If anyone has had a good month, it has to be the people behind TikTok. Through this time of immense boredom, their app has gone from a much-ridiculed teenage playground to a platform that more and more celebrities are flocking to every day. Sure, there’s good content on TikTok, but we’re still focused on ridiculing all the bad content on TikTok. It’s called having priorities.
We’ve been over some of the most *yikes* celebrities that have joined TikTok, but now that the quarantine period has been extended, we need to highlight some more cringeworthy videos that we just can’t unsee. Each week we’ll be adding some of the most cringe-inducing TikToks of the week, from reality stars to bored A-listers with too much time on their hands.
Tracee Ellis Ross
@traceeellisrossHow my experience with ##TheHighNote challenge is going 😂🤦🏾♀️ @thehighnotefilm♬ original sound – traceeellisross
Tracee Ellis Ross has a new movie coming out today, and judging from her caption, it looks like someone told her she needed to be promoting it on TikTok. Tracee is hilarious, but this video’s try-hard, *how do you do fellow kids* energy is painful to watch. At this point, we’ve all established that we’re too old/not coordinated enough to be on TikTok, so making jokes about that is a little tired. Tracee has made a handful of TikToks, and she really doesn’t seem to know what to do with herself, so maybe she should just stick to Instagram.
@katharinefosterliterally emerging from this quarantine 45 lbs heavier ##comedy ##fyp ##snacks ##food♬ original sound – claude_damnit
Speaking of try-hard energy, Katharine McPhee! She loves to do the most on social media, but this video is actually pretty simple. But aside from the fact that I don’t think the joke is that funny, it also makes me uncomfortable to watch Katharine lip-sync to Beyoncé’s monologue from Lemonade about Jay-Z cheating on her. Like, please find literally any other TikTok sound to use for your mediocre joke about pizza. Also, are we really still making jokes about pizza in 2020?
Bethenny has been spending a lot of time on TikTok lately, and some of her videos are actually pretty funny. But, I’m sorry, this one creeped me out. The camera does a slow pan up her body, revealing her weird, plastered-on smile, then zooms out so we see her looking skinny AF in her high-waisted jeans. Like… truly what is the point here? At first I assumed it was to promote her denim brand, but there’s no mention of it in the caption. Bethenny, what are you doing?
@officialreesetiktokThe secret ingredient is DANCING! 💃🏼 Sharing my morning green smoothie with y’all. Delicious and healthy! 🥒🍋🍌 🍎 (Inspired by Kimberly Snyder)♬ original sound – officialreesetiktok
Reese returned to TikTok this week after taking a while off, and I have some questions about this smoothie recipe video. Mostly, who is doing her editing? It’s actually pretty intricate, which makes me think she definitely didn’t do it herself. Is she paying someone to make her TikToks? And the actual recipe part is fun, but her dancing to Dua Lipa is… less fun. Is Reese losing her mind in quarantine like the rest of us??
@jasonderuloShould I do a giveaway?
Okay, so this video is what it is, some dumb magic trick with a bunch of money. Cool. But I have questions about Mr. Derulo’s TEETH. We all remember last week, when we watched his front teeth get knocked out by an ear of corn, but was it all just an illusion??? I feel bamboozled, hoodwinked, and led astray. I suspected that video may have been fake in the first place, but I still feel like we’re owed an explanation.
@jasonderuloDon’t try this 😭😭😭♬ original sound – jasonderulo
As much as I complain about it, TikTok is supposed to be fun. You know what’s not fun to me? Watching a grown man break his two front teeth making a TikTok. I’ve heard differing opinions on whether this is real or not, but either way, I don’t want to see it. And if Jason hadn’t broken his teeth, this video would hardly have been any better. Like, cool, you ate some corn. Idk, I’m over it.
@jamescharlessunday morning thoughts♬ original sound – jamescharles
James Charles is obviously very good at YouTube, but I can’t with the TikToks. In this one, he wonders why he’s still single when he’s got “a big heart, a big ass, and an even bigger bank account.” I mean, it’s kind of a mood, but he still rubs me the wrong way. I can’t decide if this is more or less cringeworthy than his TikTok dance attempts, but I feel like we have enough of those on this list.
@pilot_pete*Disclaimer* Don’t duet this @kelleyflanagan♬ original sound – pilot_pete
I’ve given Pilot Pete a pass for the last two weeks, but he deserves to be back on the list. Peter has been hard at work shoving his relationship with Kelley in our faces, and in this reverse motion video, he leaps up onto a diving platform and kisses her. Weird and annoying to begin with, but there’s also a full-on lightning storm happening around them. Not to be a narc, but I’m pretty sure that being A) in a pool or B) at the top of a diving platform during a storm is a bad idea.
@mykennaCheers to the local singles 💗🍷 Pour a double and all my fellow single ladies tag me! ##localsingleschallenge! @sykamore this song is a mood 👏🏻🙌🏻♬ Local Singles – Sykamore
Another Bachelor Nation entry comes from Mykenna, who is truly doing the least. As she halfheartedly sways around with two glasses of wine, sort of lip syncing to the song, I had to wonder: is this really what we’ve come to? It’s one thing for dumb high school boys to just stare at the camera and look hot, but Mykenna, give us something, anything! Drinking wine isn’t a personality.
@willsmithI think they misunderstood the need for Face Masks.♬ original sound – willsmith
I respect Will Smith’s effort to clown his wife and kids for wearing face masks while baking a cake, but I’m gonna need him to hold the camera further away from his face. This is a brutal reminder that Will Smith is not young and cool anymore. His creepy whisper vibe, along with the fact that I can practically count the pores on his nose, is really turning me off. I’m glad he’s having a good quarantine with the fam, though.
@thepapajohnschnatterTour of the Papa Castle Part 1 ##mycrib ##finalsathome ##fyp ##boredinthehouse♬ original sound – thepapajohnschnatter
Who knew Papa John was on TikTok? Well I do now, and I’m not happy about it. This week, he took us on a tour of his absurd mansion, which looks like Teresa Giudice’s house ate Teresa Giudice’s house. Seriously, I’ve never seen something so gaudy in my life. The foyer is dominated by a gigantic eagle sculpture which is also a clock, and this is just proof that money can’t buy you class.
@haileybieber@justinbieber♬ original sound – darylboylan19
The Biebers never pass up a chance to make us feel uncomfortable on TikTok, and this week, they did so by doing a video where Hailey is Justin’s mom. Honestly, I don’t think anything they do is funny—they’re just not funny people—but this feels like an especially *yikes* choice. If you’re considering making a TikTok where your significant other has to act like your child, maybe just don’t.
Aside from the fact that Heidi thinks they’re called “Brat” dolls, I need to know where her self-awareness level is at. For someone who spent years being ridiculed for her numerous plastic surgeries, posting a video where the only point is that your lips look humongous seems like a weird move. And as I’ve said before, these pointless videos where celebs are just making faces at the camera are like, the least interesting content on TikTok.
@itsthesituationIt do be like that Sometimes ##fyp ##fy ##xyzcba♬ original sound – _joupa_
Okay, first of all, Mike with this filter is absolutely horrifying. He looks like an angry platypus that’s about to jump out of the screen and attack me, and I’d like to never see it again. But also, do we think he got a stimulus check? I don’t know how that whole situation works after you get out of prison for tax evasion, but I feel like the IRS might be a little hesitant about just giving you money.
@babybella777This ones for you @devdogmoney my idol, my teacher , my hero ☺️💕⭐️🥰🥳🐱🤩💕✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽♬ original sound – babybella777
Okay. Here’s the thing about TikTok dances. Not everyone wants to do them, and that’s okay. Personally, nothing sounds worse to me than spending an hour recording myself looking like a fool for a video that’s going to flop anyway, so I just don’t do it! I truly cannot with Bella Hadid’s half-ass attempt at the “Captain Hook” dance. SHE DOESN’T EVEN GET OUT OF BED!!! Some people just aren’t meant to be TikTok dancers, and Bella is one of those people.
@justinbieberMy no no square♬ オリジナル楽曲 – user64427403853
Every week, there’s usually one of these TikToks that genuinely makes my day worse, and today, I have Justin Bieber to thank for that. From the deranged smile, to the awful dancing, to the v uncomfy song choice, I just hate everything about this. Combine that with the fact that I forced myself to watch the first episode of his new Facebook Watch show The Biebers, and Justin has really worked hard to ruin my week.
@jakepaultik tok got us doing too much♬ original sound – jakepaul
Jake Paul is clearly bored in the house like the rest of us, but instead of shopping for the best deals online, he’s just throwing money out the window. In this video, he tries this effect where you attach your phone to a power drill, so then it’s supposed to rotate and look cool. Too bad the phone flies off the drill and shatters. Honestly, I can’t imagine a worse time to have a shattered phone than right now. Good thing Jake probably has a whole drawer of extra phones for doing dumb pranks.
@tanamongeaulolthis sound KILLS ME♬ A True Love Story – larrayeeee
Speaking of Jake Paul, remember when he was married to Tana Mongeau? What a fun fever dream that was! Well, the marriage was never actually legal, but still. Tana referenced Jake in one of her own TikToks this week, implying that all he had to do to get her to marry him was compliment her ass. Romance is alive and well, people! Believe it or not, it’s still been less than a year since their wedding, if you needed more proof that time isn’t real.
@hannahg11just always thought about this, I know it sometimes takes a while to show but STILL that’s a lot of ppl ##keepingactive ##healthheroes ##thoughts♬ Confusion – quaintcraig
From her infamous pronunciation of gnocchi (“nosh”, in case you forgot), we already know that Hannah G is one of the foremost minds of our generation. This week on TikTok, she pondered a question that, for some reason, has never occurred to me. If everyone on the planet comes from a pregnant woman, why don’t we see more pregnant women? I feel like this is the start of a conspiracy theory. Like, can the CDC stop working on COVID-19 and find where the billions of pregnant women are hiding? I’d like a full report by Monday.
If I had to describe JoJo Siwa’s whole persona in one word, it would probably be “jarring.” Everything about her look, her attitude, and her voice is too much for me to handle, and it’s even worse on TikTok. Suddenly, it seems very clear that JoJo is a six-foot-tall teenage pretending to be a child, and watching her dance to a mashup of “My Humps” is like, viscerally upsetting. I hope JoJo can break free from this persona soon, because I’m starting to get worried.
April 25-May 1:
@vanessahudgensGotta love kids♬ Can you say Monamatoe – 350snake
Vanessa Hudgens trying too hard to lip sync to a TikTok sound of a little kid trying to say “tomato”? I’m good, thanks. “Trying too hard” is pretty much Vanessa’s personal brand, and TikTok really brings that out of her. Still, doing the kid voice just feels a little creepy. Maybe I’m overreacting, but I really hate it.
@selenagomezI’ll stay vulnerable. 💖 ##vulnerable ##jamsession ##djathome♬ Vulnerable – Selena Gomez
Does Selena Gomez not know the lyrics to her own song? Or does she just not care? Either way, I’m not sure why she posted this five-second clip of her poorly lip-syncing to her song “Vulnerable”. She’s not dancing or anything, and it randomly cuts off in the middle of a line. Like, I know Selena is famous enough that she doesn’t have to put effort into her social media content, but this is just lame.
@pilot_peteThe Audacity @jettinjack♬ original sound – julianhagins
Welcome back Peter; we love a return customer! This TikTok sound is hilarious and great, but no part of me wants to see Pilot Pete make a video to it. Besides, his attempt is low-energy, and he doesn’t really know it well enough for the lip sync to be precise. Miss me with this sh*t! Peter is quickly becoming my least favorite person on TikTok, so I’m sure he’ll be making more appearances on this list in the future.
@shaymitchellGet ready with me 😜♬ eat.my.dirt made this audio – eat.my.dirt
If Shay Mitchell is going to go on TikTok and remind us that she’s literally flawless, could she at least hit her sound cues properly? Out of the four transitions in this video, she only really gets one of them right, and this is like, the first rule of being good at TikTok. I might just be mad that she’s so pretty, but her TikTok skills could definitely use some work.
@heidimontagMy favorite type of dances… simple ##lol ##stayhomestaystrong ##distancedance ##foryou♬ Laxed Siren Beat Loop – Jawsh 685
Welcome back, Heidi! This week, she tried her hand at a popular TikTok dance, which she chose because it’s “simple.” Apparently not simple enough, because this attempt is weak AF. Also, it’s so low-energy! There’s nothing more annoying than celebrities making TikToks who don’t even bother to look like they’re trying. On a m0re positive note, at least she ditched those ridiculous booty shorts from a couple weeks ago. Growth!
@jessicaalbaI torture my husband ##happyathome ##yay ##dancechallenge 👍🏽😜😝 ##dancinginpajamas ##what !♬ Jawsh 685 | Laxed – emmapearson033
Jessica Alba’s life is weird. On the one hand, she’s a super famous actress and successful businesswoman. But she has the social media persona of every woman who got married, had kids, and moved to a nice house in the suburbs. I like her solo TikToks, but this one of her dancing with her husband is low-key painful. General PSA: if your husband/boyfriend/S.O. doesn’t want to do the TikTok, please don’t force him! We really don’t care that much in the first place, and it makes you look crazy.
Welcome back to the list, Tyra! Now that I’m aware of Tyra Banks’ presence on TikTok, I have a feeling she’s going to be making me roll my eyes week after week. You can tell Tyra is the kind of celebrity that thinks her TikToks are comedic genius, when literally anyone could make silly faces while saying “I’m hungry” over and over again. Like, it’s a mood, but that doesn’t make the video any good.
@perezhiltonImpressed by the speed at which the haters were able to mobilize and get me banned from commenting, even though I’ve broken NO RULES today! ##MMMDrop♬ Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
Perez Hilton has been one of the internet’s biggest trolls for a long time, and lucky for us, we get to watch the good people of TikTok troll him right back. This week, he got reported and banned from commenting, then was unbanned, and then was banned AGAIN just hours later. In this video, he’s basically spiraling about this ~censorship~, and it kind of makes my heart happy. We have bigger free speech issues in this country that Perez Hilton’s TikTok commenting privileges, but he can feel free to keep whining.
@pilot_peteBarb the Savage♬ original sound – byjamiemcintyre
Unsurprisingly, Pilot Pete is still bringing us non-premium content on TikTok. This week, we got a break from his face and instead got a video of his parents. Is anyone surprised that Barb Weber wants to be TikTok famous. Nope, didn’t think so. Props to them for using a trending sound, but I don’t love their setup that’s basically just Mr. Weber talking down to his wife. Better luck next time, Barb, maybe try learning one of the dances!
@jakepauldon’t let this flop my roommates are trying to evict me from my own house… ##fyp ##foryoupage ##stayhomestaystrong ##keepingbusy ##omg♬ original sound – jakepaul
Okay, this is from last week, but once I saw it, I couldn’t not include it. Why the f*ck is Jake Paul riding a giant BMX bike in the middle of his house? Does he have a death wish? He rides the bike down the stairs!! And why is that house so massive? Who are all the random dudes there? I have so many questions about this quarantine situation, but what I do know is that I hate everything that’s happening in this video.
@tyrabanksYou wish @mariahcarey ##highnotechallenge♬ original sound – tyrabanks
Oh sweet Tyra Banks. Tyra is obviously a legend, but I’ll be honest, everything about her 2020 persona makes me cringe. Her version of Mariah Carey’s classic as “Vision of Smize” combined with her hat that says “Smize4Me” is just a little too much for me to process right now. I need to go watch an old season of ANTM to detox.
Bless her heart, Heidi Montag is really trying on TikTok. Some of her videos are better than others, but this one is like a car crash that I can’t look away from. She’s really channeling the energy of Britney Spears’ manic dancing videos, but she’s just not there yet. The booty shorts aren’t tiny enough, the camera angle is painful, and the dance feels forced. 5/10!
@spencerprattCleansing vibes ##selenite ##sage ##prattdaddy♬ original sound – spencerpratt
I couldn’t roast a Heidi TikTok without equally roasting a Spencer TikTok. Equality! Sorry if you find this soothing, but Spencer Pratt waving sage and a crystal at me while Enya is playing is a complete nightmare for me. I find Spencer’s crystal obsession/business really funny, but that doesn’t mean I want to be bombarded with it on TikTok!
Okay, I know this is a really popular trend, and that’s fine. But there’s something about a shirtless Cody Simpson with a bobblehead filter pretending to shoot me that just feels very uncomfortable. I can’t really put it into words, but I feel like you get the point. I’m not into it.
@madiprewQuarantine Easter ready ##happyeaster ##siblingcheck ##blessed ##fyp♬ original sound – goalsounds
During quarantine, Madiprew has fully reverted to the life of a high school girl living in Auburn. I mean, she was barely ever past that point, but this TikTok of her and her sisters on Easter is just like… painfully basic. I’m glad she’s staying home and staying safe, but there is simply too much self-tanner here for one family.
After posting a video of her kids on Easter with a filter that made it look like their faces were melting, Blac Chyna returned to more normal TikTok content. Honestly, the lip-sync here is pretty good, but does she not realize that videos like this need a concept? It’s just her lip-syncing to random words, and it doesn’t tell a story. Also, that sweatsuit is tragic.
Doja Cat has recently seen a major career boost due to her song “Say So” going viral on TikTok, but I don’t think she’s mastered the platform yet. I’ll admit I laughed at this ridiculous video of her dancing in a wig to “Cry Me A River”, but I think I was laughing at her more than with her. I did follow her though, because she’s hilarious in general, and I feel like she has a fair amount of potential on TikTok.
Apparently the boredom finally really hit Justin Bieber this week, because he’s posted wayyyyyy too many TikToks in the past few days. I mean, one TikTok would be one too many from him, but it’s a lot. He posted like, four videos to Drake’s new song, and each one is worse than the last. Does anyone know what’s happening here? No, no one could possibly know. It’s a disaster, and not even one that’s fun to watch.
@derekhoughI take this incredibly seriously. ##dance ##happyathome ##blindinglights ##solo♬ Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Okay, so Derek Hough is a professional dancer. He should be great at doing TikTok dances, right? Well, the thing about TikTok dances is that they’re meant for uncomfortably attractive 16-year-old girls, not classically trained ballroom dancers. Derek is trying soooooo hard to do this dance perfectly, and he looks stiff as a board. Let loose buddy! This is TikTok, not Dancing With The Stars!
@tanamongeaulolquarantine has me like @imaristuart♬ original sound – aphrxdite._
As you probably could’ve guessed, Tana is loving TikTok during these dark times, and she’s the exact kind of person that should be all over it. In general, good for her. But you know what I don’t need to see? A closeup video of her trying to kiss her new man (sorry, Jake Paul). Tana! Please don’t remind me of how single I am at a time like this, when I am helpless to do anything about it!
Week 2, and we already have a repeat offender! Pilot Pete has only posted a few videos so far, but this one is dreadful. He’s waiting like he’s going to do the dance to “The Box,” which was big like, three months ago, btw, but then he just doesn’t. Peter. I don’t really want to see you do TikTok dances, but I certainly don’t want to see you pretend you’re going to do a TikTok dance, and then just not do it. At least if he f*cked up the dance, I’d have something to laugh at.
March 28-April 3:
@arod13I’m a savage😎 ##foryoupage♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion
A-Rod and J.Lo are quarantining with both of their kids at his
house estate in Miami, which looks exactly like the house from Parasite, including the grass that’s too green to possibly be real. They’ve both been loving TikTok lately, but Alex’s videos make me low-key uncomfortable. In this one, he awkwardly dances to “Savage” while one of his kids waves her arms through his, and there’s just really nothing appealing happening here. Also, is this song really appropriate for a child?
@thepilot_peteI just flipped the switch♬ Nonstop – Drake
Pilot Pete is finally on TikTok, not that anyone was holding their breath. He’s currently quarantining (sort of) in Chicago with Kelley and Dustin, and his first TikToks have not been inspiring. In this one, he awkwardly tries out the popular “Flip the Switch” challenge, and just changes into a pilot uniform. Guys, did you know that Peter is a pilot? I would’ve liked this a lot more if he switched outfits with Kelley, but I guess they’re not ready to commit to couples content yet.
@hannahannslussWhen you’re done with your at home workout… 🥳 @brookekcampbelll makes the best workout buddy 😘 ##quarantine ##stayathome ##workout ##fyp♬ original sound – paradiisedd
Honestly, I could’ve done this entire roundup just on people from Bachelor Nation, but I’ll save that for another time. However, I do want to call out Hannah Ann, who is not only posting workout TikToks with her friend Brooke (rude), but is also doing lame dances after the workouts. I need her to do a whole lot less. Just half-ass the workout, eat some Oreos, and (maybe) take a shower like the rest of us!
@vanessahudgensMama g y’all♬ chachaslide – Ssica
Vanessa Hudgens has apparently moved past her PR nightmare of shrugging off mass suffering, and is now just making TikToks with her mom. Some of them are pretty good, but I’m sorry, I don’t want to see anyone doing the Cha Cha Slide in 2020. Also, why is she wearing a cute outfit and wedges? Put on some sweatpants, Vanessa! Celebrities—they’re NOT just like us.
In a huge surprise to no one, EmRata’s TikToks are obnoxious, mainly because they seem tailor-made to show off her insane body. Like, there’s nothing I want less right now than to have perfect abs shoved in my face. I get it, I’m lazy! This video isn’t technically from the last week, but I couldn’t resist highlighting her weak attempt at dancing, just to show off her crop top. Should I Amazon Prime her a full shirt?
@babybella777talented, one of a kind, before their time, never before seen, amazing , show stopping♬ original sound – babybella777
Bella Hadid shared some throwback videos of her friends “wine drunk at 5 pm.” I haven’t heard this song in years, and watching Bella and her statuesque friends drunkenly meandering around a living room and dropping it low is not the content I needed today. I never thought Bella Hadid would be particularly good at TikTok, but this is troubling. Maybe Bella should stick to modeling.
If there’s anyone you’re loving to hate on TikTok these days, let us know in the comments. We all need something to roll our eyes at right now, and what better that celebs making fools of themselves?
Images: DFree / Shutterstock.com; arod13, thepilot_pete, hannahannsluss, vanessahudgens, emrata, babybella777 / TikTok