11 Insanely Insensitive Celebrity Quotes

It should come as no surprise that celebrities say stupid things. To their credit, constantly being in the spotlight cannot look good on anyone. Everyone says stupid things. So, is it just that the everyday person doesn’t have someone recording their every word, or are celebrities really just prone to saying extremely insensitive and just plain stupid things? Regardless of the fact that the media doesn’t let anything slip through the cracks, one would still hope that a celebrity who is in the public eye at all times would be more careful about what they say. Any educated individual knows 9/11, the tsunami in Japan, earthquakes, and rape are not great topics to be taking on in an attempted comedic fashion — especially in a very public way. The following is a list of the 11 most insanely insensitive things celebrities have ever said.

  1. Mel Gibson: Mel Gibson has been in the tabloids for years now for losing his cool and letting his insanity run rampant. The at-one-time A-list actor is the craziest star out there (even post Charlie Sheen), with his numerous anti-Semitic rants, racist outbursts, and violent threats. In a recording that surfaced in 2010, Gibson purportedly berates his ex stating, "you’re an embarrassment to me, you look like a pig in heat, and if you get raped–" (we’re stopping the quote there). Sounding completely insane, Gibson’s remarks were insensitive on too many levels to list. But we can say calling a woman a pig and telling her that "it will be [her] fault if she is raped" means you’ve fallen off the deep end.
  2. 50 Cent: This one takes the cake for stupidity. Since the advent of Twitter, the internet has been a goldmine of terrible and inappropriate quotes from a-list celebrities. No one’s Twitter has been more horribly amazing than rapper 50 Cent’s. Mere hours after the recent tsunami devastated Japan, rapper 50 Cent tweeted, "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol." Well, lol Mr. 50 Cent. We feel uncomfortable even sarcastically mocking your insensitive joke. It’s important to take things lightly in order to stay sane in a world so wrought with uncertainty; however, joking about a natural disaster that has completely devastated an entire country is probably not the best route to levity. And what’s worse, this tweet was "retweeted" by 100 people. Yikes.
  3. Gilbert Gottfried: Known for his obnoxious voice, comedian Gilbert Gottfried is no newcomer to statements that are "too soon". At the Comedy Central roast of Hugh Hefner in 2001 (only three weeks after 9/11), Gottfried joked, "I have to leave early tonight. I have to fly out to L.A. I couldn’t get a direct flight, I have to make a stop at the Empire State Building." The crowd was stunned. Comedy Central had considered postponing the roast because it was too soon after the tragic event at the World Trade Center. But, Gilbert Gottfried went for it — and sank for it.
  4. Gilbert Gottfried: Yes, again. Gottfried again made light of a very serious and devastating situation mere days after it occurred. Only days after the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the comedian tweeted, "Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them." As if the insensitivity and idiocy of this statement weren’t enough, Gottfried made nine more tweets making light (if you can even put it that way) of the deadly disaster. The comedian lost his job as the voice of the Aflac duck for his insanely insensitive remarks. The insurance company states that Japan is one their top customers. Aflac donated over one million dollars the International Red Cross for recovery efforts in Japan.
  5. Kenneth Cole: Twitter strikes again. Famous designer Kenneth Cole offended pretty much everyone with his Tweet in response to the political uprising in Egypt. When thousands of civilians in Cairo bravely came together to protest their corrupt dictator, classy designer Cole insinuated that his clothes sparked the excitement. He wrote (and sent out to the entire world), "millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available." While dark humor is sometimes the most successful kind, it must be done with some restraint and class. There are now numerous novelty twitter accounts dedicated to Kenneth Cole’s insensitive remark.
  6. Rush Limbaugh: it seems that many famous Americans just can’t seem to keep their mouths shut when an earthquake devastates another country. Conservative political commentator, Rush Limbaugh, stated on his radio show after the earthquake in Haiti, "We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax." His comment was outrageously insensitive and crude and that seemingly suggests that we do not need to help with relief effort in Haiti. Limbaugh received widespread criticism for his remarks. White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, commented, "I don’t know how anybody could sit where [Limbaugh] does, having enjoyed the success that he has, and not feel some measure of sorrow for what has happened in Haiti." Limbaugh made other comments throughout this same radio segment stating that President Obama will "use" the Haiti disaster to his political advantage. Ill-informed and narrow minded comments can be expected from some people, but should not be tolerated from individuals who claim to be experts and who influence public opinion.
  7. Alec Sulkin: As a writer for the hit show Family Guy, Alec Sulkin is no newcomer to insulting and offensive material. But it gives him no excuse for his recent remarks about the disaster in Japan on his Twitter account. Just one day after the earthquake devastated Japan, Sulkin tweeted, "If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll.’" Many were shocked by the insensitive remark and Sulkin later apologized. He wrote, "yesterday death toll = 200. Today = 10 thousand. I am sorry for my insensitive tweet. It’s gone." While this tweet seems sincere, we wonder when celebrities are going to learn to censor their idiocy from their social media accounts.
  8. Jerry Seinfeld: Actor and comedian, Jerry Seinfeld has said plenty of inappropriate things in his day. That’s what comedians do. They find the most ironic and insensitive thing they could possibly say and beat it to the ground with a hilarious nonchalance attitude. The trick to this type of humor is knowing when to use it. Comedians seem to struggle on this front. Jerry Seinfeld has attended autism benefits for several years. In 2009, to an audience at an autism benefit, Seinfeld stated, "having a girlfriend is like playing whiffle ball. Being married is the war in Iraq." While this may be a funny sentiment, it is certainly a bad place to bring it up. Let’s just hope that there were not too many military spouses in the audience desperately worried about the fate of their loved one overseas.
  9. Kanye West: It should come as no surprise that artist Kanye West makes this list. The singer never seems to make the tabloids for delivering a well thought out and intelligent remark. In February of 2011, West tweeted (editing out all foul language), "an abortion can cost a ballin’ [person] up to 50gs maybe a 100 —  Gold diggin’ [women] getting pregnant on purpose." Just great. Stupid enough with his use of racial slurs and derogatory terms, Kanye has also managed make light of a very serious and difficult circumstance for any woman. While Kanye claims that his comment was all in good fun, women’s rights groups around the country were outraged with the comments. His tweet was followed with the hatch tag "#STRAPUP". I guess we can applaud Kanye for at least trying to promote safe sex. Maybe.
  10. Kristen Stewart: Twilight star Kristen Stewart has been rejecting her stardom ever since anyone starting caring who she was. The young celebrity has been very vocal about how she dislikes the media attention the vampire saga has gained her. As if it’s not annoying enough to hear rich and famous celebrities complain about being rich and famous, Stewart has taken it to another level. Stewart discussed in a magazine interview the annoyances of the paparazzi stating, "what you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction. The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped." Rape victims’ advocacy groups were appalled by the comparison and were infuriated with her. To Stewart’s credit, however, she did instantly apologize for the statement, admitting that she used a poor choice of words.
  11. Kate Moss: As a world renowned fashion model and icon since the young age of sixteen, Kate Moss is now most well known for her striking looks, fashion sense, and controversial lifestyle. During a time when fashion modeling praised tall and curvaceous figures like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, Moss was the front runner for the "heroin chic" appearance in modeling. Regularly criticized for her weight and thin appearance, Moss was (and is) endlessly questioned about her eating habits. In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Kate Moss claims that the phrase, "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" one of the many mottos that she lives by. Well, if this is the way that Moss denies having an eating disorder then it’s hard to fault people for questioning her. Seemingly endorsing anorexia, Moss took a lot of flak for her thin-litist comment. Making this statement in a publication that focuses on healthy ideals for women was less than sensitive of the star. In our opinion, a healthy and balanced diet is far better than keeping the weight off with a steady course of booze and nicotine.