Villain of the year certainly fits President (and I use the term very loosely) Bush very aptly, but hero? The latter begs the question, "What kind of drugs are these people taking and how can we be sure they are never prescribed again?"
Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times.Stop reading about her and listening to (both of) her, and both Spears and Hilton will go POOF!
Among entertainment celebrities, Oprah Winfrey edged out Michael J. Fox as the best celebrity role model while Britney Spears outdistanced Paris Hilton as the worst.
Bush won the villain sweepstakes by a landslide, with one in four respondents putting him at the top of that bad-guy list. When people were asked to name the candidate for villain that first came to mind, Bush far outdistanced even Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader in hiding; and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who is scheduled for execution.
The president was picked as hero of the year by a much smaller margin. In the poll, 13 percent named him as their favorite while 6 percent cited the troops in Iraq.
On the question of celebrity role models, a pop singer's bad behavior claimed worst honors.
When asked to choose from a list of names, nearly three in 10 adults, or 29 percent, bestowed the honor of worst celebrity of the year on Spears.
The 25-year-old pop singer and mother of two young sons recently filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, her husband of two years. She then followed with highly publicized nights out with party girls Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, including photographic evidence of Spears wearing no underpants, which raised questions about her fitness as a parent.
Spears apologized on her Web site, saying she probably went "a little too far" with her newfound freedom.
Second-worst celebrity billing went to Hilton, 18 percent. The 25-year-old celebutante was arrested for drunken driving in Los Angeles in September while, she has said, she was on a late-night hamburger run.
Mel Gibson, 50, was third-worst celebrity with 12 percent, surely the result of his anti-Semitic tirade at police in Malibu, Calif., during his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. He later apologized and said he harbored no animosity toward Jews.
In the best celebrity role model category, 29 percent chose... Winfrey."
But Winfrey as the best role model? Oh come on! I understand why Oprah is convinced of her own massive overrated self-importance, but why the hell is anyone else? I can think of at least 25 African-American women who are by far more qualified. Cynthia Tucker, Alice Walker, Condi Rice's cousin Connie (I think) who is into civil rights, to name just a very few.
As I've said (too) often, note that Oprah's audience is filled with overweight, rather dull looking white women (women of color are far more rare in her audience) who just love, love, love to shop and then ask yourself why. The only thing Oprah does well is shop extravagantly and tell us how important and evolved she is. This hardly makes her a villain, of course, but it sure makes her insignificant in the grand scheme of things.