It’s that time of year again, when we ask readers to select the entertainment celebrities most deserving of our annual Beck/Smith Hollywood Tacky Taste Awards. This year marks the 35th such cavalcade of the crass, the churlish and the contemptible, and obviously, you will have no shortage of candidates for Tackiest Celebrity in 2012.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his memoir that capitalized on his own tacky and embarrassing behavior, is bound to get some attention. So is Kristen Stewart for cheating on Robert Pattinson – and Chris Brown for cheating on Rihanna, right on the heels of the unwise rekindling of their rocky romance. It was a year when the showing of more skin than intended made for the strangest of celebrity groupings: the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and…Hulk Hogan? The sad spectacle of Lance Armstrong’s fall from hero status may elicit some Tacky votes. And no doubt various tacky types at the forefront of politics this election year will, too. We’re sure that, as always, readers will remember many more.
Tell us who’s your choice for Tackiest and why – by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by dropping us a note in the comments area of this post. The winners, if you can call them that, will be announced Thanksgiving week.
SPEAKING OF POLITICS: “It’s hard to find the funny sometimes. You get so upset,” admits political humorist Will Durst, who’s been keeping crowds laughing throughout the run-up to next month’s election. “You just have to plumb deeper.”
Durst, whose writings include his Elect to Laugh! A Hilarious, Common Sense Guide to American Politics book, his syndicated column, and his pieces on Huffington Post and elsewhere, takes jabs at Republicans and Democrats – and performs before audiences of both persuasions. “I do theater shows and corporates, and they’re two different crowds, but they laugh at both sides,” he tells us. He’s received his share of angry emails. However, he notes, “The only real trouble I’ve had is with the true believers – Orange County and Berkeley.”
Durst cites an anecdote that he used in his book, recalling an occasion when Abraham Lincoln told a joke – and a woman approached him to complain. “Madam,” he reportedly said, “we all laugh in order not to cry.”