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Shockingly Horrible Things Good People Said

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People Say the Stupidest Things.

Famous people are often eloquent, well-mannered role models that have carefully curated their social persona in order to maximize their fame.

Then again, sometimes they’re total idiots.

In this list, we’ve found some of the most awful things that well known and respected celebrities have said when they clearly weren’t thinking. From civil rights leaders like Gandhi to all-American movie stars like John Wayne, these quotes represent a different side of the famous names than we’re used to seeing or hearing.

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Start the slideshow below to see just how stupid some of these people were to even say these things, then SHARE! You’ll be absolutely shocked.

Roald Dahl

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British children’s author and writer of favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches, Dahl was born in Wales to Norwegian parents and went on to become one of the most beloved authors of his time. During his life, he was a diplomat and soldier in WWII and a generally respected man. As a WWII vet, what he had to say about the Holocaust sounds even more shocking:

“There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. I mean there is always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.”

Paris Hilton

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Okay, okay, so Paris isn’t exactly known for being the most eloquent celebutante out there, but she’s gotten a lot better over time. Whether you think she’s a lovely young heiress or an entitled spoiled brat, there’s absolutely no excuse for when she (allegedly) made the following statement about her preferences in men:

“I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.”