Twitter is a two-edged sword when it comes to celebrity. Some, like Olivia Wilde and Rosario Dawson have used it to show us fans the real woman behind the pretty face and we like them even more for doing so. But on the flip-side many celebrities have gotten too comfortable on Twitter and their slight jokes, attempts at trolling and inner douchebag opinions have led to fans leaving them in droves along with demanding an apology.
The following 5 people are the ones that stood out the most in terms of dumb, inflammatory tweets. Many are guilty but these not only took us by surprise, they pissed us off the most.
5. Cee Lo Green
Assisting in the “black people don’t like gays” meme as a champion, Cee Lo Green barked back at a Minneapolis editor who dared to critique his performance:
“I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f**k you!”
Cee Lo tried to explain his frustration later on but there really is no cause for explanation since the tweet was pretty loud and clear. Coming from Atlanta and being part of a hyper-masculine genre of music for a very long time prior to his Gnarls Barkley break out has no doubt made Cee Lo the man he is. New fans however that thought the eclectic musician to be some forward-thinking neo hippie were no doubt blindsided by his rant.
My personal thoughts: Cee Lo was upset and his rant makes me think that his masculinity WAS attacked by this guy. He didn’t call him a fa—, he merely questioned his sexuality. Get off of big sexy! Lol I love how my man mixed in his hottest song on the end of that rant… promotion through anger, what a Capitalist.
4. Boris Kodjoe
Boris tweeted that he had a nightmare about big women and black women immediately went on the offense. Here’s his actual tweet:
“Had nightmares though about 300 pound women in thongs gnawing on chicken wings while grinding on me. Scary.”
Every black woman with a soapbox took him to mean 300lb black women and within 24hrs Boris was labeled an out of touch, rich, semi-black sellout whose movies they will never watch again.
While I know that big women took offense to his tweet in general I’m not sure why black women made it their ax to grind but Boris will have to do like 100 Tyler Perry movies before they forgive him.
My personal thoughts: No harm, no foul Boris, that nightmare sounds absolutely horrible.
3. Rashard Mendenhall
When the military finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden – the leader of a national terrorist group and put him down with deadly fire, the nation rejoiced. Well that is what we thought until Rashard Mendenhall decided to play devil’s advocate and demand compassion.
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side… We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
Not sure what this man was thinking but when you’re a glorified Field Negro for the NFL, you should know to keep your mouth shut and fly low key because off the field antics can land you in as much hot water as in the game. That being said, Rashard’s masters applied pressure and he tried to apologize and “explain” his intent but nobody believed him.
My personal thoughts: Rashard’s an idiot and another example of why the NFL should force their boys off of Twitter.
2. Roger Ebert
When a member of Jackass (Ryan Dunn) died in a car accident, Roger Ebert took it upon himself to walk down into hell (or heaven w/e) and bitch slap the man through tweeting:
“Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.”
Dammmmmn Roger, how do you really feel? This is one of the worst tweets because in one line of text Roger not only shitted on Dunn’s corpse but he shitted on anyone that happened to love the guy. We get that drinking and driving is douchebag activity but I will be willing to bet that someone Roger Ebert loves has been guilty of it in the past and managed to escape alive without the repercussions. This was a surprise to many fans of the critic.
My personal thoughts: I’m a big Ebert guy, he married black, is a veteran movie critic that has changed the game for good and he’s a survivor. Even for someone so stellar you have days where you can be a dick and unfortunately the world got to see that side of Ebert and his trolling.
1. Gilbert Gottfried
Japan, like Haiti and several other nations was decimated in 2011. Japan got hit by a devastating Tsunami and Gilbert Gottfried, famous for making really, really offensive jokes (in a funny voice) decided to take the opportunity to piss all over the Japanese – on Twitter:
“Japan called me. They said ‘maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they’re all sinking. I was talking to my Japanese real estate agent. I said ‘is there a school in this area.’ She said ‘not now, but just wait.”
Sadly for Gilbert he failed to realize that his audience (the ones used to him making jokes at the expense of people’s lives) is only a microscopic portion of the people that could see his tweets, so the world called for his head and his employer quickly took it. If you remember Gilbert’s voice as the AFLAC duck, you may as well forget it as they canned him with much prejudice.
My personal thoughts: The jokes were terrible and not funny but then again I am not Gilbert’s audience. I chalk this up to being another one of the comedy witches being burnt at the stake of political correctness.
If you’re a celebrity and I am lucky enough to have you as a reader, do yourself a favor and kill your Twitter account asap! You don’t want to get caught up in some emotional rant one day only to regret it for the remainder of your career.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.