10 Most Outrageous Celebrity Twitter Tantrums
Twitter is great for staying in touch with friends, fans, family and one’s followers. Some people – celebrities especially – seem to forget that when they tweet, they’re reaching out to thousands of people. A little bit of griping can therefore quickly escalate into a full-blown Twitter tantrum. If you don’t believe us, here are some famous examples.
1. Chris Brown
R’n’B star Chris Brown, better known as Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend, threw a Twitter tantrum back in December that deserves to be in the Twitter tantrum hall of fame for a long time. He got so mad that he deleted his Twitter account altogether. The reason? His latest album not being on the shelves at major stores (he had visited Wal Mart to check and it wasn’t there). Suspecting an evil conspiracy, Brown first vented via expletive-ridden tweets before signing out for good, alienating his loyal Twitter fans in the process who never did anything wrong. Maybe someone should explain social networking to him? Or maybe better not.
2. Kanye West
Kanye West threw a Twitter tantrum recently about not wanting to be on the popular social networking site in the first place. His response to being the victim of a fake celebrity Twitter account (with more than a million followers!) was an all caps message riddled with expletives. The gist of it? How could Twitter not know that it wasn’t him? Right, he would’ve used all caps and many more four-letter words than the impostor.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan’s and Samantha Ronson’s stormy relationship has been dissected ad nauseum in the press. On top of that, Lohan adds fuel to the fire by twittering often about their strained relationship, putting the blame heavily on Ronson’s family. No reconciliation in sight here.
4. Liam Gallagher
This Manchester boy, proud of his roots, took offense at being called a “knobhead” by Peter Kay in response to Gallagher swearing it out when accepting a gong award during a recent award ceremony. Instead of retorting right then and there, Gallagher went home, logged into his Twitter account and, completely missing the irony, posted a rant tweet with some expletives calling Kay a sneak and himself someone who gives it people straight to their face. As a northerner.
5. Lily Allen
The star recently threw a tantrum on and off Twitter, informing her 190,000 followers about her tough life, which included having to go out for a posh birthday dinner at Nobu with her family (that is hard), arguing over sake and being told off for being on her Blackberry. Like my grandmother used to say, “that plus pneumonia could really spoil it for you”. A wonder she never thought about how her mother, brother and his girlfriend must’ve felt the next day when they heard that a dinner with them wasn’t one of Allen’s favorite things in the world.
6. Demi Moore
Glam actress Demi Moore started a Twitter fight earlier this year with Kim Kardashian over the latter’s use of the word “pimpin”. Pointing to the original meaning of the word (as in slavery), Moore criticized the usage of Kardashian, who was just making a point about her cool girls’ night out. Splitting hairs or does Moore have a point? We’re not sure if Twitter would be the right medium in the first place but the little fight in the social net surely gathered quite some publicity.
7. Jim Carey
Jim Carey, motor mouth on screen and at live events, doesn’t do too well on Twitter. Seems like the actor’s temperament just doesn’t let itself be restricted to 140 characters. Though not a tantrum, the celebrity recently tried to side with golfer Tiger Woods, then speculated that his wife Erin must’ve known and when that tweet kind of backfired tried to bring Sandra Bullock into the game. A case in point that not everything that’s funny in person works on Twitter as well.
8. Darren Bent
Footballer Darren Bent used Twitter to put a bit of pressure on the powers to be – those that were going to transfer him that is. Tired of keeping mum, Bent made an unfavorable remark about being transferred to Hull or Stoke instead of Sunderland and it worked. So much for the power of Twitter!
9. Shawne Merriman & Chad Johnson
Not one but two tantrum lovers got their money’s worth in a Twitter mud sling last December: San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman and Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson had an extensive Twitter fight, making full use of the First Amendment. Why have a one-on-one argument or phone call when you can have thousands of followers witness it?
10. Perez Hilton and Pete Wentz
A real Twitter brawl broke out when Perez Hilton chastised comedienne Sarah Silverman on Twitter when she cracked a joke about Michael Jackson. What Hilton didn’t say was that earlier he had done the same on his blog. Both Silverman and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz uncovered his hypocrisy and things got real ugly from then onwards, involving various Twitter followers who also wanted a piece of the mud pie.