10 Times Celebrities Owned Their Haters

Being in the public eye inevitably means that the rich and famous are going to face immeasurable scrutiny. No celeb is safe from being on the receiving end of unwarranted hate. It’s one of the prices of fame. As Tina Fey once said, “If you ever start to feel good about yourself, they have this thing called the internet.” It doesn’t matter if celebs lead a virtuous life free from any controversy, the haters have free reign regardless. In some instances the hate becomes too much, and this leads to celebrities quitting the internet.

But sometimes celebs fight back. When they own trolls with simple witticisms or home truth, fans let out a collective squeal of delight, proving that anyone can fight back against bullies. Rejoice at these 10 celebs who owned their haters.

10 Taylor Swift Had The Best Response To A Sexist Question

On the Grammys red carpet, Taylor Swift was asked a question that doesn’t really belong in the 21st century. Interviewer Nancy O’Dell first drew attention to Swift’s long legs, creepily commenting, “I just wanted to show the legs”, before adding, “you’re gonna walk home with more than maybe just a trophy tonight. I think lots of men.” With a look of sheer astonishment, Swift hit back, “I’m not gonna walk home with any men tonight. I’m gonna go hang out with my friends and then I go home to the cats.”

Although the songstress is now in a loving long-term relationship with actor Joe Alwyn, she has never relied on men for her happiness and gave the best response to a frankly sexist question.

9 Chrissy Teigen Makes Trolls Look Stupid

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In 2017, a Twitter user got personal with Chrissy Teigen. Summer Steele Tweeted, “And what exactly is your job besides being a bully, rude, and married to John Legend?” Teigen caustically replied, “You just listed 3 jobs. You want me to have more than 3 jobs?” Sometimes semantics is the best way of hitting back at the haters.

8 Kelly Clarkson Owns Body Shamers

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Twitter trolls love nothing more than to tear down successful people to make themselves feel better. When a user commented “You’re fat” under one of Kelly Clarkson’s posts, she replied, “…and still ****ing awesome”. Showing body shamers that you are happy and comfortable with your weight is the best way of shutting them up.

7 Greta Thunberg VS. Donald Trump

A septuagenarian making childish attacks against a teenager is not a good look, but Donald Trump seems to have a particular dislike for the Swedish climate change activist. At the height of Greta Thunberg’s fame in 2019, Trump tweeted, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” But Thunberg had the best response: she edited her Twitter bio to read, “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”

It didn’t end there, however, as Thunberg truly got her revenge on Trump when he was ousted from the White House, posting a photo of him on Instagram with the caption, “He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Ouch.

6 Katy Perry Exposes Jealous Trolls

When a now suspended Twitter user remarked, “Rise flopped and your career is over”, Katy Perry owned them with 6 words: “see you at my show 2k17”.

Often it’s the simplest responses that are the most effective, and we don’t think the 5th best-selling musical artist in the US is crying any tears over these haters.

5 Ariana Grande Won’t Change For Haters

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Ariana Grande is famed for her long and luxurious ponytail, but not everyone on Instagram was a fan of it, with one user commenting, “I’m sick of that ponytail”. Grande replied, “i’m not”. Sometimes a concise retort is the best way of hitting back at haters and these 2 words prove that she doesn’t need the validation of online trolls.

4 Gabourey Sibide Had This Brilliant Response To Nasty Comments

To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) January 13, 2014

The Precious actress is renowned for her acerbic wit when dealing with online haters, from hitting back at those who have a problem with her cats to tackling body shamers. Some Twitter users made nasty comments about Sibide’s Golden Globes dress, but she had the perfect response: “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night.” That’s got to hurt.

3 Samuel L. Jackson Doesn’t Need Your Money

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When Trump supporters expressed their outage at the acting veteran’s anti-Trump stance and vowed that they would never watch another of his movies, he quietened them down with some home truths. “If you never went to another movie I did in my life, I’m not going to lose any money”, he told Esquire. Reminding trolls of your vast fame and fortune is a sure-fire way to shut them up.

2 Mindy Kaling Outsmarts A Troll

A troll took aim at Kaling’s involvement in a new Scooby Doo series, Tweeting, “Starring Mindy Kaling?”, accompanied by a gif from The Office featuring Michael Scott screaming, “NOOOO”. But Kaling had the last laugh, replying, “I wrote the episode of The Office this gif is from”. She owned that troll in style.

1 Amy Schumer Vs. A Mean Critic

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Movie critic Jeff Wells made no attempts to disguise his dislike of comedian and actress Amy Schumer. Writing for Hollywood Elsewhere, he said that Schumer’s movie Trainwreck would never be a success because she’s “chubby”, adding that “Schumer’s wide facial features reminded me of a blonde Lou Costello around the time of Buck Privates, or Jennifer Aniston’s somewhat heavier, not-as-lucky sister who watches a lot of TV.”

Schumer hit back at the cruel comments with some much-needed body positivity. “I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!” Not only does she expose the absurdity of Wells’ describing her as “chubby”, but she devotes her comeback to self-love as opposed to descending to his malicious level.

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