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Jewish World Review
Dec. 29, 2010
/ 22 Teves, 5771
The 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010
I am second to none in my respect for celebrities, and everything they contribute to our culture.
On occasion, however, celebrities do not earn that respect.
There are times when celebrities say or do silly things. Oh, who am I kidding? Sometimes, they say and do really stupid things.
The year 2010 was no exception. There was a lot of stupidity going on in Hollywood, and this might be the perfect time to point out a few examples.
And let's not limit this list to just the people on magazine covers. There are a lot of people — some you might even recognize — who did stupid things behind the scenes. I would hate to let them escape our notice.
Therefore, in the spirit of holiday giving, allow me to give you the 10 biggest celebrity missteps of 2010.
1. All things Heidi: It almost seems like piling on, or picking on a helpless, morally-challenged idiot, but how could I compile a list of stupid things without mentioning Heidi Montag or her equally challenged husband Spencer Pratt? It would be stupid of me to omit them. I won't even mention the 10 plastic surgeries in one day because that bit of stupidity occurred in 2009. But she was determined to continue where she left off, and she accomplished her goal by publicly renouncing her surgeries, filing divorce papers on her husband and then immediately reconciling with Spencer and renewing her wedding vows. We're sure that none of her actions in 2010 were motivated by an insatiable appetite for publicity.
2. Mark Wahlberg, Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, Tim Van Patten and Stephen Levinson: You might recognize a couple of those names. They were all executive producers on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," and apparently were responsible for casting the quirky character actor Steve Buscemi in the lead of the 12-part series. We love Buscemi normally, but he was horribly miscast as the political kingpin Nucky Thompson. And shame on those TV critics who kept telling us that his casting would grow on us in later episodes. There was no growth.
3. Kanye West: Who could make a list of people who say stupid things without mentioning this guy? Although Mr. West has an album out that many critics are calling the album of the year, I think he's such a jerk that I refuse to listen to it. When he declared that Ray Charles didn't deserve his last Grammy, I knew Kanye belonged on this list. I'm sure he will say something stupid enough in 2011 to make next year's list.
4. The unnamed studio executive who thought that putting Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in the same movie was a slam dunk, and the script didn't matter. The public is not as stupid as you think.
5. Jesse James: Do I really need to explain?
6. The Golden Globes: Actually, my beef is with the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Globes. They always nominate 10 films as best motion picture — drama and musical/comedy — which gives them twice the opportunity not to do something stupid. Still, they omitted "True Grit" this year. I have no problem with their choices in the drama category, so they could have given a nod to "True Grit" in the comedy category, or break with tradition and add a sixth nominee in drama. I suppose the "True Grit" people didn't order a big enough buffet for the foreign "journalists."
7. Lady Gaga: She had such a tremendous year that I had to ponder her inclusion for a few moments. Then I remembered the meat dress she wore to that awards show. Why was it stupid? Everybody knows that you never wear meat to an awards show. Fashion icons are adamant that such an occasion calls for seafood.
8. Paris Hilton: Accused of marijuana possession twice and possession of cocaine once, the hotel heiress once again proved that she's not always the smartest person in the room. If I were a hotel heiress, I would never be picked up on a DUI because I would always travel in a chauffeur-driven limousine, and I would never be caught with illegal drugs because that's what personal assistants are for. Wealth is wasted on the rich.
9. Charlie Sheen: One dumb move after another.
10. Tony Parker, Ryan Reynolds, Jim Carrey, Stuart Townsend, Darren Aronofsky and Gabriel Aubry, with a special shout-out to George Lopez: These guys split from Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Jenny McCarthy, Charlize Theron, Rachel Weisz and Halle Berry. Pretty stupid, if you ask me. As for Lopez, the comedian and talk-show host, receives a special mention for leaving his wife of 17 years just five years after she donated one of her kidneys to him. Maybe not a stupid move, but certainly rude.
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