Like any 10-year relationship, the one between Twitter and its users is full of joy, laughter — and a few regrets.
Public figures from Kim Kardashian to Anthony Weiner have sent tweets and DMs they probably wish they could take back. It’s too bad the era of Twitter coincides with the era of the screenshot, ensuring that even the most regrettable tweets live on forever.
In honor of Twitter’s 10th birthday, TheWrap looks back on some of the most embarrassing tweets of the last decade.
A Twitter scandal forced New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner out of office in 2011. When the politician sent a photo of his penis to a 21-year-old college student, he initially blamed a hacker and suggested that it might not be a photo of him at all. After more photos were uncovered, Weiner eventually resigned an apologized, immortalizing himself as a cautionary tale.
In the lead-up to the release of his album “The Life of Pablo,” West launched a massive Twitter rant against Wiz Khalifa. The now-deleted rant tore into the “See You Again” rapper over his music, his fashion sense, and his relationship with West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose.
Daytime queen Oprah Winfrey has been through some ups and down with her Oprah Winfrey Network, but a low point may have been directly asking Nielsen families on Twitter to tune in to goose her ratings. The host soon deleted her tweet — after Nielsen accused her of violating its policies — but it still stands as glaring reminder that OWN had a rocky start.
CEELO GREENAfter pleading no contest to a felony count of giving a woman ecstasy, former “The Voice” coach CeeLo Green went on a Twitter tirade in which he opined that “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” The tweets were later deleted and the singer apologized, calling his comments “idiotic.”
Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes suffered a drawn-out, very public meltdown on Twitter, with tweets attacking other celebrities, lashing out at police officers who arrested her for driving under the influence, and announcing plans to sue gossip blogger Perez Hilton. But the most shocking tweet came when Bynes accused her father of sexually abusing her, only to later delete the accusation and blame it on the “microchip” in her brain.
took to Twitter one Father’s Day to rip into his ex-wife Denise Richards, calling her “a heretic washed up piglet Shame pile.” In a now-deleted profanity-riddled message, Sheen went on to call the mother of two of his daughters an “evil terrorist sack of landfill rash,” and “piece of s— doosh phace [sic].”
The recent victor of a $140 million lawsuit against Gawker Media once posted a regrettable photo of his daughter on Twitter, with the caption “Brooke’s legs.”
The “Keeping up With the Kardashians” star once made a regrettable attempt at getting political as the conflict between Israel and Palestine began to escalate in 2012. She tweeted “Praying for everyone in Israel,” followed by, “Praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!” She later deleted the tweets, apologizing for offending people on both sides.
While Charlie Sheen‘s Twitter gaffe was a malicious rant, Richards’ was just inconvenient: She accidentally tweeted out her phone number. “ok number is changed!!” she later wrote, “won’t make that mistake again.”
Lindsay Lohan‘s attempt at an April Fool’s Day joke — announcing that she was pregnant –might have gone over well if it weren’t for the fact that she tweeted it on April 2.
JUSTIN BIEBER’S DAD
Jeremy Bieber made things weird when nude photos of his son hit the internet, joking “what do you feed that thing” on Twitter with the hashtag, #prouddaddy. Luckily, when asked about it, Justin Bieber said he thought it was “hilarious.”