A lot of people have their favorite story about the time they ran into a celebrity. But probably not many of them proudly tell the story of the time they ran their mouth off without realizing who they were talking to and got burned.
When it happens IRL, we have to rely on reports from those who experienced the interaction. When it happens online, the embarrassing message in question usually ends up getting deleted. But sometimes, out of either negligence or a simple acceptance of their fate, they’ll leave their infamy intact for all to see.
Enjoy this gallery of 10 times people had no idea who they were talking to.
12. “You a good skater?”
Tony Hawk is literally the most famous skate boarder in history.
Follow up: I asked him his name and he said Irving. I told him my name is Tony, to which he replied sarcastically “like Tony Hawk haha”
and then he left.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) October 31, 2019
11. “The title hasn’t been announced yet”
Dude apparently didn’t realize he was talking to the official Star Wars Twitter account.
@starwars The title hasn't been announced yet.
— Darth "Lorenzo Music" Grouch (@DarthAlexander9) November 6, 2014
10. “An old white male’s mansplanation.”
Ed Solomon wrote Men in Black (and a bunch of other movies).
At the cafe where I'm writing the people next to me were disagreeing about the origins of Men in Black & I said "If you'd like, I could clear that up for you" & one responded: "I'm sorry, we do not need an old white male's mansplanation." So I apologized and that was that.
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) October 15, 2019
9. “You’re pretty good”
Meredith Strömberg is a stand up comedian.
One time I was doing stand up and this guy came up to me after and was like “you’re pretty good but you definitely stole one of your jokes from a viral tweet which is lame”
It was my viral tweet.
— airhead mere (@merestromb) June 11, 2019
This is apparently the joke in question, btw:
This lady is like 73 years old and comes through my line every two days buying Brie and EVERY time she tells me about how much she loves it because it was all she ate when she lived in France in her 20s god these study abroad kids never give it a rest huh
— airhead mere (@merestromb) June 6, 2019
8. “Get bent, Cleese.”
John Cleese is…well, everything he mentions here.
An ignoramus who has a law degree from Cambridge, who has co-written two best sellers on psychology, who for 20 years ran a management training video company that became the largest in the world outside the States, and who has been a professor at Cornell for 16 years ?
You next https://t.co/XC5nuchlo4
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) March 4, 2020
7. “hey cool shirt!”
Mark Hoppus is the bassist/co-lead vocalist for Blink 182.
the first dude glanced at me confusedly, looked down at his shirt, and goes "oh yeah. just saw them in concert last night" and walked away.
— Ḿå℟₭ (@markhoppus) July 20, 2017
6. “Here for the conference?”
David Chilton is a finance author.
Lady on elevator: Are you here for the conference?
Her: Oh, good. Have you heard Dave Chilton speak before?
Me: Too many times, but I'll give him one more chance.
— David Chilton (@wealthy_barber) October 2, 2019
5. “Stick to feminism”
Mona Eltahawy is a journalist and social commentator.
I was a reporter, including for Reuters news agency, in the Middle East for 10 years and I’ve been writing opeds on the region, including for the New York Times and Washington Post, since 2001. So yes. I am an expert. And you can f*ck off. https://t.co/tTbJlB5Z6q
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) January 8, 2020
4. “I came across your music”
Annie Lennox is a 4-time Grammy winning artist.
3. “Instantly becomes a political expert”
Tom Morello, in addition to being a member of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, also has a degree in Social Studies from Harvard.
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2. “Who’s lab are you in?”
Linda Columbus is a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
in the elevator
wm: who's lab are you in?
wm: no, I mean who is the PI of the lab?
me: I am
wm: in what Professor's lab?
me: the Columbus lab and I am Columbus
— Linda Columbus ?️? (@LindaColumbus) August 25, 2018
1. “Oh, thanks.”
Mara Wilson is the actress who played Matilda.
ME: I approve of your choice in movies.
GIRL AT CONCESSION STAND WEARING NAMETAG THAT SAYS HER FAVORITE MOVIE IS MATILDA: Oh, thanks.
ME: *Goes off to watch BlackkKlansman*
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) September 9, 2018
If you happen to run into someone famous or noteworthy, here’s hoping you get like, a nice picture out of it, instead of an embarrassing story.
What’s your big celebrity citing story? Did it go well for you?
Tell us in the comments.