Sometimes, celebrities give quotes that are inspirational to us non-famous folks. Other times, however, they open their mouths and say something so out-of-touch that it almost doesn’t seem real.
Here are 16 wildly out-of-touch things celebs actually said:
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In 2019, a fan tweeted that she'd be picking up extra shifts at work because she'd need to work 20 hours to afford jeans from Khloé Kardashian's brand, Good American. Kardashian replied, "Awwwwww this is so cute!!!! I'm so happy you enjoy them."
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In the midst of inflation and public discourse about the heavy toll private jets take on the environment, Kylie Jenner posted a since-deleted Instagram picture of herself and her then-partner, Travis Scott, with their personal (individual!) private jets. She captioned it, "You wanna take mine or yours?"
Kim Kardashian, who was born into a wealthy family, faced backlash when she shared her "advice for women in business" with Variety. She said, "Get your fucking ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.
During the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vanessa Hudgens went on Instagram Live and said, "But like, it's a virus. I get it, I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everyone gets it, like yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable? I don't know, maybe I shouldn't be doing this right now."
After initially claiming her words were taken out of context, she later apologized.
On Twitter, she wrote, "This has been a huge wake up call about the significance my words have, now more than ever. I'm sending safe wishes to everyone to stay safe and healthy during this crazy time."
During public discourse about nepotism and privilege, Jennifer Aniston, whose parents were successful actors, told Variety's Actors on Actors, "This thing of people becoming famous for basically doing nothing...I feel so lucky that we got a little taste of the industry before it became what it is today. More streaming services… you're famous from TikTok… you're famous from YouTube… you're famous from Instagram… it's almost like it's diluting the actor's job."
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Similarly, Lily-Rose Depp, whose first two film roles were alongside her famous father, told Elle, "The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There's a lot of work that comes after that."
Discussing her son's experiences with moving into his own apartment in Brooklyn, Kelly Ripa jokingly told Jimmy Kimmel Live, "I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent, and he's chronically poor. I don't think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now."
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Love Island contestant-turned-PrettyLittleThing creative director Molly Mae Hague (who's paid a six-figure salary from a company that's been accused of illegally underpaying garment workers) told the The Diary of a CEO podcast, "Beyoncé has the same 24 hours in the day that we do and I just think, like, you're given one life, and it's up to you what you do with it, you can literally go in any direction."
In response to backlash, her team released this statement: "Molly is not commenting on anyone else's life or personal situation. She can only speak of her own experience."
During a 2015 episode of The View, Kelly Osbourne attempted to call out then-presidential candidate Donald Trump by saying, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?"
Her co-host, Rosie Perez, immediately called her out, saying, "Latinos are not the only people to do that."
Afterward, in a Facebook post, Osbourne wrote, "I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted fucked up today. I don't want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn't finish my point, I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole. By the way, I clean my own fucking toilets."
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During an at-home episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that her wife, Portia de Rossi, helped her film from one of the homes they own during the pandemic, Ellen DeGeneres said, "One thing that I've learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what it is. It's mostly because I've been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay."
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Similarly, during lockdown Justin Timberlake told SiriusXM's Hits1, "We're mostly commiserating over the fact that just 24-hour parenting is just not human."
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In a viral TikTok clip, a fan asked Oprah for a gift suggestion for her mom, but when the fan said the jewelry box she suggested was too expensive, Oprah replied, "It's not. It's really not, it's like 100-and-something dollars."
However, she did go on to offer a sentimental suggestion. She said, "Okay, then this is the perfect gift for your mom; you do a list of your top 10 reasons why you love her, and you make a beautiful card, and it's your top 10."
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Discussing the challenges of being a working actor and mom, Gwyneth Paltrow told E! News, "I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day, and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course, there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
Acknowledging the backlash in a Goop post, she wrote, "A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed. So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule. This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject."
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Discussing the potentially harmful side effects of too much sun exposure, such as skin cancer, Paltrow told Cosmopolitan, "We're human beings, and the sun is the sun — how can it be bad for you? I don't think anything that is natural can be bad for you."
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She also told The Jonathan Ross Show, "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can."
A few years later, a fan asked her if it was still true during a Goop Q&A.
Paltrow replied, "Hell yes. You know, crack might be extreme, but spray cheese is not my kind of party."
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