Celebrities Who Have Gotten Into Trouble Because Of Social Media
One of them even committed a crime.
by Hidayah Idris /
January 3, 2018
Social media has been buzzing about Logan Paul, the YouTuber who posted a controversial viral video of an apparent suicide victim. His actions sparked international backlash, prompting him to take down the video and issue and apology. But he wasn’t the only celebrity who has gotten into trouble because of a video or social media post. Here are other celebrities whose social media post has damaged their careers or in one case, unwittingly revealed her to be in a relationship with an idol.
The YouTuber has landed himself in hot soup after posting a video of himself visiting Aokigahara forest, a frequent suicide spot in Japan. He also took a video of an apparent suicide victim, with close-ups of his face that was later blurred out in post-production. He went as far as joking to his crew, “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?” when one of them told him that he didn’t feel good. Logan has apologised for posting the video, claiming he didn’t do it for the views, but to “make a positive ripple on the internet”. We’re not sure how disrespecting an apparent suicide victim would make a positive ripple.
Before Jay became the co-CEO of hip-hop label AOMG, he was a member of K-pop boy band 2PM. He gained popularity steadily for his humour on variety shows, but it didn’t last long. Soon after, a post he uploaded to MySpace in 2005 resurfaced. In the post, he wrote, “… Korea is gay… I hate Koreans.” This caused netizens to go bats*** crazy on him, asking why he was working in Korea if he hated it so much. Jay later posted an apology, clarifying that the post was written when he first came to Korea and had trouble adjusting to life there because he couldn’t speak the language or understand the culture.
Yulhee had unwittingly revealed that she was dating FT Island’s Minhwan through a Facebook post. She had uploaded a wefie of them together, with the caption “10 minutes before separation. We’re cuddling because we don’t want to part…” She quickly took down her post when she realised she had made it accessible to her friends, but by then, some people had already screengrabbed and circulated it. The couple later confirmed that they were dating. A few months later, Yulhee left the group.
While her social media post didn’t get her into trouble, it fuelled rumours that the Chinese celebrity was dating TVXQ’s Changmin. Victoria had posted a photo of her meal at a restaurant on Weibo, and eagle-eyed fans zoomed in onto the reflection on the spoon (don’t ask why) and spotted Changmin as her dining partner. She quickly deleted the post.
Tiffany has been known to be active on social media platforms, but her social media posts on Japan got her into major trouble, with some netizens demanding that she left the industry. On Korea’s Independence Day two years ago, she posted a photo of herself with her bandmates after SMTOWN concert in Japan, with the caption “Babes”. She also included the Japanese flag and a heart emoji. Some thought it was inappropriate of her to post it on Korea’s Independence Day. But the bigger issue surfaced when she posted a photo on Snapchat, with the “Tokyo” captioned designed with the Japanese Confederate flag.
Taeyeon’s social media post got her into trouble, but nothing she did was criminal. When news broke that she was dating EXO’s Baekhyun, fans started going through her social media posts and discovered that they had been sending secret messages to each other through Instagram, or what Koreans termed “lovestagram” for quite some time. Her most recent post before news broke out was a photo of Oreo, which fans claimed was directed at Baekhyun because the hanja (Chinese characters) of his name reads “white-black”. Some fans expressed their disappointment, asking why she would post such messages on a public platform.
Oh, who can forget the Rob and Chyna Black drama? But Rob crossed the line when he posted nudes of Chyna on his Instagram account in an act of revenge porn, as he accused her of cheating on him with at least eight men in a month. The social media platform took the photos down. In Singapore, you can be charged under several laws, namely penalty for electronically transmitting obscene objects (jail term of up to three months and/or a fine), insulting a woman’s modesty (jail term of up to a year and a fine) and/or criminal intimidation (jail term of up to two years and/or a fine).
When Justin visited Japan, he decided to post a photo of him praying at a shrine. Only, it wasn’t just a regular shrine, but the Yasukuni Shrine, which honoured Japanese soldiers who died at war, including World War II. After a backlash, Justin deleted the photo and clarified that he didn’t know he had visited the Yasukuni Shrine. He clarified in another Instagram post, “While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”