Oftentimes, celebrities use their fame to create change in the world for the better. The recent 2016 Academy Awards made headlines, not for what all the actors were wearing, but for the numerous acceptance speeches that addressed world issues. From Sam Smith speaking out about gay rights to Leonardo DiCaprio talking about global warming, it seems like everyone in Hollywood has their own agenda.
Yet, not all celebrities are using their fame to talk about changing the world. While there have been some celebrities that have had some public snafus with their words, each transgression has its own variance in damage. When Jessica Simpson famously asked the question, “Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish?” fans actually found it more endearing, and it helped to show her as a real person. However, not everyone has been so lucky. Instead, many have gone on to put their foot in their mouths, which ended up hurting their careers.
A great example of this is the documentary by the Dixie Chicks entitled, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. Since they underwent huge scrutiny for their anti-Bush comments, their concerts were plagued with controversy and there were various feuds with other country stars. The group ultimately disbanded, and there seemed to be a black cloud over them which followed until their last day. Proving that not everyone can use their celebrity to provoke social change, check out our list of 14 celebrities that have hurt their careers simply by talking.
14 50 Cent - Bullied Autistic Kid
50 Cent is another celebrity that has had his fair share of public snafus when it comes to things he has said. In fact, Oprah Winfrey had a candid interview with 50 Cent in an episode of Next Chapter where she addressed the fact that he once said defamatory comments about her. While the two ended the interview seemingly making peace, it doesn’t seem like the rap artist has learned to keep his mouth shut. In a recent visit to a Cincinnati airport, 50 Cent started to video a custodial worker and mock him openly to his face while addressing the camera. He then posted this video via social media and continued to mock the employee.
13 Paula Deen - Racist Southerner
Paula Deen was once a beloved Food Network star that was the go-to chef for traditional Southern-style cooking. However, a slew of controversial photos and statements has completely demolished her career. During a deposition in 2013, Paula Deen admitted to telling racist jokes and using the n-word several times. It was also revealed that she wanted black waiters to be dressed as “slaves” for a wedding event.
12 Jennifer Hudson - Debbie Downer
Jennifer Hudson first started making waves for her words when she allegedly gave some unwanted advice to Adele about losing weight. She has done quite well with her Weight Watchers endorsement and weight loss, but not everybody wants to hear her suggestions on how they could stand to lose a few pounds. In the meantime, Jennifer has set her sights on a new goal: Becoming an EGOT. With only a handful of celebrities earning this prestigious title of winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, Jennifer Hudson was well on her way when she starred in The Color Purple. However, when nominations for the Tony Awards came through, not only was she snubbed, but everyone else in the cast was praised for their performances.
11 Christina Aguilera - Insulted Eminem
When Christina Aguilera first entered the music industry as an emerging pop star with “Genie In A Bottle,” she was not alone. During a time when NSYNC and Britney Spears were at the top of their game, she was just one part of a growing genre. However, another part of the music industry was the emergence of Eminem as a hugely popular rap artist. Since he was known for his ability to make fun of himself, it shouldn’t have been surprising that he would eventually start targeting other artists.
10 Miley Cyrus - The Asian Debacle
Miley Cyrus is a celebrity that doesn’t have to seek out attention in the press. From the infamous “foam finger” performance to her over-the-top looks on the red carpet, she has made a career out of being provocative. However, there was a time when she hadn’t yet shed her Hannah Montana persona, and was still navigating her way through the entertainment industry. During this time was when her biggest blunder took place in the form of a group photo that went viral.
9 Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce - Insensitive IVF Comments
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are the men behind the fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana, and came under fire for some comments made about children born from in vitro fertilization. In an interview with Panorama magazine, the designers referred to children born through IVF as “synthetic” and also said, “No chemical children: life has a natural course, there are things that shouldn’t be modified.” This sparked outrage from people all over the world and Elton John joined in the fight and pledged to boycott Dolce & Gabbana products.
8 Michael Richards - Racism
7 Duane “Dog” Chapman - Racism
6 Isaiah Washington - Insulted Co Star
5 Angus T. Jones - Insulted Show That Made Him Famous
4 Patrick Dempsey - All About The Money
When Patrick Dempsey first made his appearance on Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd, female fans started coining him "Dr. McDreamy," and a heartthrob was born. While the show added another hot doctor character, who they called “McSteamy,” fans never strayed from their fascination with Patrick Dempsey. As the series pushed forward, even amid rumors of cast drama, people started to wonder whether or not the show would be able to maintain a riveting storyline.
3 Kanye West - Kanye Being Kanye
2 Hulk Hogan - Racist Rant
When a secret sex tape is released to the tabloids, it’s not usually the dialogue that is the most interesting part. However, when Hulk Hogan was filmed having sex with his friend’s wife, his words were the most interesting part of the tape. Instead of pillow talk and sweet nothings being whispered into her ear, Hogan went on a little racist rant about the possibility of his daughter dating a black guy. Using the n-word numerous times, he is even heard on the tape saying, “I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f***ing n******.” He later goes on to say, “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*** some n*****, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars.”
1 Megan Fox - Insulted Director, Got Fired
When you have a face and body like Megan Fox has, it seems like Hollywood should be opening all its doors to give out the best roles. As the quintessential eye-candy onscreen, she was on the fast track to being Hollywood’s favorite “It” girl when she made the mistake of saying something that many construed as anti-Semitic.
While slated to star in the second Transformers movie, she gave an interview to British magazine, Wonderland, addressing what Michael Bay was like to work with. She said, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all.” Once Steven Spielberg caught wind of her comments, he demanded she be fired, and she was promptly replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Sources: cnn, usmagazine
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