When Kanye West has aspirations for 2012, he tells his almost six million followers on Twitter. West ranted on the Grammies, allowing kids to use iPhones in school, “a new 7 screen experience,” creative development, promotion of his design company DONDA, social and political change and much more.
But maybe he is getting a bit ahead of himself?
Tweet rants are nothing new from West, whose tweets on abortions being expensive and women “getting pregnant on purpose” caused an uproar in February 2011.
And if you thought it couldn’t get much worse, Rupert Murdoch just joined Twitter.
Anyway, here’s my Top Ten List of Worst Celeb Tweets in 2011. Celeb kings and divas with opinions and mass-followers speak their minds, and sometimes there are bitter consequences.
Find out who wins at bad tweeting and why.
10. KIM KARDASHIAN
Mega-diva Kim Kardashian suffers as much from over-tweet syndrome as being the subject of many hate tweets. She regularly posts revealing pictures, and her bad tweet moment of the year came when she tweeted the wrong dates for the LA highway closure. Kaela Humphrie started a Twitter war with Kardashian over her brother Kris’s divorce from the reality star. Kaela tweeted, “She look like a star, but only on camera. Don’t listen to the lies, I swear their all lies.”
According to The Huffington Post, Cher tweet bashed Kardashian and other reality stars. “I don’t watch reality! Never saw a Kardashian but these Bitches should b Drop kicked down a freeway! Not kidding!” Cher tweeted. Kardashian answered back by copycatting Cher’s whitefit circa 1970s.
9. KENNETH COLE
Famous fashion designer Kenneth Cole needed more publicity during the uprisings in Egypt with his tweet, “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo -KC.” Of course an apology quickly ensued, but promoting your new clothing line when Egyptian demonstrators face political turmoil is NOT OK.
8. 50 CENT
It’s not cool to make jokes about tsunami devastation in Japan, but rapper 50 Cent did. He tweeted, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.” On a more serious note, this week 50 Cent prophesied his own death? “I don’t think I’m gonna live much longer.” He also tweeted about his frustrations with his label Interscope. What a dramatic lines to unleash on your five-and-a-half million followers.
I know we are all sick of the Charlie Sheen media frenzy, but come on he should make the list. Just last month, Sheen mistakenly tweeted his phone number to all of his six million plus followers. The tweet was intended to be a direct message to Justin Bieber. From @charliesheen, “310-954-7277 Call me bro. C.” Hope you changed your number Sheen.
In March 2011, PerezHilton.com reported that Sheen doesn’t even tweet his own posts, and put up this photo gem of him.
6. RUSSELL CROWE
Actor Russell Crowe ranted about the “barbaric” act of male circumcision. From @russellcrowe, “Circumcision is barbaric and stupid. Who are you to correct nature? Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin? Babies are perfect,” and it goes on “many Jewish friends, I love my Jewish friends, I love the apples and the honey and the funny little hats but stop cutting yr babies @eliroth.” If Crowe really was just joking around with director Eli Roth, why tweet on a sensitive topic to 300, 000 plus followers and then say, “wasn’t intending offense, certainly wasn’t intending to provide fodder for lazy journalists.” Remember Crowe tweets matter these days, and not just to journalists.
5. ASHTON KUTCHER
Ashton Kutcher is known for being a social media advocate and constant tweeter, but that doesn’t mean he’s the brightest in the celeb pack. In November, @aplusk questioned the firing of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno, and later admitted that he “didn’t have the full story” on Paterno’s possible involvement in the cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual relations with young boys. After his followers blew up at him, Kutcher quickly realized his faux pas. “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”
Kutcher may not have learned his lesson on accuracy. According to The Village Voice, he didn’t get the numbers right on child prostitution during his campaigning for “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.” Kutcher then tweet attacked the voice with “Hey @villagevoice REAL MEN DON’T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON’T SELL THEM.”
Just like 50 Cent, comedian Gilbert Gotffried jumped on the Japan-tsunami-joke-bandwagon. He lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck, after tweeting, “What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights.” It gets even worse: “I fucked a girl in japan, She screamed ‘I feel the earth move and I’m getting wet.” Natural disasters are so not funny.
3. ALEC BALDWIN
Actor Alec Baldwin tweeted up a fury about being booted off an American Airlines flight for not turning off his cell phone. “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.” He also used the hashtag #theresalwaysuntied, and said American Airlines is “where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950′s find jobs as flight attendants.” After much bad press over his Twitter diatribe, Baldwin called out for a “mass unfollowing” and later deactivated his account.
Some bad tweets result in libel lawsuits. When you threaten and defame your fashion designer like Courtney Love, you pay up $430,000 big ones. The singer tweeted at Dawn Simorangkir, “oi vey don’t f*** with my wardrobe or you will end up in a circle of corched earth hunted til your dead,” and “She has received a VAST amount of money from me over 40,000 dollars and I do not make people famous and get raped TOO!”
After this escapade, Love is in a Twitter hiatus. She did have a short-lived return in March 2011, and @cloverxxxlove tweeted some ugly things about Chelsea Handler, who dated Love’s former beau, Andre Balazs. Now, Love’s cray cray tweets are nowhere to be found.
1. ANTHONY WEINER
Before tweeting sexy pictures of yourself to women other than your wife, think about the possibility of that coming back to haunt you. The “sexting scandal” cost Anthony Weiner to resign his seat in New York’s 9th congressional district. His Twitter account @RepWeiner is still active though.