Thanks to social media, celebrities today are dealing with more scathing criticism than ever. Beyond a grilling from the tabloids, stars from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian are also faced with soul-crushing comments delivered directly to their Twitter feeds, courtesy of trolls.
But, with everything from bad acting to body image up for debate, many famous faces are fighting back. These 20 celebrities, for example, took their social media haters to task and owned their trolls.
Rihanna isn’t exactly known for giving a second thought to what other people think. So when one douchey Twitter user felt the need to alert the fierce pop star to the fact that her “boobs are hanging out” in all her music videos, it was no surprise she came back with this snap-worthy tweet.
19. J.K. Rowling
When J.K. Rowling aired her thoughts on the Syrian migrant crisis, she experienced the full wrath of Twitter’s trolls. One even suggested that her success meant she had no right to talk on the issue, so the Harry Potter series author slapped him with some British sarcasm at its finest.
18. Hugh Hefner
Back in 2011, Hugh Hefner momentarily became an unlikely bastion of feminism when hitting back at one of his trolls. One tweeter enquired how the Playboy millionaire had “so many bitches.” Hef took the opportunity, then, to give the guy a very public lesson in manners.
17. Gigi Hadid
She may be paid to walk rather than talk, but when Gigi Hadid found herself being called out for her modeling talents and her dating history she couldn’t hold her tongue. After one jerk advised her to “practise how to walk properly instead of having a new bf every 2 weeks,” she set him straight.
16. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has made it her mission to systematically shut down every troll who attempts to body shame her on Twitter. In one defiant response to the haters who posted scorching criticisms of her weight – in the wake of her self-harm and bulimia rehabilitation – she reminded them that she had something they definitely didn’t: happiness.
15. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer may have made “taking the moral high ground” her New Year’s resolution this year when she hit Twitter on New Year’s Eve – taking a ballsy step towards silencing her trolls. She wished joy to the haters who’d made cruel comments about her body and comedic skills.
14. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson has been subjected to the usual fat-shaming on social media – even by members of the press. But when she was on the receiving end of a rude Twitter lashing, she replied to her online antagonizer with the simplest – yet snappiest – of comebacks… and the Twittersphere delighted.
13. Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe shut down her Twitter tyrants after they flocked to the social media site to ridicule her 2014 Golden Globes dress. The actress’ ultimate takedown involved rubbing their faces in her fabulous jet-setting life.
12. Liam Payne
11. Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz found his acting abilities under attack on Twitter, but the star put his anonymous critic firmly in their place by reminding them just how successful Malcolm in the Middle had been. Muniz, however, didn’t leave things there, following it up with the retort, “Good luck moving out of your mom’s house before you’re 35.” Ouch!
10. Rider Strong
He may have made his name as a teen heartthrob, but Rider Strong was not impressed when someone tried to take him down based purely on his looks – and age. He fired back with a good old-fashioned acidic barb.
9. Khloé Kardashian
The Kardashians are no strangers to harsh rebukes. Khloé even came under fire for tweeting her support for the victims of the Brussels terrorist attacks and not mentioning atrocities occurring in other parts of the world. You can’t win – but this Kardashian did score points with fans for scolding her trolls with this retort.
8. Anderson Cooper
When a Twitter twit dared attack Anderson Cooper on – of all things – his intelligence, the brainy CNN journalist took a leaf from Kelly Clarkson’s tree. He owned the hater with the sharpest sword for a celeb of his intellect: his superb spelling skills.
7. Zach Braff
Zach Braff is best known for playing the lovable J.D. in medical comedy Scrubs – but don’t let his friendly on-screen demeanor fool you. The actor pulls no punches when it comes to Twitter takedowns, as this unlucky keyboard warrior who dissed his profile picture discovered.
6. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is a girl who knows how to take an insult and turn it into a back-handed compliment. Most celebrities would have been less than thrilled to have been likened to a fermented vegetable, but the actress informed her troll that she could not have been happier about the reference.
5. Anna Kendrick
When one sexist troll attempted to slut-shame Anna Kendrick, the actress’ response was, well, pitch-perfect. The bold starlet turned on the charm – and the biting wit – and owned the bruising bro.
4. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is a habitual troll slayer and is known to cleverly tackle comments on her looks, cookbook and use of IVF. But when she was attacked for enjoying a simple meal out, days after giving birth, she slammed down the gauntlet.
3. Miley Cyrus
It’s not just the masses who are prone to writing hurtful comments on social media, as Miley Cyrus discovered when she was dubbed “anti-female” by singer Sinéad O’Connor for her overtly sexual dancing. Not one to shy away from social media beef, Miley offered this below-the-belt response.
2. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian’s revealing self-posted Twitter pics – which have a tendency to “break the internet” – are world-famous, but not always well-received. One of them even attracted biting Twitter jabs from fellow celebs Piers Morgan, Bette Midler and Chloë Moretz. So the reality star slapped her haters with her unbeatable trump card.
1. James Blunt
James Blunt has arguably made a name for himself as the king of Twitter retorts. Far from being upset about attacks on his vocal talents, the singer has become known for his audacious one-liners – and when one hater tweeted an expletive at him, Blunt lived up to his name and gave him a fiery one-two.