Published On: Mar 28 2014 10:26:17 AM CDTUpdated On: Jul 15 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
It seems that as long as Twitter has been around -- and the social networking service turns 10 years old on Friday -- celebrities have been raising eyebrows with controversial tweets. Here are some of the worst celebrity Twitter gaffes.
Comedian and actor Mike Epps got into trouble on Twitter in August 2015, apparently chatting with a woman and eventually asking her to direct message him. Epps' wife, Mechelle, replied to the pair's back and forth with an emoticon of eyeballs. Epps later claimed that his nephew was running the account at the time.
Oprah Winfrey put her foot in her mouth in February 2012 when she tweeted: "Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box." Besides misspelling the name of the Nielsen ratings company, she also broke the company's policy against any coercion to watch specific shows or channels. Oprah deleted the post at the company's request and issued an apology. Nielsen also put an asterisk on OWN's ratings for the time period she made the tweet noting a "possible biasing effect."
Steve Martin found himself in hot water in December 2013 after responding to the tweeted question "Is this how you spell lasonia?" with the following tweet of his own: "It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant." A few days later he took to his website to apologize for the joke, calling the tweet "unfortunate."
CeeLo Green posted a series of disturbing tweets about rape in September 2014 after pleading no contest to one felony count of giving a woman the drug Ecstasy at a dinner in 2012. The woman also accused the singer of sexually assaulting her, but prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence for a charge. "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent," he tweeted in a post that was later deleted. "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!"
Jason Biggs, the actor best known for his role in the "American Pie" films and "Orange is the New Black," stirred a Twitter storm after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine with almost 300 people on board in July 2014. Biggs joked, "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?" The backlash came quickly with some saying the remark was too soon, and the event too sensitive, to joke about. Biggs originally blasted back at his social media critics, but later issued a four-tweet apology.
The hashtag #CancelColbert started to trend after a tweet from the verified Twitter account for "The Colbert Report" in March 2014 read, "I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." Host Stephen Colbert denied he was involved.
Rapper 50 Cent has a long history of bad/improper tweets. Among the worst were "I just saw your picture fool, you look autistic" and "I don't want no special ed kids on my time line go follow somebody else."
Where do we begin with Anthony Weiner? The politician was forced to resign from Congress after inappropriate sexual behavior that included briefly posting a lewd self-portrait for all of his constituents to see on Twitter.
Ashton Kutcher came under fire after tweeting in November 2011 "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste." Kutcher didn't know that Joe Paterno had been canned for becoming entangled in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State. He later deleted the tweet and handed over control of his Twitter account to a public relations team.
Charlie Sheen's bizarre tweets should earn him a spot in a Twitter Hall of Fame if one's ever created. Sheen also made the ultimate Twitter mistake of direct messaging his mobile number to Justin Bieber only for it to end up on his timeline.
Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera made headlines in 2013 for a shirtless selfie he posted on Twitter that got him fired from a Catholic university speaking engagement. At the time he said, "I never do tequila when I'm alone, but I had this new bottle that someone had given me. The second one, my fate was sealed." A year later, he again raised eyebrows on Twitter after posting another shirtless selfie. But this time, the photo from his October 2014 vacation in Puerto Rico accompanied a tweet about Kobani, a key Syrian city that has been a focus in the battle against ISIS. The journalist used his official Twitter account to say "from PR, Kobani is the real Benghazi, the beseiged fortress where president really can & must save heroic defenders."
Fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir won a $430,000 defamation lawsuit based on a series of vicious tweets from Courtney Love accusing her of being a drug dealer and prostitute. Love also tweeted about her vagina to singer Lana Del Rey and accused Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl of hitting on her daughter.
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried was fired from his gig voicing the Aflac duck in commercials after he tweeted several insensitive jokes in response to the Japanese tsunami in March 2011.
"Paramore" singer Hayley Williams accidentally posted a topless photo to her followers on Twitter in 2010 before hastily deleting it and blaming it on a hacker.
James Franco's performance as co-host of the 2011 Oscars was widely panned, but Franco took more heat after putting the blame on show producer Bruce Vilanch in a tweet he sent out.
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole used the unrest in Egypt as a promotional opportunity to help push his spring collection in February 2011, tweeting "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online."
Kim Kardashian has more than a few Twitter gaffes, from outing an air marshal aboard a flight to her pro-Israel tweet in November 2012 that set the social media site ablaze with disparaging messages and death threats.
Just days after being given her first prison sentence for violating parole back in 2010, Lindsay Lohan took to Twitter comparing her 90-day prison sentence to the stoning of Iranian women for adultery.
One person was shot Thursday afternoon in the City of Santa Maria and taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital via Calstar helicopter. The suspect remains on the loose as a police manhunt remains underway. Witness says victim and suspect were fighting over access to a gas pump.