Being rich and famous comes with a certain level of privilege that most of us have never experienced. Some celebrities acknowledge this. For example, in 2020, Miley Cyrus told the Wall Street Journal, "I know I'm in a unique position, and my experience with this pandemic is not like most everyone else's in my country and around the world."
However, there are also many other celebs who ignore their privilege — or act super entitled because of it.
Here are 19 extremely privileged or entitled things celebs did and said:
TMZ reported that the studio's owner instructed them to park there, despite the fact that the spots were shared by all the businesses on the lot.
The models' security teams reportedly stayed outside, moving the cars and bringing them back after the workout class or waiting to move them when someone else needed the spots.
2. In 2013, Justin Bieber was gifted a monkey because a family friend knew he'd always wanted one. Then, against the advice of other people around him, he took the monkey to Germany, where it was confiscated and placed under quarantine. After Bieber missed the original deadline to reclaim it, the German government relocated it to a local zoo and asked the singer for over $8,000 in fees.
In 2016, he told GQ, "In Germany, that monkey’s endangered or something…but I had the papers. I even had it written out that he was a circus monkey and he could travel and all that shit. I had all the right papers. Things get twisted...[If I ever get another one] I'm not gonna bring him to Germany or travel with it anymore. People are always like, 'Why did you get a monkey?' If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a fucking monkey, too!"
4. When Reese Witherspoon's then-husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over for drunk driving in 2013, she got out of the car and asked the police officer, "Do you know who I am? Do you know my name?" According to the police report, she also "stated that she was a 'US Citizen' and that she was allowed to 'stand on American ground.'"
The officer said that he did not know who she was.
Toth was arrested for a DUI, and Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct.
In an apology statement, she said, "I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation, and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer, who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police, and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
Sharing videos of the prank on her Instagram story, Kardashian Barker said, "So I haven't had this much excitement in months...This is what [my son] Mason and Koko do when they have a sleepover."
She faced further backlash when discovered that her jet reportedly takes regular flights that are less than 15 minutes long.
In the book, she wrote, "I said the worst things to and about the people I love most. I'm a genuinely nice person. I try to help people whenever I can. I love to lift up my friends and fellow creatives."
According to BuzzFeed News, she also said that her PTSD contributed to her "damaged" filter, but she did not speak further on how her words hurt others.
10. Similarly, after Cristiano Ronaldo signed with the Saudi Pro League club Al Nassr in 2023, he and his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, moved into the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh. Though cohabitation is illegal for unmarried couples in Saudi Arabia, the authorities will reportedly "turn a blind eye" to them.
Renting a hotel room together was also illegal for all unmarried couples until 2019, when the ban was lifted for foreign couples. However, the rule remains for Saudi nationals.
11. During the early onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Bobby Flay — who is reportedly worth upwards of $30 million — set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his staff who were out of work while his restaurants were closed. He promised to match donations up to $100,000, but he later deleted the tweet he made about the fundraiser.
After a police report confirmed that she'd broken the regulations, Ora apologized.
In a statement, she said, "I'm deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement [sic]. Given the restrictions, I realize how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility."
14. Amidst the pandemic and protests following the death of George Floyd, actor Rachel Griffiths shared a since-deleted Instagram picture of her manicure. She captioned it, "Shallow I know …. America is burning people are dying … but still it just seems easier on the soul to watch all this happening with beautiful nails."
In a follow-up Instagram post, she apologized, writing, "The last few days have been wrenching . My post early today leant away from that pain, but I understand in doing so it pained others ,who can't look away from what's happening — can't turn off and check out because it is their lives — their brothers, their sisters, their children. And it's not over 'there.' This [is Australia's] stain also. I did not intend to trivialize, just escape it. But that I understand is part of the problem. I am sorry..."
15. Introducing his new song, "Minimum Wage," on NBC's New Year's Eve, Blake Shelton said that he "had a great 2020" because he got engaged to Gwen Stefani. He faced criticism over the song, particularly the lyric "Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage," because 2020 was a year of record unemployment rates and other financial losses for many people.
In response to the backlash, Shelton told CMT, "Whatever this backlash is, is just four or five people that probably don't know anything about country music. They clearly hadn't heard the song or read the lyrics. If they had, they couldn't feel this way about the song. It's literally a love song about how if times are tight and you ain't got much money — as long as you have love and you're happy — at the end of the day, that's all any of us can really hope for. You got it if you got that. That's all that matters. And if that's offensive to you, then we'll just have to agree to disagree."
16. While giving an interview to the Sunday Times from a large mansion in LA, Mariah Carey said, "I have to point out this is a rented house — I would never have overhead lighting. High hats, they call them. In my apartment in New York, it's all recessed lighting, chandeliers, candles. This lighting is abusive."
17. While accepting the award for Album of the Year at the 2023 Grammys, Harry Styles said, "This doesn’t happen to people like me very often." He faced backlash because, since 1959, an overwhelming number of AOTY winners have also been white cis men.
However, online, some fans pointed out that, by "people like me," Styles could've been referring to another aspect of his identity.
Seeming to respond to the backlash while accepting Artist of the Year at the BRIT Awards, he said, "I'm really, really grateful for this, and I'm very aware of my privilege up here tonight."
18. On Twitter, Addison Rae shared pictures of herself seemingly working as a reporter for UFC. She faced backlash for joking about getting the gig after dropping out of Louisiana State University to pursue her social media career, whereas many people with journalism degrees must study for years before applying for competitive jobs in their field.
He added, "Is any publicity bad publicity? That's what they say, so, who knows?"