Whether you’re a politician who doesn’t know the difference between “direct message” and “new tweet” or a corporation that makes an off-color joke, the Twitterverse is always waiting for you to slip up so it can embarrass you in front of the entire world. And country music stars are not exempt.
Here’s a list of the Top 5 Twitter scandals involving some names you may recognize:
During an anniversary with wife Caroline, Luke Bryan was asked to remove his signature ball cap at an upscale sushi joint in Nashville. What followed was a storm of tweets calling for the boycott of what he initially referred to as a “subpar” restaurant. However, these were deleted by the following morning, and Bryan issued an apology to the restaurant.
When Keith Urban performed his then-single “Cop Car” at the 2014 Grammy Awards, there was one person who was unimpressed. Sam Hunt tweeted, “Everything I poured into that song was stolen from me. I unfortunately can’t celebrate it being on the Grammys.” Hunt’s frustration remains a mystery since he was a co-writer on the song and likely made a nice living from its success with Urban.
When rumors began swirling that a track from Taylor Swift’s new album 1989, titled “Bad Blood,” was about Katy Perry, Perry fired back via Twitter. “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing …” she said, referencing the coming-of-age comedy Mean Girls. In true Swift fashion, Swift never reacted to Perry’s tweet and let the song speak for itself.
When Blake Shelton made a joke in the Twittersphere about driving over a turtle, it garnered hate from all directions, including NPR radio. He was eventually guilted into an apology from turtle activists, and he assured everyone he never really hit a turtle.
Miranda Lambert was appalled to see Chris Brown perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards, just three years after he assaulted his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. “He beat on a girl … not cool that we act like that didn’t happen,” she tweeted during the show. She later told Redbook that she says whatever she’s thinking, calling herself a “loudmouth” but that she will stand by her opinions.