Photos: The culture of instant outrage

Published 5:39 PM ET, Fri March 1, 2013
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Despite the outrage sparked by a joke about the Holocaust, comedian Joan Rivers said she had nothing to apologize for. "It's a joke, No. 1. ...This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor," she told HLN's "Showbiz Tonight." Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Beyonce's sexy Super Bowl halftime outfit drew outrage from conservatives and animal rights groups. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Seth MacFarlane managed to outrage just about everyone as host of the Academy Awards. He was accused of being sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and a racist. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
When reality star Kim Kardashian recently posted a photo to Instagram of a diamond-encrusted gun just weeks after pledging to help stop gun violence, fans were incensed. Lucas Dawson/Getty Images
Justin Bieber draws a continuous stream of random outrage over incidents and statements real and alleged. Most recently a photo of the young star in Miami appeared to show him groping a fan (he denies it). Either way: outrage. Chris McKay/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012
Hulk Hogan drew a firestorm of criticism when he tweeted an admiring photo of his 24-year-old daughter's bare legs to his nearly 500,000 followers.
NBA star LeBron James became a target of outrage when a picture of him wearing an All Seeing Eye T-shirt by Android Homme caused his Instagram followers to charge he was making a statement about the occult or in support of the Illuminati. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages
Simon Cowell outraged his "Britain's Got Talent" audience when at the show's audition he refused to vote with his fellow judges to let the well-received teenage duo The Elite move to the next round of competition. Mark Davis/Getty Images