Twitter represents a hive mind of ideas and opinions that is revolutionizing the way society communicates. It is also putting more scrutiny on stupid mistakes made by our favorite celebrities. For your entertainment, here are 15 celebrities guilty of using the social network to embarrass themselves.
Mary J. Blige
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R&B star Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) came under some heavy criticism in July 2010 when she Tweeted about her acceptance to Howard University. The news turned out to be more than a little fib when the college tweeted back that Blige was still in the application process. When fans called Blige out on the lie, she responded with “Why is that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents? They should never do that!” Blige would more fully reveal her “inteligents” last September when she Tweeted her support to the First Lady: “I love u Michael Obama!!!”
Following a brief kerfuffle with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during last week’s Nets game, Humphries Tweeted a post-game picture of his battle... scratches? He accompanied the post with “Anyone Know Where I can get a quick Tetanus shot in Boston?” (he originally misspelled "tetanus). His critics would pound the post into submission with Kardashian-themed one liner’s. Erin Andrews' criticism of Humphries drama queen move implored the player to “#taketheskirtoff” and got 3,000 retweets in the process.
Socialite Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) is proof positive that some celebrities just shouldn’t be allowed to use Twitter without a team of publicists looking over their shoulder. Among the comedy gems that frequently pop up on her feed are such intelligent tidbits as “No, I didn’t go to England; I went to London.” However, the heiress’ vacuous Tweets have gone as far as to implicate her arrest for cocaine possession in September 2010. Hilton was caught with a bag of the substance in her Chanel purse. When she claimed it wasn’t hers, she must have forgotten about the Tweet she made earlier that read "Love My New Chanel Purse I Got Today :)"
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Comedian and TV personality Sherri Sheperd (@SherriEShepherd) has hopefully turned on the auto-correct on her phone since June 2011. Sheperd famously Tweeted “OMG just woke up and my r ear is plugged- tried everything-yawning… pinching my nose, closing mouth and pushing out breath… won’t stop.”
Rapper Lil John (@LilJohn) is a guy who could stand to learn the meaning of the phrase “Too Much Information.” In September of 2010 he embarrassingly Tweeted “WAS RUSHIN HOME TO TAKE A DUMP AND GOT CAUGHT BEHIND A SCHOOL BUS DROPPIN KIDS OFF!! LONGEST 30MINS OF MY LIFFFEEEE!!” Fans of crude humor may not appreciate it, but it has some merit if you can hear his voice in your head while you read it.
The R&B singer and Transformers star (who goes by the handle “Vision Implementer”-- @Tyrese) is a veritable goldmine of unintentionally hilarious Tweets. What separates him from the rabble of this list? How about the weird sex dialogue he had with himself in September that read "Every stroke counts when you're swimming inside the right one... Sex f***ing, ALLLLL feels like love making... when you're with the right one." He followed it up with the even creepier “Making love and images of your kids start popping up in your mind because you love being in there so much.” Um…
Kim Kardashian’s Twitter (@KimKardashian) is the female answer to Tyrese, albeit without the creepy sex talk. Her most hilarious series of goofs brought under some serious political criticism when she Tweeted her thoughts on the Israel-Hamas conflict. Kardashian Tweeted 'Praying for everyone in Israel” during the rocket attack on Jerusalem. As Twitter erupted in outrage, the reality star back peddled by Tweeting she was also “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!” She would post a long winded public apology to all parties and the world at large the next day.
Cee Lo Green
In June, rapper Cee Lo Gree (@CeeLoGreen) reacted poorly to critic Andrea Swenssen’s negative review of one of his concerts. His knee jerk reaction? Calling her gay.“I respect your criticism, but be fair!” The Voice host Tweeted, “People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended u? well f*** U!” Cee Lo would later follow this controversial post up with the borderline unintelligible “Apologies gay community! What was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he way gay which is fine but its nice to what u think of me” Which seems to also suggest he thought Andrea was, in fact, a man and that gender assignment made his comments okay. Well done, Cee Lo...
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Rapper, actor, and Vitamin Water mogul 50 Cent (@50cent) often uses Twitter to start beefs with various rappers, actors, athletes, and, yes, even his own family. In August 2010 the rapper Tweeted “I can’t believe my grandmothers making me take Out the garbage I’m rich f—k this I’m going home I don’t need this s—t” He made it worse by trying to explain the situation, Tweeting “Got dam it motherf----s I’m having a bad day There’s other people at the house she just likes to boss me around”. The saga unfolded further when he explained “I took out the garbage She mad cause I haven’t been over there a lot I been working my grand father was laughingAnd Isht Fawk that”. Finally he resigned himself to his criticism by saying “This f----d up man I’m on gawker.comThey sayin I’m a bad grandson I love my grand mom to deathShe was just bossing me around."
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Hot on the heels of Trayvon Martin tragedy, hot button filmmaker Spike Lee expressed what he believed to be a clear cut case of vigilante justice. In a bold move, Lee Retweeted an address he believed belonged to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot the teen in February. In a very strange twist of fate, the address turned out to be the home of David and Elaine McClain, a Florida couple whose son was coincidentally named William George Zimmerman. After the innocent couple had to flee their home, Lee corrected the mistake the following Thursday, Tweeting "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain's In Peace.Justice In Court”. The director would compensate the couple for their disruption financially out of court.
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The words “Chris Brown" (@chrisbrown), “controversy”, and “Twitter” are pretty common bedfellows at this point. His most recent episode involved a war of the words with comedian Jenny Johnson. The singer recently Tweeted“I look old as f***! I’m only 23”, to which Johnson responded, “I know! Being a worthless piece of s*** can really age a person.” This began a back-and-forth between the duo that went from rude to horrifyingly misogynistic within the span of a half hour. In the aftermath, Brown would delete his account, only to re-open it again six days later, offering Johnson an opportunity to interview him which she promptly denied.
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The star of FX’s Anger Management (@charliesheen) accidentally Tweeted his his personal phone number to Justin Bieber last December while attempting a direct message. After an understandably huge response from his 5 million fans, Sheen was forced to disconnect the number and delete the Tweet.
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The former Republican Vice Presidential nominee got a lot of flack in 2010 for favoriting a Tweet of an anti-Obama Church sign. The words on the sign read“The Blood of Jesus against Obama. History made 4 Nov 2008 A Taliban Muslim Illegally Elected. President USA: Hussein.” Sarah Palin would defend herself for favoriting the Tweet, which originated from right-wing pundit Anne Coulter. Palin called it a mistake and claimed she didn’t know how to perform such a tag.
The Two and a Half Men was under fire last year when he chimed in on Joe Paterno’s termination from Penn State: “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” When backlash occurred claiming Kutcher was refusing to acknowledge former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s child rape allegations, the star responded "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes.”Ironically, the star is one of Hollywood’s leading advocates against child sex slavery.
Want to know how to kill a lucrative voice over career in 140 characters? Ask shock comedian Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert), who was fired from his role as the voice of Aflac’s duck mascot when he posted a series of jokes about Japan’s tragic 2011 tsunami. The offending jokes included “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They’ll be another one floating by any minute now.’” The comedian would be replaced by Dan McKeague a month later.