Since Twitter’s inception, celebrities and its average users alike have taken to the platform to discuss their opinions, air their grievances and just generally talk smack from behind the safety of a social platform. While millions of Twitter feuds happen every day and go unnoticed, it really starts to get interesting when our beloved celebs go at it in public.
We love Twitter battles because they almost always happen between the most unlikely of parties and give us firsthand insight into how stars think and how they react when things don’t go their way. While there’s been too many amusing Twitter feuds to list, we’ve compiled some of our favourites below that stand out for their sheer level of pettiness and ridiculousness.
15. Miley Cyrus vs Katy Perry
Miley Cyrus was just doing her thing during a 2014 performance on her Bangerz concert tour in Los Angeles when she decided to lean in and kiss audience member Katy Perry. The entire incident was caught on tape and showed Perry pulling away, appearing to not be into the liplock whatsoever. When later asked about it on an Australian talk show, Katy Perry said she was fine with a quick peck but was surprised when Cyrus slipped her some tongue, saying “I don’t know where that tongue’s been.” Cyrus later fired back with a tweet reading “Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where that’s been”. Ouch! Cyrus was brutally poking fun at Perry’s ex boyfriend John Mayer’s reputation as a cheater.
14. Zayn Malik vs. Calvin Harris
The recent Twitter feud between singer Zayn Malik and DJ Calvin Harris began by Malik posting tweets insinuating that Harris’ girlfriend Taylor Swift was greedy when it came to record sales. It then progressed with a series of bizarre and malicious posts from both sides claiming that the other had “no idea what they were talking about” when it came to Spotify royalties. Harris finally backed down after Malik told him to “calm your knickers before them dentures fall out,” choosing to take the higher road and wish him the best of luck in his career. Malik didn’t take the hint and kept up his attacks, calling the DJ a “dickhead.” Classy.
13. Taylor Swift vs. Nicki Minaj
This past July, a heated Twitter spat erupted between superstar songstresses Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj following the release of the year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations. Swift’s “Bad Blood” video was nominated, while Minaj’s “Anaconda” wasn’t. Minaj posted a series of tweets questioning why videos featuring women with slim bodies seemed to constantly be praised and Swift immediately got defensive and mistakenly assumed the posts were aimed at her. She tweeted at Minaj, saying “I’ve done nothing to but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot…” Minaj was confused, responding with “Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. But u should speak on this.” Nicely done, Taylor Swift.
12. Rihanna vs. Charlie Sheen
Back in 2014, Charlie Sheen‘s ex girlfriend became desperately upset after her favorite songstress, Rihanna, was unable to meet her at a restaurant all parties were having dinner at. Rihanna’s entourage said the timing just wasn’t right and there were too many paparazzi outside. The washed up actor then went on a hate-filled Twitter rant, insulting the singer’s wig and telling her that if she couldn’t handle the fame of being a celebrity, she should quit. We’ve got to hand the win to Rihanna on this one, who fired back with a short yet sweet “If that old queen don’t get his diapers out of a bunch…”
11. Lana Del Rey vs. Frances Bean Cobain
During an interview with a journalist in 2014, Lana Del Rey proclaimed “I wish I were dead already” after the names of Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse were mentioned. The late Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean quickly took offence, tweeting “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize.” Lana Del Rey immediately insisted that her comments were taken out of context, and blamed the journalist for twisting her words into tabloid fodder. Hmm…
10. Shia LaBeouf vs. Alec Baldwin
In early 2013, actors Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin were set to star in a Broadway play, Orphans, together and had been rehearsing for three weeks when tensions between the two reached a boiling point. LaBeouf was on drugs at the time and claimed that he wanted to “intimidate” Baldwin with his ideas as to how the play should be executed. He even began to follow the star home at night. The animosity between the two reached a climax over Twitter when LaBeouf began posting their e-mail exchanges. It was a bizarre, drug-fueled feud that made very little sense.
9. Azealia Banks vs. Iggy Azalea
Saying these two ladies’ names one after the other really amuses us. Repeating them three times in a row makes it a full on tongue twister. Anyhow – the similarity between their stage names is about the only thing the rappers have in common. Back in 2012, Banks posted a tweet after XXL magazine featured Azalea as the only female rapper on their Freshman list, asking how they could support the rapper after she reportedly called herself “a runaway slave master.” Banks then dragged the race card into it and tried to insinuate that Azalea was racist. Azalea was having none of it, letting Banks know that she was blocking her then tweeting she was “Pro people. Period.”
8. Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
The long-running competition between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj has been happening since Minaj proclaimed herself “the queen of rap,” but their biggest Twitter fight yet was over a verse in Minaj’s “Feelin’ Myself”. Lil’ Kim wasn’t about to let Minaj take the title from her, and tweeted a photoshopped version of the single’s cover art featuring Minaj’s face replaced with her own. Considering Lil’ Kim hasn’t put out anything of interest in years, we’ve got to hand the win to Minaj on this one.
7. M.I.A. vs. Anderson Cooper
The M.I.A. vs. Anderson Cooper Twitter feud is probably one of the least expected ones on this list. The Sri Lankan rapper tweeted out a link to a news program about terrorism in Sri Lanka, writing “someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it/film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong.” She was likely referring to an instance when the blog associated with Cooper’s CNN show posted an article about her, referring to M.I.A. as “Lady Tamil Tiger.” Cooper responded by tweeting “You are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at the Superbowl.” Ouch.
6. Conan O’Brien vs. Madeleine Albright
In 2014, witty comedian Conan O’Brien had the tables turned on him when he was outsmarted on Twitter by diplomat Madeleine Albright. O’Brien had tweeted “I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as slutty Madeleine Albright.” Albright quickly retaliated with a perfect response: “I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched.” She then followed it up with “Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians.” O’Brien admitted defeat, tweeting “Damn – whenever I go toe to toe with Madeleine Albright, she always wins.”
5. Chelsea Handler vs. Nick Cannon
In early 2014, Chelsea Handler ignited a Twitter war with Nick Cannon when she mocked a photoshoot him and his wife Mariah Carey had participated in for Ebony magazine. She called the actor a “white boy” and mocked his statement that he knew he would be with Mariah Carey when he found out she was spiritual. “How do you claim to be a spiritual person if you’ve been photographed on a treadmill in high heels?” tweeted Handler. Cannon fired back with a low blow, tweeting: “I didn’t hear what @chelseahandler said about me because I don’t watch her show. (NO ONE DOES) What channel is it on, public access?” Zing!
4. Ariana Grande vs. Bette Midler
We never thought we’d say this, but Ariana Grande actually came off as the classier party in her Twitter battle with Bette Midler in 2014. After Midler criticized one of Grande’s performances, claiming she didn’t have to act “like a whore” to gain popularity, Grande tweeted at the former singer saying “Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! Not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! Always a fan no matter what my love.” Midler issued her form of an apology, tweeting “All I can say is, spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off.”
3. John Mayer vs. Perez Hilton
Way back in 2009, Perez Hilton and John Mayer had a Twitter fight that went down in the books for its heightened level of drama and implication of physical violence. After that year’s MuchMusic Awards, Hilton claimed he was assaulted by Will.I.Am, a member of the Black Eyed Peas. John Mayer responded with a tweet saying “@perezhilton’s video statement is so long that by the end of it his cut healed” and criticized the gay blogger for calling the rapper a “f*ggot” given his sexual orientation. After Perez whined that John Mayer just wanted to see him get hurt, Mayer responded “People don’t want to see you get hurt, they want to see you experience something equalizing.” Low blow, John.
2. Justin Bieber vs. Kevin Kristopik
After a Detroit-based teenager named Kevin Kristopnik hacked his friend Ryan’s Twitter account to try to get information about Justin Bieber, the singer somehow got a hold of Kristopnik’s cell phone number and broadcasted it to his millions of followers, tweeting “everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX.” His payback move was amazingly successful, landing Kristopnik thousands of phone calls and texts and making his cellphone bill shoot through the roof. Soon after, Kristopnik deleted his personal Twitter account. Lesson learned!
1. Adam Levine vs. MTV
In 2011, Adam Levine gave true definition to the expression “biting the hand that feeds you” when he went toe to toe with music network MTV. Prior to the VMAs, he tweeted “The VMAs are the one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I’m drawing a line in the sand. F-ck you, MTV.” The network’s response was pretty much perfect: “Soooo you’ll be tuning in at 9/8C tomorrow right? (BTW, bonus points if you Twitpic your 2004 Moonman!).” Boom! Shots fired! In a last ditch attempt to save face, Levine tweeted: “Still waiting to have my Jerry Maguire mission statement moment of deep regret.”