8 Celebrities With A Less Than Perfect Social Media Presence
September 14th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Celebrities don’t exist without a reputation. It’s their bread and butter. But when they take that reputation in their own hands via social media, tweeting and updating fans on everything from morning routines to late-night parties, the volatile result can have PR agents wringing their hands and the rest of us clicking “share” in sheer disbelief.
If you really want to single-handedly attract all the wrong publicity, follow these inspiring examples.
Kanye West and 50 Cent
Ok, we get it. Stars have egos. But some take it to the next level—and make sure we know.
Take Kanye West. The celebrity rapper keeps it simple: “I love me” and "why won't you let me be great?"
And then there's 50 Cent, who tried to explain away a controversial joke about Japan's tsunamis two years ago: "Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way."
Hayley Williams: If you didn’t learn from ex-Senator Weiner’s sexting scandal, learn from Hayley Williams instead. The lead singer of Paramore meant to send a topless pic to her boyfriend, but tweeted it to the world instead. Funny how one little picture can plunge you into so much hot water. Next time, maybe you should just leave your camera-phone alone.
Justin Bieber: He parties like a twenty-something, but Justin Bieber’s twitter pranks scream “teenager” louder than his music videos. Last year, he tweeted “Call me right now” accompanied by a number with the last digit blanked out, leaving his 19 million followers to desperately dial and disrupt some Texas citizens who threatened to sue.
And this April Fool’s, he did it again—only this time with his “enemy’s” number: the celebrity news website, TMZ.
Johnny Manziel: College football quarterback-turned-celebrity Johnny Manziel evidently thinks that fame equals immunity from the law. Manziel, who is still too young to legally drink, has tweeted about partying and more while missing practices and reportedly getting kicked out of the prestigious Manning Passing Academy. He claims his off-season won’t affect his on-season, but thanks to social media, we’ll all be watching extra closely.
Kim Kardashian: Kim got a lot of flak, not to mention death threats, for her tweet during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last year: “Praying for everyone in Israel,” she tweeted, leaving the rest of the universe offended.
Then she tried to fix it: “And praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!” Eventually, she just apologized.
Rob Kardashian: It would be another Kardashian, wouldn’t it? Last year, Rob—the brother of the dynasty—sent this endearing tweet: “Going to Law School very soon and so excited and can't wait! School just never ends for me! #UniversityofSouthernCal.” The University of Southern California disclaimed via Twitter that the budding lawyer never even applied.
Amanda Bynes: Amanda has been on a downward trend as of late. Often tweeting that celebrities are ugly or that she loves Drake, she has zero filter on social media. Before her reputation sinks any lower, she’d be wise to do some research. According to presentations by Michael Fertik “people are going to look you up on the web and they’re going to make conclusions based on what they find.”
These celebrities might be trying to prove that they’re just like us—after all, they use social media too! But they don’t seem to realize that an unguarded comment that's online, even for just five seconds, can permanently haunt their reputation. Perhaps they’d be better off leaving the tweeting to their agents.
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