Celebrity Twitter trouble
What happens on the Internet doesn't stay on the Internet. In some cases, celebrities' Internet activity has turned into a public scandal.
Rob Kardashian tweeted on Aug. 6, 2012 "Going to Law School very soon and so excited and can't wait! School just never ends for me! #UniversityofSouthernCal." The University put out a statement several days later saying Kardashian's tweet was false, and he has not applied.
Dean McDermott accidentally Tweeted a topless photo of wife Tori Spelling Nov. 16, 2011. The photo was of the couple's son, but Spelling was nursing her newborn child in the background.
On May 27, 2011, former congressman Anthony Weiner tweeted an inappropriate photo of himself in his underwear. Weiner quickly denied he sent the tweet but later admitted it.
Ashton Kutcher added an uninformed opinion on Penn State's decision to fire Joe Paterno after he failed to report an alleged child sex assault. Kutcher tweeted: "How dare you fire Joe Pa? Insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste." Fans were outraged, causing Kutcher to delete the tweet and hand his Twitter account over to a management company. (Oct. 26, 2011)
Chris Brown fired back at B2K's Raz-B after a mention of Brown's assault. Brown retaliated by mentioning Raz-B's sexual abuse as a child. Under scrutiny, Brown eventually apologized for what some called "homophobic comments." (March 22, 2011)
In Aug. 2010, Justin Bieber posted and then quickly deleted a tweet reading "everyone call me 248-XXX-XXXX :) or text." The phone number apparently belonged to a teen in Detroit.
Ciara, left, and Rihanna (had a Twitter spat after Ciara said she had an unpleasant run-in with Rihanna on and episode of "Fashion Police." Rihanna retaliated, saying "my bad Ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme." The two went back and forth until Rihanna eventually apologized.
Kanye West is frequently involved in Twitter scandals with several lewd updates. (Sept. 16, 2011)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tweeted, "What kind of person celebrates death?" after news broke of Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011. This tweet, among his others expressing the same theme of questioning the celebration of bin Laden's death, met much controversy and Mendenhall deleted the posts.
Gilbert Gottfried was dropped by Aflac as the voice of their quacking duck mascot after he tweeted a slew of tasteless jokes on the March tsunami in Japan. One mocking tweet said, "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'They'll be another one floating by any minute now.'"
Lead singer of pop-punk band Paramore, Hayley Williams, center, with bandmates Jeremy Davis, left, and Taylor York, accidentally tweeted a topless photo of herself in May of 2010. The picture was intended to be a direct message to her boyfriend. Williams removed the Twitpic in three minutes, long enough to go viral. Like Rep. Anthony Weiner, Williams first claimed her account was hacked.
In 2009, Meghan McCain, daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain, tweeted a photo of herself holding a copy of Andy Warhol's biography and wearing a skimpy tank top. What she called a "spontaneous night in" on Twitter was referred to as inappropriate by some followers. McCain later apologized.
In 2009, Miley Cyrus, then 16, posed provocatively with Adam Shankman, 44, producer of “The Last Song,” which starred Cyrus. Shankman tweeted two photos showing Cyrus straddling a chair and leaning suggestively against him.