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15 Celebs Who Faced Consequences Over Controversial Tweets

James Gunn

James Gunn was the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, but he got fired in response to tweets he’d made several years earlier. The tweets were jokes but were unquestionably in poor taste. The actors in Guardians of the Galaxy came out in support, but there was a public outcry. Disney felt like they didn’t have any other choice but to fire James Gunn from working on the third volume of the series.

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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey was one of the best actors in the world before it came out that he had assaulted an under-age Anthony Rapp. While that was controversial, the actual tweet that got him into trouble was his response to the claims. It was two paragraphs where he apologized for his actions, but also came out as gay. It was like he was trying to divert the horrible action with something else. It didn’t work. Spacey was removed from House of Cards and is basically blacklisted from Hollywood.

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Kanye West

Okay, so, Kanye West doesn’t know how to handle himself anywhere. Things don’t get better on Twitter. He has so many horrible tweets that it’s horrible to narrow down the worst. There was the time he supported Bill Cosby during his sexual assault trial, and then the time he openly supported Trump. To top it off, he also dug himself into a hole with a series of slavery tweets that made it seem as though African American slavery was a choice. There hasn’t been a ton of backlash other than some of his fans boycotting him.  

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Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr has had a history of posting controversial tweets. She frequently publishes racist and anti-Semitic comments. Throughout her Twitter history, one received more backlash than the others. Barr commented about Valerie Jarett, an African-American woman who was an adviser to Barak Obama. This tweet lost her a lot of fans and got her fired. The show Roseanne turned into The Conners soon after.

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Drake Bell

In 2015, Bruce Jenner came out publicly as “Caitlyn Jenner,” and public response was overwhelmingly positive. However, not everyone shared the same view. Drake Bell tweeted, “Sorry….still calling you Bruce” soon after, and people did not respond well. Bell responded by trying to delete his tweet and replacing it with “That’s Bravery!” but the damage was done. He apologized for his comments, but there weren’t many consequences other than his public shaming.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow has a knack of making people angry, and she made people furious when she tweeted one day in 2012. Paltrow was trying to express how she was a fan of a Jay-Z song, but it didn’t go down well. People told her that she shouldn’t use the word regardless of the name of the song. As if it wasn’t bad enough, the tweet accompanied a photo of Jay-Z and Kanye West.  

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Blake Shelton

In 2016, a series of tweets surfaced from Blake Shelton that were homophobic and xenophobic. When it was discovered, Blake issued an apology. In one instance, he claimed a man in another room ought to “learn some English” so he would know what he’s planning to bomb. In response, some of Shelton’s fans decided to boycott him.  

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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes has been on a downward spiral, and her twitter is incredibly shocking. However, one of her tweets upset people more than others. She stated how Chris Brown assaulted Rhianna because she wasn’t “pretty enough.” She also sent a series of tweets that were directed at Rhianna. The tweets were deleted, but the damage was done.

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CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green is controversial, and he loves making people angry. In 2014, he went a little too far by posting a number of tweets about rape. He suggested that someone can’t be raped if they were conscious, which occurred soon after he’d been accused of sexual battery after drugging a woman’s drink. In response, he lost his TBS show deal and was dropped from two concerts.

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Jason Biggs

Jason Biggs is a comedian, but no one was laughing when he tweeted “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?”. This tweet came soon after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been shot down with 298 people on board. He later apologized on The View, but it still hurt his reputation. He hasn’t been seen on many TV shows or movies since.

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Ashton Kutcher

In 2011, Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State amid accusations that he helped cover up the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Soon after finding out, Ashton Kutcher went to Twitter to vent. Whether he meant it or not, it came off as Kutcher being angry that Paterno was fired. This earned him a lot of backlash, but apparently, Kutcher didn’t know why Paterno had been fired! He quickly apologized and learned that it’s important to know the full story before responding.  

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50 Cent

There are a few things that you don’t joke about, and one of those is mass violence. 50 Cent apparently never got this memo. After Perez Hilton called him a name, 50 Cent published a tweet saying he was going to send one of his friends to “shoot up a gay wedding.” The joke sparked outrage, and GLAAD quickly responded telling his fans they ought to speak up. This year, he made a post on Instagram that mocked Terry Crews after coming forward as being sexually assaulted. Fans were furious. He apologized, but the words were already said – so to speak.  

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Chris Brown

It isn’t surprising that Chris Brown is on this list, given his history. In 2014, it was reported that the Ebola virus had been contracted by someone in the U.S. for the first time. Brown took to Twitter and posted that Ebola was a form of “population control.” People were extremely upset, and Brown tweeted that he would shut up. Interestingly enough, he didn’t delete the original tweet.  

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Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried is a shock comedian, but he went too far when he posted a series of tweets about a tragedy. In March 2011, a tsunami hit Japan and killed over 15,000 people. Gottfried hopped on Twitter and made several crass jokes that ended up getting him fired as the spokesperson for Aflac.  

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Spike Lee

No one can forget the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012. During that time, Spike Lee took to Twitter to re-tweet the address of a “George Zimmerman.” We’re phrasing it like that because Lee didn’t actually post the address of the accused George Zimmerman, but rather an elderly couple who had a son by the name “William George Zimmerman.” The family ended up suing Lee, and the case was settled out of court.  He later posted a tweet that read, “I did a stupid thing. I don’t know what my intention was.”

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