Online fame and controversy

Updated 9:09 AM ET, Mon October 12, 2015
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"The View" co-host Raven-Symoné became the target of numerous angry op-eds for saying she'd never hire someone with a black-sounding name. Plenty of famous faces have gained notoriety by courting infamy; click through for more examples. Lou Rocco/ABC/Getty Images
Canadian comedian Nicole Arbour's online presence blew up after she posted a YouTube video exhorting overweight people to drop the pounds, in a not-so-nice way. Liam Richards/Canadian Press/AP
"My Big Fat Fabulous Life" reality star Whitney Way Thore, center, posted a rebuttal video to Arbour's rant that also went viral. TLC
Paris Hilton, left, and Nicole Richie starred on the early-'00s reality show "The Simple Life." Hilton's reality bid came after a sex tape featuring the heiress was allegedly leaked and then sold online. Despite tsk-tsks from the public, her profile increased. Damian Dovarganes/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kim Kardashian also went the reality TV route after a sex tape featuring her and then-boyfriend Ray J hit the Internet. "I think that's how I was definitely introduced to the world," Kardashian told Oprah Winfrey in 2012. Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube and hit it huge among his target teen girl audience. Now his name is in the headlines more for his legal troubles, but is all publicity good publicity? Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chef Paula Deen got in trouble (again) for racial insensitivity when her social media team tweeted an image in July of her son dressed in "brownface." It didn't nix her recent casting on "Dancing With the Stars," though network honchos might want to watch her social media accounts. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Evine