It seems like not a week goes by without somebody pulling some lame or tasteless shenanigans that make us say, in unison, “Wait, what?”
Because if there’s one thing you can count on public figures for, it’s an endless stream of social gaffes, questionable choices, and tweets they definitely regretted in the morning.
Here are just a few folks who made this week’s list of unfortunate life choices. Let’s collectively learn from their unfortunate errors, shall we?
1. Donald Trump
I’M SORRY. I CAN’T HELP IT.
Partisan politics aside, Donald Trump made some rather egregious social gaffes this week. First, he made it abundantly clear during his speech honoring Black History Month that he has no idea who Frederick Douglass is, saying, “(He’s) an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed.” (Which is something you only say when you have no idea who the f*ck you’re talking about.)
Trump then attended the National Prayer Breakfast, and used the opportunity to take a swipe at his successor on The Apprentice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, saying “I want to just pray for Arnold … for those ratings.”
While the remark may have been meant as a joke (but let’s be real, probably not), Trump made this statement during what was meant to be a respectful meeting of political and religious authorities from all over the world. It wasn’t a roast, and it certainly had nothing to do with television ratings.
The fact that this all came on the heels of Trump’s highly controversial immigration and refugee ban has officially earned him a spot on this list.
2. James Cameron
The iconic director of Titanic finally decided to address a highly pervasive fan theory this week: the theory being that Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater could have both fit on the floating door at the end of the movie, subsequently sparing Jack from his icy death. (Spoiler alert, I know, but get with the program.)
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Cameron references a five-year-old episode of Mythbusters which seemingly debunked the Titanic ending:
OK, so let’s really play that out: you’re Jack, you’re in water that’s 28 degrees, your brain is starting to get hypothermia. Mythbusters asks you to now go take off your life vest, take hers off, swim underneath this thing, attach it in some way that it won’t just wash out two minutes later—which means you’re underwater tying this thing on in 28-degree water, and that’s going to take you five to ten minutes, so by the time you come back up you’re already dead. So that wouldn’t work. His best choice was to keep his upper body out of the water and hope to get pulled out by a boat or something before he died. They’re fun guys and I loved doing that show with them, but they’re full of shit.
Look, I respect your position on the matter, James Cameron, but Jack tried a grand total of ONCE to climb on that door. We all know that it would have probably been fine, so don’t you tell me that Jack was doomed regardless, because I AM NOT BUYING IT.
I’m sorry, I just get really worked up about Titanic.
3. Rob Lowe
Earlier this week, TMZ apparently procured a job posting which was attempting to hire a new assistant for actor Rob Lowe. The requirements are fairly hilarious:
— Never assume anything
— Ensure the CLIENT [Rob] is fed and has coffee throughout the day
— Schedule haircuts every episode for the CLIENT
— Ensure that the CLIENT HAS A DINNER PLAN IF ARRIVING HOME LATER THAN 8 PM in the evening
— Make sure you let Estate staff know if the CLIENT wants a Jacuzzi turned on or a massage ordered for his arrival
— Willing to travel on location as requested and serve as the CLIENT’S body man
— Able to lift up to 25 pounds as required to support THE CLIENT
What is this, an assistant job or a babysitting job?
Lowe then tried to play the whole thing off on Jimmy Kimmel, acting as though he’d never seen the job posting before — which, as Jezebel points out, wasn’t very convincing.
Come on, Lowe. If you’re going to hire a nanny for a full-grown adult, at least have the cajones to own up to it.
4. This Japanese Fashion Brand
The fashion brand N. Hoolywood is facing some backlash after their recent show for New York Fashion Week: Men, which was apparently inspired by homeless people.
Yes, you are correct: it’s a real-life Zoolander situation.
The notes placed on each guest’s seat at the fashion show explained the choice, saying: “As our designer traveled the cities of America, he witnessed the various ways in which people there lived on the streets and the knowledge they have acquired while doing so. His observations of these so-called homeless or street people revealed that them (sic) to be full of clever ideas for covering the necessities of life.”
Not surprisingly, many people are pissed at this level of privilege and commodification, particularly when this perception of the fashion community has been so famously parodied.
5. The Associated Press
The Associated Press is a reputable source of news … typically.
However, a tweet was sent out on Thursday from the @APEntertainment account which read “Ariana Grande is pregnant, guess who’s the father?”
Here’s the thing: Ariana Grande is almost definitely not pregnant. Like, definitely, 100% no way.
The tweet was deleted almost immediately, followed by a correction which read “@APEntertainment has deleted from its account a tweet about Ariana Grande. It was unauthorized. We are investigating.”
Come on, AP. Leave Ariana out of this and stop trying to steal Beyoncé’s thunder.