5 Celebrities’ Whose Problematic Tweets & Actions Got Them Fired
The internet is a scary place. All it takes to dig up some dirt on someone is to search up their history on Twitter or other social media with the right terms and some intuition. Despite this, people seem to forget that the internet is not the place to be spewing hate and misusing sensitive terms (not that there is ever a right place to do so) as it can lead to you being ‘cancelled’ or losing your career. Celebrities have been finding this out the hard way for years. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart had to step down from hosting the Academy Awards, a gig he once described as a “dream,” after tweets from 2009 to 2011 surfaced that contained homophobic language. Who else found themselves losing more than they bargained for their past internet decisions?
Hartley Sawyer from CW’s “The Flash”
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Last week, actress Skai Jackson tweeted screenshots of old tweets that Hartley Sawyer posted from as far back as 2012. Titling the tweet, “Hartley Sawyer, you have been exposed…”, Skai included tweets from the actor that was problematic in their racist, homophobic and sexist content.
Hartley Sawyer, you have been exposed… pic.twitter.com/ig5VBXoZmK
— Skai Jackson (@skaijackson) June 5, 2020
One tweet from 2014 reads, “Enjoyed a secret boob viewing at an audition today.” while others from 2012 read, “As a lad, one of my favorite activities was kidnapping homeless women and cutting off their breasts” and “Date rape myself so I don’t have to masturbate”. Needless to say, since they’ve come up again, Hartley Sawyer, who plays Ralph Dibney, aka Elongated Man, on CW’s ‘The Flash’ has been fired.
Stassi Schroeder & Kristen Doute From “Vanderpump Rules”
During an IG live chat session, former “Vanderpump Rules” cast member Faith Stowers talked about how her co-stars, Schroeder and Doute had called the cops on her. According to Stowers, after seeing an article on the Daily Mail, Schroeder and Doute linked her to it and reported her for the crimes of the other woman.
“There was this article on Daily Mail where there was an African American lady. It was a weird photo, so she looked very light-skinned and had these different weird tattoos. They showcased her, and I guess this woman was robbing people, and they called the cops and said it was me. This is, like, a true story. I heard this from actually Stassi during an interview. It was just funny because they thought it was me because it was a Black woman with a weave. So they just assumed it would be me, and they called the cops on me. It didn’t work, so they were upset about that.”
Turns out, Schroeder actually discussed the incident in a 2018 episode of the podcast, ‘B**** Bible’, and admitted to calling the police. Doute, on the other hand, took to Twitter to share the article, alongside the caption, “hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar? someone put her on mtv & gave her a platform for press. I didn’t wanna go there but I’m going there.”
Since then, both Schroeder and Doute apologised for the incident.
However, they’ve both been let off the show and will no longer be participating in filming for the “Vanderpump Rules” after more than 6 years on the show.
Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni From “Vanderpump Rules”
In comparison to the seniors of the show, Schroeder and Doute, both Boyens and Caprioni have just joined Season 8 of “Vanderpump Rules” but are now also being let go (what is with the cast of this show??) An Instagram account by the name of “Facereality16” shared a series of old tweets from Caprioni dating back to between the years of 2011 to 2013. Many of the tweets contained racial slurs like the n-word, as well as sexist remarks.
Similarly, Boyen’s also posted tweets that mirrored Caprioni’s.
In a statement to, Boyens apologized for the tweets, expressing his disgust and embarrassment and saying,
“I want to sincerely apologize for what I tweeted in 2012 — it was wrong on every level,” his statement said. “It is not a representation of who I am. I am shocked I ever tweeted that — and I am disgusted and embarrassed — I am truly sorry.”
Both stars have also been kicked off the show.
In 2015, the “Fancy” rapper Iggy found herself in hot waters for tweets she wrote in 2011 and 2012. These tweets branded her as being racist and homophobic. These tweets included,
‘”When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo”
“This Asian lady on the plane tried to act like she didn’t understand me I told her (expletive) u gone know English today cause that’s my seat!”
“When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave-master”
Afterwards, Azalea was forced to drop out of a Pittsburgh Pride event after a prominent LGBTQ+ group threatened to pull out if she made an appearance. She ended up apologising the same way she first created problems, on Twitter, saying, “I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.”
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The X Factor winner made headlines back in 2013 when embroiled in a feud with rapper Micky Worthless who recorded a song mocking the X Factor winner for being a pop puppet. In his response, Arthur slammed him as a ‘fucking queer’ and urged him to ‘shoot himself’. In the offensive track, Arthur also bragged about “making paper” – slang for earning money – and seeing loads of “boobies”.
Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Arthur later apologised by saying, “My music is about love and I don’t discriminate against any type of person. It was taken out of context and I didn’t mean to offend anyone at all. But I make no excuses and I dealt with the whole thing in the wrong way,”.
Not long after, Arthur was officially dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label Syco, with Cowell commenting: “I think James, unfortunately, has had so many issues with what he has done publicly – which is a real issue with me. Somebody should have told him to shut up and just put the records out.”
Yikes. Be careful of what you put on the ‘net guys, you never know how or when it will come back to bite you in the be-hind.
*Cover image credits: James: James Arthur on Instagram Iggy: Iggy Azalea on Instagram Hartley: Storm Santos on Instagram