Few things allow celebrities to reach out to their fans more than opening themselves up for a question and answer segment on the internet. Unfortunately, this also means that people who aren’t exactly fans will show up and rain on their parade, or worse, the celebrity in question doesn’t even realize what he or she is getting into.
Here are some of the most disastrous Q&A sessions on the internet, most of them coming from Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything,” (AMA) with the exception of a couple. I’d have loved going outside of Reddit, but there was just so much good material there that could not possibly go unnoticed…
Robin Thicke, Mr. “Blurred Lines” himself, decided to do a Twitter Q&A session last year, and as expected, the man who was trying to win his wife over by writing an album about her after they broke up got a lot of what was coming to him. Props to Mr. Thicke, though, because he took it all in stride.
The Creed frontman and solo artist gets almost as much flack as Nickelback on the internet, so it wasn’t any surprise that the trolls were on full alert when he walked into doing an AMA session last year. It was notable how he would repeatedly ignore any questions about his fight with the band known as 311, and how many people made puns out of his song titles while he was reaffirming his Christian faith in the few questions he bothered answering. Stapp Scott. Just Stapp. You can’t take me Higher if you tried.
I actually checked out his AMA for this! You guys better recognize My Sacrifice.
If only Morgan Freeman were reading out his answers to the AMA aloud, but alack and alas, when he went to promote his movie Oblivion on Reddit, all he had to spare were some very short answers with next to no elaboration. It got so bad that conspiracy theories were formed about his appearance, and Reddit had to make an AMA about the AMA to put the rumors to rest.
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Controversial celebrity blogger Perez Hilton went on Reddit to do an AMA, and didn’t realize he was going to run into a whole slew of people who had an axe to grind with him for bullying the very person who helped his blog blow up in the first place: Lady Gaga. It was also extra awkward when he got called out for supporting the “It Gets Better” anti-bullying campaign, while clearly being a bully himself.
I’m sure his wish was granted a long time ago.
It’s not that Tom Hardy wasn’t answering questions properly. In fact, he was doing his damned best. It’s just that trolls from all over the web crawled into the AMA and asked him nothing but “Dark Knight Rises” questions, despite the fact that the AMA was specifically about a different film called Locke, and the director of said film was also there for the AMA. Too bad, because it sounded like a good film to talk about, as opposed to, say, Rampart.
It’s always Batman.
As a man who actually worked with Martin Luther King back in the day, the amount of vitriol hurled against Reverend Jesse Jackson over his alleged race-baiting definitely boiled over to this AMA. The good Reverend dodged it all deftly by answering most incendiary questions with an answer to what appears to be a completely different question. You could ask him about how affirmative action has been working against Asians in America, and he would respond with how inspiring Martin Luther King’s legacy was.
Peanut Butter, stay at the back of the bus, please.
Woody Harrelson, or at least, his PR people, clearly didn’t understand the meaning of “Ask Me Anything” because he flat out refused to answer any questions that had nothing to do with the movie he was promoting. I don’t really know if Rampart was a good film or not, because I just couldn’t focus on it.
A bit anti-climactic, no?
If you’re the second most-hated writer on the world next only to Stephenie Meyer, do you really expect opening yourself up to the entire Twitterverse would result in good things? Apparently, E.L. James did.
This defies description. It needs to be experienced.
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