Twitter provides the online world with news, memes, reactions and clapbacks galore. Whether it be a celebrity, chain restaurant or complete stranger, anyone can be the target of internet trolling and, more often than not, a petty tweeter will fire back.
Some clapbacks are graceful, others intelligent, but the most entertaining ones can be downright brutal. Listed chronologically, here are the most impressive Twitter clapbacks from this year so far.
1. Kim Kardashian
Former Lakers player Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian began dating in 2009 and married within months of meeting each other. By 2013, after Lamar filmed a bizarre freestyle rap that mentioned cheating, Khloe had officially filed for divorce. Five years later, however, their relationship drama persists.
Last January, Kim Kardashian righteously came to her sister’s defense on Twitter. Pop culture expert Mike Sington had tweeted about an interview of Odom for BET’s “Mancave,” in which he told the network he realized his marriage with Khloe was over when she was “on her second or third NBA player.”
Sington posted the burn online — though his account has since been suspended — only to have Kim criticize the comment by suggesting that the marriage was over after Odom’s second or third brothel. Tell ‘em, sis!
Or second or third brothel https://t.co/iYYJ1NehOe
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 18, 2018
P!nk’s national anthem performance at this year’s Super Bowl received a negative response online. P!nk, a three-time Grammy winner, belted our country’s anthem while recovering from the flu. A few notes fell flat, causing viewers to call the performance a fail, but it impressed me — after Fergie’s wild rendition at the NBA All-Star game, the bar is set pretty low for me.
In response to her Super Bowl performance, a viewer tweeted that P!nk sucks and anyone who likes her singing is dumb. P!nk quoted the tweet, and humbly claimed that at least she sucks while singing our country’s national anthem, and not just by herself on her couch. I love a proud clapback queen.
— P!nk (@Pink) February 5, 2018
Even brand names like Netflix don’t shy away from throwing shade every once in a while. Back in March, Conan O’Brien joked about Netflix’s announcing the release of 700 new originals this year, tweeting their new slogan ought to be “Quantity.”
While Conan’s jab was humorous, many of Netflix’s new originals like “Queer Eye” and “Wild Wild Country” have been met with enormous success. To defend itself, Netflix offered an equally humorous clapback about Conan’s 1,138 episode.
looking forward to the 1,138th episode of Conan tonight https://t.co/VZ04fAshoo
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 9, 2018
4. Chris D’Elia
Stand-up comedian Chris D’Elia fearlessly calls ‘em like he sees ‘em on Twitter, including how garbage of a person Logan Paul is. A 23-year-old internet personality, Paul received massive backlash after posting footage of a dead body on his YouTube channel in 2017. His incredibly disrespectful behavior has not affected his large fanbase — likely because it is mostly comprised of children.
Recently, these two got into a heated back-and-forth after Logan announced the end of his vlogs. D’Elia quoted the announcement, flatly reminding everyone it is not, in fact, important to watch Logan’s last vlog. Logan mistakenly tried to clapback on D’Elia’s comedy career, only to have D’Elia tell him when his career dies, Logan can film it and put it on YouTube.
At least when my career dies you can film it and put it on YouTube. https://t.co/GvJ9kf31OO
— Chris D'Elia (@chrisdelia) May 1, 2018
5. Sanofi U.S.
Sanofi, the maker of Ambien, had a unique opportunity to be clever after last month’s Roseanne Barr drama. Roseanne, who had previously made public her support for Trump, distastefully compared Valerie Jarrett to apes and incorrectly associated her with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Jarrett served as the senior advisor of Obama while he was president. ABC Entertainment swiftly decided to cancel the reboot of “Roseanne” after her racist comment, and she has since offered public apologies. To defend herself, Roseanne mentioned that she had taken Ambien, a sleeping pill, before going on her unwarranted Twitter rant.
While she admitted this was no excuse, a flood of attacks got sent her way. Sanofi US, likely not wanting to be associated with Roseanne’s mess, tweeted that racism is not a known side effect of any of their medications.
People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.
— Sanofi US (@SanofiUS) May 30, 2018
Wendy’s absolutely loves roasting their fast food competition on Twitter. In fact, the brand’s account decided to partake in #NationalRoastDay on January 4, during which they attacked McDonald’s frozen beef along with any Twitter user who dared challenge them.
Their most recent clapback was aimed at IHOP’s controversial rebranding as IHOb. When asked how they felt about IHOb joining the burger competition, Wendy’s boldly announced they don’t fear a restaurant who thinks pancakes are too hard.
Not really afraid of the burgers from a place that decided pancakes were too hard.
— Wendy's (@Wendys) June 11, 2018
7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
On June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unexpectedly beat Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary in New York. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist, previously worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign. Her win gained her national recognition and, naturally, a few haters.
Political talk show host John Cardillo posted a photo to Twitter of Ocasio-Cortez’s childhood home, suggesting she grew up far more comfortably than she tries to sell. She agrees that her home was nice, but corrects Cardillo’s misinformation about where she went to school.
She took her defense a step further by mentioning that her youth taught her about how zipcode can shape a person’s opportunity. To finish putting Cardillo in his place, she tells him his attempt to strip her of her own identity only reflects his fear of its power.
3. Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 1, 2018
With her clapbacks, she basically told Cardillo to check himself. The next time you’re tweeting, I advise you to do the same.