Sadly, racism still exists everywhere you go. There’s no place in the world that it doesn’t linger and there are plenty of people out there who will do everything in their power to ensure that it never goes away. It makes sense that many of our celebrities are racists, but it’s still quite a shock when we hear about it. Obviously, there are plenty of horrifying racist remarks said everyday, but celebrities have a massive platform to speak from. Us regulars listen to them and even care about what they have to say, so, when someone like Mel Gibson goes on an anti-Semitic rant, drops the N-word or calls Mexicans “wetbacks,” our ears perk up. For several years, Gibson was public enemy number one because of his insensitive and even hateful comments, but there’s an expiration on public hate. Over time, people have somewhat forgotten about Gibson’s words in the same way that people somewhat forgot about Roman Polanski being disgusting. This list is just a reminder about some of the terribly racist things we’ve seen and heard from celebs throughout the years and maybe forgot about.
Racism comes in many forms. It can be subtle and implied or harsh and in your face. Sometimes it’s constant and persistent, while other times it’s a one-time thing or even, seemingly, accidental. It can also be directed towards any race. We’ve gone through and picked out some of the worst offences from celebrities over time. Some might seem harmless, but the implications behind the remarks carry more weight than it would, at first, appear.
Here are 15 Celebrities That Are More Racist Than Mel Gibson.
15. Russell Crowe
Not long ago, Russell Crowe made headlines when rapper Azealia Banks called him “a racist, misogynist pig” after a supposed altercation the two had. The story from Banks is that she was invited to Crowe’s hotel room one night for a party. There was booze and weed being passed around and Banks was showing Crowe some of her music. She claims that the actor was even getting a little frisky with her, but things soon changed. She got in an argument with another guest and that was when Crowe snapped. Banks says that she asked the guest what would happen if she lunged at them, when Crowe interjected. “Russell turns to me,” Banks said. “And he goes, ‘Well, you wouldn’t even get close enough to get the chance, n****r.’ And he says the word n****r so, like, quietly, under his breath.” Obviously, Crowe’s people denied these allegations, but this isn’t the first time the actor’s been in trouble for his racism. Back in 2002, he was accused of hurling racist remarks to a New Zealand rugby team, calling them “coconuts” and “darkies” at a restaurant.
14. Michael Richards
Can you believe it’s been more than a decade since Michael Richards, Kramer from Seinfeld, lashed out at a comedy club screaming the N-word? It was partly because of this insane outburst that nothing we hear from celebrities shocks us anymore. It was weird. Watching Richards meltdown on stage, screaming racist remarks at his hecklers, was like watching an old friend reveal that he was actually an enemy the entire time. After this event, Richards hid away from any spotlight and any cameras, just praying that people would forget about what happened. Sadly, we might never forget it.
13. Hulk Hogan
When news dropped that a Hulk Hogan s*x tape was leaked, no one could have imagined that the worst thing to come out of it was that it also included a racist rant from the WWE legend. Hogan had sued the former site, Gawker, for invasion of privacy, but in the ensuing court case, the audio of his rant became public. In the tape, Hogan is heard saying, “I’m a racist to a point, y’know, f—king n——s.” He then goes on to talk about his daughter, Brooke, and her then-boyfriend, an African American. “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n——r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n——r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F–king n——r.” After this broke, the WWE scrubbed Hogan’s name from everything they could, removing him from the Hall of Fame and firing him from their payroll.
12. Woody Allen
It’s weird because Woody Allen’s racist remarks could just as easily be regarded as anti-racism, but we aren’t looking at them that way. For some time now, Hollywood filmmakers have come under fire for their lack of casting diversity, especially when it comes to black actors. Here’s exactly what the director said a couple of years ago regarding if and when he hires black actors: “Not unless I write a story that requires it. You don’t hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that I’m deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only what’s right for the part.” This sounds like he’s promoting color-blind casting, right? Sort of. But when you go through Allen’s resume, you’ll quickly realize that black actors have, apparently, never been “right for the part,” unless it was a servant-type role or that one time Chiwetel Ejiofor got a few lines. You would think, if Allen was really casting the right person, that there would be one black star in one of his 53 directed films. Sure, the problem is bigger that Allen, but he may just be one of the biggest individual problems.
11. Floyd Mayweather
Early in 2016, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made news by saying that racism still exists in the sport of boxing. While we won’t deny those claims, the reasons Mayweather gave as proof is because Ronda Rousey got more popular as a world-beater than Laila Ali did. He says this is because Rousey is white and Ali is black. What he forgot is that they’re in different sports, UFC and boxing. He also made a comparison between himself and Conor McGregor, again in totally different sports. Twice in this tirade Mayweather Jr. claimed, “I’m not racist.” Which is odd because in 2010, Mayweather was really racist, so he seems to have come a long way in six years. Back then, the boxer made some disgusting comments to Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino fighter, saying, “As soon as we come off vacation, we’re going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain’t worried about that. So they ain’t gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget a*s, I don’t want you all to jump on my d—. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. … Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that mother f—– make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.” You’re right Floyd; racism does still exist in boxing.
10. Paula Deen
If you hadn’t heard of Paula Deen before 2013, you were quickly brought up to speed about her that year. News broke that Deen was racist and was prone to using the N-word. The worst of all, and somehow even forgotten in the whole controversy, was that Deen had made plans to throw a “true Southern plantation-style theme” wedding for her brother, but decided against it only “because the media would be on me about that,” not because it’s seriously the most racist wedding you could throw. When she apologized for her actions to try and save her career, Deen took a tearful and soft-spoken approach, professing she’s not racist. She just likes racist-themed parties.
9. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman
Back in 2007, Duane Chapman was a bigtime celebrity because of his TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, but it all came screeching to a halt when a phone call with his son was leaked. In the call, Chapman condemns his son’s relationship with a black woman because he doesn’t want the fact that he’s racist and uses racist language to get leaked. Irony is a cruel mistress sometimes, isn’t it? Here’s what he said: “I’m not taking a chance on some motherbleeper. I don’t care if she’s a Mexican, a wh*re, whatever. It’s not cause she’s black. It’s because we use the word n——r sometimes here. I’m not going to take a chance ever in life losing everything I worked for for 30 years cause some bleeping n——r heard us say n——r and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine. Our career is over.” Well, his worst fear came true, but he didn’t lose everything. He said sorry and everyone forgave him.
In the hours before Donald Trump was elected, Moby took to Instagram to say “America, you are so much more racist and misogynistic than I ever imagined.” But Moby should take a long look in the mirror before sitting up on his high horse. It wasn’t all that long ago when Moby made a very subtle but incredibly racist tweet. He wrote, “this line from jay z/kanye cracks me up: “Put some colored girls in the MoMa.” the museum of modern art, that is. the new hood, i guess.” While it might not seem like much at a single glance, Moby’s racism causes him to miss the point of the line. He doesn’t even consider that Jay-Z is questioning why all the icons and the art in the MoMa is of white women. He just associates black people with “the hood.”
7. Marc Anwar
Marc Anwar may have been best known for his work on Coronation Street, but that changed when he got on Twitter and threw out a series of crazed Tweets at Indians, calling them “b*****ds” and “p**s-drinking c**ts.” The Pakistan-born actor was quickly fired from the show as they tried to do some damage control. Anwar also sent out an apology to “Indian brothers,” but he also went on to deflect some of the controversy and said his dismissal from the show had other reasons behind it. At the end of the day, Anwar will be remembered for his racist rant, his calling for all Pakastanis to leave the Indian film market and for suggesting Pakistan ban Indian movies.
6. Brandon Victor Dixon
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon is currently playing the lead in the Broadway musical Hamilton. One night in November, 2016, Hamilton did something unusual and addressed one of the audience members from the stage after the show had ended. In the audience was Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Dixon said the following: “We, sir—we—are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” It generated controversy but it also received some praise online, at first. You see, Dixon forgot that the Internet doesn’t forget. People started going into his history and found several racist and sexist Tweets. One from 2012 stated, “St. Patty’s day weekend is like Christmas for black dudes who like white chicks. Happy holidays boys.” Sounds like rape. Later, he re-Tweeted “4 every racist comment I get about Trayvon Im going 2 turn 1 white married suburban housewife & mother n2 a jump off,” calling it “The Best.” Fighting racism with racism.
5. John Rocker
When former MLB pitcher, John Rocker, was asked about what he thought about New York, the world was shown exactly how racist this guy was. “The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners,” he said. “Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?” He went on to complain about the number 7 train in New York as well, saying he hates sitting next to, “some kid with purple hair… some queer with AIDS… and some 20-year-old mom with four kids.”
4. Anthony Cumia
Most people already knew that radio host Anthony Cumia was a skid mark on society’s underpants long before he showed his true colors on Twitter, but, after he was apparently assaulted by a black woman, he really opened everyone’s eyes. He wrote, “Savage cruel animal f***ks prey on white people.” He continued, “If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her.” He then went on to say that he hopes she dies and that it has nothing to do with black people, but women… A few minutes later, however, he wrote, “the switch to violence is immediate… Slavery did it? Oh, ok.” Hmm, sounds like it’s a race issue Anthony. He was fired. It’s just sad it took this for him to lose his job.
3. Ted Danson
In 1993, Ted Danson showed up to the Friar’s Club to roast his then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg and successfully shocked the crowd that came expecting the nastiest and dirtiest humor around. These roasts are not televised specifically because the footage could be damning as the jokes are meant to cross the line. But Danson coming out in blackface and using the N-word more than a dozen times was more than most of the people in attendance could handle. At the end of the night, Whoopi got up and defended Danson, saying that she loved the performance. Later, it was said that Whoopi even wrote many of the jokes, but this was almost certainly in an effort to put out some of the fire. One thing’s for sure, Danson is lucky that the Internet wasn’t all about viral videos back then.
2. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg may have turned his life around and become a great father and pretty good role model, but there was a time when he was as racist as they come. In 1986, for example, Wahlberg and two friends were sued for throwing rocks at black schoolchildren, lashing out at them with racial slurs as well. A few years later, Wahlberg was arrested and charged after he smashed a Vietnamese man in the head with a wooden stick, calling him a “Vietnam f**king sh*t,” as he struck him. Right after, Wahlberg ran into another Vietnamese man and put his arm around him to hide from police. Once the authorities passed, Wahlberg punched the man in the eye and walked away, permanently blinding him.
1. John Wayne
In terms of celebrities, John Wayne may have the most famous racist remarks out there. Sure, times have changed, but there’s no possible way to account or ever justify what was said from the famous cowboy. It was in an interview with Playboy in 1971 that Wayne was asked about discrimination, to which he responded, “With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.” Wayne also discussed how he tries to have black people represented in his films accurately, but it can’t always be that way on set because “There isn’t necessarily going to be 10 percent of the grips or sound men who are black, because more than likely, 10 percent haven’t trained themselves for that type of work.”