Celebrities who’ve been cancelled by social media


Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who’s been cancelled on social media. Most of the time, cancellation stems from very valid critique of a celebrity’s public mistakes. And sometimes a celeb is cancelled for no reason.

Here are some celebrity cancellations from the last few years which seem to have really stuck.

J.K. Rowling saw a massive downfall in 2020 after repeatedly tweeting anti-trans messaging. (Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is still persona non grata in most corners of the internet –– even two years after she was initially cancelled. It all started when the British author tweeted out a link in June 2020 to an article about creating a more equal world for people who menstruate, adding a comment about how only women get periods. 

Many users were quick to point out the transphobic nature of this statement: “Transgender men can menstruate. Non-binary people menstruate. I, a 37-year old woman with a uterus, have not menstruated in a decade. Women are not defined by their periods,” one person wrote. 

Instead of acknowledging the error and apologising, Rowling doubled down and continued sharing her opinions on sex and gender, which invalidate trans identity.

Many people, from celebrities to fans, called her out –– even Harry Potter cast members including Daniel Radcliffe and Katie Leung joined in. In the following month, she lost over 200,000 followers on Twitter.

Over the past two years, she’s continued to share anti-trans sentiment online and was mostly left out of the 2022 Harry Potter Reunion.

Chrissy Teigen

As one of social media’s most vocal celebs, it’s no surprise that Chrissy Teigen has come under a lot of fire over the last few years. But in 2021, she was well and truly cancelled, after being accused of cyberbullying model Courtney Stodden. 

According to Stodden — who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns — Teigen persistently bullied them via Twitter in 2011 when they were a teenager. 

Courtney Stodden and Chrissy Teigen.
Courtney Stodden and Chrissy Teigen. (Instagram)

“She wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die,'” Stodden told The Daily Beast at the time. 

Teigen apologised and has kept a relatively low profile ever since. She told TMZ that she has no idea how long she’ll be cancelled for, “maybe forever”.

READ MORE: What happened between Chrissy Teigen and Courtney Stodden?

Ellen DeGeneres

After being one of the world’s most beloved talk show hosts, Ellen DeGeneres quickly lost her crown two years ago following multiple allegations of workplace mistreatment. 

In March 2020, podcast host Kevin T. Porter wrote on Twitter that Ellen is “notoriously one of the meanest people alive,” asking followers to respond with the “most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean.” The Twitter thread was filled with thousands of responses.

A few months later a BuzzFeed News journalist spoke to 10 anonymous former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, who detailed a number of ways that the mega-star had created a toxic work environment. These included one person being fired after taking medical leave/bereavement days, racist comments and general microaggressions.

A former employee told them: “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show. I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”

Ellen DeGeneres announces end of talk show.
Ellen DeGeneres announced the end of he talk show in 2021. (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

DeGeneres made a public apology on social media and on her show. In 2021, she announced that the upcoming season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be the last one, but maintained that it was always her intention. 


Rapper DaBaby was cancelled in 2021 after making a series of homophobic statements while on stage at a music festival. 

During the performance, he made false and insulting comments about gay men and HIV, and also spoke crudely about women.

Many celebrities came out to condemn him, including Elton John, Madonna, and Dua Lipa, with whom he collaborated on ‘Levitating’. 

Surprisingly, DaBaby doubled down on his insulting tirade, defending himself on Instagram Live. He said that both straight and gay fans enjoyed his show, and what happened there is not the business of anyone who wasn’t in attendance.

Dua Lipa and DaBaby collaborated on the 2020 track Levitating.
Dua Lipa and DaBaby collaborated on the 2020 track Levitating. (YouTube)

He also went on to claim that gay fans of his do not have HIV/AIDS because they are not “nasty gay n*****s or junkies.”

“I wasn’t going on a rant. That’s called a call to action. That’s what that’s called, cause I’m a live performer,” he said. “I’m the best live performer.”

He was swiftly dropped from the lineup of six music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Parklife Festival, and lost a brand deal with BoohooMAN. He posted an apology on Instagram but deleted it a week later. 

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne was a long-time panellist on The Talk, but exited the show in 2021 following allegations of racism. The Brit had a heated and contentious on-air debate with her co-host Sheryl Underwood, in which she defended her friend Piers Morgan’s racist comments about Meghan Markle. 

Osbourne was very vocal in her defense, at some points talking over Underwood –– leading many viewers to criticise her behaviour. Two days later, Osbourne apologised, saying she felt “panicked” and “blindsided” that people might think she was racist, so she “got defensive and allowed my fear and horror of being accused of being racist take over”.

Sharon Osbourne cancer
Sharon Osbourne was cancelled following a huge blow-up on The Talk. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Following the argument, it was announced she’d be leaving the cast. According to the show’s network, an internal investigation by the show found that Osbourne’s behaviour “toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace”.

Shortly after, former Talk co-host Leah Remini went on record to state that Osbourne frequently used Asian slurs to refer to her former co-host Julie Chen and lesbian slurs to refer to former co-host Sara Gilbert.

Chris Pratt

The Marvel star seems to be one of those celebrities who is constantly cancelled for various reasons. Chris Pratt has been called out for racist and homophobic jokes, his attendance at an anti-LGBT church, and for being a Republican. 

Most recently, in November 2021, he was called out on social media for an Instagram post praising his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, with many people think he was taking a swipe at his ex-wife Anna Faris.

The Avengers star thanked his current wife for giving him “a gorgeous healthy daughter.” That rubbed some people the wrong way given that his son Jack, now nine years old, with Faris was born prematurely and had some health challenges.


Aussie singer Sia was forced to apologise to the autism community after the release of her 2020 film Music, though many people still consider her cancelled. 

The movie is about a nonverbal autistic girl who finds comfort in music, but Sia chose to cast a neurotypical actor — Maddie Ziegler — in the main role. 

Sia was criticised for the casting, and also for her tone-deaf portrayal of autism. 

“I’m reading tweets from other disabled folks about the film saying that music is helps the girl to ‘escape’ her autism, which is such a vile, ableist notion to convey,” a Twitter user posted.

The singer didn’t take well to the criticism, exploding into a rant on social media. 

Sia, protégé, Maddie Ziegler, photo
Sia and her protégé Maddie Ziegler. (Instagram)

“I cast thirteen neuro-atypical people, three trans folk, and not as f—–g prostitutes or drug addicts but as doctors, nurses and singers,” she wrote. “F—–g sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.”

She added that she tried to work with a disabled actor, but it didn’t work out: “I actually tried working with a beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful,” Sia tweeted. “So that’s why I cast Maddie.”

When a disabled actor spoke out and shared that she would have been happy to step in at short notice and be involved with the film, Sia simply replied: “Maybe you’re just a bad actor.”

She continued to respond to criticisms, labelling them all “bulls–t”, and imploring people to actually see the film before they judge it.

Sia later apologised for her reaction, but for many people it was too little, too late. 

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