Fascinating… Schmascinating


I usually enjoy watching Barbara Walters and her announcing of the 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year.  I usually am surprised to find out who the most fascinating person of the year is; however, aside from a few this year was far from surprising and even less fascinating.  I’m sorry, but Rush Limbaugh just does not make me stop and listen to his political views on the radio… and his pick for Republican Presidential candidate in 2012?  None other than another political figure who made the list, Sarah Palin.  Which led to another person on the list, former Saturday Night Live cast member, Tina Fey whose characature of the former vice-presidential candidate may or may not have been a factor in the Democrats assuming the White House.

Not all of the figures in tonight’s special were from the political arena.  Four of them were on primarily to promote their new movies coming soon to a theatre near you.  Will Smith was promoting Seven Pounds.  Tom Cruise (who seems to be on most of Bawa Wawa’s specials) promoted Valkyrie.  And don’t forget the current “it girl” amongst the tween set: Miley Cyrus and coming soon… Hannah Montana The Movie (I guess the movie this fall was a concert film).  Frank Langella (whom I most recall portraying Perry White in Superman Returns … although I know he has been in a host of other roles) is reprising his Tony winning role in the film version of Frost/Nixon.

In previous years, I have often noticed that Ms. Walters usually lists people whom she has interviewed earlier in the year and recently for that matter.  Within the last month, she has interviewed both this year’s top person and the world’s first “man” to give birth.  As for the top person, it does NOT take much of a genius to figure that out.  During the last fifteen minutes, I was just saying “Come on already.”  Although, I thought the most fascinating person on the show was Olympic gold medal record-breaker Michael Phelps.

At least The Office did not disappoint.

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13 thoughts on “Fascinating… Schmascinating”

  1. Glad that’s all you said about the Office – haven’t gotten to see it yet! So who is the MOST fascinating person? I guess I am not a genius… wait, is it Barack Obama?

  2. ok, I had to look it up. In doing so, I found the following article about the list – the author seems to echo your sentiments.

  3. jamiahsh Of course Limbaugh is an interesting celebrity. I mean really how in the world can he have so many listeners. 😉

    Me, I’m shocked Tom Cruise still made the list.

  4. I was shocked that Tommy made it again what with his fallout with Paramount (WAIT… WASN’T THAT LAST YEAR, I’ve lost track). I think Katie would be more fascinating with her Broadway debut.

  5. My guess is Tina Fey is only “interesting” due to her character apeing Palin. Palin is the truely interesting person between the two. So many people believe Palin actually said that she could see Russia from her house. Fey said that in parody to Palin’s very true statement that it was possible to see Russia from an island in Alaska. Besides Palin, Phelps is probably the most truly interesting person from her list. Cyrus- well, she was interesting when she first made it big I suppose (and same with Cruise) but that was before 2008.

  6. THANK YOU ALL… I totally agree, D. Tina was only fascinating because of her impersonating another person, I for one have NEVER seen 30 Rock although it follows my second favorite show on right now. I think that is about it for my tv viewing (or must sees anyway)… well maybe one more. And most of the others were indeed fascinating long before this year. What about the “pregnant man” who is pregnant again?. Seems like tabloid fodder to me… or someone who got his 15 minutes of FAME.

  7. Nothing against you, J. I just don’t like the world force-feeding me the idea that surgically altering oneself to look like the other gender actually makes one that other gender. I don’t buy into their line about being born into the wrong body. The way we are headed, I probably won’t be able to state my feelings on this for much longer without being either financially liable to anyone who reads this and is “offended” by it at best or being put in jail at worst. 🙁

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