It takes years to build trust, but only seconds to destroy it. One moment of madness is enough to leave the careful construction of careers which has taken years in tatters. With social media, what stars think and say has never been more scrutinized.
Of course, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like have all done wonders for many celebrities, but it is only when used smartly that they work in promoting one’s positive image. Many stars have discovered the hard way that when approached nonchalantly, these portals that are observed by millions of people can ruin one’s career in a matter of seconds.
1. Tila Tequila
In 2013, former TV personality Tila Tequila made headlines when she shared a blog post showing her appreciation for the work of Adolf Hitler. “You know what will help Asians earn respect? An Asian version of Adolf Hitler… I want that person to be me; I want to save the world from this Zionist disease,” was the post she later claimed was the result of drugs and alcohol abuse and got her Facebook page deleted. In November 2016, Twitter suspended her account after she posted a picture of herself doing the Nazi salute with the caption “Seig [sic] heil!”
2. Charlie Sheen
Among the many preposterous things Charlie Sheen has said and done during the later part of his career, getting fired over comments about his boss on a radio show is among the most fondly remembered. While being interviewed by radio host Alex Jones in 2011, the actor went on a tirade about Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre, calling him “a stupid, stupid little man and a p*ssy punk,” which led to CBS canceling the last four episodes of season eight and firing Sheen.
3. Scott Baio
In 2010, actor Scott Baio controversially tweeted, “Taxes are DONE…That should feed, house & provide medical for a few lazy on working people at my expense. Have a great Monday!” Many believe that the backlash was one of the reasons he never found much work after the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder. While he did land a starring role in the sitcom See Dad Run after that tweet was posted, the show was canceled due to poor ratings.
4. CeeLo Green
In 2014, hip-hopper CeeLo Green was sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to giving ecstasy to women in 2012. He somehow thought it would be entertaining to tweet, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.” Later that year, he quit The Voice to avoid being fired, and some quarters believe the scandal was the reason he changed his name to Gnarly Davidson.
5. Azealia Banks
The 25-year-old stirred the online world when she posted a controversial tweet about Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations, “them b**ches frontin’ like they wasn’t trying to get some of that pudding pop!!!!” In 2016, she was removed from a music festival in Europe after calling Zayn Malik a “curry scented b**ch.”
6. Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried forgot basic etiquette when he decided to make a plethora of jokes about the 2011 tsunami in Japan. One of several jokes he tweeted read, “I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, ‘There’ll be another one floating by any minute now.” As a result of the post, insurance company Aflac quickly fired the comedian from voicing their duck mascot.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea did not do herself any favors when she tainted her newly found, top of the charts success with some racist and homophobic tweets. In one of them, she infamously poked fun at an Asian lady on a plane, writing “This Asian lady on the plane tried to act like she didn’t understand me I told her a** b**ch u gone know English today cause that’s my seat!” In 2015, she was forced to pull out of the Pittsburgh Pride event after several organizations distanced themselves from the parade because of her involvement. That same year, she canceled her North American tour due to poor ticket sales.
8. John Mayer
In a 2010 interview with Playboy Magazine, when asked about dating black women, John Mayer stated, “I don’t think I open myself to it. My d*ck is sort of like a white supremacist.”. He went further, saying “Someone asked me the other day, ‘What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?’ And by the way, it’s sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a ni**er pass.” Madness.
9. Megan Fox
After getting her breakthrough in 2007 with Transformers, Megan Fox was asked by director Michael Bay to gain 10 pounds for the role in the sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine, Fox stated, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” Although Bay didn’t mind the comment, the Transformers franchise’s executive producer Steven Spielberg wanted Fox gone. She was replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third Transformers film, although Fox and Bay collaborated again on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
10. Chris Brown
Chris Brown infamously striking his then-girlfriend Rihanna during an argument does not seem to have changed the singer much, despite him being placed on probation following the incident. In 2012, Brown tweeted, “That damn granny b*tch Cher needs to keep her mouth shut about her opinion against Obama! Smh she needs a beating.” Although Brown blamed the post on hackers, not many people believed him.