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 May 15

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Celebs and social media – it can add to their success or damage careers. It can be a source of public pressure that has even caused many celebrities to quit social media all together.

But, in many cases, it’s the celebs themselves who cause problems by airing their beefs, or with offensive, badly timed and poorly worded rants.

No matter how big a star, some still haven’t absorbed the message that what they post will live on forever. The more famous they become, the more incentive there is for someone to dig up questionable messages of the past.

Maybe some believe they’re immune, and they can say what they like in a free society. That’s true, but not without its consequences.

10 Vanessa Hudgens Should Have Stayed Off Instagram Live

Vanessa Hudgens
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Vanessa Hudgens became a star playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical movies between 2006 and 2008. Despite the sentimental memories, though, social media users didn’t let her off the hook after an ill-advised Instagram livestream to answer fans’ questions about how she was doing. Her answers were not well thought out, to put it mildly. “Even if everybody gets it…like yeah…people are gonna die…which is…terrible…but like…inevitable?” Despite later apologies, many people took offense at her message, which seemed to make light of the pandemic.

9 Armie Hammer’s Career Stutters Because Of Unverifiable DMs

One post of a secret cache of DMs supposedly sent by Armand Hammer the anonymous @houseofeffie Instagram account – along with his own dubious posts at @el_destructo_86 – sent shockwaves through the actor’s career. The DM screengrabs, which are unverifiable, described dark fantasies and even cannibalism. Hammer was already in the midst of a divorce, with swirling rumors of rampant infidelity and dogged by persistent stories about unsavory sexual practices. He ended up walking away from two movie projects and was dropped by his own agency in the fallout.

8 Iggy Azalea Had A Mean Spirited Tweet For Every Marginalized Group

The song of the summer back in 2014 was Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy”. It was a career high, with four Grammy nominations, including one for best rap album. But, within a year, she’d be canceling tours and dropping out of scheduled performances. It wasn’t just one Tweet that landed the rapper in hot water with fans and social media in general. It’s that her Tweets targeted so many minorities and groups from Mexicans to the LGBTQ2S community that when people started to notice, it unleashed a wave of negative publicity.

7 CeeLo Green Tried To Defend Assault In A Tweet

Musician and singer CeeLo Green found widespread fame in the duo Gnarls Barkley, then later as a solo artist and one of the judges on The Voice. But, after sexual assault allegations emerged and led to a trial in 2014, he left the show.

If the allegations weren’t serious enough, his now-deleted Tweet that seemed to say that whatever he did to someone while they were unconscious was okay tipped the scales of public opinion against him in a big way, and his lovable image was permanently damaged.

6 British Singer James Arthur Handed Over Control Of His Twitter After A Meltdown

British singer James Arthur had won the X Factor in 2012, and after a promo recording session, got into a Twitter beef with a UK MC. The diss tracks flew back and forth, but then Arthur went too far with a homophobic and Islamophobic expletive-laden Tweet that was widely reported in the media. Celebrities began to weigh in on the controversy, and in the end, Arthur took himself off Twitter by handing control over to his management, and was later dropped by his record label.

5 Roseanne Barr Got Herself Fired From Her Own Show

Roseanne Barr
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Roseanne Barr rose to fame in the late 1980s with the sitcom bearing her name. It ran for nine seasons, and she went from that to success on the stand-up circuit. In 2018, ABC revived her old show, which got a lot of media attention and decent audience reviews. But, within a couple of months, her Tweet attacking an Obama administration advisor by comparing her to the Muslim Brotherhood and an ape went way too far – even for fans of the comedienne known for her often outrageous statements. She lost her own show and hasn’t done much in the public eye since.

4 Kathy Griffin Apologized – Then Backtracked It – After Insulting Trump

Comedian Kathy Griffin was on a steady climb in her career, with a Grammy win in 2014, and a steady gig hosting the CNN New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper. That’s just one of the gigs she lost after posting a pic of herself holding a dummy head made up to look like then president Trump in 2017.

Fans were outraged, and an ongoing comedy tour was canceled. Griffin was even under investigation and on the no-fly list for two months. She first apologized, but then later took it all back.

3 Jason Biggs Tweeted His Way Off Screens Everywhere

Jason Biggs in Orange is the New Black
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Jason Biggs seemed perfectly cast as awkward teen Jim Levenstein in the classic American Pie movies. His career got a revival in recent years with his role as Larry, Piper Chapman’s fiancé on Orange Is the New Black. In contrast with his friendly, easygoing on screen personality, though, fans were shocked about a series of Tweets during the Republican National Convention in 2012. In particular, his expletive-laden remarks about the wives of candidates offended a great many people. He lost his gig on TMNT and hasn’t been seen on screen much since.

2 J.K. Rowling Went Public With A Controversial Opinion That Had Nothing To Do With Her

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: J.K. Rowling arrives at the 2019 RFK Ripple of Hope Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on December 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Why the author of a highly successful YA fantasy series felt the need to comment on trans rights is not known. What is known is that billionaire author J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame joined in a hashtag in 2019 in support of a British researcher who questioned trans rights. Because of her high profile, many prominent figures condemned Rowling’s Tweet publicly, but that first Tweet has only led to more and more by the writer. Still enormously successful, she has lost many fans over her social media posts.

1 Rocker Bryan Adams Lost Support – And Gigs – Over A Racist And Anti-Asian Tweet

Bryan Adams
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In a fit of pique over having to cancel three gigs a London’s Royal Albert Hall, classic pop-rocker Bryan Adams made a lengthy post on Intagram complaining about the situation. The expletive-peppered post blamed “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards” for the pandemic. Many people on social media saw the references as clearly anti-Chinese in nature. Comments were disabled, and his corresponding Tweet was deleted. He later apologized after a strong backlash in the media, but his tour with Bon Jovi was canceled.

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