Last night, December 14th, Barbara Walters listed her top ten most fascinating people of 2011. Some were appropriate choices I completely agreed with, such as Steve Jobs, named her most fascinating person of 2011. Others were more shocking choices that Barbara Walters is still trying to defend, such as the Kardashians (I mean, really, reality show fans, why is this group of people any more fascinating than any other reality show star we have seen come and go?)
And here, ladies and gentleman, is where I come in. My assessment of Barbara’s top ten…
Now, here’s where I agree:
Even though, Barbara Walters had a rule on choosing people who were still alive, she states that she would be making an exception to the rule, because that’s how “Steve Jobs lived his life.”
I would have to agree with her choice, especially while I sit here typing this as I listen to my Pandora app on my iPhone. His impact on the world will continue to be felt long after his passing. He revolutionized technology and changed how we live our life. And for that, I would agree with Barbara on her top choice.
Who could forget Amanda Knox and her Italian trial? I had followed that trial so closely, and was so thrilled to hear that she had been released. It felt like she was someone I knew personally. Now, this is a person I would read the book of, when/if she gets published.
You these two choices out of the park, Barbara.
And somewhere within the top ten list it seemed like Barbara went off track…here’s where I begin to disagree; although you, my television fans, may feel a bit different.
Okay, aside from that year-long claim that he “might” be running for President, and his constant criticism of our current President, anyone else know why Donald Trump might be so fascinating?
No, neither do I. Apparently, Mrs. Walters claims that he’s “great fun to do an interview with” and “he’s still piquing people’s interest.”
I promise not to get too political on you, tv fans, but anyone else trying to surpress that eye roll? Yah, me too.
Okay, Barbara Walters still continues to defend her choice on the Kardashians…okay, aside from the fact that they have unabashedly hogged the spotlight for way too long, and even though I’ve never watched that show, I somehow have managed to learn more about them than I ever care to know, why else are they on this list?
Okay, moving on…two thumbs down Mrs. Walters.
I died a little inside when I found out he was on the list. Now, I’m sure this was a decision made before the sexual harrasment scandals and before he backed out of the race completely once that long-term affair came out. Right? We really want to honor someone with that sketchy of a history?
Okay, I know. I know. The list said “fascinating” people, not “morally sound” people.
Three strikes, Mrs. Walters, you’re out on this list.
As for the rest? Well, when these folks were introduced my eyes blurred a little bit and I started daydreaming and seeking out others to watch. The rest included Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (these two gentleman play gay couple, Cam and Mitchell from Modern Family…and yes, they are extremely funny…and….come on, someone give me a hand on this one…), Katy Perry (um….her song’s are kinda good, I guess…), Derek Jeter (I need start following sports a bit more, because…really, this guy?), Pippa Middleton (oh please…yah, the girl had a nice wedding dress, but really, that’s it. And then Simon Cowell…okay, he’s cute, and his honesty can be both refreshing and a little bit like throwing scalding hot water at someone all at the same time. I guess his shows are kind of good.
Okay, you know what this all means? It means we all need to work just a tad bit harder to get on Barbara’s list.
Now, how’s that for a New Year’s Resolution?