21 People Who Torpedoed Their Whole Careers With One Statement

Ahh, Glenn Hoddle
21 People Who Torpedoed Their Whole Careers With One Statement

If you’re anything like us, you have a mantra playing in your head at all times: “Don’t be weird. Don’t be weird. Don’t be weird.” That’s because we know that saying one weird thing, one time, can be enough to forever alter someone’s — even the entire world’s — perception of you. We’ve seen it happen enough times. It’s especially risky if you happen to believe something incredibly stupid or heinous, but it can happen to anyone.

In fact, some people’s entire careers can get derailed based on one stupid comment. Sometimes, it’s deserved. Like, maybe a football coach has no business saying that people with disabilities are being punished by sins they committed in a past life. Why did he say that?  

But some people can ruin their own lives by saying something completely innocuous that gets taken wrong or even something 100 percent correct that the world just wasn’t ready to hear. It’s so common that when user pretendstoknow asked r/AskReddit, “What really successful person was ruined by one stupid thing they said?,” there was no shortage of examples.

surf526 5mo ago I've scrolled really far and have NOT seen anyone mention Sinead O'Connor. Fight the real enemy rip ruined her career in 4 seconds.
Muurgh 5mo ago Bob Dole referring to the Dodgers as the Brooklyn Dodgers! Не was running for President and said that and immediately everyone thought he was senile.
sheerduckinghubris 5mo ago adam smith, a CFO at a large medical device manufacturer in arizona decided to go on a rant to a random drive through employee about chick fil a donating money to anti LGBTQ orgs and accusing the employee of being a supporter just because she was working there. he filmed the entire thing and posted it online hoping to get adulation, only to end up losing his job, being completely unemployable and ending up on food stamps
stillswiftafboiii 5mo ago The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks): On March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire theater in London, England. Maines told the audience the band did not support the imminent Allied invasion of Iraq and were ashamed that President George W. Bush was from Texas. Maines's remark triggered a backlash in the United States. The Dixie Chicks were blacklisted by thousands of country radio stations, and the band members received death threats. Maines issued an apology, saying her remark had been disrespectful; in 2006 she rescinded the apology, saying she felt Bush deserved
just_cows 5mo ago Al Campanis was the Dodgers GM who led the team to 4 World Series appearances. Не spoke to Ted Koppel on TV about why there were so few minorities in leadership roles in MLB and his answer was... something.
HappyOfCourse 5mo ago Edited 5mo ago Reds announcer Thom Brennamen. Не got caught on a hot mic with a homophobic slur about the city of San Francisco and ended his broadcasting career. Не was doing well because he also worked nationally for Fox Sports.
BUENAVISTA-wensen 5mo ago A little niche but an Italian singer called Tiziano Ferro who was extremely popular in Mexico (and Latin America) said in an interview that it was impossible for Mexican women to be the prettiest since they have mustaches... something along those lines. That single interview ended his career in Mexico forever. Even now years later if you ask any of the older generation they will only remember the guy because he said Mexican women have mustaches.
TheMightosaurus 5mo ago The British boyband blue were about to push to make it in the US when Lee Ryan one of the singers said that 9/11 at the time was blown out of proportion and went onto say something like we should be thinking about the animals instead. Lost their record deal.
ThePhantomArtist1 5mo ago Tex Antoine (I'm carbon dating myself here) Back in the early Eyewitness News days, meterologist Tex Antoine was about to do his weather report, when he responded Confucious say when rape is inevitable, sit back and enjoy it. The previous news was a story about rape. Roger Grimsby who was the anchor man was astonished. That was the end of Tex.
YoWhatUpGlasgow 5mo ago Glenn Hoddle, a football manager in England who managed the national team and got sacked after expressing his view that disabled people are people who sinned in past lives and were being punished for it.
SnooGuavas1985 5mo ago The grandpa of duck dynasty doubling down on homophobic remarks led to the shows cancelation or at least not getting picked up for future seasons
EIDoctorrrX 5mo ago There was that former CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch who said he didn't want ugly people wearing his brand when he himself looked like a foot
stgywgyr 5mo ago There was successful newscaster in the Philippines named Korina Sanchez, there was a time where Philippines was ravaged by floods and typhoons and she said she hope next time it happens to Japan since they're a much developed country. Not only Japan made her persona non grata, her husband lost the presidential election and her own show was scrapped.
mon_key_house 5mo ago Edited 5mo ago A well known hungarian news anchor, István Pállfy returned to the screen after a few years (among others he was an MP for a rightist party for one cycle) in the news channel Hír TV (News TV). This was a kind of an event this summer lacking all other interesting stuff. First day in the morning he expressed his opinion in an interview that pedofile people are sick and one must be patient with sick people. Не did not appear on screen at 7:30 am(!), the next program he would have to appear in,
PeggyNoNotThatOne 5mo ago Gerald Ratner, who ran a hugely successful UK chain of low-cost jewellery shops. Не was giving a speech at the Royal Albert Hall and said (Copied and pasted from Wikipedia)  We also do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with six glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for £4.95. People say, How can you sell this for such a low price?, I say, because it's total crap. Не compounded this by going on to remark that one of the sets of earrings was cheaper than a prawn sandwich from Marks
rabidkillercow 5mo ago Adam Osborne, founder of the moderately successful Osborne Computer Corporation, destroyed his business by announcing future products that would greatly outperform the current models. This announcement caused all of the existing pre-orders for the current generation model to be canceled in anticipation of a better product. The company successfully cannibalized all of its own sales, didn't have enough capital to continue R&D on the later product line, and soon folded. Thus, the term Osborne effect was born.
LongrodVonHugedong86 5mo ago Jared Fogle (from Subway) Не made lewd comments to a journalist/radio host back in 2007 about some middle school girls, which she had recorded, and saved some text messages from him and reported it to the FBI - from then on there was an investigation and he was convicted of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and the distribution and receipt of child pornography. I'm sure he'd have EVENTUALLY been caught, but if he hadn't said something when he did, who knows how long he would have gotten away with it for
Puzzleheaded-Grab736 5mo ago Roseanne Barr had the remarkable opportunity for a reboot of her highly successful show from the 80's -90's. The pilot episode broke all kinds of ratings records for the network. She was supposed to get a massive contract with the success of the premier. One supposedly Ambien fueled racist Tweet later, she is fired, killed off the show forever, black listed from Hollywood, and now spends her time giving drunken incoherent racist speeches at Trump rallies.
MagicSPA 5mo ago Michael Kramer Richards shot himself in both feet with that wildly bizarre n-word rant. I watched it again recently and I cannot fathom what was going through his head.
whitepangolin 5mo ago Edited 5mo ago DaBaby was on his way to being one of the biggest rappers, having been on big singles by Dua Lipa and Jack Harlow. And then, for whatever reason, decided to go onstage and say he doesn't want gays with AIDs at his concerts and then his career completely unraveled from there.
pizzaiscommunist 5mo ago 1x1=2 Terrence Howard.


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