Social media has done a lot of good since its inception. It's connected loved ones and friends across geographical distances, reunited long-lost loved ones and created communities for antisocial people. However, social media can perpetuate antisocial behaviour, magnify bullying and provide an easy platform for people to say things they otherwise would never say in public. Consequently, they end up regretting them.
Since they live under a public microscope, when celebrities commit a faux pas on social media, it inevitably starts "trending," and in two shakes of a lamb's tail, people online and offline across the world are gossiping about it.
This list examines some of the well-known celebrity social faux pas committed across various popular social media platforms. Like a train wreck, you won't want to stare, but you won't be able to look away.
20 GAL GADOT DIDN'T APOLOGIZE
Even Wonder Woman makes mistakes. Actor Gal Gadot took to Twitter after famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away to leave some heartfelt thoughts on his departure: "Rest in peace Dr. Hawking. Now you're free of any physical constraints. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever."
That statement didn't go over too well, particularly the part where she implied that living with physical constraints had burdened Hawking and that being disabled was essentially a tragedy. Gadot was referred to as an "ableist" for her statement, which is still up on Twitter. As we all know, you can't please everyone, but, as of yet, Gadot has not issued an apology or further clarification regarding the statement.
19 LENA DUNHAM'S DOG RE-HOMING FIASCO
This story is one of the stranger social media faux pas. Actor Lena Dunham gave away her pet canine Lamby in June, 2017. Included in her long, melodramatic statement on IG was an incorrect statement about re-homing: "If you have a similar situation, please know it's possible to responsibly re-home your rescue rather than sending them back into the shelter system."
As reported by Yahoo Celebrity, Robert Vazquez, a spokesperson for the BARC shelter in Brooklyn, took several issues with Dunham's statement, including her urging people to re-home pets.
Whatever happened to Lamby will remain a mystery, but Dunham did clap back to BARC's response to her re-homing Lamby on IG.
18 ARMIE HAMMER'S SELFIE CRITICISM
Actor Armie Hammer chose the wrong time to point out a, frankly, finicky issue he had with people posting selfies. As many in and around the entertainment industry already know, Marvel legend Stan Lee passed on November 12, 2018. Hammer saw it as an opportunity to point out a petty grievance he had about the trend of Stan Lee selfies by posting on Twitter, "No better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself." It was met with widespread criticism, including actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan calling Hammer an "a**hat" in an also-deleted tweet.
Hammer apologized for his faux pas by tweeting, "While attempting to provide some unnecessary social commentary about the current selfie culture, I (in true a**hat form – thank you Jeffrey Dean Morgan) inadvertently offended many who were genuinely grieving the loss of a true icon. I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart and will be working on my Twitter impulse control."
17 LIL' BOW WOW'S PRIVATE JET FIB
Many celebrities love to talk the talk. And many of them can back it up by walking the walk. Count actor and rapper Shad Moss AKA Bow Wow, formerly known as Lil' Bow Wow, in the category of not walking the talk. At least on May 8, 2017, when he posted a stock photo of a private jet on IG with the caption, "Travel day," to make it look like he was travelling in luxury.
However, somebody who shared the same commercial flight on the same day as Bow Wow posted a Snapchat of the rapper on Twitter, essentially catching him red-handed in the act of a lie. Who knows what prompted Bow Wow to embellish the truth about his day of travel. The picture is still up on IG, however, for all to laugh at. Awkward!
16 ED O'NEILL WAS TOTALLY CLUELESS
Apparently, Ed O’Neill is just as lovable in real life as he is on Modern Family. The only thing is, he has a hard time recognizing people, even famous celebrities. As People reports, when he was on Ellen, he told his Finding Dory co-star that during an encounter with Britney Spears at an airport, he had no idea who she was, but took a selfie with her nonetheless.
As you can notice in the image, O'Neill looks completely oblivious to the fact that one of the most famous pop stars on the planet just asked to take a selfie with him.
The actor would find out the next day through his manager that Spears posted the selfie, which eventually garnered around 6,800 likes on Twitter!
15 DIRECTOR JAMES GUNN'S BIZARRE TWITTER BEHAVIOUR
Director James Gunn of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy fame experienced repercussions for his past behavior in a major way. The Verge reports that from 2009 to 2012, Gunn posted a series of bizarre and taboo tweets meant as a joke. Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after the tweets were unearthed, despite petitions from every one of the major cast members.
Though he obviously didn't live out any of the tweets that he was held accountable for, there is obviously no excuse for writing what he did.
14 KIM KARDASHIAN'S ARMANI TYPO
The Kardashians are used to having their way. So, it was no surprise when Kim Kardashian took to Twitter when her favourite foundation by Armani was discontinued. The tackiness wasn't so much the surprise as much as Kardashian misspelling Armani's first name in a since-deleted tweet: "Why did Georgio Armani discontinue my favorite foundation? I'm on my last bottle and everyone I know uses this! Please make it again!"
The social media manager for Armani played it cool with this reply on Twitter: "Dear Kim — let us know which one you need and we'll send it to you. And Mr. Armani's first name is Giorgio."
Yikes. Kardashian recovered with a tweet of her own: "Thank you so much and my apologies on the spelling error, this expecting mommy is a tad sleep deprived. ;-)"
13 NAOMI CAMPBELL'S EMAIL IG COMMENT
According to The Mirror, in 2016 model Naomi Campbell took to IG and gave readers a little more than they bargained for in her promotional Adidas post, copying and pasting the entire email from her Adidas rep: "Naomi, so nice to see you in good spirits. Could you put something like: Thanks to my friend @gary.aspden and all at Adidas — loving these adidas 350 SPZL from adidas Spezial range. @adidasoriginals."
Campbell fixed the comment quickly, but not before fans immortalised the sponsor post mishap. Oh well, it could've been worse in the grand scheme of social media faux pas.
12 SCOTT DISICK'S SPONSOR POST BLEMISH
Speaking of sponsorship post mistakes, Scott Disick, famous for being Kourtney Kardashian's ex-beau, posted a jar of Bootea protein powder on IG with the intention of promoting the product to his 21 million followers, as documented by Elite Daily. However, instead of posting the comment that the Bootea reps wanted him to post, he posted the entire instructions given to him in the email by said reps: "Here you go, at 4pm est, write the below. Caption: Keeping up the summer workout routine with my @booteauk protein shake!"
Disick was roasted in the comments section of his since-deleted post. One comment was, "You had one job, Scott."
11 THE AMPAS CRUZ & HAYEK MIXUP
Even organizations as well-known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have been known to commit faux pas on social media and beyond, particularly when it comes to diversity inclusion. According to The Huffington Post, during the 2014 Academy Awards, The Academy IG posted a picture of Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro prepping to present an award backstage with the caption: "Hayek and De Niro prepping backstage #Oscars." They quickly took the post down, but the damage was done.
Cruz, a Spanish actor, and Hayek, a Mexican actor, may both have dark hair, but they are otherwise very different.
10 JUSTIN BIEBER'S POLITICAL MISHAP
The Gaza strip has always been a place of conflict, and recently, many artists including Lauryn Hill and U2 have called off concerts because of the sociopolitical tension in the area. Justin Bieber has performed there in the past, but managed to upset an entire population by proclaiming on Twitter that Israel would be his next concert destination.
Many fans took to the comments section and tried to correct Bieber by writing tweets like, "It's Palestine honey," and others that were much more embarrassing. In this instance, Bieber didn't do anything wrong, per se, but rather accidentally landed himself in the middle of an age-old political debate.
9 OPRAH WINFREY'S MICROSOFT/APPLE MIX-UP
Not even Oprah is perfect all the time. In 2012, the actress, talkshow host, entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist and pop culture icon went on Twitter to promote Microsoft's Surface Tablet. The catch? She posted her tweet from an Apple iPad. As you could imagine, Twitter users got a kick out of this, writing comments such as:
"How much more would Microsoft have had to pay you to get you to post that tweet from a Surface instead of an iPad?"
Let's be honest. Money isn't a concern with Oprah. In this instance, it was clearly an honest mistake that happened to entertain the Twitter-verse for ages.
8 FERNANDA FLORES' LIVE SHOW
This one's embarrassing. Season 6 of 90 Day Fiancé star Fernanda Flores accidentally posted a photo of her boyfriend, Jonathan Rivera, that gave her followers a little more than they bargained for. She accidentally posted an image from her personal archive on IG Live. As USA Today reports, she later apologized, saying,
"I’m so sorry from the bottom of my heart that you had to see that. It was a huge mistake."
7 LORDE'S SLIP-UP
According to E! News, in a bizarre series of events, singer Lorde posted a picture of a bathtub on IG, with the caption, "And III will always love you," in reference to singer Whitney Houston. Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown both passed away in situations involving bathtubs. It was a poor choice of words, as Lorde admitted after taking down the post upon receiving mounds of criticism.
Lorde issued an apology proclaiming: "Extremely extremely poor chosen quote. I’m so sorry for offending anyone — I hadn’t even put this together, I was just excited to take a bath. I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again."
Hey, it happens. However, not everyone who makes these kinds of mistakes has 6.3 million followers on Instagram.
6 RITA ORA'S OVERZEALOUS NEW TRACK DROP ANNOUNCEMENT
According to The Independent, in 2014, British singer Rita Ora announced to her 3.9 million Twitter followers that if her (since-deleted) tweet garnered 100,000 retweets by the following Monday, then she would release her new single. Ora's tweet only received 2,000 retweets, 2% of her audacious goal.
Since then, Ora claimed on Twitter that the tweet was a result of her account being hacked: "By the way my Twitter got hacked somebody is threatening to release new music I've worked really hard on. Nothing comes out until I'm ready."
Well, she tried. It didn't exactly go as planned. Who knows, maybe it was a hacker.
5 CHARLIE SHEEN TWEETING HIS DIGITS
Sheen has been in the public eye quite a lot over the last 10 years. After his "tiger blood" rants and getting fired from Two and a Half Men, all very public meltdowns, he attempted to direct-message singer and musician Justin Bieber on IG in December of 2011.
Instead, Mashable reports that he tweeted it to his 11.5 million Twitter followers, writing, "310-954-7277 call me bro. C." After receiving thousands of text messages and calls from fans, he took down the tweet, and, one can only assume, had to change his number after the debacle.
4 ZAC EFRON THOUGHT ABOUT HIMSELF A LITTLE TOO MUCH
Not everyone means what they say, and not everyone says what they mean. Actor Zac Efron's IG statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2016 belongs in the latter category. According to E! News, the High School Musical actor took to IG to honour King, but, oddly, simultaneously humble-bragged about his 10 million followers. To say the least, it was an insensitive tweet.
Efron later apologized on Twitter and IG with the statement: "I have nothing but the greatest admiration and respect for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I realize that last night's post was completely insensitive and I apologize to anyone who I may have offended. So sorry. Z."
Hey, at least the actor owned up to his mistake.
3 KEVIN HART TOOK IT TOO FAR
Since Kevin Hart was (temporarily) named the host of this year's Academy Awards, some offensive comments he'd made on social media in the past were unearthed by many publications and brought to the attention of the public. Now, Hart is facing considerable backlash.
Hart aggravated the issue further when he refused to apologize when the Academy gave him an ultimatum. Instead, he issued this IG statement:
"So I just got a call from the Academy, and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your old tweets or we’re going to have to move and find another host. They’re talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010. I chose to pass, I passed on the apology."
This refusal outraged many.
2 KEVIN HART AND ENIKO PARRISH'S PARTY
It's safe to say that Kevin Hart hasn't had a good year. Let's make one thing clear: a family can celebrate their child's birthday however they would like to celebrate it. But when they share photos of the event to the world on a public forum, and the birthday celebration has a particularly sensitive theme, then the photos are going to cause problems. Such was the case in November of 2018, when Hart's wife, Eniko Parrish, posted photos of their son Kenzo's Cowboys and Indians-themed birthday party on IG.
Us Weekly reports that some of the comments read, "Cowboys and Indians? Can you not afford a publicist who would explain the reality [of] such a terrible idea?"
The pictures are still up on Parrish's IG, and some of the comments are quite bad. Clearly, there wasn't any offense intended, but, regardless, they did something offensive, and hopefully they learn from it. That's all we ever can do, right?
1 DEAN NORRIS' PUBLICLY PRIVATE SEARCH
This one is hilarious! I mean, of all the social media faux pas one could commit, this one ranks at the top of most entertaining. Apparently, instead of searching privately, actor Dean Norris mistakenly tweeted a risqué phrase in 2018.
The best part? The Breaking Bad actor still hasn't removed the tweet, which has become a place for followers to answer his very public search by posting answers to his search inquiry along with other funny Norris GIFs created solely for the now-legendary tweet.
We'll never truly know what Norris was thinking on that fateful day, but perhaps the tweet gives us a little too much insight into his search engine preferences. Or, perhaps, just maybe, it could've been all for fun. Who really knows, these days?