It's no secret that thousands of celebrities — ranging from A-list movie stars to C-level reality personalities — have flocked to Twitter, using the site to connect directly with fans.
But it’s not always pretty and sometimes they can tweet themselves right into trouble. Some experts said it can be harmful for certain audiences to see these tweets.
Celebrities sway how kids behave, for better or worse, and they could be led into thinking this [offensive] behavior is acceptable,”said Larry Magid, co-director of Internet safety site ConnectSafely.
So why can’t these celebs keep their Twitter feeds clean?
“One brand’s appeal is someone else’s nightmare,” said marketing consultant John Tantillo. “What celebs tweet may be offensive or shocking to the general public, but to their target market they may not be harmful at all and could rev up the fanbase.”
Image consultant Adam Kluger agreed, but added that if they’re not careful, the famous can hurt their image.
“Twitter lets fans feel more invested in the stars,” he said. “But these celebs can actually destroy their personal brand by tweeting things that don’t mesh or go with the image.”
50 Cent: GLAAD condemned him after he tweeted a homophobic rant: “Perez Hilton calld me d*****bag so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his but still made me feel better”
Courtney Love: The ex-hole star was sued for libeling a designer: “oi vey don't f*** with my wardrobe or you will end up in a circle of corched earth hunted til your dead”
Sarah Silverman: The comedian tweets the everyday little things of her life, even the sometimes-graphic: “Why must my dogs a**hole turn so completely inside out for the tiniest of doodies?”
Kanye West: Some say his stream-of-conscious feed has overshadowed his music: “I can't be everybody's hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ!”
Patton Oswalt: The actor/comedian takes his profanity-laced act online: “Lunch: f****** asparagus, some goddamned carrots, s***-ass tofu and a f*****y side salad. #iamfat”