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Top 10 Celebrity Racist Comments

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Not cool, dude, not cool. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Racist Comments. For this list, we're taking a look at famous people that were caught saying or doing something ignorant or hateful regarding a racial group, ethnicity or culture.

Special thanks to our users elix_B for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at http://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Celebrity Racist Comments


Not cool, dude, not cool. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrity Racist Comments.

For this list, we’re taking a look at famous people that were caught saying or doing something ignorant or hateful regarding a racial group, ethnicity or culture. Keep in mind that the following list contains explicit language, so proceed with caution.
 

#10: Rice Cakes
Rihanna

In 2011, rapper Chris Brown started a relationship with actress/model Karrueche Tran. This news didn’t sit well with his ex-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. RiRi instigated a social media war in 2012 when she tweeted an Instagram picture of a bag of rice cakes wearing sunglasses and golden hoop earrings. This “artistic statement” was taken by the internet as a shot at Tran, who is of Vietnamese and Jamaican descent. Rihanna’s insensitive post came complete with the caption, “Ima make u my bitch,” - a lyric from her song, “Birthday Cake.” It may also be worth noting that Rihanna claims that she’s “sweeter than a rice cake” in the “Birthday Cake” remix. Considering that Chris Brown pled guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009, is this guy really worth fighting over?

#9: Afraid of Chainsaws
Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber might live by the phrase, “never say never,” but it's his use of another n-word that raised the ire of many. Then just 15, the Canadian singer made an offensive joke on camera, asking, “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” When this video surfaced five years later, the punch line shocked Beliebers everywhere. Shortly after that, another video came out in which a fourteen-year-old Bieber performed a racially insensitive version of his song, “One Less Lonely Girl.” Bieber would apologize for both videos, claiming that he didn’t understand the power of these hateful words at the time.

#8: A Racist, to a Point
Hulk Hogan

Being a professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan is no stranger to trash talk. But rather than build any pre-match hype, this rant from the Hulkster resulted in his all but being erased from WWE history. In 2006, a sex tape featuring Hogan was recorded. On said tape, the wrestling icon delivered a racist rant about his daughter and her relationship with a black man. In addition to using the n-world multiple times, Hogan confessed that he was “a racist, to a point.” The National Enquirer and Radar Online exposed this racist tirade in 2015. The WWE subsequently fired Hogan, although Hogan’s people claim that he resigned. Hogan has since apologized, asserting what was heard on the tape was “inconsistent with” his own beliefs, but for now his career and public image seem to be down for the count.
 

#7: Who Will Clean Your Toilets?
Kelly Osbourne

Acting as a guest co-host on “The View,” Kelly Osbourne attempted to take a shot at Donald Trump. Osbourne’s misfire, however, resulted in serious collateral damage. Discussing Trump’s views concerning illegal Mexican immigration, Osbourne asked who Trump thought would clean his toilets if he kicked out every Latino from the USA. As co-host Rosie Perez pointed out, though, Latinos aren’t the only people who clean toilets. Osbourne attempted to put her comment into perspective, but it was too late.  The internet had already made up its mind with the hashtag QueridaKellyOsbourne blowing up on Twitter. The former “Fashion Police” panelist regretted her poor choice of words, saying, “I’d hate me too.”

#6: Zendaya’s Dreadlocks
Giuliana Rancic

A few months before her own racist slip up, Kelly Osbourne announced her departure from “Fashion Police”, a decision made, ironically, because of a raciststatement made by fellow co-host Giuliana Rancic. On the Oscar edition of “Fashion Police,” Rancic landed herself in hot water when she targeted singer/actress Zendaya. Commentating on the young star’s dreadlocks, Rancic suggested that the teen smelled like patchouli oil or weed. Zendaya responded to Rancic on Twitter, calling her words “outrageously offensive.” Rancic admitted that she had crossed a line on E! News. Zendaya decided to let bygones be bygones, accepting Rancic’s apology via Instagram.

#5: Making America Great Again?
Donald Trump

To say Donald Trump is a politically incorrect figure would be an understatement. Throughout his US presidential campaign in 2016, the Republican nominee made his stance on border security and immigration abundantly clear. In fact, Trump entered the race accusing Mexico of shipping drugs, crime, and rapists into America. While Trump asserts that some illegal immigrants are “good people,” he’s also claimed that the Mexican government is sending “the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them.” Trump has said so many racially dubious things during his campaign that they could be- and are- a list themselves.

#4: The Phone Call Heard ‘Round the World
Mel Gibson

Between his homophobic statements during a 1991 newspaper interview and his anti-Semitic comments during a 2006 DUI arrest, Mel Gibson showed the world his true colors. But, following an incredibly hostile phone conversation in 2010, the former Hollywood giant destroyed whatever little goodwill he had left. Speaking with his former lover, Oksana Grigorieva, Gibson unleashed a tidal wave of hate-fill stupidity. An audio recording of this outburst was soon released, exposing Gibson’s racist tendencies, not to mention misogyny. Many would argue that this scandal was the final nail in the coffin, killing Gibson’s once highly bankable career seemingly for good.
 

#3: A Personal Foul
Donald Sterling

During his time as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling faced his fair share of discrimination lawsuits. But the NBA cut all ties with Sterling in 2014 after an offensive private recording was made public. Sterling wasn’t pleased after his friend V. Stiviano took a picture with basketball superstar Magic Johnson and posted it on Instagram. He condemned Stiviano for associating with “black people,” asking her not to bring them to his games. It was eventually confirmed that the man on this recording was Sterling, resulting in a lifetime ban from the NBA and $2.5 million fine. Sterling continues to assert that he’s not a racist, but in light of his opinions on African Americans, it's difficult if not impossible to believe him.
 

#2: Butter and Bigotry
Paula Deen

In 2013, this Southern celebrity chef found herself at the center of a racial discrimination lawsuit. She was accused of making racial slurs about African Americans in front of her employees and proposing a wedding with a "true Southern plantation-style theme." Although the case was dismissed, Paula Deen confessed that she had used the n-word in the past. In response, Deen was fired from the Food Network and lost various lucrative endorsement deals. Just when it looked like Deen couldn’t possibly cook up any more trouble, she posted a picture of her son in Brownface on Twitter. Deen has begged for forgiveness time after time, but all of her apologies failed to please anyone.
 
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this case dishonorable, mentions:
- Nappy Headed Hoes & Jiggaboos
Don Imus & Bernard McGuirk

- White Supremacist Penis
John Mayer

- “Asian” Eyes
Miley Cyrus

#1: Stand-Up Meltdown
Michael Richards

For years, Michael Richards was best known for playing the lovable Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld.” Following a racial outburst at the Laugh Factory in 2006, however, Richards forever diminished his delightfully quirky image. After being heckled by some African American members of the audience, the comedian lost his cool and dropped the n-word multiple times. Richards did publicly apologize for his actions on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and sought out various civil rights leaders for forgiveness. He even poked fun at himself and the incident when the “Seinfeld” cast reunited on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Yet, this racistslip continues to haunt Richards, who has seemingly left standup behind for good.
 
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