Roseanne Barr is currently making waves after an offensive and racist comment she posted to Twitter backfired in a big way, ultimately leading to the cancellation of her eponymous show by ABC execs, who called her tweet “abhorrent” and “repugnant.” But Roseanne isn’t the first celebrity to get into trouble treating Twitter like a private diary, rather than a public forum used by millions. Over the years, scads of celebrities have managed to land themselves in hot water with just a few short sentences. But of all of them, these are the craziest, most epic social media meltdowns to date. And if you want to see a celebrity doing social media right, check out Ryan Reynolds’ 30 Funniest Tweets.
Roseanne got herself into quite a mess with her racist comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who she said looked like the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. After ABC canceled Roseanne’s sitcom, Roseanne apologized and attributed her behavior to Ambien. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical company that makes Ambien went on Twitter themselves to say that racism isn’t a side effect of any of their medications.
Charlie Sheen had what might go down as the greatest Twitter meltdown of all time. In 2011, he famously hopped online and started tweeting about “winning” and “tiger blood,” along with a picture of himself holding an Oscar statue that had Sheen’s own face superimposed onto it. And if you want to see how Sheen bounced back, check out the 30 Funniest Jokes From Celebrity Roasts.
Amanda Bynes used Twitter to express many of her opinions and inadvertently let the world know that she wasn’t in a good place in life. She posted several disturbing videos, insulted everyone from Rihanna to Jenny McCarthy, and would argue with anyone who was game to take her on.
Lindsay Lohan has had more than a few Twitter meltdowns. In 2010, she tweeted about her father, saying he never paid child support and kidnapped her from court. More recently, she went online to express her very strong opinions about Brexit, which she really, really did not support. And for a different side of Lohan, check out the 30 Worst Madame Tussauds Celebrity Wax Figures Ever
Jimmy Kimmel started something he didn’t mean to in 2013 when he aired a spoof of a Kanye West interview on his late night show. Kanye, who is not known for his ability to laugh at himself, went on a vulgarity-laden tirade about it on Twitter. Of course, that’s far from the only time Kanye has gone off the rails on Twitter. If you want a refresher on his most recent Twitter fiasco, Here’s Kim Kardashian’s Defense of Kanye West’s Epic Tweetstorm.
By now, Alec Baldwin has earned a reputation for having something of a temper. But his bad behavior isn’t restricted to voicemails complaining about his daughter. He’s also gotten himself into trouble on Twitter on more than one occasion. While his meltdown about getting called out on an airplane for playing Words With Friends instead of turning his phone off was probably his funniest tirade, his most epic explosion was hands down when he went after British journalist George Stark with several extremely homophobic slurs, insults, and threats.
Heidi Montag famously went on a Twitter rant about having no friends in 2010 after fans failed to lavish her with compliments on her most recent plastic surgery, instead expressing concern because she was nearly unrecognizable. And if you want an update on what Heidi’s up to now, check out 30 Former Reality TV Stars With Surprising Careers.
The host of Man v. Food went on Twitter to show off his body after losing a substantial amount of weight. Unfortunately, Adam Richman didn’t know that the hashtag he used, #thinspiration, was mostly used by people promoting eating disorders. When he found out, instead of backtracking or apologizing, he instead doubled down and called the people responding to his tweet a variety of expletives, which is never a good look regardless of how much you weigh.
At this point, Tila Tequila is probably better known for being a disaster on social media than for A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila. In addition to dressing up as Hitler, she also has posted about being under “Jew mind control” and hunting “illegals.” But if you’d like to see something positive reality TV has contributed to the world, check out The 30 Funniest Reality Show Moments of All Time.
Azealia Banks used her Twitter for spewing so much hatred, homophobia, and racism, that in 2016 her account was suspended after she made several inflammatory comments about Zayn Malik, including referring to him as “curry-scented.”
Jim Carrey did not handle his breakup with Jenny McCarthy well, writing about how the previous tweets on his account were written by an ambassador. Most notably, he had an episode in which he used the hashtag #BOING and spoke at length about cyclopses.
Cher‘s Twitter is routinely full of gems, but on occasion, the beloved singer has been known to go off the rails. Case in point: when she went on a tirade against Tea Partiers, referring to them “t-hadists” and calling them a plague.
Kevin Smith lost his cool after he got booted from a Southwest flight because of his weight. He went railed against Southwest on his account in a tweetstorm that quickly went viral. Eight years later, he’s an ambassador for Weight Watchers.
Nobody is safe from the wrath of Nicki Minaj, not even Mariah Carey. Minaj went after Carey in an off-kilter Twitter rant after Carey suggested that Minaj threatened her in an interview with Barbara Walters, kicking it off with “the struggle to be a victim is real in these streets.”
Courtney Love isn’t exactly known for being the model of good mental health or well-balanced behavior. This became particularly evident during a Twitter meltdown on her daughter’s 18th birthday in 2010, claiming her child was intent on destroying her. A year later, she also claimed on Twitter that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl been intimate with her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Chris Brown lost it on Twitter after a traffic accident, in which the other driver accused him of pulling a hit and run. In addition to ranting over the course of several tweets, he also changed his Twitter profile picture to the license plate of the other car involved in the collision.
Tyrese Gibson took to social to very publicly and emotionally talk about problems he was having in a custody battle. He later attributed the ordeal to psych meds.
When Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012, Ted Nugent did not take it well. At all. To be more specific, he said he was crying tears of blood and that America had just committed spiritual suicide.
Ted Nugent isn’t the only conservative celebrity who had a hard time after the 2012 election. Former SNL actress Victoria Jackson also took the news hard, saying that America died and that she was disgusted with Christians.
When the press started writing about Lady Gaga gaining weight, Lady Gaga responded by posting negative headlines about herself like “LADY GAGA IS FAT NOW” and “GOD HATES LADY GAGA.” Of course, it was an appropriately untraditional response from the star, whose fans ate it up. And for more celeb on celeb feuding, check out these 20 Times Famous People Dissed Other Celebs in Hilarious Ways.
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