PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 09: Actress Lena Dunham speaks onstage during the ‘Girls’ panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
If there’s is one thing most of us can agree on, 2016 was an awful year for celebrities on social media. On Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media they gave us all manner of posts that were offensive, self-indulgent or simply reckless, sometimes all of the above.
In many cases, celebs dug themselves in deeper trying to say they were sorry, then failed at the basic art of apologizing, which is to issue a statement that expresses genuine remorse, clears the air and allows people to move on.
This list is by no means comprehensive but that’s only because there were too many offenses to properly catalog. Also included here are posts like Steve Martin’s deleted Carrie Fisher tribute, that were not in and of themselves aggravating, but existed within a swirl of outrage taken to new levels of ridiculousness.
Here, then, is our list of some of 2016’s most infamous celebrity posts:
Steve Martin practices backstage before an performing in Los Angeles in 2010.
Steve Martin’s “sexist” tribute to Carrie Fisher
The comedian sparked a fierce debate this week about the nature of sexism after posting a tribute to the “Star Wars” actress that some found concerning. He quickly deleted it.
In the tweet, which he posted following Fisher’s death Tuesday, but later removed, he said: “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”
The backlash had to do with what some believed was Martin’s focus on Fisher’s physical appearance instead of her talent and work. But others jumped to Martin’s defense, saying there was nothing sexist about him complimenting a woman for both her beauty and her brains. And, still others said it was plain wrong to lash out at someone who was trying to express genuine sadness in time of national mourning. Finally, many thought people were just being WAY too sensitive.
If you were upset by Steve Martin’s tweet about Carrie Fisher, congratulations! You are officially addicted to outrage.
Now, seek help.
— Peter Cook (@_Peter_Cook) December 28, 2016
Lena Dunham’s non-apology apology for abortion comment
Lena Dunham at the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)
Many found the “Girls” creator to be an especially annoying social media presence in 2016 — with her topless selfies and her gripes to Amy Schumer, posted in her online Lenny newsletter, about how New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. wouldn’t talk to her at the Met Gala because, she assumed, he wasn’t interested in a woman with her kind of looks.
But she really stuck her foot in it when she talked on her podcast about wishing she had had an abortion.
In praising herself for going out to fight for women’s reproductive rights, Dunham said on her podcast, “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
When it came time to apologize on Instagram, she didn’t just come out and start with a simple “I’m sorry, I was wrong.” She instead wrapped up her so-called apology in a meandering, self-congratulatory rationalization that left open the question of whether she really felt remorse.
My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of "delusional girl" persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma. I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don’t convey this truth clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom. You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio 💰I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.
A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Dec 20, 2016 at 6:39pm PST
Donald Trump’s non-apology apology for “locker room” boasts about groping women
Certainly, Donald Trump has displayed little lifetime history of ever acknowledging when he’s said or done something wrong. So it was a bit “unpresidented” when the then-GOP presidential contender decided in early October to issue what many expected would be a heartfelt apology for the 2005 Access Hollywood audiotape in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitals.
But America got anything but anything heartfelt, as the New York Times noted. In a 90-second video, posted to YouTube, now President-elect Trump sounded a note of defiance, describing all the attention to the Billy Bush tape as a “distraction.” He also said the vulgar comments captured on the tape were nothing compared with how Bill and Hillary Clinton treated women.
Trump doubled-down on his defiance in the second presidential debate, waving off his comments about women’s bodies as “locker room talk.”
Rosie O’Donnell’s more heartfelt apology to Melania Trump for autism comments
President-elect Donald Trump with son Barron and wife Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
The actress, who has publicly and bitterly feuded with Donald Trump over the years, struck a far different tone in a tweet addressed to the new First Lady. In the tweet, she apologized to Melania Trump for sharing a video that speculated on whether Barron, her 10-year-old son with Donald, may be autistic. After posting the tweet, O’Donnell set her account to private.
“I apologize to @MELANIATRUMP – i was insensitive in my RT – i am sorry for the pain i caused – it was not my intent – i am truly sorry,” she wrote.
Blake Shelton says no one gets his sense of humor
Blake Shelton performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A series of seemingly homophobic, misogynist and racists tweets from Blake Shelton’s past came back to haunt him in 2016 and painted the singer as anything but the fun-loving, good-guy country crooner who co-stars on the “The Voice.”
In the tweets, many of which stemmed from 2010, Gwen Stefani’s boyfriend referred derisively to gay men’s sexual practices and their taste in coffee drinks, while comparing picking up women in a bar to hunting “deer in a zoo.” He also referred to women as “bitches.”
In other tweets, he blasted a shuttle bus driver for not speaking an “(expletive) word of English,” and said he wished he could understand some guy talking “in the next room” so he could know what he’s “planning to bomb.”
And then came his “apology,” which was a classic in that typically non-apology way of blaming other people. He said people simply didn’t get his sense of humor, while also saying he has no tolerance for hate in any form.
Speaking of being haunted by past racist tweets …
Karlie Haye could barely enjoy being crowned Miss Teen USA before she had to go on an apology tour after several N-word-laced tweets from her account from 2013 and 2014 surfaced.
The 18-year-old Texan went on “Good Morning America” to tell host George Stephanopoulos that had “grown up from that 15-year-old girl who used that type of language.”
“It’s never acceptable and now I know how hurtful it is,” she said. “It hurts me to know that at one point in my life I used that language.”
And, she insisted, “It’s not me.”
The Miss Universe Organization, which runs the Miss Teen USA pageant, called Hay’s language “unacceptable” but stood by her, allowing her keep her crown and stating: “we as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth.”
Body-shaming Playmate shamed back
Former Playboy playmate Dani Mathers. Getty Images
Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playmate of the Year, was charged with a misdemeanor after she was caught body-shaming a 70-year-old woman at an Los Angles fitness center. The 29-year-old blond beauty secretly snapped a photo of the woman, nude in the locker room, then posted it to Snapchat.
Mathers captioned the photo: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” She followed up that post by taking a picture of herself with her hand over her mouth.
She promptly apologized, saying she “accidentally” posted the photo to Snapchat because she’s new to the app. She said the photo was intended to be a part of a private, not public conversation, with a girlfriend.
“I know that I’ve upset a lot of people out there,” she wrote. “But please, please believe me when I this is not the type of person I am. I’ve never done this before. I will never do this again. You have my word.”
Her apology didn’t do much to keep her out of trouble. She was banned from all L.A. Fitness gyms, lost her job on a Los Angeles radio show, and faces up to six months in jail after being charged with one count of misdemeanor of privacy.
Kanye West actually apologized for something: going too far in his Wiz Khalifa feud
Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa are pictured in happier times. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press archives
As Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa engaged in one of West’s notorious feuds of 2016, West inadvertently dragged in the 3-year-old son of Khalifa and Amber Rose.
In a series of tweets on Jan. 27 (which West later deleted), he tweeted that Khalifa let “a stripper trap” him, referring to Rose, his ex-girlfriend. Then West added, “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” West completely crossed the line when he tweeted, “I own your child!!!”
That last statement was West implying that he made Amber Rose famous by going out with her, which in turn made her desirable to Khalifa, who married her and with whom he had the 3-year-old boy.
Kanye offered this mea culpa: “God’s dream …. Never speak on kids again.”
The feud was initially sparked after Khalifa publicly objected to West’s titling his new album “Waves,” then West got upset that Khalifa seemed to be demeaning Kim Kardashian in a tweet that was actually about marijuana. West said he called Khalifa to talk it out, and things were good between them.
Me and Wiz spoke yesterday. Great convo. All positive.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 2, 2016
But Khalifa said in June that the hard feelings between the two still linger.
“He apologized,” Khalifa said in an interview “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s squashed though because when you see him talk about it, it doesn’t add up to what he said to me on the phone”.
Sarah Michelle Gellar accidentally mourned Boy George instead of George Michael
After George Michael suddenly died in his sleep on Christmas Day, Sarah Michelle Gellar committed an embarrassing faux pas when she posted a tweet, mourning Boy George, not George Michael.
Sarah Michelle Gellar confused Boy George with George Michael: https://t.co/4QfFLeEkgI pic.twitter.com/9CTpo6ZgRc
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) December 27, 2016
After a swarm of Internet users instantly corrected her, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star immediately apologized, but insisted that her intentions behind the slip-up weren’t at all cruel. In a series of follow up tweets, the actress said she had just misheard the upsetting news — and regardless of who died, she said it was all extremely sad.
Just as sad when you get the correct information- #ripGeorgeMichael thank you to everyone who corrected me- it’s still so sad
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 25, 2016
And for the record yes I completely know the difference between Boy George and George Michael- I heard incorrectly. My intentions were good
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 26, 2016
This is usually why I don’t comment on public matters, but it all seemed so sad on Christmas. Lesson learned.
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 26, 2016
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