In the current theater of fame and celebrity, nothing stays hidden for too long. Especially with social media being as rampant as it is, any misstep by a celebrity travels across the internet with lighting velocity. Sometimes the gossip that spreads is intentional, all for self promotion, other times its just a big mishap. However the speed of travel even doubles when the gossip is about something mean, crude, dumb or just plain stupid that’s been said or done by a well known personality. In the following article, we look back at the year of 2014, and we focus on some of the most awful and insensitive things that celebs and other popular personalities said. Take a look below:
Sometimes it never ceases to amaze how people can say the most insensitive things at the wrong time. Earlier this summer when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine by rebel fighters, the actor Jason Biggs couldn’t help himself. He sent out a tweet that said the following: “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines Frequent Flyer Miles?”
This was so tasteless and rude – 295 people lost their lives in that flight for no reason whatsoever and there’s nothing funny about that.
When it comes to pulling publicity stunts, Joaquin Phoenix is a champ. About six years ago, he pulled off an elaborate hoax on the entire world and had everyone believing that he was going through a mental breakdown. He did something similar recently on Letterman when he was promoting his new movie Inherent Vice. He gave a long story of an experience he had with a yoga instruction and ended by saying how he was now engaged to her. The whole story ended up being a big lie, and when he went on a talk show with George Stephanopoulos the following morning to admit his mistruth. This is what he said: “I think like my life’s so boring, and it seemed like something exciting to talk about, and I just want the audience to like me. They really like people getting married. So I thought I’d say I’m getting married.”
The things people will do for attention.
America has been going through a lot of civil unrest daily with the racially themed, police violence issues that happened in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, NY. One would think that celebs would come up with constructive ways to give commentary on the situation but Azealia Banks used the situation to try and shame her arch nemesis Iggy Azalea. This is what she said on Twitter to Iggy: “If you’re down to ride with us bitch you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY” – and then she also added that “Don’t just be down to ride Black d*** … If you with us you WITH US.”
First of all the language is highly inappropriate and to act so rudely in such a serious situation – it really is beyond the pale.
Robin Thicke really hasn’t had the best year in 2014. His wife left him and he released an album called Paula that was a total embarrassment because it didn’t sell at all. On top of all that, he’s involved in a legal dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate over his hit song from last year “Blurred Lines.” In a legal deposition he made last year about the aforementioned case, he pretty much admitted that he was drunk and high for the majority of 2013. This is what he said: “Every day I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
This guy has so many young fans and he’s a father too. We guess the responsibility of being a role model is not very high on his list.
In this digital era of social media, one wrong tweet could really spell the doom of your career. This is what happened with pop singer and former voice host Cee-Lo earlier this September. In responding to allegations that he reportedly drugged a woman and had sex with her in 2012, he said the following on Twitter: “When someone breaks on a home there is broken glass – where is your plausible proof anyone was raped – Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!! If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! So WITH implies consent.”
Of course these comments weren’t taken kindly and the public outcry was massive and is still continuing. He’ll be paying penance for this one for a very long time.
Chris Brown is one talented yet volatile artist who is known for wearing his feelings on his sleeve. It seems he can’t stay away from bad publicity and in his most recent (and umpteenth) break-up from Karrueche Tran, he went on social media and dropped all kinds of inside information about their relationship. Here is some of what he said: “When this relationship first started u knew what it was and even participated in threesomes. I slowed all that s*** down. So let’s not try to save face for public opinion because I don’t need to play victim so people can take my side. All these celebrity n***as ain’t s*** and focus only on themselves. I made it clear to the world who my girl was and made your life equal to mine even at the cost of me not focusing on my career at times. So miss me wit the bulls***.”
He just seems like a spoiled brat who didn’t get his way so he’s lashing out. Don’t you agree?
Republican Congressman Peter King is known for being a tough, straight-talking politician who says it like it is. But sometimes, his statements can be really dumb and insensitive. For example in the case of the recent police homicide in Staten Island when a man named Eric Garner was strangled to death with a lethal chokehold, he made a really silly statement. In the video of the arrest, Garner was on the concrete begging to the cops that he couldn’t breathe because of the chokehold. The Congressman went on interviews saying “If he really couldn’t breathe, then how was he able to talk?” It may seem like a logical statement, but he forgets that it was a man begging for his life, and he was pleading to be released from the suffocation that ultimately killed him. People need to just stop and think sometimes and show some compassion.
Everybody loves Stephen Colbert – he’s funny, sharp, and confident, and he’ll be taking over David Letterman‘s spot on the Late Show soon. But even he is prone to say some stupid things and cause some unneeded controversy every now and then. In an attempt to skewer the owner of the Redskins for his continued use of a name that Native Indians deemed to be racist, his show’s Twitter sent a tweet that said: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The Asian community wasn’t amused and a huge controversy and a #CancelColbert hashtag was started. You really have to think twice these days before saying anything on Social Media.
Pat Sajak is the host of one of the most iconic game shows in America “Wheel of Fortune” and he is probably one of the most loved personalities in the nation. But all that didn’t prevent him from making some pretty stupid remarks via twitter earlier this year. This is what he said: “I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.”
Of course the backlash was swift and massive, and he attempted to quell the controversy by saying that he was just parodying the name-calling directed at climate change skeptics. Nice try Mr. Sajak – go back to spinning your wheel and stay away from Twitter.
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those Hollywood actresses known for having a little bit of a dual personality. There are reports of her being absolutely nice and warm, but there are several other stories of her being an obnoxious namedropper and a difficult person too. She also has a reputation for saying some pretty dumb things. At a tech conference earlier this year, she went off the cuff and made an inane comment about how she feels when she reads bad stuff about herself online. This is what she said: “You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing,” Paltrow said. “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing … My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
Wow, really ?!!!– we really don’t think her life is that bad at all.
Live television can be very harsh and unforgiving sometimes, and Chris Brown’s off & on girlfriend, Karrueche Tran found out the hard way when she was co-hosting an episode of BET’s 106 & Park this year. She was reading her lines straight from a teleprompter and without even knowing it she insulted the young princess of Rap/R&B royalty, Blue Ivy (who of course is the daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z). She was rattling off a list of the Top 6 Things Blue Ivy Thought at the VMA’s, and one of them was “I really did wake up like this because my parents never comb my hair.” The joke caused an immediate social media uproar and Karrueche apologized profusely. The producer of the segment was suspended and thankfully there wasn’t any major fallout after that. Sometimes mistakes happen and all the parties just need to move on.
No one doubts that it’s hard being the kid of a rich celebrity. There are so many pressures and expectations put on you because of who your father or mother is. Because of this, it’s hard for these celebrity kids to find an identity that’s all their own and they often end up over-compensating to find their path in life. This might be what’s happening to Jaden and Willow Smith, the young kids of Will and Jada. In a recent interview with T magazine, the two gave some really off-the-wall answers. In a question about the importance of school, this is what Jaden answered: “You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.”
We don’t know about you – but there’s not too much that makes sense in that.