The Most Offensive Celebrity Moments
Michelle Williams was the most recent celebrity to find herself in hot water after posing as what appeared to be a Native American on the cover of British magazine, AnOther. Many believe stereotypical portrayals of Native Americans, or Redface is just as offensive as Blackface.
In a message left on his former advisor’s answering machine, Michael Jackson made nasty comments about Jewish people, saying, “They’re like leeches…I’m so tired of it…They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything. End up penniless. It is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose.”
In a well publicized outburst, Seinfeld star Michael Richards went on a racist rant in response to hecklers at a 2006 stand-up show and violently hurled the n-word. “Fifty years ago, we’d have you upside down with a [bleep] fork up your [bleep]."
In a 2010 Playboy interview, John Mayer made a laundry list of tasteless comments including claiming his penis was a white supremacist and stating, “If you really had a hood pass, you could call it a [explicit] pass.”
Paris Hilton had to do some serious damage control after a cab driver recorded a her homophobic rant in 2012, in which she called gay people, "disgusting." She went on to add, "Dude, most of them probably have AIDS."
That wasn’t the heiress’ first offensive statement to spur a media frenzy, however. There is also a video of her and her sister that was released in 2007, in which she said, “We’re like two n*****s!”
VS Fashion Show 2012
Victoria's Secret apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
When the actor was stopped by the police for drunk driving in 2006 he went on a notorious anti-Semitic tirade toward the police. Some choice words from his rant were, “[Explicit] Jews… Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. ...Are you a Jew?”
In 1997, Tiger Woods became the first African American to win the Masters’ Tournament. Then came Zoeller’s comments on the win, “That little boy is driving well and he’s putting well. He’s doing everything it takes to win. So, you know what you guys do when he gets in there? You pat him on the back and say congratulations and enjoy it and tell him not to serve fried chicken next year. Got it?…Or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve.”
Who knows what Jesse Jackson was thinking when he used the term “Hymietown” in the early '80s and insulted the entire Jewish religion and the 7 million people of New York City. New Yorkers, didn’t take kindly to his insult and his relationship with the Jewish community remained strained throughout the '90s.
In 1993 during a failed attempt at a joke, Danson wore blackface while roasting his wife Whoopi Golberg. Some believe this may have been a contributing factor in the couple's divorce.
During a December 2002 interview on Fox Sports Radio, Shaquille O’Neal said: “You tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching chong yang, wah, ah soh.” His bizarre attempt at speaking Mandarine was viewed by many to be ignorant and racially incentive.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
After drinking vodka shots at JFK airport lounge before 7 a.m., airport staff refused to allow the Irish actor on to his flight to L.A. In a drunken tirade he cursed at airport employees and used racial slurs.
This radio host has said so many racist, sexist and homophobic things that it's hard to keep a running tally. Here are some of the worst:
“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
In a 1971 interview with Playboy magazine, John Wayne revealed some very controversial views concerning race relations. On the treatment of Native Americans, he stated: “Our so called stealing of this country was just a question of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
He would further the embarrassment by talking about African-American civil rights: “I believe in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
French Vogue raised much controversy when they decided to shoot supermodel, Lara Stone, in blackface. In fact, they painted the model’s entire body to portray a darker skin tone.