We all Google ourselves every once in a while. Some of us probably even add phrases like “is awesome” or “is hilarious” or “should be a model” to our names just to make sure we find what we’re looking for. Not me of course, but some people. If you’re a non-famous normal, you probably don’t find many new results to peruse each time you try. But imagine being a celebrity and having things written about you every day in different places and in different contexts and from mean Internet people with strong opinions.
A lot of celebrities claim to avoid reading anything about themselves like the plague, which is probably why so many of them are technology-illiterate and/or don’t seem to know that you can look something before you offend everyone by posing next to it in an Instagram photo (cough, Bieber, cough). But some stars admit to doing it, and their reactions to what they find vary from amusement to horror. Here are eight quotes from celebs who looked themselves up online.
1. Emma Stone
What she said: “I don’t usually like what I find,” she says. “But some of it is really funny.” Stone mentions Internet comments that referred to her as a “Bland Basic Bitch,” which was probably meant as a dig, but she found it hilarious, to the point that at dinner she now begins to refer to herself as “That Bland Basic Bitch.”
I know you’re hoarding reasons to love Emma Stone and you really don’t have room for any more, but too bad. She embraces people’s silly insults. And really, who wouldn’t appreciate such flawless alliteration?
2. Sandra Bullock
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What she said: “Apparently, Julia [Roberts], I don’t know where you are, you and I are in a dispute over George Clooney,” Bullock laughed. “We talked about this, right? It’s a shared custody.”
Sandra chose to talk about her Googling experience during a speech earlier this year, and she was quite surprised at the results. She also mentioned that most of the commenters’ insults had to do with her being “over 40.” How rude of her to age!
3. Daniel Craig
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What he said: “I mean, I could probably put a lock on the computer, but yeah, anyway, it’s a sickness. But that’s it. Except for maybe I’ll look up some porn occasionally. Hey, I’m only human.”
That’s right, guys. Daniel Craig uses his computer for Googling himself and looking at porn. And if he means “Googling himself” the way Tracy Jordan does, it might be happening at the same time as the porn.
4. Robert Downey, Jr.
What he said: “Oh, I love all that s—-, personally. Sorry. I just love it. Because it’s a hoot. Some people overstate their support, like they know you. Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination, which I honestly think they kind of nailed it. I do have that shortcoming. It’s really fun.”
I love this attitude. I love that he acknowledges that sometimes fans go a little overboard even in their defense of celebrities as if they’re real-life acquaintances. And he’ll even admit that sometimes people are totally justified in their negative opinions. Just another reason RDJ is the coolest.
5. Reese Witherspoon
What she said:“I know what I’m in for. You never read anything positive,” she says. “You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re tired, you’re worthless, you don’t have a career anymore, you’re a bad actor. It’s just an affirmation of every horrible feeling you have about yourself.”
Reese says she’ll only do it “in very, very dark moments—moments of pure self-loathing.” Wow, that’s… really depressing. Maybe keep away from that, Reese.
6. Katy Perry
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What she said: “Any artist who says they don’t Google their name is a big fat liar.”
Katy was sure to make it clear that she doesn’t do it all the time, and when she sees celebrities tweeting about stories they obviously found from a Google alert on their name, she thinks it’s shallow. Pretty sure that’s all I’d ever do if I were a celebrity, and that’s only one of many reasons I’m not.
7. Scarlett Johansson
What she said: “I’ve stopped Googling myself—nothing good ever comes of it. It gives you an inflated sense of yourself, too. It makes you feel like everyone is paying attention to you and they’re not.”
I wonder if Googling herself is how she found out about her “insulting” nickname ScarJo.
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What she said: “I wanted to gather photos of myself from the Grammys.”
When asked by Paper magazine what the last thing she Googled was, Snooki said herself and gave the above information. I mean, it makes sense. I’d want a bunch of photos of myself at an award show, and if I didn’t have time to take them, why not look them up?