From blatant ugly racism to outright sexism and homophobia, celebs aren’t exempt from this kind of behaviour. Racism isn’t a new problem in the world but who knew it was rampant in Hollywood! It just goes to prove that their celebrity platform can be both a blessing and a curse as all their mistakes and faults are displayed for the world to see in every shocking detail.
Sure sometimes their words get scrutinized and criticized whilst taken out of context but after hearing what some of these famous faces had to say we’re pretty sure you’ll agree it’s just plain racist.
These well-known stars landed in hot water after a few derogatory comments and bravely shared their thoughts on social media which caught the attention of the world. For some it ruined their careers whilst others just became more famous in spite of it.
How did they get caught you ask? Well for some it was making a racist slur live on air whilst the cameras were rolling like for singer and songwriter John Mayer. Others were caught being offensive on tape in angry spur-of-the-moment voicemails like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson or for many it’s the curse of social media for stars such as Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne.
Sure some of your favourite stars have issued heartfelt apologies for their hurtful remarks but the question is: will the public forgive them and will they ever truly forget?
15 Shaquille O'Neal
The incident took place back in 2003 but the world is yet to let the guy live this moment down.
To set the scene for you it was on the set of Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show period and the NBA superstar was all set to make a guest appearance. When asked to give a message to welcome in then new player Yao Ming, the basketball player wasted no time in looking straight into the camera lens and uttering these next few words that will never be soon forgotten: “Tell Yao Ming ‘Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.’” and during the delivery he mimicked Kung-Fu moves accompanied with a poorly executed Chinese accent. Need we say more…
14 Amy Schumer
For fans of Amy Schumer, they believe she isn’t a racist but simply put – a comedian. Whilst others strongly believe Amy Schumer is a downright racist and so is her executive producer. Sure testing the boundaries of joke-telling is part of the stand-up process and an essential element of comedy but how far is too far?
The comedian and author has reached huge success both on and off the screen and these past couple of years has seen her appear in the feature film Trainwreck and author her memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo which proved to be a best-seller. That being said she has never been one to escape controversy and including race-sensitive jokes in her comedic repertoire isn’t doing her any favours.
The comedian posted an offensive joke on social media where she said “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.” She later apologized on Twitter saying “Once I realized I had more eyes and ears on me and had an influence, I stopped telling jokes like that on stage. I am evolving as an artist.”
13 50 Cent
For rapper-turned-businessman 50 Cent it’s been a case of being both racist and homophobic. The well-known muso came under fire for his tweets and perhaps like President Donald Trump he should refrain from any social media activity unless it's agency approved.
He once tweeted “If you a man and you're 25 and you don’t eat p—y just kill yourself damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol”
The rapper also made headlines after his no-holds-barred response to an insult by Perez Hilton in which 50 Cent responded saying “Perez Hilton called me a douchebag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. Wasn’t his but still made me feel better.”
These days Fiddy has even leapt to the defence of ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G after she was accused of being racist and this allegiance is bringing him down right alongside her. Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: “She is entertaining, and I guarantee there is not going to be a hip-hop artist in the world who is going to be offended by her.
12 Miley Cyrus - Offended Asians
Miley swears she isn't racist but then again everyone on this list has said the very same thing and yet here we are. Whilst many of her fans have stood by her side and supported her, others have criticized her controversial comments. They say she is appropriating aspects of asian culture she doesn't understand. We can’t help but think perhaps the infamous performance she pulled off at the VMAs was the best evidence of this…
She walks away with the title of racist and perhaps it was all thanks to one moment lapsing in judgement. Our dear Miley posted a pic with her friends in which she appears to be making fun of Asian people. Miley and her group of friends are seen mimicking the Asian race by all posing with their fingers pulling at the corners of their eyes to make them appear slanted.
11 Hulk Hogan - Brooke And The "Black Guy's Son"
Okay so we’re not entirely sure what we’re more shocked about – Hulk Hogan’s racist comments or finding out his real name is actually Terry Bollea?
Hulk Hogan’s daughter was in a relationship with an African American at the time of his offensive comments and it was transcribed from a sex tape by the National Enquirer:
“I don’t know if Brooke was f*cking the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f--king n*ggers. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f*ck some n*gger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n*gger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F--king n*gger.”
10 Giuliana Rancic
The first E! Fashion Police host to make it into our Top 15 list includes none other than Giuliana Rancic. The petite star publicly apologized for her transgression but perhaps it was a case of too little too late. Perhaps all can be forgiven as her comments were accidental and have been widely exaggerated as the days went by.
Her racist label came about soon after she made comments referring to singer/actress Zendaya during one of the show’s Oscars Red Carpet Fashion specials.
Rancic made an insensitive comment about Zendaya's dreadlocks and went on to say that that she thought Zendaya “probably smelled like patchouli oil.” Fellow host Kelly Osbourne then added "or weed."
9 Kelly Osbourne
For former “E! Fashion Police” and “The View” co-host Kelly Osbourne, it was her social media post that got her into hot water. Sure President Donald Trump has some outrageous views and has set out to make his opinions heard but for Kelly Osbourne she had a strong reaction to it and wanted her opinion to be heard all the same.
In response to President Donald Trump’s comments on immigration and Latinos, Kelly posted a comment on Twitter stating “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
She may have been trying to refute Trump’s comments but in doing so ended up becoming racist herself! She later apologized profusely on her Facebook page saying "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted f--ked up today. I don’t want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses."
8 Ted Danson
Perhaps for former Cheers star and CSI cast member Ted Danson he went so far as to trip over the colour line when he chose to use the ‘n-word’ – over and over again.
It all came about when Ted appeared in Blackface at a 1993 Friar's Club comedy roast in honour of actress, comedian and his then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg. The actor brazenly incorporated racial stereotypes, props and the n-word more than a dozen times in his set. The irony in all this is that Ted famously dated and was said to be in love with the African American actress!
The press went on to say his performance was the worst train wreck since “The Fugitive” and now he is one of the most well-known racists in Hollywood to date.
7 Iggy Azalea
If you Google Iggy Azalea and racist have a look and see what pops up, we dare ya.
For Iggy Azalea racism is okay just as long as you Tweet it. She has a long list of offenses behind her including referring to Mexican bodies as box-shaped and that Mexican women have got “the box body on lock.”
In 2015 the pop star rapper apologized for her behaviour and went on to say "I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so careless said to be interpreted as reflective of my character.”
6 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Say hi to Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he makes it on this list for for disrespecting Filipinos earning him the title of racist. He once famously racially attacked his boxing opponent Manny Pacquiao on ESPN.
In another incident, Mayweather’s next victim was none other than basketball star Jeremy Lin. He tweeted saying "Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he's Asian."
Ironically, the boxing great was quoted saying in an interview that he believes "racism still exists in the sport of boxing" while accusing well-known UFC fighters Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor of being racist.
5 John Mayer
Musician John Mayer once stated in a candid interview with Playboy in 2010 that "My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist. I've got a Benetton heart and a f*ckin' David Duke c*ck."
He also gave an interview with the raunchy mag where he used the “n-word”, that he essentially didn’t date black women because he hasn’t really found them sexually attractive, saying “I’ve got a Benetton heart and a f—ing David Duke” and compared his "struggle" to that faced by African-Americans.
Sure he apologized for it later on but surely the damage done was too great and added to his waning popularity and bad rep with the ladies, John sure has his work cut out for him if he ever wants his name to appear on a line-up again.
4 Charlie Sheen
Sheen’s notorious 2008 voicemail to his ex-wife Hollywood actress and model Denise Richards hears the actor calling his ex-wife "a coward and a liar and a f*cking n*gger alright, so f*ck you."
It wasn't only racist to call Denise the “n-word” but all kinds of ironic as need we remind you that Denise Richards is in fact white! So it seems that not only is the actor who has since fallen from grace a little racist and a little crazy, he can’t even successfully pull off racist remarks directed at the correct race.
The former Two and a Half Men star then went on to direct his racism at former President Barack Obama when he called him Obama ‘Barry Sotero Kenya’.
3 Justin Bieber
When it comes to Justin Bieber you can truly Never Say Never as let’s face it - the pop star finds himself in hot water more often than not. No stranger to controversy, Bieber had footage emerge from a few years back capturing him on tape saying a few things in bad taste to put it mildly.
The footage was filmed for Justin’s 2011 documentary, ironically, for Never Say Never and it shows the pop star sitting in a room in Los Angeles with a group of his close friends. He is seen telling a joke and halfway through his friend is heard advising him not to go through with it and tries to prevent Justin from delivering the punchline. Never one to shy away from controversy, Justin continues and smirks as he completes the joke.
He later apologized in a statement saying “I just hope that the next 14-year-old kid who doesn’t understand the power of these words does not make the same mistakes I made years ago,” he said.
2 Mel Gibson
Perhaps one of the most infamous racists in Hollywood, Mel Gibson is no stranger to hearing the term racist directed at him for his comments on African American people and his anti-Semitic remarks.
Back in 2010, Mel was infamously caught on tape during a phone conversation during a hate-filled racist rant and it even included the N-word and threats of rape. The most shocking detail is that the insults and threats were actually directed at his ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva. He wished that she was raped by a pack of the "n" word and in another racist remark he referred to Mexicans as "wetbacks."
1 Gigi Hadid
She was first branded as "disrespectful" after her impersonation of President Donald Trump’s wife Melania during her presenting debut at the American Music Awards. Hadid mocked the First Lady-elect for the scandal surrounding her Republican National Convention speech earlier this year when she was accused of plagiarising First Lady Michelle Obama. The 21-year-old squinted and pouted after claiming to have been working hard on her impression, said: “I gotta get her face right”. With a cod eastern European accent, Gigi continued: “I love my husband, President Barack Obama. And our children Sasha and Malia”.
In another scandal, Gigi came under fire for making fun of Asians. Her sister Bella posted and then deleted a video of Gigi squinting her eyes and giggling and holding up a cookie shaped like a Buddha's face.