It’s all part of the gig you sign up for when you become famous or put yourself in the national spotlight. Many times celebrities are able to quickly use their very expensive PR teams to put out the fire with a public apology. Other times, ignorant remarks can lead to a celebrity’s total demise. Here are 20 times that celebrities said the wrong thing and should have just kept their mouths shut.
Kelly Osbourne On Donald Trump
While Kelly Osbourne was guest starring on “The View” and discussing Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s initiative to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, she found herself with her foot in her mouth. She asked,“If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” After her fellow co-hosts stared at her in shock, she tried to explain herself with “In the sense that… you know what I mean? But I’m saying that in L.A. they always… “ Kelly quickly put out an apology.
Paula Deen To Her Employees
Paula Deen did the unthinkable and essentially committed career suicide back in 2013 when she admitted to using racial slurs towards her employees after being sued by them for racial discrimination. Paula admitted to using the n-word to them. After the offensive comments were made public, Paula was cut from The Food Network and dropped from many of her endorsements deals, losing her an estimated $17 million from the canceled projects.
Justin Bieber On Anne Frank
We all know Justin Bieber is not known for his mature behavior or etiquette, but this slip-up certainly takes the cake. While visiting the Anne Frank house in 2013 Justin was quoted as saying “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.” For those of you who don’t know, a “Belieber” is somebody who is a Justin Bieber fan. Twitter went off against the pop star after The Anne Frank House Facebook page added the post of his quote.
Pat Robertson on Feminism
Naya Rivera on the Hygiene of “Ethnics”
Naya Rivera is an actress and singer but she is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox’s hit television show, “Glee.” Rivera got some heat from the press back in 2015 after she made racist comments about how often different ethnicities shower. “I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.” Rivera returned to “The View” the next day and issued an apology for her showering statement stating “I had an opinion on it that was supposed to be a joke. Apparently it didn’t go over so well.”
Jeremy Renner on Black Widow’s Love Life
Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye in the latest blockbuster superhero movie, Marvel’s The Avengers. In this movie, he plays co-star to Scarlett Johansson, who plays the role of Black Widow, a fierce and slightly sexualized character. When Jeremy was asked in an interview with Digital Spy if the rumors were true about Black Widow wanting to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America, he responded with “She’s a slut.” This comment received a ton of backlash in the press and from Marvel fans who find Black Widow to be a strong female superhero in an otherwise male-dominated cast.
Donald Trump on Immigration
Presidential candidate and international businessman Donald Trump is very well known for his out-of-bound views and comments, especially as they relates to race and ethnicity. Trump made headlines this year with a rather racist Facebook post in regards to his views on immigration laws stating, “I’m not knocking immigration or immigrants, but rather am very critical of the country of Mexico for sending us people that they don’t want.”
Mel Gibson in Fight With Ex-Girlfriend
Mel Gibson has been known to speak out on some pretty wild things during his career, but this one definitely stands out as being one of the worst. After Mel Gibson had a terrible breakup with his baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, Mel was caught in a heated, yet racist, phone call that was recorded by his former girlfriend. Mel certainly has earned his place in the Hall of Fame for being a total jerk. We’ve never heard such foul things recorded over the phone before. Do not Google this, it’s way too obscene.
John Mayer on Dating African Americans
John Mayer is a singer-songwriter who is well known for not having a filter when he speaks, and he’s pretty outspoken on a lot of issues. This got John in trouble with his African American fan base after he described his genitals as a “white supremacist” during a Playboy interview in 2010. After he was asked the question, “Do black women throw themselves at you?” He answered, “I don’t think I open myself to it. My [member] is sort of like a white supremacist.” He tearfully apologized for his comments in a later interview.
Shaquille O’Neal on Yao Ming
Shaquille O’Neal, or “Shaq,” is a retired NBA superstar who is known for his humor on and off the court. In a radio interview with “The Best Damned Sports Show” back in 2003 Shaq was asked how he felt about Yao Ming, the 7-foot-5-inch center from Shanghai, China, who played for the Houston Rockets at the time. Shaq went on to joke, “Tell Yao Ming; Ching-chong-yang-wah-so.” This racist comment did not go over so well with his fans or the NBA, and Shaq later issued an apology for his comments.
Todd Akin on Rape
There is a golden rule in politics when giving speeches, and that is to voice your ignorant opinions on the subject of rape as infrequently as possible. Whether you believe your comments are controversial or not, it is too delicate of a subject to speak openly about on a national scale. Apparently Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) was not advised of this advice when he offered this statement when asked if abortion in cases of rape would conflict with his pro-life stance. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Jalen Rose on Duke Basketball Players
Jalen Rose was featured in a 2011 ESPN documentary called “The Fab Five” which covered the famous starting five players on the University of Michigan’s basketball team back in 90s. During the interview, Jalen stated that he felt like Duke only recruited black players “who were Uncle Toms.” Naturally this angered African American Duke alumnus Grant Hill who went on record calling Rose’s comments “a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events.”
Paris Hilton on Woe Is Me
If Paris Hilton is known for anything it’s that she is famous for being famous. She made her most noticeable debut in 2003 when her and fellow co-star Nicole Richie showcased how spoiled they really were on the hit television show, “The Simple Life.” That is why it makes it even more frustrating after Paris made this comment in a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan, “Everything bad that can happen to a person has happened to me.” Because disease, poverty and war are all secondary to what Paris has had to go through in her life of privilege.
Michele Bachmann on Minimum Wage
Politicians are typically the ones who end up saying the most ignorant or racist things since they are forced to speak about their strong opinions on a national scale. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) learned that to be the case when she made a rather idiotic comment in a 2005 interview with the Twin Cities. While on the topic of minimum wage, Bachmann said, “Literally, if we took away the minimum wage. If conceivably it was gone? We could potentially, virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Apparently paying our workers 3 cents an hour is helping the economy.
Michael Richards at Comedy Show
Michael Richards – AKA Kramer from Seinfeld – was performing a comedy show at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles back in 2006 when he began what can only be described as a shockingly racist rant at an African American heckler. In a video that was taken of the incident, Richards can be heard yelling at the heckler “Shut up! Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a [bleeping] fork up your [donkey]!” Richards then continued to repeatedly call the audience member the n-word and demanded that the heckler be thrown out. After receiving obvious backlash from the incident, Richards apologized and insisted that he was not a racist.
Gabourey Sidibe on Transgendered People
Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her starring role in the movie Precious, made headlines in a bad way in 2014 when she used a transphobic slur during her time on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” While the actress was recalling an incident she had seen she repeatedly used the word “tranny” over five times in under a minute. “There was a bar that we would frequent and every time we’d go, when we were leaving every single time there was always like a gang of cops arresting trannies… Specifically trannies… And I don’t know what goes on with trannies but that tranny on tranny crime needs to stop!… It is tearing our nation apart!”
Raven-Symoné on Labels
Back in 2014, Raven-Symoné had a sit down with Oprah Winfrey and chatted about all the drama revolving around her sexuality and racial identity. Raven went on to say that she refuses to use labels when it comes to who she is, saying “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American. I’m an American.” She continued to say, “I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to,” Raven explains. “I don’t know how far back they go… I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.” Even after facing criticism for her comments, Raven continued to defend her statement.
Jason Biggs On Malaysian Airlines
In 2014 the world heard about a terrible incident that had occurred with Malaysia Airlines after a commercial flight was shot down while flying over the Ukraine, killing 298 passengers. While most were grieving over the attack, Jason Biggs took to Twitter to try and make light of the situation in an insensitive joke stating “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” Biggs later issued apologies for his tweet.
Benedict Cumberbatch on “Colored” Actors
Benedict Cumberbatch is an international actor and a suave gentleman. But in 2015 during an interview with PBS’ Tavis Smiley, he referred to black actors as “colored.” Cumberbatch said “I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the UK, and I think a lot of my friends have had more opportunities here [in the U.S.] than in the UK, and that’s something that needs to change.” Ashamed of his remarks, Cumberbatch later apologized for his offensive and outdated word.
CeeLo Green on Rape
CeeLo Green, singer and ex-judge on the popular television show “The Voice,” made a huge slip of the tongue (or fingers) back in 2014 when he took to Twitter to voice his opinion on rape. The singer wrote “if someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent,” and “women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” CeeLo later deleted his tweets and apologized to everyone about his ignorant remarks.