Let’s face it, we seem to have a fascination with public meltdowns when it comes to celebrities and business leaders alike. As an employer, you may think a public rant of huge proportions would surely never happen in the corporate world, but stress comes hand-in-hand with self-destructive behavior – and those in business arguably carry stress around by the truck-load.
As a case in point, and to illustrate how easy it can be to keep going despite probably knowing you should stop, we dug up the top public meltdowns of some well-known business leaders – and it doesn’t get any better than prime minister David Cameron’s recent rant at reporters.
(1) David Cameron
After journalists questioned his U-turn over planned cuts to disability benefits, as well as the lack of planning in terms of the steel crisis, due to the nearing EU referendum, he sharply said: “You all go around setting each others’ hair on fire and getting very excited about this but it’s all processology.”
He continued, suggesting journalists spent too much time reading each others’ newspapers – something he claimed should be avoided. But that wasn’t the last we heard from the PM. When he was forced to defend his Brexit opinions, he said: “We said there was going to be a clear government line on Europe, which there is, and ministers are able to depart from it and make their arguments in their own way.
“I can’t see what the issue is. You have a government with a packed programme, delivering that programme – but at the same time we’re having a very important debate about Europe.”
It didn’t take very long for it to get picked up on, and it has since gained an avid fan base on Twitter.
(2) Amy and Sammy Bouzaglo
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is no stranger to outbursts, but in this case, he wasn’t the one that poured oil onto the fire. Featuring in an episode of his Kitchen Nightmares show, the owners of Amy’s Baking Company were dumped by Ramsay as they proved to be too hard to work with.
After a few snide remarks from users on Facebook, Bouzaglo defended her company with what one could only describe as incredible passion. She wrote on the firm’s Facebook page (all in caps lock): “I am not stupid, all of you are. You just do not know good food. It is not uncommon to resell things. Walmart does not make their electronics or toys so lay off!”
It didn’t stop there, in fact it quickly spun out of control. “We do not need this, you stupid people. The cakes we offer are expensive because we have to repackage and ship. Do not blame us because you can not afford quality. The Yelpers, and now the Reddits, need to back off. You’re not right just because of some TV show. We are not freaking out. We do not care about a “witch hunt”. I am God’s child. Piss off all of you. F**k Reddits, F**k Yelp and F**k all of you. Bring it. We will fight back.”
Cringingly they kept going and photoshopped a comment tread from Reddit, claiming police were calling users. And after suffering the horrid, awkward moment where you realise you’ve just gone and dug yourself a hole, the couple claimed their accounts had been hacked and they had thus not been responsible for any of the comments.
Continue on the next page to see the next two meltdowns that made the list…
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