As a society, we are still learning to accept each other no matter of backgrounds or ethnicities. Unfortunately, racism is alive and well even in the spotlight. Here are some of the racist celebrities.
Word was spreading that Mel Gibson was racist against Jewish people when he was facing criticism for his portrayal of Jewish people in his movie, The Passion of the Christ. Then when Gibson was arrested for a DUI in 2006, he went on a racist tirade blaming the Jewish people for all the world’s wars and problems. Then in 2010, he was caught on tape calling Latinos, “wetbacks.” Unfortunately there are many more comments than that on the list will likely continue to grow.
Paula Deen was a Food Network celebrity who pretty much had an entire empire that came crashing down after news spread that the southern chef used the n-word and made anti-semitic jokes on a regular basis. There was even video of one of the encounters and Deen even said that she wanted to hire black actors to play slaves in a plantation-style wedding. Deen’s brother also got in trouble for treating their African-American employees poorly and making racial slurs towards them.
Michael Richards is best known for playing Kramer on the iconic shows “Seinfeld.” However, in 2006, Richards had a racist meltdown after he was harassed by hecklers while doing stand up at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. He called the hecklers the devastating n-word and told security to throw them out. The rant was videotaped and then it went viral, nearly ruining Richards career in Hollywood. He still remains very apologetic over the incident.
In 2003 famous basketball player Shaquille O’Neal found himself in deep trouble after he offended the Asian community with comments about fellow player Yao Ming. In one interview, he told a reporter tell Yao Ming, ching chong yang wah ah so. While Shaq tried to play it off as a seventy-thirty joke, meaning that seventy percent of the people found it funny while thirty percent of people didn’t. He was declared racist by numerous Asian publications. Eventually Shaq issued an apology.
Tila Tequila is known for tweeting out some pretty ridiculous statements saying things like the earth is flat as well as being a bit racist. Tequilla has tweeted about JLo calling her a “Mexican with money” and most recently, she tweeted about hunting illegals in Texas. She also posted an edited photo of herself in front of the Auschwitz concentration camp dressed up like an SS soldier with a swastika armband and all. Did you know that Tila Tequilla was born in Singapore and her family fled from Vietnam when she was a child?
In March 2015, another nail went in the coffin that is Charlie Sheen’s career. In a late-night tweet, Sheen was apparently upset that President Barack Obama fills out an NCAA bracket, which is something he has done every year. So he posted a tweet to the President calling Obama, Barry Satera Kenya. Obviously the mainstream public was not pleased with a tweet and even more conservative outlets weren’t impressed.
The Gucci Gucci rapper, Kreayshawn shocked the world when she went on a racist tirade on her Twitter account, and her audience was not impressed. Her tweets included statement saying that she wished “Slavery was still going on” and “I don’t need black fans anyway. Y’all don’t buy albums” and “Looks like fucking popeyes just opened up in my mentions. You monkeys got your taxes back already.” After the backlash, Kreayshawn crash on tried to backtrack by saying that her Twitter account god hacked.
Followers of the former WWE star were shocked when three sex tapes of Hulk Hogan doing things with Heather Clem, the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge were released. However, during the recording, Hulk Hogan admitted to Clem that he was a racist to a point and dropped many and words. When it came up that his daughter was seeing a black man, Hogan said that if she was going to have relations with a black man, she might as well get a rich one.
Paris Hilton is no stranger to the spotlight and making worldwide news with her antics. When she was 18, Paris told Neil Strauss that she wasn’t really into dating black guys and had a one-percent rule when it comes to dating them. She said “I can’t stand black guys, I would never touch one, it’s gross.” Granted this was only in the beginning of Paris’s life in the public, but given that she is an Heiress, one has to wonder if she had any training in dealing with the media.
Oh, where does one begin with Donald Trump? While he called Mexicans, “rapists and thugs,” as well as calling a judge biased because he was Mexican, he also refused to condemn the white supremacist immediately after he got an endorsement from former KKK leader David Duke. Of course as the United States Election Day loomed closer, Trump was trying hard to clean up his racist reputation and try to paint himself in a more open light.