It’s time for Barbara Walters to roll out the names of the people she considered fascinating this year, and once again, the lady set the bar so low you’d have to dig into the freaking mantle just to find it. That’s just what happens when you categorize the Kardashians as “fascinating”, rather than “useless” or “annoying” or “according to Darwinism, you should all be dead like five times over by now.” Yahoo News reports:
Despite fallout over Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage, Walters is including her and her kin on her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 special. The 90-minute program, airing on ABC on December 14, will also include Simon Cowell, Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, Katy Perry and British royal sister Pippa Middleton. In case you’re counting, that adds up to eight entries, meaning Walters has a pair of surprises up her sleeve. Dancing With the Stars champion J.R. Martinez– he’s got to be on the list, right?
Look, I said the same thing when Barbara Walters stuck Paris Hilton on this list a couple years back, and I’ll say it again now: the ability (or more accurately, the necessary lack of morals or ethics) to do or say absolutely anything to keep your name in tabloid headlines is not “fascinating”. It just means that you’re really desperate and willing to do anything to be famous. If your only claim to fame involves something that absolutely anyone could do as long as they were able to completely shut off the part of their brain capable of rational thought or reasoning, you shouldn’t be famous, or fascinating, or even alive.