There’s nothing juicier than hearing about a celebrity having a slip-up. Celebrities like to constantly remind everyone that they are just like you and I and make mistakes, because after all they are human. However, sometimes these mistakes have racist undertones. The celebrity will claim they were not in the right state of mind when they made the comment and apologize for what they said and people they might have offended.
Celebrities are typically at the center of the media attention. Of course when they say something that is a bit unconventional, everyone hears about it. Some celebrities have been known to say some pretty nasty things about certain people or topics and have caused controversy. Their remarks lead to them losing fans. These remarks are almost always followed by a public apology, in which they say they regret what they said and that they did not mean the said remark.
However it does make a person wonder if the celebrity is sincerely sorry for what they said or if they are just sorry for getting caught. Because, after all, nobody really says offensive things by accident; usually these remarks are made due to a deep-seeded hate they have.
Below is a list of 12 celebrities who have said shocking and hateful remarks.
12 Michael Richards - The Laugh Factory Debacle
The “Seinfeld Curse” is all too real for comedian Michael Richards, also fondly remembered as the character, Kramer. In 2006, the comedian was recorded saying some terribly racist things to an audience member during a stand-up show at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. In the video, Richards was interrupted and booed by an apparent heckler which he did not react to kindly. The ex-Seinfeld star went into a shocking and racist rant that proved the comedian could not handle the critiques of an audience. At first, the audience laughed at his remarks but as Richard got carried away and started to repeatedly use the N word and saying things like “Shut up! Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your a**,” audience members started to feel uncomfortable. Richards continued on a 3 minute rant saying that the men who were heckling him should be kicked out, but eventually audience members grew tired of the hateful comments and started to clear out the room. Richards made a public apology on the Late Night Show when he was invited by his old co-star Jerry Seinfeld, but his career and image have never recovered.
11 Michael Jackson - "The Jews Do It On Purpose"
In 2005, ABC’s Good Morning America obtained a recorded message of Michael Jackson making some anti-Semitic remarks to one of his financial advisers. The recording was obtained as part of evidence in a lawsuit against the pop king. Apparently the singer’s business manager would handle how much money he would spend on a month and when Jackson was not given the money he wanted, he would go to one of his advisers to borrow the cash amount. When the late singer would not receive the money he wanted, he would become extremely agitated and borderline abusive.
10 Eddie Murphy - The "Homosexual Problem"
9 John Mayer - His Genitalia Is A White Supremacist
8 Giuliana Rancic - Hateful Hair Speech
7 Whoopi Goldberg - A Woman's Responsibility To Not Get Raped
Whoopi Goldberg has stayed loyal to Bill Cosby despite all the recent controversy surrounding the comedian. Earlier this year it came to light that the once loved Bill Cosby had been accused of date rape by several women. Goldberg continues to defend her long-time friend even though there is staggering evidence against Cosby.
6 Robert Downey Jr. - Don't Take Spanish People Seriously
5 Alec Baldwin - "Thoughtless Little Pig"
4 Mel Gibson - The Angry Racist
3 Paris Hilton - Won't Sleep With Black Men
2 Ariana Grande - Hates Americans
1 Donald Sterling - The Walking Hypocrite
In 2014, Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA, and was fined $2.5 million which forced him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to his ex-wife. The NBA’s decision to ban the-then 80-year old owner came after TMZ leaked a recorded conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano where he forbade her from associating with black men, specifically Magic Johnson. In the recording, he tells her to stop associating herself with black people and to never bring them to his games. He tells her that it really bothered him that she would broadcast her friendship with black people on her Instagram and that he is fine with her sleeping with them but the only thing he asks of her is to not bring them to his Clippers' game. Sterling more than likely regrets saying all that since his career was instantly killed.
Sources: gawker.com; www.today.com; thedailybeast.com; cnn.com/
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