Celebrities are the most influential people on the planet today because they appear to be living the lives all of us want to live someday. They always seem to have more than enough money and therefore spend all their time shopping or hopping from one party to the next, and they seem to yield unquestionable power over other human beings.
Celebs never have to queue to get to an event, since they get in through the VIP entrances, spend their time mingling with other celebs backstage, and only come out either to perform or say hi to the crowds. They walk around with bodyguards and an entourage of other important-looking people, and they always seem to have so much fun all the time.
For some reason, many of us think celebs are the same onscreen as they are out in the streets, which is never the case. Many fans get disappointed when they approach these celebs and realize they are basic human beings like the rest of us, and sometimes their words and actions often convince us we could be better than they are in many ways.
Some celebs believe they basically gods, and that the rest of us were created to worship them. Therefore, they treat their fans with disrespect, without considering they wouldn't be who they were today without those fans. Although some celebs treat their fans well, here are a few who need to learn how to appreciate their fans, because their words or actions prove they don't.
15 Britney Spears Treats Meet-And-Greet Fans Like Trash
Few female musicians can match the heights Britney Spears has hit during her career since she was once number 11 in the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music published by VH1 in 2012. In the same year, Forbes ranked Spears as the highest paid female musician, which was the second time after topping the list back in 2012, and Billboard claimed she was the 2012's Sexiest Woman in Music.
However, despite all her success, Spears has had some low moments, which include a brief stay in a drug rehabilitation facility and other longer stays in different treatment centers. In addition, she lost custody of her two sons to her ex-husband and at one point even lost her visitation rights.
Britney is on this list because she once treated some of her most loyal fans, who had paid $2500 for a meet-and-greet, like trash. None of these fans were allowed to hug, touch, or even give her any gifts. She only spent a few seconds with each of them, only to smile, take a photo with them, and say goodbye.
14 Chris Brown Punches Nightclub Photographer Trying To Do His Job
Chris Brown is one of those celebrities you wouldn't miss on such a list. He has had so much drama over the past two years, it’s a surprise he still has millions of fans all over the world. Although we are talking about how cruel celebrities can be to their fans, we cannot forget to mention how cruel he was to Rihanna, a woman he claimed to love. Therefore, if he can beat up a beautiful woman who he claimed to be in love with, can you imagine what he can do to a stranger who perceives him as a god?
Chris is on this list because he punched a photographer in Tampa, Florida at a nightclub, just this year in April. The photographer Mr. Vines is the club's photographer, and as he was doing his job, Chris punched him and fled before the authorities arrived. Chris has been on the wrong side of the law a few times now, and he needs to treat human beings with respect, regardless of who they are.
13 Megan Fox Rudely Rejects Sweet 11-Year-Old Fan
Megan Fox has earned a reputation for being one of the hottest female celebrities in Hollywood, and the problem is that she knows it and acts like it. Her role in Transformers as Mikael Banes propelled her to stardom, although she had already made a name for herself in her role in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
However, since we cannot argue about how beautiful she is, it would make sense if she broke a few hearts along the way, right? The only problem is that she broke the heart of an 11-year-old boy who must have had a massive crush on her when she refused to pick a yellow rose he was giving her. It was so sad when the boy left looking so unhappy, wondering why she didn't just take it. On another occasion, a fan approached her for an autograph but she yelled at her bodyguard to "Get this disgusting creep away from me."
12 Kanye West Stops Concert To Force Audience Members To Stand Up
Kanye West is one of the most successful rappers today, in addition to being a talented producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. He is among the best-selling artists of all time. He has won 21 Grammy Awards so far and was one among the Top 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time Magazine in 2005 and 2015.
His controversies, especially on social media and in award shows, have made people perceive him in a negative way, especially when he interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs, claiming that Beyoncé's video was better. His marriage to Kim Kardashian has made him even more famous, since most of Kim's followers pay a lot of attention to him as well.
Kanye is on this list because of an incident at a concert he had in Sydney, where he lashed out at some fans who weren't standing up during his performance. He stopped performing for an awkwardly long period, waiting for confirmation whether they were in wheelchairs or not. His actions were insensitive and rude, not just to the handicapped fans, but also to everyone else who had paid to watch him perform.
11 Ariana Grande Hates Her Own Fans
Ariana Grande is the sweetest-looking celebrity of all time, and is one of the most talented female singers today. Children and adults all over the world who love Nickelodeon fell deeper in love with Ariana when she played the role of Cat in the TV series Sam & Cat, which had great ratings.
Fans have viewed her music videos over eight billion times online, and she has won numerous awards, including three AMAs, one MTV VMA, three MTV Europe Music Awards, and many others. Also, just last year, Time recognized Ariana as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
With such praise for this beautiful celebrity, it's sad to find her on this list, because it almost feels as if she is too good to be cruel to a fly, let alone human beings who love and adore her. However, one time she was overheard saying she "hoped her fans would all f***ing die," and she once also claimed she hated Americans, right after licking doughnuts without buying them.
10 Justin Bieber Spits On Fans, Threatens To Break Their Phones & Ditches His Concerts Halfway
There's no question about how good Justin Bieber's singing is or his ability to influence people, since he was the first musician to surpass the 10 billion video views mark on Vevo.
Bieber has sold over 44.7 million albums and singles in the United States alone, and over 140 million records worldwide, earning him the title of one of the world's best-selling music artists. He is on this list despite having won two AMAs, one Grammy, and Forbes has listed him among the Top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities four times.
Despite his success, Bieber deserves to be on this list for numerous reasons. Bieber has arrived hours late for his own concert, he has unexpectedly walked off stage while performing and even threatened to break a phone one of his fans was using at a concert. He spat on his fans from a balcony, mooned other fans at the Mayan ruins, and done other weird and cruel things to his fans.
9 Kim Kardashian Calls Her Finds Horrible Names & Accuses Them Of Being "Nobodies"
Kim Kardashian is undoubtedly the most successful reality TV star. She has been in the business for so long and she has millions of fans all over the world. She always looks for ways to remain relevant, whether it's through cosmetic surgeries, posting her revealing photos online, or even getting married to Kanye West.
Before Kanye, Kim was married to Kris Humphries, and like almost all divorces, their marriage ended badly in divorce court. During the divorce process, Kris claimed he would reveal the bad things Kim used to say about her fans in secret, and he sure did.
Although Kim tries to make her fans feel as if she loves or even cares for them, she allegedly referred to them as "gullible, boring little nobodies, stupid imbeciles," and even "pathetic people with no lives of their own." Saying things like this to the people who make her relevant is beyond cruel and insensitive. Unlike other celebrities who are famous for the amazing skills and talents they have, she should be grateful because her greatest asset is her fan base.
8 Christian Bale Berates Fan Until She Cries
We can all agree that the Dark Knight trilogy was a series of films we can never forget, and Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman was excellent.
Although Bale was a wonderful Batman, according to his former publicist, he is a harsh and cruel human being. One time, a girl approached him at a restaurant, hoping to get an autograph or a picture with him, but instead of acting like a decent human being, he went ahead to lecture her about being rude until tears started to stream down her face. He has also been recorded berating members of his crew on set and was arrested for assaulting his mother and sister.
7 Martha Stewart Is Rude To Fans At Book Signings & Tells Fan To "Get Out Of Her Face"
Martha Stewart is indeed a very rich woman who enjoyed being a billionaire for a short period. However, she still continues to be successful in business and continues to share her recipes and those of professionals around her with her audiences. Stewart looks like the perfect image of a caring mother who wants the best for her children but apparently, behind the scenes she is the definition of rude.
Some fans have claimed how Martha gets rude especially during book signings, refusing to sign an extra autograph for a fan, even in a very small event. She also instructed her mother to take and throw away the floral arrangements after an event, because according to her, the "common people" don't deserve to have them, since they were too expensive and they didn't have the capacity to appreciate their beauty. Also, at one time, she told a fan to get out of her face, unless the fan could magically make coffee to appear.
6 Adam Levine Doesn't Give Autographs To "Ugly Chicks"
If you love pop music, then you must love Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5. In addition to singing, Levine is an actor, a recording producer, and a multi-instrumentalist. His band has released five albums, all of which have been successful. Some of the awards the band has received include an MTV Video Music Award, a World Music Award, two American Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and three Grammy Awards.
Levine is also a coach on NBC's The Voice, a reality show watched across the globe, and has thriving investments that make him approximately $35 million annually, which include his fragrance, menswear collection, recording label, and several others.
However, Levine is on this list because apparently, a fan said he was with his girlfriend and out of excitement, she went over and asked him for an autograph, but he said he doesn't give them to ugly chicks. Enough said.
5 Hugh Grant Rudely Yells At People For Doing Their Job
Hugh Grant has a reputation for being a difficult person to work with, but his reputation seems as if it's not affecting his career much, since his acting and production work are extremely successful. Sources claim his movies have made over $2.4 billion worldwide, which is a handsome amount by any standard. Although Grant's career in acting spans over 30 years and has been successful so far, he has often claimed it wasn't his calling, although he developed the skill through chance.
Grant is on this list because of an incident that happened in 2012, when he was turned away from a comedy show in Edinburgh because some of the members in his company couldn't prove how old they were. If Grant would have just turned away, he wouldn't have made it on this list. Some sources claimed he began to yell at the bouncer, asking him if he knew who he was, and finally insulted him by calling him uneducated.
4 John Mayer Accuses Former Music Teacher Of "Using His Face For Advertisement"
John Mayer is an outstanding singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist, whose music has touched many people around the world. Back in 2003, his hit song "Your Body Is a Wonderland" won him a Grammy Award for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His album Continuum won him a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and his song "Waiting on the World to Change" won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Mayer has also pursued writing, comedy, and hosting, and he has supported various causes through performing in charity events.
Mayer sounds like a decent guy, but he is on this list because there is much more to him other than his accomplishments and good deeds. Apparently, a young boy from Mayer's hometown saw Mayer's cruel side, when he got upset at seeing his poster where his former guitar teacher continued to teach music. Mayer threatened to sue his former teacher for advertising using his face. Although he has earned his success, it would be foolish to think he did it all on his own. He should actually be proud to help his former teacher to succeed.
3 Jared Leto Beats Fans Over The Head With A Microphone At Multiple Concerts
Jared Leto has been part of many successful films, including Artifact, Dallas Buyers Club, Suicide Squad, and Blade Runner 2049. Arguably, his performance in Dallas Buyers Club was his best so far, since he won numerous awards for it. Leto is a method actor who remains in character throughout the shooting period, which affects his health severely and frightens the other actors in the process.
Leto is also a talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and lead vocalist for a rock band he formed with his older brother called Thirty Seconds to Mars. The band has achieved good success over the years, since they have sold more than 15 million albums around the world.
Leto is on this list because in two different locations when he was performing with his band, he has used a microphone to beat fans on their heads. We can't even explain how crazy this is.
2 Gene Simmons Encourages Fans To Hurt Themselves
Although his birth name is Chaim Witz, he is now Eugene Klein, or you could call him Gene Simmons. This talented Israeli-American is a singer, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur, TV personality, actor, and so much more. He is most famous for being the co-lead singer and bass guitarist for the band Kiss. Another one of Simmons' stage names is The Demon, and we are sure he has a reasonable explanation for choosing such a name.
No one who refers to himself as The Demon can miss a spot on a list like this one, especially since everyone knows how dark it sounds and just how proud he is. However, in 2004, Simmons told Songfacts he would encourage someone who wanted to commit suic*de by jumping from a building to go ahead and do it, as long as he had the crowd.
1 Tobey Maguire Grabbed A Fan's Camera Out Of Their Hand
Most people remember Vincent "Tobey" Maguire from his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Spider-Man film trilogy. However, he has been part of numerous other successful films including Seabiscuit, The Good German, Brothers (2009), The Great Gatsby, and Pawn Sacrifice, as well as TV shows including The Spoils of Babylon and many more.
Tobey is arguably the most innocent-looking celebrity in Hollywood, which is one of the reasons it's such a surprise to find him on this list. However, he sure deserves to be here. On one occasion, a fan tried to take a selfie with him, but he snapped the camera from his hand, knocked it to the ground, and unapologetically walked away. You would expect Tobey to behave differently because in the Spider-Man films, his character was a photographer who would have done anything to take a picture.
Sources: eonline.com, dailymail.co.uk, usmagazine.com, hollywoodlife.com, exclaim.ca, independent.co.uk, nydailynews.com, theguardian.com.