10 Most Fascinating (or unworthy) People of 2010
One of my favorite things to look forward to each year (well not exactly… otherwise I just sound pathetic) is Barbara Walters’ annual “10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” special on ABC. Last week, Baba Wawa presented her list for 2010 and I couldn’t have been more underwhelmed. Certainly, some of the people represented were true fixtures in the American pop culture lexicon this year. And, those personalities are people I truly enjoy myself. However, to label them as the “most fascinating people” is downright appalling.
- Sandra Bullock – After winning Best Actress at the Oscars this past February and overcoming an extremely public divorce, it only makes sense for America’s sweetheart to be recognized.
- Kate Middleton – After a courtship of over nine years, Prince William took Beyoncé’s advice and put a ring on it. Now, Kate has been thrust into the spotlight both across the pond and in the States. With shoes as big as Diana’s to fill, she is remarkably fascinating.
- David Petraeus – The only person on the list with some real leadership and political merit. General Petraeus has led American forces overseas in combat, but his policy on saving civilians and trying to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan make for a nice change of pace in the realm of traditional xenophobic politicians.
- Mark Zuckerberg – The man is a mere six years older than I am and runs a billion dollar empire attracting 1 out of every 14 people on the globe… BEYOND FASCINATING.
- Betty White – At 88 years old, she’s as funny as ever… and extremely awesome.
- Justin Bieber – I cannot wrap my brain about how yet another child star in a rags-to-riches story can be considered “fascinating.” Granted, he established a franchise and released hit after hit, but what has he really done for out country?
- LeBron James – After being a free agent and ditching his Cavaliers jersey for some fun in the Miami sun, he continued to do what he does best—make money. Despite his talents, he is entirely overpaid and an entire television broadcast dedicated to his team selection does not necessarily mean he’s fascinating.
- Jennifer Lopez – Aside from being announced as a new judge on the upcoming season of American Idol, was Jenny from the Block really all that relevant in 2010?
- Sarah Palin – It’s only the media that keeps making Sarah Palin relevant and/or fascinating. A TLC show focusing primarily on fishing and hunting in Alaska is completely unfascinating, but a general lack of knowledge for American politics is just plain upsetting.
- The cast of Jersey Shore – Although I am an avid viewer of the MTV hit, bar fights and sexual immorality are what the group is known for. Fascinating in a “mindless entertainment–I need something to watch” sort of way? Sure. Fascinating in a “should be ranked next to General David Petraeus” way? Not in the slightest bit.