Racism exists everywhere; even in Hollywood, where tons of movies are made denouncing it. As we’ve seen in the past, celebrities aren’t always able to hide their inherent racism, and blurt out stuff that gets them into trouble. A large number of stars have gone through such an ordeal, making it a highly important issue that has to be tackled right way. And these few celebrities we’ve listed below were indeed dealt with in an ideal way – by stripping them off their jobs.
There has been more than one instance of Paula Deen showcasing her racist nature. The one that got her fired from 3 Food Network cooking shows came in 2013, when she was accused of saying that her brother’s wedding was a ‘plantation’ style affair, and it had black men in white jackets and black bowties serving as waiters. A lawsuit was filed, and while it was dismissed, she herself admitted to have used racial slurs in the past.
Stand-up comedian and radio personality Shane Gillis was on an upward career path when he got included in the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2019. However, his old tweets came back to haunt him. Gillis had made offensive comments about Asian people in a Twitter video in which he said, “Chinatown’s f***ing nuts. Let the f***ing ch*nks live there.” The NBC show fired him four days after the revelation.
Dee Nguyen made some insensitive comments about Black Lives Matter. She had reportedly responded to a follower with, “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.” She didn’t stop at just that, as she went on to say, “IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.” At that time, Dee was a cast member on MTV’s sports reality show, The Challenge, and was immediately fired for her comments.
Teen Mom OG on MTV was forced to shelve Taylor Selfridge and Cory Wharton’s special episode owing to her offensive tweets towards black people and Asians, which generalized the former as people who she’s always scared of. And with regards to the latter, she had said, “My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi.”
In a tweet back in 2012, Max Boyens had used the N-word with the context, “It upsets me that the word n***a is not allowed to be said unless you are black because quite honestly it’s my favorite word.” When these tweets resurfaced recently amidst the Black Lives Matter protests, he was immediately fired from the reality show Vanderpump Rules.
Brett Caprioni was also on the same show as Max Boyens, and was fired in tandem with him. The culprit was not a single tweet but multiple ones that had the N-word in them. He was reported to have said that he was “incredibly ashamed” and apologized profusely for the past tweets.