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The 34th Tacky Taste Awards Top 10 Winners!

 Happy Thanksgiving to all, and a special thank-you to the readers who joined in with their votes and comments for our 34th Annual Tacky Taste Awards.  In a year when some of the biggest scandals in the news — from Penn State to politics — took place outside the Hollywood realm, there’s still a banquet of show business celebrity turkeys to chew on.  And heeeeere they are.

1.  Kim Kardashian & Family.  Riled up over Kim’s 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries, readers voted to bestow 1st Place, Tackiest Celebrities of the Year dishonors on the Kardashian clan.  Among the comments:

“KarTRA$Hian is KarKA$Hingin — the fake marriage down to the crappy clothes at Sears.” — Hannah L., New York, NY  

“She went from saying Kris was so nice and down to earth to saying he was only in it to climb the fame ladder practically overnight.  Of course people are suspicious. She made more than $17 million from the wedding.” — Pam R.,Canton, OH. 

“Kim Kardashian was made for your Tacky Taste Award.” — Nathan P., San Francisco, CA

Steve M. from Dallas, TX had a different take: “I think all the dimwits who watch the Kardashian family and then complain about them deserve a Tacky award.  Idiots, change the channel!”

2.  Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen  So many voters mentioned the “Two and a Half Men” creator and his former star together, it seemed appropriate to reunite them just this one last time in the annals of Tacky Taste.  For example: 

From Julia in AZ:  “Charlie Sheen’s year of tirades, drugs and hookers and Chuck Lorre’s repeated endcaps and on-air rebuttles have really done it for me.  I thought by now the banter would be over and bringing in Ashton would let the show stand on its own, but Chuck doesn’t seem to want to let go.  Week after week they have to rehash all of Charlie’s downfalls.  Come on, kill the show now if you are going to make it a year of Charlie-channeling.  Even Charlie seems to have learned to shut his mouth.” 

G.M. in Santa Monica, CA wrote, “Not that I’m buying Charlie Sheen’s good behavior act, but Chuck Lorre needs to get over being bitter and stop sniping at Charlie and try to improve the show, which sucks now.”  

In the opinion of witty Bernice R. of Naples, FL, “It has been a close race this year for the Tacky Taste Award.  Charlie Sheen was the star of the pack early on, but his admitting to his foolish rages took the edge off criticizing him.  Darn.  But then when all seemed lost, Kim Kardashian came along with her whirlwind romance, brain-free husband, check cashing acrobatics and surprise (not) divorce, and challenged Charlie for the lead.  I’ve got it!  How about a Tacky Couple Award? Theirs would be a match made in Hollywood heaven.  Oh, those two have got to meet, or what’s a Hollywood for?” 

3.  Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Grace H. of Burbank sums it up:  “Former governator Arnold Schwarzenneger makes Bill Clinton look like a cub scout.  First he let Maria find out the hard way that he sired a child by his housekeeper.  Then after they split up he went out in public sporting a T shirt that said, “I survived Maria 1977 – 2010.” 

And this comment from reader Linda D.:  “Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves the award for being unfaithful to his wife, family, and the state of California.  And then having the bad taste to wear an ‘I survived Maria’ t-shirt.” 

Agrees Paula G.: “It has to be the Arnold:  what he has done to Maria Shriver is so awful.  I used to like him, but now, I am not interested in seeing anything he does.  Thank goodness he’s no longer the Governor of California.” 

4.  Gerard Depardieu.  “Gerard Depardieu deserves your award, hands down, for urinating in the aisle of a plane after being told he had to wait until after takeoff to use the bathroom, causing a two-hour flight delay.  If one of us mere mortals did that, we’d be arrested.” — Ken, Tacoma, WA. 

Peggy S. of Los Angeles voted for Depardieu, adding, “I want to mention Anderson Cooper also.  It was one thing to get the giggles during his report about l’affaire Depardeiu — but then to have Depardieu on his talk show to discuss the incident, and hand out peepee bottles to everyone in the audience?  That was Tacky.  But I still love Anderson.”  

5.  Lindsay Lohan.  The troubled actress, who has been doing community service at the L.A. morgue as a result of violating her probation, drew tacky votes for “blowing chance after chance to straighten out,” as J.Y. of Bell, CA put it. 

“Lindsay Lohan gets my vote.  You know you’ve hit bottom when Heidi Fleiss gets on TV and congratulates you for posing for Playboy and says you’d make a great hooker.” — Tara K., Ohio

6.  Kate Gosselin.  “As always, the tackiest person in America is Kate Gosselin,” contends Dee W.  She explains: “From her trashy clothing to her constant bashing of the father of her children, she epitomizes the word tacky.  Her classifiying her ex as ‘mediocre’ because he prefers to work a regular job and live out of the spotlight was classic Kate.” 

“I would rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than that whiney b#@! any day.” — George F., Woodland Hills, CA

7.  Jesse James.  The reality show star got a late flurry of votes after his ex, Kat Von D, went public with her claim that he’d cheated on her with at least 19 women during their engagement.  “Wasn’t he supposed to have been treated for sex addiction after his cheating wrecked his marriage to Sandra Bullock?  Jesse, you tacky dog, you should demand your money back.” — L.Z.

8.  Courteney Cox and David Arquette.  “Their over-sharing about their sex life problems on Howard Stern’s show has tainted my feelings about them.   Really, Courteney, thought you had more class than to dispense such intimate details with gutter language.  Sad for Coco.” — Linda W., Peoria, IL

9.  Hank Williams, Jr., ESPN and “Fox and Friends.”  The singer’s remark, on “Fox and Friends,” making an analogy using President Obama and Hitler, got his iconic theme song cut from Monday Night Football after 20 years — and both sides chimed in: 

`”Hank totally got the shaft.  If you read the transcript, he never said Obama was like Hitler.  His conservative politics is what really got him ousted from MNF.  And he’s right that ‘Fox and Friends’ set him up.” — Dan H. 

On the other hand, S.B. of Long Island, NY, wrote, “Who gives a damn what Hank Williams Jr. thinks?  He’s a right-wing crackpot with no talent.  Glad to see him go.” 

10.  Brad Pitt.  “Some people continue to add insult to dumping their spouses overboard.  Brad Pitt told Dotson Rader of Parade Magazine that his life was boring when he was married to Jennifer Aniston.  Quote, “I wasn’t living an interesting life, myself.  I think that my marriage [to Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it.”  – Grace H., Burbank, CA

BeckSmith Hollywood’s Annual Tacky Taste Awards Voting is On for 2011!

Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki, Tacky Taste Award Winner 2010. Who will win this year?

 Sure, you’re thinking trick or treat, but the fact is, it’s less than a month now until Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for our annual roasting of celebrities who’ve exhibited the tackiest taste this year.   Readers decide this, you may recall, not us.   How far we have come from this contests’s beginnings, when a simple extramarital affair or wardrobe malfunction could be enough to land the prize.  With tacky reality notoriety a way of life, show business celebrities have to work extra hard to out-tacky one another now.  And yet, they do.  So what do you think?  Will Snooki win again?  Or does Susan Sarandon have a chance for calling the pope a Nazi?  Or Hank Williams, Jr., for comparing the President to Hitler?  Or maybe the Kardashians will inspire Kontempt through their Klothes.  Who knows?   Tell us who’s your choice for Tackiest celeb and be sure to include why.  Send emails marked Tacky Taste to Stacy@becksmithhollywood.com.  The results will be posted Thanksgiving week.

CMT President: Obama Plea a Morale Boost for Team Setting Up ‘Music Builds’ Disaster Relief Concert

Hank Williams, Jr.

Barack Obama

CMT has been keeping under wraps President Barack Obama’s appearance on tonight’s (5/12) “Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert” special to aid tornado and flood victims.  But the country music network’s president Brian Philips tells us, “The President was gracious and eloquent and impassioned in his plea for help for this region.  He immediately recognized he needed to be on this show.  That gave us a morale boost.”

The special, from Nashville, is so jam-packed with stars that by Tuesday, Philips says, the executive producer was texting him to say “‘Please don’t promise anybody else they can be on the show.  We are over-booked.”

That outpouring of concern and support is a far cry from last month, when tornadoes killed some 300 people in six states including hardest-hit Alabama, where entire towns were leveled.  “People throughout this vast swath of America were witnessing devastation beyond their imaginations, yet they weren’t getting help.  They were watching news channels and unbelievably not seeing what they expected to see about their home towns. They weren’t sensing that they were the topic of news coverage.  Unfortunately, for the most part, they weren’t,” Philips recounts.

Emails poured in to CMT asking for help, with “viewers coming to the logical conclusion, ‘Let’s get someone at CMT to get the cameras on this.’  It’s a first and it is a fact,” he says.  “It was an eye-opener.”

Brian Philips

Philips says that there has been a lot of conversation amongst those involved in “Music Builds” about these unique circumstances, about “how it felt seeing the royal wedding being played for the fifth time, knowing the extent of the damage and the lost lives just to the south of us.  Nature pays no attention to the news cycle,” he adds.  “Nature doesn’t care that there’s a royal wedding, or that the U.S. has mounted a spectacular surgical strike and taken out Bin Laden.”

Hank Williams, Jr., was among the many who tuned in to the news, “took a look at the very minimal TV coverage coming in from Alabama, and was dumbstruck,” says Philips.  The singer “got really fired up about this, and has been one of the busiest people, getting it going.  He’s an amazing character, a great addition to anything CMT does, he brings such color and enthusiasm and credibility, as well as brilliant music.”

Country music elite the likes of Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Alabama and Ronnie Dunn have been quick to commit to the special.  “It’s just a reflexive reaction with our stars to help at times like this.  It’s the easiest call you’ll ever make,” says Philips.  “They’ve all had to change around their schedules.  It’s the start of tour season, busy for everyone.”

Show forces are getting help from Hollywood and New York as well, he says.  “I think you’ll be very surprised at the level of people who gave us special footage for this affair.”

He acknowledges, “Certainly CMT can’t take full credit for it.  We’re part of the MTV Networks Music Group — that’s done the Katrina benefits, Hope for Haiti.  And we did the Jimmy Buffet Gulf Shores concert.  People often look to us to bring artists together and stage these sort of events in a timely manner.”  Crews have been shooting B-roll packages this week in tornado and flood-ravaged areas.

With The CMT Music Awards coming up June 8, Philips says there is some overlap with production and crew people “who are doing both things.   They’ll have to be taken out in straight jackets before this is over.  They’re getting no sleep,” he says.  Still, “There’s nothing like the energy of things like this when they’re produced in the heat of the moment.  You’re running on adrenaline, and it’s magic when people say, ‘Guess who’s coming?’  ‘Guess who’s given us a great piece?’ and you realize you can make a difference and use the channel for good.”

Proceeds from the event are going to the American Red Cross.