When Past Tweets Come Back To Haunt You (Yes, Includes Tony Abbott)

When Past Tweets Come Back To Haunt You (Yes, Includes Tony Abbott)

At B&T we love a bit of controversy, especially when people learn the hard way that the Internet is forever. Here’s someone examples of when tweets comes back to bite people in the butt.

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Tony Abbott

Back in 2011 Abbott attacked the then-Labor government over the resignation of then-Speaker Harry Jenkins. It’s come back to bite Abbott since the resignation of Abbott’s speaker and mentor Bronwyn Bishop. The 2011 tweet has become one of Abbott’s most popular tweets.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy was set to perform at a Pittsburgh Gay Pride event before someone found these racists and homophobic tweets from back in 2012. The tweets have since been deleted, Iggy cancelled her scheduled appearance and apologised for the tweets:

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“I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have. The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflective of my character. I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words,” Iggy posted in response to the controversy.

Trevor Noah

The new host to succeed Jon Stewart of the satirical news The Daily Show came under fire after a bunch of anti-Semitic and sexist tweets from back in 2011/2012 came to light.


He responded to the Twitter backlash by tweeting “to reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, not my evolution as a comedian.”

Donald Trump

Trump is pretty well known for being a racist tweeter and very judgemental about women, here are some of his classic (and deleted) tweets:

In fairly typical manner, the presidential hopeful blamed these tweets on a one of 10 staff members that post on Trump’s social media pages.

Have you got someone whose tweets have come back to haunt them? Tweet us @bandt and we’ll add them to the list