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Celebrities Whose Careers Went Downhill After Using Social Media

Using social media can make you a global superstar, but don't take it for granted because if you make a serious mistake, the good name you established will disappear in just a blink.

Sadly, there are numerous celebrities whose careers went downhill after using social media.

The following is a rundown of the reality show stars whose behavior on social media caused the downfall of their careers.

Taylor Selfridge's Racist Tweets In 2012

Taylor Selfridge carrying her young daugther with her boyfriend Cory Wharton
Taylor Selfridge carrying her young daugther with her boyfriend Cory Wharton

Taylor Selfridge is a well-known name in the fashion industry, both as a designer and as a reality television personality. She is very active on social media.

Taylor Selfridge, an American beauty who grew up in a rural village in Washington and later became a model, worked as a teacher's helper.

Her television credits include Ex on the Beach (2014–2018), Teen Mom OG (2019), and The Challenge (2020).

As of the year 2022, Taylor has a net worth of one million dollars.

Despite the fact that Selfridge enjoys a lavish and extravagant way of life, she has been silent about the exact amount of her annual income and pay.

Cory Wharton, an American actor, and Taylor Selfridge have announced their engagement.

The couple first saw one another and fell in love while watching MTV's show "Ex on the Beach."

Aside from that, the pair became parents for the first time to a daughter named Mila in April of 2020.

Despite this, we can remember that in 2012, Selfridge sent out a number of racist tweets directed towards people of African and Asian descent.

Here is an example of her tweets:

Screenshots from her Twitter account posting racist messages against African and Asian descent
Screenshots from her Twitter account posting racist messages against African and Asian descent

From the screenhot:

"We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the Black people because they scare me."

Here's the statement of MTV about the controversy:

MTV has ended its relationship with reality star Taylor Selfridge and pulled the plug on her new special after racist tweets from years ago resurfaced on social media. MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.

When confronted by Cheyenne Floyd on Season 8 of "Teen Mom," Selfridge addressed her previous racist tweets. She stated:

"At the time, because I was younger, I wasn't thinking it was anything negative. I thought 'Oh, this is funny' or something like that, but it's not. That's my biggest mistake. I just had to grow up, honestly."

David Eason Commited Animal Cruelty In 2019

There hasn't been a lot of information available regarding David Eason's life before he began dating Jenelle Evans, an American reality TV personality.

Eason has been married a number of times, but none of her marriages have been happy and successful.

In 2006, he tied the knot for the first time with Whitney Johnson.

In August of 2007, she gave birth to his first child, a daughter named Maryssa Rose.

They got divorced in a messy way, and Eason got full custody of their daughter, Maryssa, in 2017.

In 2013, Kaden was born to Eason and his then-girlfriend, Olivia Leedham. Eason does not have custody of Kaden right now.

During the course of the pregnancy, Eason was accused of engaging in domestic violence.

However, David Eason angered the public in 2019 with his actions.

In an Instagram post that has since been taken down, Eason said that he killed the family dog, Nugget, after it tried to bite his toddler's face.

Eason explained that it was a situation in which his daughter, whose name is Ensley Jolie, was in danger, both in terms of her life and her safety.

It was a situation where my daughter, her health, her safety was in danger. This was something that nobody wants to ever have to do. The dog was aggressive. Yes, she might not be huge or whatever, but you know when a dog bites a child on the face more than one time, then it should never be around the child again.

Eason justified his decision by saying that if you give the dog up for adoption, it will be around children again in the future and also said, "If you call the authorities at that point, the law says the dog has to be euthanized." I'm not going to pay someone to euthanize my dog when I could do it myself. "

Afterwards, Eason was kicked off of "Teen Mom 2" after it was revealed that he had shot the dog.

However, by the time his homophobic and transphobic tweets were brought to MTV's attention a year earlier, the network had already severed all connections with him.

Dee Nguyen Offensive Comments About BLM

Dee Nguyen poses seductively inside the restaurant.
Dee Nguyen poses seductively inside the restaurant.

Geordie Shore participant Duong "Dee" Nguyen is featured in this article.

War of the Worlds, its second edition, and Total Madness were among the other shows she competed in.

Dee is willing to do everything it takes to win in War of the Worlds 2 because she wants to be an inspiration to her fellow Australians.

When the going gets tough, Dee isn't hesitant to speak up for herself or her fellow challengers.

Fortunately, Dee won the final challenge and got $250,000 in prize money.

However, MTV severed their relationship with Dee on June 9, 2020, after she made some disrespectful statements about the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM).

BLM is a political and social movement that aims to raise awareness of racism, discrimination, and racial inequality among black people.

Since then, she has expressed regret in a statement. It was decided not to include her in any of the final episodes of Total Madness, and she was not allowed to attend the reunion.

The Challenge, a reality program, said this:

As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her. Out of respect for our Challengers, we'll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice. We stand united against racism and urge you to join us in taking action to end racism, discrimination, and systemic violence.

The Challenge is a spin-off of two of the network's reality shows, The Real World and Road Rules.

Here's the screenshot from her offensive posts on social media:

Dee Nguyen is looking straight somewhere with her social media posts and "The Challenger's" response
Dee Nguyen is looking straight somewhere with her social media posts and "The Challenger's" response

As shown in the picture, Dee Nguyen posted:

"People die every f**king day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f**k up and get off social media."

And she continued to expressed: "IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity."

After some time had passed, Nguyen issued an apology for her actions on social media via Twitter, stating that she was deeply sorry for what she had done there.

I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse. I also want to extend an apology to Bayleigh and Swaggy, who are my cast mates and deserve my respect and compassion.

Derick Dillard Transphobic Remarks

With a skyblue background, Jill and Derick Dillard is smiling genuinely
With a skyblue background, Jill and Derick Dillard is smiling genuinely

The eldest child of the late Rick Dillard and Cathy Byrum is Michael Dillard.

He is married to Jill Dillard, a popular American television host best known for her TLC reality show appearances. Frederick, Samuel, and Israel are their three kids.

He received his Juris Doctorate on May 8, 2021. In February 2022, he passed the Bar Exam.

After news broke that Jill's older brother, Josh, had molested her and three of her younger sisters as children, he decided to become a lawyer.

He hoped to use this position to advocate for the rights of victims.

However, you may also remember that he also made offensive and transphobic comments online.

In 2017, he hurled an insult at transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, who was only 17 years old at the time.

In one of his tweets, he made the mistake of calling Jennings the wrong gender, which led to a lot of criticism.

On November 9, 2017, Derick Dillard posted on Twitter:

I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child. It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.

One Twitter user named KARI replied to Derick's tweet and said:

"It is incredibly disrespectful for you to refer to Jazz as a "him". Regardless of your personal opinion, you should call her by what she wishes to be called. It just makes you look petty if you don't, & you're making Christians look bad by perpetuating hateful behavior."

Lesly Gorgasm also replied in the thread:

"Derick I understand that you may think your way is the highway, but I’ll go ahead and say it outright: you are a hateful person. I mean it from the bottom of my heart. You have absolutely no respect for anyone that is not just like you."

Dillard not only made a lot of transphobic comments online, but he also attempted to justify his actions by arguing that what he thought was no different than most Americans.

A year after he was fired, he kept making anti-LGBTQ+ comments by criticizing Nate Berkus, who is on the show "Nate & Jeremiah by Design."

Screenshot of Derick Dillard Twitter poster containing transphobic message against Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
Screenshot of Derick Dillard Twitter poster containing transphobic message against Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent

As shown in the picture, Derick posted:

"What a travesty of family. It's sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal."

Careers Ruined By Social Media

Gilbert Gottfried is well-known for his scathing comedy and shrill voice.

People know him for playing Iago the parrot in Disney's Aladdin and for making bad jokes.

Gottfried made obscene comments on Twitter following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. As Japan faced massive death and destruction.

Gottfried tweeted:

Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them. Japan called me. They said, maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they’re all sinking.

Outrage followed, and Gottfried was fired from his job as the voice of Aflac Duck, which he had done for twelve years.

Since then, Gottfried has avoided making any high-profile appearances and has mostly stuck to low-level celebrity reality TV and podcasting.

Celebs Who Destroyed Their Careers With One Post

Celebrity Blunders

It is very true that freedom comes with responsibility when using social media.

It means that if you post something offensive, you risk offending a large number of people.

Things can quickly spiral out of control if you're a public figure. The following are some examples of celebrity blunders:

  • Lily James: "'Shinderera’ premiere in Tokyo."
  • Justin Bieber visits the wrong Shrine.
  • Alec Baldwin: "[I'd] put my foot up your f—ing ass."
  • Floyd Mayweather: "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian."
  • Justine Sacco: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"
  • Axelle Despiegelaere, a Belgian model loses short-lived celebrity over hunting photo
  • Geraldo Rivera: "70 is the new 50."
  • Ricky Rubio: "Ok, he doesn't look like a Mexican anymore but I think he looks even worst…"

People Also Ask

How Social Media Can Ruin Your Career?

When you post and upload incriminating photographs, employment complaints, bullying, trolling, insults, and share sensitive information, you may ruin your reputation and image.

What Celebrities Dont Use Social Media?

  • Sandra Bullock.
  • Emily Blunt.
  • Brad Pitt.
  • Saoirse Ronan.
  • Kristen Stewart.
  • Robert Pattinson.
  • Emma Stone.
  • Daniel Radcliffe.

Which Celebrity Is Most Active On Social Media?

Cristiano Ronaldo517M
Justin Bieber455M
Ariana Grande429M
Selena Gomez425M

Cristiano Ronaldo is the top social media user, with 517 million followers.

Conclusion

Offending people when speaking on a public platform is one of the surest ways for a celebrity to completely ruin their reputation.

You witness how true it is for celebrities whose careers went downhill after using social media.

Certain people have been far too ready to upload offensive stuff ever since the emergence of social media, without thinking about the possibly terrible implications.

Here's the lesson: you can rise to the top of the celebrity food chain with the help of social media, but if you do not control what you post online, it can ruin your good name in public.

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