These celebrities are perennial targets of the tabloids, gossip sites and bloggers with too much time on their hands. They are often lumped in with the despicable likes of Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson and Kanye West on the most hated lists. Why? These celebrities may occasionally be aggravating, but they don’t beat women, sprout anti-Semitic rants or throw tantrums if the spotlight isn’t on them every second of the day.
IW hopes these celebrities are treated better in 2011. They deserve a break. Who would you add to the list?
1) Kate Gosselin: what can be said that hasn’t been said? The lowlight came when Kate participated in Dancing with the Stars this past spring. Criticism of her dancing was fair game. She wasn’t a good dancer – a fact she readily acknowledged. Commentators didn’t stop there, however. They started to count the number of days Kate was away from home on her short-term, but high-paying gig. Such criticism has not been lobbed at a parent participating on DWTS before or since. This is routine for Kate though. She is held to an impossible standard and every little detail down to her shoes is savagely condemned. Despite her flaws, Kate has held her head high and continued to provide a stable and healthy environment for her eight children while also balancing the role of family breadwinner and career woman. And for this she gets lumped in with someone like Charlie Sheen? Whoever said it is a man’s world was right.
2) Britney Spears: another persistent target. Like Kate, a lot of the attention occurs because she generates interest – website clicks, magazine sales and TV ratings. It’s time to ease up on Britney now. Let’s focus more on the positive Britney and less on the trashy, falling apart Britney. She’s made great strides in the last couple of years and her press coverage should reflect that.
4) Bristol Palin: wow, this is another one where the venom catches us off-guard. Going into it, a certain amount of dislike was expected. Her mother is a polarizing figure. That said, the spiteful comments about her weight and DWTS being “fixed” were disheartening and disappointing. Bristol actually did very well for herself on DWTS – showing improvement nearly every week (isn’t that what a competition for novices should be about?) and smartly tapping into her mother’s very dedicated supporters. She didn’t prevent the best dancer from winning the competition as predicted either.
In retrospect, the hatred directed at Bristol doesn’t really seem to be about Bristol. It was more about some of the things she represented. Sad.
5) Angelina Jolie: home-wrecker? You and Chelsea Handler need to get over it.
She isn’t really that beautiful? Get over it – you are just jealous. Yep, j-e-a-l-o-u-s!
6) Gwyneth Paltrow: annoying and sometimes pretentious, yes, but also very talented. Did you see her on Glee? She was awesome. So she wants to tell you what to eat and how to decorate your home. It’s rather a mild character flaw. As always, nobody is forcing you to listen to her advice. If she annoys you, move along and save your gripes for something that is truly important.
7) The casts of Teen Mom, Real Housewives of XYZ and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: to borrow an over-used phrase from several years back – don’t hate the player, hate the game. These people are just giving you what you want. You want someone to feel superior to. You want someone to feel smarter than. You want to see someone get all high and mighty and then see them fall on their face.
Don’t feel bad. We all do. Or most of us do. We are imperfect humans, after all. As with many things in life, it is about degrees. Go ahead and dislike Camille from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – she deserves it! Just don’t start a hate blog against her. Trust me: you will be a happier person when you focus on who and what you DO like and not so much on whom and what you dislike.