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The 37 Most Cringeworthy Social Media And Brand Fails Of 2014

It was a truly vintage year for colossal fails. Some NSFW stuff here.

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1. This Scottish charity, which had some thoughts on J.K. Rowling.

.@DignityProject You might want to look up the meaning of 'dignity' when you've got a minute.

Simon Blackwell@simonblackwellFollow

.@DignityProject You might want to look up the meaning of 'dignity' when you've got a minute.

1:08 PM - 11 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. Donald Trump being fooled into tweeting a picture of two serial killers.

Some jerk fraudulently tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + pls RT—out of kindness I retweeted. Maybe I’ll sue.

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpFollow

Some jerk fraudulently tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + pls RT—out of kindness I retweeted. Maybe I’ll sue.

4:01 PM - 29 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He didn't.

3. The infamous Avril Lavigne no-touching meet-and-greet.

She later posted some less embarrassing ones.
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She later posted some less embarrassing ones.

4. The Daily Mail asks if anyone in Britain can make a sandwich.

DAILY MAIL FRONT PAGE: Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich? #skypapers

Sky News@SkyNewsFollow

DAILY MAIL FRONT PAGE: Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich? #skypapers

10:07 PM - 09 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. The "Sexy Ebola Nurse Costume".

"PLEASE NOTE : this item is not suitable for protection against hazardous materials"

Jason Sparks@sparksjlsFollow

"PLEASE NOTE : this item is not suitable for protection against hazardous materials"

1:35 PM - 26 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. People are invited to ask Robin Thicke some questions.

#AskThicke Why are you such a misogynist?

7. The time an image of an erect penis appeared on Sir Ian Botham's Twitter account. Warning: the below is a picture of an erect penis.

Twitter: @BeefyBotham

Would later say he was "hacked".

Wasn't quite ready for Ian Botham's stump cam this morning. 😶

Greg James@gregjamesFollow

Wasn't quite ready for Ian Botham's stump cam this morning.

10:52 AM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. LG attempts to mock #Bendgate, and does so using an iPhone.

9. Pornhub on Martin Luther King Day.

10. Sainsbury's putting a poster for staff in the window telling them to make customers "spend an additional 50p".

11. This Sexy PHD Costume, which got some great reviews.

12. The Rita Ora new song debacle.

By the way my Twitter got hacked somebody is threatening to release new music I've worked really hard on. Nothing comes out until I'm ready.

Rita Ora@RitaOraFollow

By the way my Twitter got hacked somebody is threatening to release new music I've worked really hard on. Nothing comes out until I'm ready.

8:53 PM - 31 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. The Guardian tweeting a picture of a relief worker's fleshlight.

14. The most insane break-up text.

My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3

Amy Nelmes@amynelmesFollow

My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3

11:36 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. Victoria's Secret telling women what a perfect body looks like.

Victoria's Secret / Via buzzfeed.com

16. During the World Cup, Delta fails to realise there are no giraffes in Ghana.

17. The British Embassy trolling the entire US.

18. All those grandparents adorably tagging Grandmaster Flash on Facebook.

19. Mastercard's PR company asking journalists to tweet about the company in exchange for being allowed to cover the Brits, the demand leaking, and a full-on hashtag hijack.

This took me at least four minutes. #PricelessSurprises

Bauble Bardsley@bobblebardsleyFollow

This took me at least four minutes. #PricelessSurprises

11:56 AM - 19 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Really excited to be heading down to @BRITAwards tonight with Duckhams Hypergrade #pricelesssurprises

Jon Cudby@JonCudbyFollow

Really excited to be heading down to @BRITAwards tonight with Duckhams Hypergrade #pricelesssurprises

10:41 AM - 19 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20. Asda selling "wearable" England flags that looked like Ku Klux Klan outfits.

21. Flora giving out free tubs of butter on the hottest day of the year and confusing everyone.

Just was handed a free tub of Flora Gold Butter in the street. Oddest. Promo. Ever.

Chris Payne@ChrisPyUKFollow

Just was handed a free tub of Flora Gold Butter in the street. Oddest. Promo. Ever.

5:35 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

22. The government asking the internet to redesign the pound coin.

Royal Mint / Robin Edds / BuzzFeed

23. This Tory MP faving tweets of women in bondage.

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Also hacked, apparently. So many hackers out there.

24. The British National Party tweeting out a Remembrance Day reminder one day late.

25. The time a Ukip activist got a mosque and Westminster Cathedral muddled.

This is not a Mosque, but those gentlemen look decidedly 'Foreign' don't they?#ThingsThatAreNotMosques

Steven Moore@MrStevenMooreFollow

This is not a Mosque, but those gentlemen look decidedly 'Foreign' don't they?#ThingsThatAreNotMosques

10:50 PM - 26 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

26. Lord Sugar telling everyone he'd block them if they tweeted "You're Fired" at him.

27. US Airways tweeting out the most graphic thing you've ever seen from an airline.

28. This teen.

29. This US pizza company jumping on a hashtag about domestic violence.

Example of a brand using a trending topic without understanding the context #Advertising #SocialMedia #WhyIStayed

Scott Paul@scottatsleeFollow

Example of a brand using a trending topic without understanding the context #Advertising #SocialMedia #WhyIStayed

4:23 AM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

30. The branch of Sainsbury's that asked two gay people to leave the store, prompting a kiss-in protest.

Ryan Grimley / BuzzFeed

31. The Academy Awards not being able to tell Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz apart.

32. The guy who emailed his boss asking for a $10,000 pay rise, and copied in 200,000 co-workers.

Rick Wilking / Reuters

33. An executive proving that even if you work for Twitter you're not immune to a DM fail.

Looks like Twitter’s CFO just had the first-ever M&A DM fail.

Kevin Roose@kevinrooseFollow

Looks like Twitter’s CFO just had the first-ever M&A DM fail.

11:27 PM - 24 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

34. This cycling team's kit.

I'm no fashion expert but even I know that the Colombia women's cycling team kit seen here is a genuine disaster

Hilary Evans@OlympicStatmanFollow

I'm no fashion expert but even I know that the Colombia women's cycling team kit seen here is a genuine disaster

1:22 PM - 13 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

35. A Pizza Hut calls a woman a "pink fat lady" on a receipt.

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36. Perhaps least surprising of all: the Bill Cosby #CosbyMeme hashtag.

37. Well done everyone, now let's get social.

View this video on YouTube

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Oh my God.