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A Brief History of People Getting Fired for Social Media Stupidity

17 of the most offensive and dumb Twitter, Facebook and Instagram fails

Social Media Backfire

Social media fails are a sadly pervasive plague on modern humanity.

Not a day goes by, it seems, without a new story of someone posting an unbelievably tasteless, offensive, stupid, racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise inappropriate thing on social media. Bigotry expressed in private is inexcusable, but bigotry voluntarily scribbled upon the un-erasable blackboard that is the Internet is a new kind of unbelievable. It boggles the mind that people will actually document and broadcast their terrible ideas online – especially given the documented and broadcast history of people getting fired over similar behavior. And yet, they do.

Just this month, we've gotten fresh examples of the genre from Paula Deen, who apparently likes ethnic drag as much as she likes cooking with butter; and from the British bankers who thought it would be fun to playact an ISIS beheading. Here's a look back at those and some of the other most ridiculous and terrible things people have posted to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts before losing their jobs as a result. We apologize in advance to anyone whose idiocy and/or bigotry didn't make the cut, but if we listed everyone we'd be here all month.

Jeb Bush

The Jeb Bush Employee Who Ranted Against Sluts and Gays

Ethan Czahor was the chief technology officer for Jeb Bush's political action committee, Right to Rise, until he was forced to step down over some offensive tweets. To be fair, he did start deleting the social media trail he had left behind him, but it was too late. The screenshots had been taken. In a uniquely American twist, Czahor went on to invent an app that scans your social media accounts for things that could get you fired or force you to resign. And he would know.

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