Whether it’s the CEO of a major corporation or Amanda Bynes (again), for some reason the rich and famous just can’t resist social media—and Twitter is the cocaine of social media drugs.
It’s where the biggest blunders are made, affairs are revealed and careers are destroyed. Although Twitter’s only been around for just eight years, already it’s been a tool of destruction for A- to D-listers around the world.
So, how many characters does it take to ruin your life? Apparently 140 or less. Here’s a look back on the worst celebrity Twitter fails of all time (so far).
We’ve all been there @LilJon—the difference is most people (or at least most people who have any sense of their reputation) don’t announce to the world their bathroom habits. This tweet begs the question of whether or not he posted from the elusive throne or not.
2. Asher Roth
This was actually supposed to be a humorous response to Fox News, when an announcer called the Rutger’s female basketball team “nappy headed hoes,” but apparently not everyone understood what Asher Roth was referring to (and it doesn’t help that it came from a white man). It was quickly deleted (which his PR rep was probably happy about).
3. Bow Wow
It’s never a good idea to drink and drive, but it’s an even worse idea to tweet about it while you’re doing it. On New Year’s Eve, @BowWow (who was apparently with Chris Brown) tweeted in real-time as he took to the wheels of his “lambo” drunk.
3. Hayley Williams
Even though she quickly deleted it, the lead singer of Paramore posted a topless selfie on Twitter then claimed that it was a mistake. While technically possible, there remain doubters to this day. On the other hand, it was certainly a ballsy publicity stunt and coincided nearly perfectly with the band’s first number one hit.
4. Kenneth Cole
Wow, Kenneth Cole. In an unprecedented attempt to use the political upheaval in Egypt as a means of selling clothes and accessories, the company tried to bury this huge mistake as a publicity stunt gone wrong. However, the end signature suggests it was a very well planned attempt at going viral.
5. Anthony Weiner
There’s no photo here for obvious reasons (although for those curious folks, it’s easy to find his famous tweets online). When the congressman from New York was caught tweeting his goods to a barely legal college student, his career instantly disappeared. By mistake, he sent the Twittpic to the public and his unfortunate name was blasted across media outlets.
6. Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green lost plenty of fans when his homophobic rant of a tweet went viral. This was in response to a music review by Andrea Swensson of “City Pages”, in which Green apparently thinks she must be gay and put off by his masculinity.
There are plenty of other groan-worthy celebrity tweets. From the endless offerings of Lindsay Lohan to the Justine Sacco phenomenon of tweeting “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get Aids. Just kidding. I’m white!” – everyone, including celebrities, will likely continue to make such faux pas as long as social media is available.
When tweeting, whether you’re a celebrity or not, keep these tips in mind:
Let it sit. Anyone can make glaring grammar mistakes, but if you care about your online reputation, put it aside for a few hours and review before posting.
Never post while upset or under the influence – nothing good will come of it.
Treat it like a first date. This means no mention of politics, sex or religion—or any other hot button topic of the moment. Boring? Yes, but also safe.
Be smart, be safe, and happy tweeting!