While we have to give them a little slack for being constantly in the public eye, celebrities are notorious for encountering embarrassing, scandalous, or just plain weird Twitter scenarios. And they often bring them upon themselves. Three celebs found themselves in very different types of Twitter hot water early this week, so we thought we’d share their misfortunes to make you feel better about your own compromising 3AM tweets.
The first celeb fail comes to us from Lil Wayne. He fell victim to a hacker, who gained control of his account – rumored to have simply guessed his password – over the weekend and posted a series of vulgar tweets. These tweets were directed at several other famous Twitter users, including 50 Cent and Soulja Boy.
Lil Wayne decided yesterday to delete his Twitter account in response to the hacking.
Next up is Kanye West, who seems to love being in the Twitter spotlight – for good or for bad. The rapper decided to start a mini war against Britney Spears, whose new single has been on the top of the iTunes chart since it was released – one spot above West’s own latest single.
West reportedly tweeted: “Yo Britney, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z’s single is one of the best songs of all time! LOL.” This provoked a response from Britney’s PR team, and an eventual sheepish retraction by West.
Lastly, we have probably the biggest celeb Twitter fail in recent weeks: the Dutch soccer player Ryan Babel was fined £10,000 by the Football Association for tweets pertaining to a referee. The tweet included some disparaging – although not overly rude – remarks about this referee, and a photoshopped picture of him wearing a Manchester United jersey to represent the bias that Babel saw from the ref.
It might’ve been rude, but £10,000 (or about $16,000 US) is no slap on the wrist, especially considering this originated from a single tweet. Ouch.