John Corbett wants you to know him for something else – his voice-over work for Walgreen’s. As of January 2015 (he has since deleted the account), Corbett’s twitter bio was just this : <3 WALGREENS <3. The tweets themselves? Just re-tweets of random people talking about – you guessed it- WALGREENS. And what’s more, he blocked anybody who didn’t like his single-minded focus on – one more time, everybody! – WALGREENS. Was this Corbett’s way of trolling? Was it a weird spokesperson duty of his? Or is Corbett just a huge fan of the drugstore chain? We may never know.
5. Vanilla Ice – Please Proofread Your Tweets!
Remember Vanilla Ice? Since his 1990 one-hit wonder “Ice Ice Baby,” the rapper has kept busy with many different things, including restoring homes on TV and hanging out with Amish people. He’s also been tweeting, although not wisely and not too well. Ice’s bizarre tweets include posting a picture of a grimy-looking edible arrangement with the caption “cool fruit,” and, just recently, writing that he just went to see the movie “#reverent.” Uhh… did you mean The Revenant? Stop, collaborate, and proofread your tweets, Vanilla Ice!
4. Ringo Starr – Emoji King
If Cher is the internet’s crazy grandma, then Ringo is like the uncle who did loads of drugs in the 60s. The former Beatles’ drummer’s twitter account is truly a thing of wonder. For one, he ends each tweet with at least four emojis: hearts, stars, peace signs, and for some reason… banana peels? The content of the tweets themselves also ranges from marvelous to cringeworthy, from blurry mirror selfies to photo ops with other celebrities (including rapper Ludacris, who he adorably called “Ludicrous”), and once, for some reason, an extreme close up of a dog’s nose. Still, if anybody deserves to be cut some slack, it’s Ringo – the man is a verifiable rock ‘n’ roll legend, after all.
3. Martha Stewart – Instagram Mess
Over her long career, the name Martha Stewart has come to mean perfection – in food, crafts, home decor, and pretty much everything (except not getting caught for insider trading, of course). But there’s one thing Martha can’t seem to perfect – using the internet! In 2013, she joined Instagram and immediately drew criticism for posting some seriously nasty-looking food pics. Supposedly showing things like French onion soup and foie gras, commenters rightly compared the pictures to cat vomit, dishwasher suds, and worse. Fortunately, it seems like Martha has learned her lesson since then – stick to what you do best, and leave the instagramming to the interns!
2. James Franco – Creep Selfies
James Franco is impossible to pin down. Is he a jolly stoner or a serious method actor? A filmmaker, a writer, an academic or an artist? Or is he something else altogether: an internet creepster? Franco is known for his love of Instagram, where he has almost five million followers. Franco has talked before about his love of selfies; he even wrote a New York Times article in which he called the selfie “powerful.” But some of the selfies he posts, like a strange, sweaty mirror pic of him grabbing his junk, are less powerful than just plain strange. Also strange: his alleged attempt to pick up an underage girl via Instagram. After the incident, Franco tweeted: “I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME.” Yikes… we agree.
1. Mia Farrow – Screenshot Catastrophe
Possibly the biggest internet gaffe of all time is Mia Farrow‘s basic screenshot error. When the actress/activist tweeted out a “happy birthday” message to her daughter Quincy, she searched the web for a photo of Quincy to go with it. But her screenshot revealed the search term she used to find that photo: “Mia Farrow and her black children.” The cringe factor here is two-fold: first, why wouldn’t she have a photo of her daughter already? And second, that‘s how she searches for her daughter? With 15 children, we understand keeping track of them might get a little tricky, but still – don’t let the internet know that!