Who is your pick for the most awful celebrity of our time?
Of course, attention spans being what they are in the gossip world, the list of contenders read more like Showbiz's Most Awful Celebrities in the last week or so.
Which inspired me to try a little harder. So I've included Ted's finalists in a post listing my contenders for Most Awful Celebrity of OUR Time -- cutting out the obvious historical heavyweights like Hitler, Mussolini and Anita Bryant, but allowing for a little context beyond last week's edition of Us Weekly.
For pity's sake, I also factored out people whose awfulness mostly springs from conventional substance abuse issues -- so Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and the cast of all editions of Celebrity Rehab are in the clear.
Here's my list. Who would you nominate, and who do you think won Ted's poll?
Kirstie Alley: Seemingly unable to distinguish between fearless honesty and unhinged, self-centered gushing.
Jon and Kate Gosselin: Built a living for their family of eight on a TV show about their lives, then complained when their marriage breakup became big news on TV and tabloids.
Naomi Campbell: Volatile model has assaulted underlings with a cell phone, more than once.
The Hogan Family (Hulk Hogan, Brooke Hogan, Linda Hogan, Nick Hogan): Status as reality TV mainstays and local celebrities keeps us riveted to their ongoing family dramas.
Donald Trump: Allows Miss California to keep her crown in his beauty pageant despite her failing to live up to appearances required by the pageant and flouting of rules for disclosure about past activities; apparently, thinks beauty pageant should run on same rules as Celebrity Apprentice.
Rihanna: Sings songs about her independence, than takes back boyfriend who beat her bloody.
Spencer Pratt: Can’t stop looking like a creep on The Hills, even with the best editing MTV provides.
Rush Limbaugh: Because he's smart enough to know that much of what he says is a) hurting the country, b) not true and c) hurting the causes he claims to support. But he does it anyway to line his own pockets and build his own legend.
Bill O'Reilly: See above.
Bret Michaels: Because daring to perform at the Tony Awards earned the Poison frontman and Rock of Love star some serious Karmic blowback (at least he gave new meaning to the term "Headbanging!" see below)
Second place: The Octomom