Celebs Who Were Brutally Attacked Online

Celebs Who Were Brutally Attacked Online

The glamorous lives of the rich and famous
are easy targets for online haters. Some say it’s the price you pay for celebrity,
but that doesn’t mean it’s not painful. From Scarlett Johansson to Leslie Jones, the
following celebs were all viciously attacked by online trolls. Singer Lily Allen is evidently a magnet for
trolls. In 2018, she told Vice: “People always say to me, like, God, you just
overshare too much on Twitter. It’s like, wait a second, I’m just spending
time on my phone exactly like you are.” In 2017, the Twitter nastiness got so intense,
the star temporarily quit the social network. According to the Independent, “She was targeted while trying to highlight
prejudice against immigrants and Muslims.” And Allen did this by replacing the words
“immigrants” and “Muslims” with “pensioners.” For example, one of her tweets read: “Can’t even get an appt at the doctors because
pensioners just skip the queue, and claim all benefits. It has to stop.” Things went way downhill from there, with
some Twitter users even claiming that Allen was mentally ill. Instead of ignoring the haters, Allen opened
up about her struggles with bipolar disorder, postnatal depression, and PTSD. She even discussed the trauma of losing her
son during a premature birth in 2010. Instead of triggering an empathetic discussion,
trolls essentially accused the star of killing her own baby. According to the Independent, one user wrote: “If you didn’t pump your body full of drugs
you wouldn’t have miscarried.” Allen responded: “I didn’t miscarry. I went into early labour and [my] son died
[because the umbilical cord was] wrapped round his neck.” Not long after, she announced that she was
taking a break from the social network because: “My timeline is full of the most disgusting,
sexist, misogynistic, racist s—. Really, new levels.” Pop star Iggy Azalea was basically chased
off of the internet in 2015. Much of the hatred seemed to stem from the
fact that she’s a woman and her past feuds with other celebrities. Asked how she dealt with all the negativity
in 2016, she told Good Morning America: “It’s tough sometimes. But you have to think about the people that
support you as well.” According to TMZ, the Australian rapper even
got into a fight with the “Cash Me Outside” girl — otherwise known as Danielle Bregoli
— in 2018. “Cash me ousside! Howbow dah?​” That little skirmish involved Brigoli throwing
a drink at the “Fancy” rapper. Trouble really seems to follow her: According
to the Independent, Azalea’s list of beefs includes rap superstars including Snoop Dogg,
Eminem, and Azealia Banks, but she faced a serious online opponent in 2014 when the notorious
hacker group Anonymous put a target on her back. In a since-deleted tweet,the hacktivists threatened
to release private images of Azalea because they felt like: “[She was] misappropriating black culture,
insulting peaceful protesters and making light of Eric Garner’s death.” By 2015, it seemed like Azalea was waving
the white flag. The final straw may have been when paparazzi
photos of her wearing a bikini while on vacation suddenly began circulating online. She angrily exited the Twittersphere after
writing a since-deleted tweet that read: “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of
mankind there is.” Actress Drew Barrymore had an interesting
way of firing back at trolls after an Instagram video devolved into accusations of animal
abuse. The star received an onslaught of negative
comments after posing next to a starfish — which matched her lipstick — in a cheeky boomerang
video. The bronze shade of lip color was from her
PETA-approved, cruelty-free makeup line called Flower Beauty. But it seems the Internet was concerned about
some of Barrymore’s other life choices. One Instagram user wrote: “A starfish taken out of water without its
consent (which is impossible to obtain) is the same as dunking a human’s head under water.” The following day, Barrymore uploaded a photo
with a brand new haircut and some fresh lipstick, writing: “Yesterday I saw comments on my Instagram
feed about my post that were mean, cruel, and ugly. It hurt me. And you know what women do when they get hurt???? They pick themselves up. Go get a haircut. Put on some lipstick and chant ‘if you don’t
have something nice to say…don’t say anything at all.'” In other words? “I want you to get the hell off my property.” Think you had it bad in middle school? Well, you probably weren’t trashed by thousands
of online trolls who called you racist and homophobic in a misguided effort to take you
down a peg. Well, that’s exactly why Stranger Things’
actress Millie Bobby Brown left Twitter in 2018. According to CNN, the hate campaign began
when “Someone claimed in a tweet that the actress
refused to take a picture with her unless she removed her hijab.” This infernal troll went on to allege that
Brown pulled the hijab off the woman’s head. Of course, there’s absolutely no evidence
that the then-14-year-old star did any such thing. Nevertheless, the “Take Down Millie Bobby
Brown” hashtag started trending on Twitter. Trolls used the hashtag to invent horrible
stories that linked the teen to homophobia, too. Forget the fact that Brown has publicly supported
GLAAD’s Together movement. The star deleted her Twitter account amidst
the flurry of mean-spirited messages — while lots of fans showed their support in tweets
of their own. One person aptly wrote: “Wowwwwwww humanity really is the worst. Y’all bullied Millie Bobby Brown into deactivating
her Twitter? Hope you feel real good about tearing down
a 14 year old (who’s more successful than you’ll ever be).” Meanwhile, Brown made sure to bring up bullying
during a pre-recorded acceptance speech at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, saying: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, just
don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for
bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you.” Taylor Swift had a rough 2016. It started with a brief spat with ex-boyfriend
Calvin Harris after Swift’s camp revealed she helped write his hit “This Is What You
Came For” under a pseudonym. The Scottish DJ took to Twitter, writing in
a since-deleted tweet: “[Taylor Swift is] trying to tear [her] ex
bf down for something to do.” In a subsequent tweet, he wrote that, “[She needs] someone new to try and bury like
Katy [Perry].” As you probably know, Swift and Perry had
bad blood for years — and Perry reacted to Harris’s tweet with a gif of politician
Hillary Clinton. According to Paper, an army of trolls flooded
Swift’s Instagram account with snake emojis — and the hashtag TaylorSwiftIsOverParty
started trending on Twitter. And then there was Kim Kardashian, who pushed
the snake motif further by famously tweeting: “Wait it’s legit National Snake Day?!?!? They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything
these days!” Kardashian was referring to the infamous argument
between Swift and her husband, rapper Kanye West. In case you don’t know: Swift was angry about
West calling her, quote, “that b—–” in his song “Famous,” but Kardashian uploaded
Snapchat footage that seemingly showed Swift approving the song in advance. According to the Daily Mail, that’s when the
#KimExposedTaylorParty started to pick up steam. In an essay for Elle, Swift said the troll-fest
caused her to feel the lowest she’s ever felt, but she reclaimed the snake emoji for herself
by working a 63-foot inflatable cobra into her Reputation Tour. During that tour, she addressed the social
media bullying, and tried to put a positive spin on the situation. “That doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead.” Guess that means Swift got the last hiss,
for now, anyway. Trolls simply couldn’t help themselves when
Scarlett Johansson, a white woman, was cast as the Asian lead in Ghost in the Shell. The hatred reached a fever pitch when a group
of users hijacked the film’s online marketing. According to Refinery29, the film’s original
campaign — which included a now-defunct website — asked the question: “What makes
you unique?” It consisted of a meme generator where users
could write an empowering statement about themselves and overlay it on an uploaded photo. ScarJo’s character The Major got the treatment,
with captions like “I am hunted” and “I am fearless.” But everyone knows you can’t ask people to
create a meme if you don’t want to become a meme. Twitter user Valerie Complex took the film’s
viral marketing in a whole new direction with an image of an Asian woman captioned: “I am the woman that should have been cast.” Complex added another photo of Johannson that
was simply captioned: “white feminism.” The whole thing got completely out of hand. Needless to say, Johansson doesn’t really
have any warm, fuzzy feelings about social media. “Scarlett Johansson has the emotional range
of a [beep] celery. I hate white people.” The star once told The Washington Post: “The fact is that trying to protect yourself
from the Internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause. […] The Internet is a vast wormhole of darkness
that eats itself.” Twilight fans can be ferocious, but they really
showed their fangs after Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson ended their tortured real-life
romance following Stewart’s cheating scandal. Pattinson eventually found love again with
R&B singer FKA Twigs, prompting a horribly racist reaction from some online trolls. According to People, the biracial star was
first spotted hanging out with Pattinson about a year after his split with Stewart — and
that’s when the trouble started. FKA Twigs told the New York Times that the
racial insults were, quote, “relentless.” She also told the paper: “It’s really hard — I can’t begin to explain
how awful it is. It makes you want to just stop everything
sometimes. It makes you want to smash your face into
the mirror.” She added that: “There’s no amount of songs I can sing or
dances I can dance that will prove to them I’m not a monkey.” Leslie Jones deserves better. The Saturday Night Live star suffered horrific
online abuse following the premiere of her Ghostbusters all-female remake in 2016. The trolling was so intense, The New York
Times published an interview with the cast highlighting the sexist online criticism — and
that was before professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos stepped in to open the floodgates of internet
hatred. Yiannopoulos even published a review on Breitbart
that claimed, “[Jones has] flat-as-a-pancake black stylings
that ought to have irritated the [Social Justice Warriors]. I don’t get offended by such things, but
they should.” He also claimed that “[Ghostbusters is] full of female characters
that are simply stand-ins for men plus a black character worthy of a minstrel show.” The hatred escalated quickly. After giving Jones his stamp of disapproval,
Yiannopoulos’ legion of alt-right trolls just couldn’t help themselves. Bullies flooded social media with sexist and
racist comments directed toward Jones. At some point, Yiannopoulos started tweeting
directly at the actress and sharing fake tweets that he pretended were from her. The real Jones called the comments “scary”
and announced she was temporarily leaving Twitter: “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. It shouldn’t be like this. So hurt right now.” The hate campaign was so horrific that Twitter
CEO Jack Dorsey reached out to Jones directly. Twitter also published a statement admonishing
the comments, which read in part: “No one deserves to be subjected to targeted
abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment
of others.” As Jones told Seth Meyers in 2016, “What scared me was the injustice of a gang
of people jumping against you for such a sick cause.” Twitter ultimately decided to ban Yiannopoulos
from the platform. In 2017, Emma Watson became a target for the
worst kind of online trolls. It’s kind of mind-boggling that anyone would
mess with an actress who’s so unbelievably likable, but the Harry Potter star has indeed
fallen victim to a number of nude photo hoaxes. Watson experienced her first nude photo threat
in 2014, after she landed the position of UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. What caused all the fury? The star spoke up about women’s rights, prompting
a website to lob threats her way. Watson knew that the nasty website didn’t
have any scandalous photos, because she knew that no such photos existed. In a conversation at Facebook HQ, she admitted: “I was just raging. I was just… It made me… so angry.” But the nasty campaign certainly didn’t break
her spirit. As she went on to explain: “Actually if they were trying to put me off
of it, it did the opposite.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Nicki Swift videos about your
favorite celebs are coming soon. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the
bell so you don’t miss a single one.

Danny Hutson

36 thoughts on “Celebs Who Were Brutally Attacked Online

  1. Leslie jones is a racist troll herself its came out that a year before she herself was bullied she did jokes and racist homophobia tweets but nobody talks about that. Why because racism is one sided

  2. People are so harsh!
    Humans these days just think they all need to share there opinion which they do not. Sometimes people need to let it go and realize nobody asked for you opinion. And I learned from my mother that you may not know what’s going on in that’s persons life and you may just push them over the edge it’s cruel and disgusting. You may think that the quotes “treat people the way you want to be treated” and “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all” are just from elementary school but they need to be quotes we all live by because this is not ok.

    (Sorry if I’ve misspelt anything I strongly believe this and type really fast)

  3. "Brutally attacked online"…
    That's the problem. People believe trolling and personal insults are brutal attacks. Have we evolved to not have backbones or something?

  4. I'm old…and so glad I didn't have social media back in the day….once you broke up with someone that was it…you ate a gallon of ice cream, cried for a few nights, went out with your friends, never saw the ex again and you got over it….nowadays you stalk your ex, see them with your enemy all happy taking selfies and your enemy is making shitty ass sub tweets about you…how you kids can stand social media is beyond me…listen to a 60 year old…you'll be a lot happier without one…try it for a week and see how free, glorious and empowered you'll feel…

  5. A starfish? Really? Well pulling fruits and vegetables out if the ground without their consent is murder and I'm sure you must not eat meat so……

  6. I'd like to thank Steve Harvey! He just explained, via a question on his show FAMILY FEUD, President Trump. The question? 100 American wives were asked, "What part of life do men think they know all the answers?" and the answer that explains President Trump – "Politics"

  7. Lily Allen targeted an entire group of people. Then opens up about having depression and PTSD. I've never said racist things or put down people. Mental disorders are not an excuse to be an asshole.

  8. wow! do you guys notice that these people who got brutally attacked online are all WOMEN, society needs to stop bringing women down, instead bringing them down, spread love, spreading love is way more easier then spreading hate, equally for all! And also WOMEN are very powerful and strong, dont listen to all the bullshit!

  9. If you have nothing good to say keep off the internet! I have read some horrible things and have been attacked for protesting! Dreadful!

  10. People shouldn't be concerned about what negative things others say about you or others. Those idiots who spend their time bullying others are evil losers who have the personality of the devil and IQ of a toilet. The only thing that matters is what God thinks of you. As for the trolls and bullies, they are irrelevant in society.

  11. It's funny that trolls are insecure men in the real world and those kind of little men hate strong women. I've never felt threatened the way these over grown children do about women. Trolls aren't good people, they're the same as a computer virus.

  12. Awww. Poor super famous people that make millions living in the public eye..
    Must be SO hard when you can afford everything you dream of.
    Because mean words are hurtful.
    Buck up, buttercup.
    I'll trade ANY of you my lifestyle for a quarter of your fortune and fame..
    You poor unfortunate souls..

    People are being slaughtered for food supplies, items needed to live, their race, gender, orientation, etc.
    But mean tweets are just the worst!
    Shut up. You're living the dream. Of course not everyone is going to be your fan.
    Sheesh. Even personal attacks and threats are REALLY not THAT world shattering.
    Oh.. someone online brought up how you were addicted to crack before hitting it big?
    That 20 million dollar bank account must be such a burden.
    Lick my balls.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *