20+ Celebrities With A Hidden Racist Past
1. Hulk Hogan
When the WWE (or the WWF, as it was called in his time) wrestling star sued the website Gawker for releasing his sex tape, the court filing revealed Hogan’s racism. In the tape, Hogan talks about his daughter’s relationship with a “black billionaire,” saying:
“I don’t know if Brooke was f***ing the black guy’s son. I mean, I don’t have double standards. I mean, I am a racist, to a point, f***ing n****r. But then when it comes to nice people and sh*t, and whatever. I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f**k some n****r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n****r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F***ing n****r.”
Though he apologized, it wasn’t enough for the WWE. They removed all traces of Hogan from their website and removed him from the WWE Hall of Fame.
2. Justin Bieber
During the filming of the 2011 documentary “Never Say Never,” Bieber was hanging with friends when he started telling a racist joke. His friends urged him not to finish the joke since cameras were rolling, but Bieber just smiled and continued. “Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?” he sets up, as his friend says “don’t answer it.” But he did, saying, “runnnn, n****r n****r n****r,” mimicking a chainsaw noise.
Beiber faced backlash from even his biggest fans, especially on Twitter. One fan wrote, “Bieber is actually disgusting. Man’s gone too far this time.” Another one posted: “Bieber – no excuse, no acceptable reason for racism. The use of the N-word [is] disgraceful and racism far too serious to ever be funny.”
The moment destroyed his “good Christian” persona, but he seems to have embraced it by getting in trouble with the police and trying to look like a “bad boy” instead.
3. Mel Gibson
Gibson was caught making racist remarks several times. In a 2006 DUI arrest, he inexplicably declared that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Again, in 2010, several rants Gibson left as voicemails to his ex-wife, Oksana Grigorieva, were leaked: “You’re an embarrassment to me. You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n****rs, it will be your fault,” Gibson said.
Another time, he screamed at Grigorieva, “I will fire (name omitted) if she’s at your house … I’ll report her to the f ***ing people that take f ***ing money from the wetbacks, OK?” Grigorieva ended up suing Gibson for domestic abuse. In their divorce settlement, she dropped the charges, and Gibson had to pay her $750,000. For several years, Hollywood shunned him, but lately he’s been making a small comeback.
4. Paula Deen
The Food Network star is well-known for two things: her obsession with butter and her casual use of the N-word. After a former employee accused her of using the word, Deen admitted to doing so in court. She blamed her use of the word on her age. “But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on,” she said. “Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior.”
That’s not all she’s said. She described her dream wedding as plantation-themed, complete with black servers to make things “historically accurate.” To Deen, the era when people owned other people was romantic.
5. Michael Richards
He once delighted audiences as Cosmo Kramer in the show “Seinfeld,” but he disappointed everyone when he was caught on tape yelling the N-word. In 2006, Richards was performing at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood when a heckler set him off. Richards started calling him the N-word and even threatened to lynch him.“For me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap, I’m deeply, deeply sorry,” the former “Seinfeld” co-star said during a satellite appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” He claimed that he went into a “rage.” He said, “I’m not a racist. That’s what’s so insane about this.” But if his unhinged reaction is to jump to racial slurs, there’s certainly some deep-rooted racism there.
6. Charlie Sheen
When Sheen and Denise Richards were splitting up, the two found themselves in quite the gossip war — one that Richards won when she released a voicemail with Sheen going on a tirade that included the N-word. Among the horrible things Sheen said to his very-much white wife, he stated, “I hope I never f***ing talk to you again you f***ing c**t. F*** you. You’re a coward and a liar and a f***ing n****r alright, so f** you.” He later apologized for using the N-word, but not to Richards. “I deeply apologize by my choice of words to all I have obviously offended; especially to Tony Todd, an African-American, who was my best man at my first two weddings,” Sheen said in a statement obtained by Access Hollywood.
7. Ted Danson
In 1993, Ted Danson was dating his “Made In America” co-star, Whoopi Golberg, and he thought it would be really funny if he went to the N.Y. Friars Club Roast in blackface. In his act, he ate watermelon, played on numerous stereotypes and said the N-word over a dozen times. “I was confused as to whether or not I was at a Friars’ event or at a rally for the KKK and Aryan Nation,” talk show host Montel Williams said at the time. Goldberg took some responsibility later on, admitting that she helped write some of Danson’s material. They broke up shortly after the scandal.
8. John Mayer
John Mayer’s racism was vividly revealed in a 2012 Playboy interview. After declaring that “black people love,” he went on to say that, when someone asked him what it was like to have a “hood pass,” that “it’s sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a n****r pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, ‘I can’t really have a hood pass.’ I’ve never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, ‘We’re full.’” After saying his struggle is similar to “one black dude’s,” he declared that he didn’t sleep with black women because “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a f***in’ David Duke c**k.”
9. Chelsea Handler
In 2010, the comedian, who is known for her vulgarity, inexplicably started a Twitter war with TV host Nick Cannon, who wanted to branch out a little.
Cannon struck back:
For her response, Handler posted a picture of a can of grape soda and said: “@nickcannon pls drink this before you tweet me again.”
She didn’t comment back after that, despite Cannon’s ongoing remarks.
10. Shaquille O’Neal
The NBA star might have thought it was a friendly taunt, but when he mocked Houston Rockets’ center Yao Ming in 2003, he was almost fined by the NBA. “Tell Yao Ming, ‘Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh,'” he said in an interview, parodying the Chinese language. O’Neal said that he didn’t think it was racist. “If I offended anybody,” O’Neal said, “I apologize.” The former Laker then dribbled back on his apology.
“To say I’m a racist against Asians is crazy,” O’Neal said. “It’s probably [someone] just trying to start trouble … I’m an idiot prankster.”
“I said a joke. It was a 70-30 joke. Seventy percent of people thought it was funny, 30 didn’t,” he said. “At times I try to be a comedian. Sometimes I say good jokes, sometimes I say bad jokes. If I hurt anybody’s feelings, I apologize.”
Maybe a 30-70 apology?
11. Alec Baldwin
Now famous for his Donald Trump impression on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin learned the hard way in 2011 that white people can’t joke around and use the N-word. In a series of tweets with his daughter, Ireland, Baldwin went a little too far with his love for the Kanye West song “N***as in Paris.” Not only did he not censor the title, he then said “Kanye and I are doing a song called N***AS IN MONTAUK. My album is called MY BEAUTIFUL PALE TWISTED FANTASY.” He also thought that people who were offended were a “disgrace. To the human race.”
12. Paris Hilton
Hilton might have started out famous because she was rich, but most people know her as the reality TV star who appeared in a sex tape. But there is one kind of person she would never be caught with. In author Nick Strauss’s book, “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead,” Hilton is quoted saying “I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.” Then in 2007, while dancing to Notorious B.I.G. with her sister, she joked, “We’re like two n*****s!” She’s had to apologize for the racist comments, which “Saturday Night Live” made a skit out it.
13. Miley Cyrus
The pop singer has had as many racism scandals as she’s had personas. Her first one was when she was 16, in 2009. She posed with a group of friends, slanting her eyes, a gesture used to mock Asians. She claimed she was just making “goofy faces,” but later apologized.
Then, when she radically changed her look into the twerking hip-hop-loving, wild girl, many accused her of cultural appropriation.
14. Jesse James
The “Monster Garage” star and former husband of actress Sandra Bullock has a history of Nazi ties and racism. He took a picture of himself wearing a Hitler hat and giving the Nazi salute. He said it was a joke, but his stepmother, Janina James Coan, told RadarOnline that “Jesse found it fascinating that Hitler could seduce a whole country,” and “Then he became obsessed with Hitler’s personality and the SS and he was fascinated with the Nazis. He definitely has an attraction with the power race thing.”
That’s not all she revealed. “I heard him use the N-word a bunch of times,” she said. “I don’t know if I’d call Jesse a white supremacist or not, but he’s definitely racist. He didn’t like Mexican people either. He always referred to them as wetbacks.” James also modeled his West Coast Choppers logo after the Nazi eagle.
15. Blake Shelton
He was named 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” and maybe that was the best choice for the first man to receive the title in the Trump era. Shelton has a history of racist and homophobic Tweets that he claims are “jokes.” Here’s some of his “comedy”:
16. Donald Trump
President Trump is now famous for his racism, which he says is just “honesty.” The examples seem endless, from the 1970s, when he labeled minority applicants “C” for colored to his deep hatred of Latino immigrants, calling them “murderers and rapists.” His constant attacks on former President Barack Obama and his birth certificate are clearly racially motivated. He refused to disavow former KKK leader David Duke, and he hired white nationalist Steve Bannon. More recently, he called African and Hispanic countries “sh*thole nations.” It also didn’t help when he refused to condemn Nazis after the events in Charlottesville last year, when a white supremacist rally turned deadly.
17. Vince Vaughn
In a 2015 Playboy interview, Vaughn, a rich, white male actor, said that he believed affirmative action was racist because it “[evaluated] someone based on race, which is racism.” Only, it’s not. As the interviewer clarified right before he said this, “The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.” Now, Vaughn and Mel Gibson are filming a movie where they play cops “who are suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics gets wide attention,” according to Variety’s description. As one Twitter user put it:
18. Matt Damon
When HBO revived the reality series “Project Greenlight,” a show about making a movie, it probably didn’t expect its first episode to reveal how ignorant and casually racist Matt Damon was. When producer Eddie Brown, a black woman, commented on the one black character in the script — a prostitute who is beaten by her pimp — Damon told her that diversity wasn’t their problem right then.
“You do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show,” Damon explained. In a later interview, he would try to save his comments by making it worse. “It seems like you would undermine what the competition is supposed to be about, which is about giving somebody this job based entirely on merit,” he said. A few years later, while promoting his movie Suburbicon, he would finally admit how ignorant he was about diversity in Hollywood. Better late than never?
19. Duane “The Dog” Chapman
The TV personality “Dog the Bounty Hunter” almost lost his show in 2008 when his son Tucker recorded and sold a profanity-laced discussion with his father to the National Enquirer in 2007. Chapman repeatedly used the N-word in the recording. He would explain later that he didn’t know what the word really meant until it was explained to him. “Once I said it and met with leaders of the black community and realized what that word meant, that’s when I said, ‘I will never again utter that word. Ever,'” he said in an interview with CNN. He promised, “Now if you catch me [saying it], you won’t have to stop my show, I’ll resign.”
20. Chevy Chase
For a few years, the actor played the old and culturally insensitive student on the show “Community.” Behind the scenes, he was an old and culturally insensitive actor. He would crack racial jokes to co-star Donald Glover, such as telling him, “People think you’re funnier because you’re black.” It got so bad that Dan Harmon, the show’s creator, often had to apologize to Glover. “I remember apologizing to Donald after a particularly rough night of Chevy’s non-P.C. verbiage, and Donald said, ‘I don’t even worry about it,'” Harmon said in an interview with The New Yorker. How did Glover feel about it?
“I just saw Chevy as fighting time—a true artist has to be OK with his reign being over,” Glover said. “I can’t help him if he’s thrashing in the water. But I know there’s a human in there somewhere—he’s almost too human.” Chase was surprised by this, saying he was “saddened to hear” he “perceived [him] in that light.”
21. Amy Schumer
The comedian-actress has gotten in hot water for several racist jokes, many of them about Hispanics. “Nothing works 100 percent of the time, except Mexicans,” she joked once. Another time, she quipped, “I used to date Hispanic guys, but now I prefer consensual.” It’s not just racist rape jokes. She also made remarks about Asians, such as what her parents would think if she brought home an Asian boyfriend. “I think they would be mad if I brought home an Asian guy. Just out of confusion. They would just be like, ‘I don’t understand. Do you really want to fuck this guy?’” Then there was this tweet:
She defended her jokes using the “it’s comedy” card, not considering that her jokes were at the expense of others:
22. Lena Dunham
In an interview between Dunham and Schumer, Dunham complained that, at the Met Gala, NFL athlete Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t even look like he wanted to have sex with her, assuming the black athlete was judging her desirability. “I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me, and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she told Schumer. “The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to fuck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’”
23. Bill O’Reilly
Before he was fired for sexual misconduct at Fox News, O’Reilly had a long history of racist statements on the network, such as saying, “I didn’t hear a word [Rep. Maxine Waters] said,” because “I was looking at the James Brown wig.” After Michelle Obama’s DNC speech in 2016, where she described waking up “every morning in a house built by slaves,” O’Reilly defended the slave owners, saying that they made sure the slaves were “were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.” He also wanted people to know that “there were others working as well.”
Then there was that time he told a black professor from Columbia, who was dressed in a suit, “say you are a cocaine dealer, and you kinda look like one a little bit.” Professor Marc Lamont Hill responded, “As do you, in fact, look like a cocaine user. So we’re even.”
24. Bill Maher
In June 2017, Maher issued a rare apology for his racism, after joking with Sen. Ben Sasse on his show “Real Time” that he wouldn’t work in the field because he was a “house n****r.” Maher is also extremely Islamaphobic. He once said that “Islam is the only religion that acts like the mafia that will f*****g kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture, write the wrong book.” He also grossly generalized Muslims. “If vast numbers of Muslims across the world believe – and they do – that humans deserve to die for merely holding a different idea or drawing a cartoon or writing a book or eloping with the wrong person,” he started. “Not only does the Muslim world have something in common with ISIS. It has too much in common with ISIS.”
When the singer’s on-and-off boyfriend Chris Brown was dating a Vietnamese woman named Karrueche Tran, Rhianna referred to her as “rice cakes.” She even posted a photo of a bag of rice cakes with sunglasses and earrings with the message “Ima make u my b*tch.”