At first, you might be tempted to lump celebrities and politicians together. After all, each group is rich, famous, and set very far apart from the common man.
But the celebrities who entertain us and the politicians who govern us are quite different. And these two groups get into bitter fights far more often than you might imagine!
Which celebs are beefing with which politicians? We’ve got the rundown on the biggest celebrity feuds politicians.
Chrissy Teigen and Donald Trump
Donald Trump eventually ended up getting banned from Twitter and other other social platforms. Before that, though, he seemingly poured more time and energy into his weird online beefs than he ever did in the office of the presidency.
Back in 2018, after some criminal justice reform legislation passed with bipartisan support, Trump took all the credit for it. As NBC News reports, he wrote on Twitter, “I got it done with a group of Senators & others who would never have gone for it. Obama couldn’t come close.”
While the role he played was very debatable, Trump went on to attack those who didn’t say much about the legislation before it passed. As The Hill reports, this including calling singer John Legend “boring” and Chrissy Teigen his “filthy mouthed wife.”
Teigen, who was already blocked by Trump at the time, tweeted out “Lol what a p**** a** b****. tagged everyone but me. an honor, mister president.”
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Clint Eastwood and Barack Obama
Clint Eastwood achieved fame by playing roles such as The Man With No Name. But in 2012, he came close to earning a new name: The Man With No Point.
Eastwood has been a staunch Republican for decades, offering endorsements to presidential contenders such as John McCain and Mitt Romney. To vent his frustrations with President Barack Obama, Eastwood appeared at the 2012 Republican National Convention to argue with an empty chair.
It was supposed to be symbolic, with Eastwood speaking for 12 minutes as if he was actually talking to Obama. But the sight was so absurd that it instantly became the stuff of memes and Eastwood the stuff of punchlines.
Years before we had the “old man yells at cloud” meme, Eastwood gave us “old man yells at chair.”
Cardi B and Glenn Grothman
When Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released “WAP”, the whole world lost its mind. While the song is refreshingly catchy, its clear descriptions of graphic sex acts has proven too much for many people.
And this includes Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI). After Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion gave a provocative performance of the song live at the Grammys, Grothman complained about it to the House of Representatives. He alleged that he had received many complaints and used this incident to encourage harsher FCC regulations.
As The Hill reports, he said, “I assure the FCC that millions of Americans would view her performance as inconsistent with basic decency.” He later said that if the FCC didn’t do more regulate the airwaves, that they would be accelerating “the moral decline of America.”
In response, Cardi B took to Twitter. First, she wondered why Grothman was focusing on a song about sex during the nationwide discussions of police brutality and the murder trial of Derek Chauvin. Eventually, she concluded, “They giving seats to F***** IDIOTS!!”
She also encouraged her followers to vote. “This is why people gotta vote, elect better people cause you got these dum a**** representing states.”
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Seth Rogen and Ted Cruz
The Twitter fights between Seth Rogen and Ted Cruz have become the stuff of legend. But it all started when Joe Biden helped the U.S. rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Seemingly upset over this use of executive action, Cruz tweeted, “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.”
This was already wrong on the face of it. This is an agreement to limit pollution across the world, and it only has “Paris” in the name because that is where the accord was originally signed.
But Seth Rogen didn’t try to school Cruz on the facts. Instead, he tweeted to Cruz “”F*** off you fascist.” At first, Cruz sarcastically praised this “charming, civil, educated response” before dismissing Rogen as a “”rich, angry Hollywood celebrity.” In response, Rogen accused Cruz of orchestrating the January 6 attack on the Capitol and told him to “”get f*****.”
In Rogen’s eyes, this was more than just an online spat. “This isn’t a Twitter ‘feud.’ @tedcruz tried to overthrow our government,” Rogen tweeted. “He inspired a deadly mob to storm the Capitol. And I think that deserves ridicule.”
The Dixie Chicks and George W. Bush
With the ongoing debate about so-called “cancel culture,” it is important to remember the classic beef between The Dixie Chicks and George W. Bush.
At the height of the band’s popularity, the U.S. was fully absorbed into an invasion of Iraq. This invasion was fueled by claims that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. These claims were later proven false.
As History.com reports, in 2003 the Dixie Chicks spoke out against the war during a performance in London. Singer Natalie Maines got very real, telling the audience, “We do not want this war, this violence. And we’re ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Almost overnight, country music radio stations stopped playing their music. President Bush even weighed in on the matter in an appearance on Today. “The Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say,” he said. “They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt, just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out.”
On the face of it, the words of Bush seem reasonable: after all, all of us vote with our dollars. But many who “canceled” the Dixie Chicks back in the day now mock the idea of company boycotts and actors losing their jobs over offensive remarks as oppressive “cancel culture” instead of companies, politicians, and celebrities facing consequences for their actions.
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Alec Baldwin and Joe Lieberman
Alec Baldwin is a famous Hollywood hothead. But when he’s not yelling at paparazzi, he sets his sights on different targets. And this includes Al Gore’s former running mate Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman was a very conservative Democrat when he ran with Al Gore in 2000. After losing that election, Lieberman lost a state primary in 2006 and dropped his Democrat affiliation to help him win a state election by running as an independent.
Baldwin has remained a staunch Democrat for many decades. And as the Christian Science Monitor reports, Baldwin told Playboy in 2009 he’d love to run against Lieberman someday. “Maybe I’ll move to Connecticut. I’d love to run against Joe Lieberman. I have no use for him.”
But this proved to be a short-lived feud. E! News later reported that when Lieberman heard Baldwin’s threat, he exclaimed “You know, make my day.” But Baldwin never ran, and Lieberman simply retired when his term was up.