14 of the Most Controversial Celebrity Tweets Ever
It would actually be easier to assemble a list of non-controversial tweets from Banks at this point. But this year, she took things a tad too far, first stirring up drama with Bristol and Sarah Palin in April before eventually being banned from the platform in June for making racist comments about Zayn Malik's Pakistani heritage.
Timberlake felt the cold fury of Twitter after tweeting that he was "inspired" by Jesse Williams' speech at the 2016 BET Awards. It was actually Timberlake's retort to another Twitter user – they responded to Timberlake's initial tweet with "So does this mean you're going to stop appropriating our music and culture? And apologize to Janet too" (a reference to the pair's 2004 Super Bowl where Timberlake exposed one of Janet Jackson's breasts during a performance; Jackson's image took a beating, while Timberlake seemed to get off easier)– that got him in trouble. He sassily responded with "Oh, you sweet soul. The more you realize that we are the same, the more we can have a conversation. Bye." That's not really a great way to respond to someone trying to articulate problematic racial issues, and Timberlake was subsequently pilloried.
Jonas lashed out at fitness company Crossfit when it tweeted an image of a Coke can with a joking reference to diabetes, saying it didn't "grasp the difference" between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The pair sparred back and forth, with Crossfit eventually retweeting an image another user found of Jonas at a Coke-sponsored event. The "feud" eventually fizzled out.
"Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" Green tweeted in August 2014. He was referring to allegations that he'd sexually assaulted a woman in 2012 after supplying her with Ecstasy. Prosecutors couldn't find sufficient evidence to charge him with the assault and Green pled no contest to the drug charges later in the month, but Twitter quickly took him to task for his comments.
Ice T (pictured with wife Coco) was actually calling out another Twitter user for an insensitive joke they made about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband Russell Armstrong's suicide, but for some reason, he followed up "Bad joke," with "a lotta those wives would make me consider it." Yikes.
The EDM star (and Diplo and Justin Bieber collaborator), left, was committing more than a crime against spelling when he wrote "I wish I was aloud to use the n word sometimes (in a non racist way of course)" in April 2011. The world was quick to inform him that A) there's no way to do that, and B) he won't ever be "aloud" to do that.
Even if you're referencing a song title, you probably shouldn't be using the "n" word, guys. Seriously. Stop doing that.
"Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flyer miles?" Biggs tweeted shortly after the July 2014 plane crash that killed 295 people. He eventually apologized, but only after sparring with followers with a variety of expletive-laden tweets.
In what was mostly just a case of firing off a tweet before understanding the context of what you're tweeting about, Kutcher derided Penn State's firing of head coach Joe Paterno as an "insult," adding "#noclass" for good measure. After finding out it was because Paterno had maybe covered up former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse, he apologized.
Bell weighed in on Caitlyn Jenner's groundbreaking Vanity Fair issue with "Sorry ... still calling you Bruce" last year. You um – you don't do that.
Shortly after saying some very rude things to Wiz Khalifa over a complete misunderstanding in January 2016, West tweeted "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!" presumably in reference to the comedian's ongoing legal battle against the many women who have accused him of sexual assault. Unlike many of the Khalifa tweets, he still hasn't deleted this one.
"Active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in America, Wednesday." Chrissy Teigen would later clarify that she wasn't trying to minimize the Oct. 2014 shooting in Ottawa, but it was too late: The model started documenting the threats (death and otherwise) she received as a result, but eventually just quit Twitter a day later. (She eventually returned.)