I love a "best of" list at the end of the year just as much, if not more, than other people.
But I also love a list of things that are stupid.
There were many annoying celebrities in 2012, but here are the ones who really put themselves out there as completely obnoxious and utterly insufferable.
1. LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes was some kind of pre-teen country darling when her career started out.
It’s hard to remember that now, as she continues to be one of the most annoying people who exists in the public consciousness.
I mean, when she’s not parading around in a bikini then she’s crying on television.
Sure, she cheated on her husband and was sleeping with someone else’s husband, and that wasn’t very nice of her, but it happened.
That’s not my beef. My beef is with her behavior in the aftermath.
She's constantly getting in arguments with her new husband’s ex-wife, parading around with his children like they’re a pair of new shoes, uploading photos of herself and him to Twitter (she’s kissing up on him to prove that they are in 100% true love forever) and in general being a nuisance.
Then she went and got herself interviewed and had to rehash and drum up all this garbage. Oh that crying! Your fake tears are only going to elicit fake sympathy. Look at your life, look at your choices!
In 2013, LeAnn Rimes needs to make herself disappear. That annoying laugh, that false smile, those staged photo ops. They need to go away.
Ok. It’s not that Elmo was particularly annoying in 2012. In actual fact, Elmo has always been annoying.
His voice is the worst. It’s like listening to a sparrow being put through a blender.
Elmo, that guy can not use proper grammar to save his life! Grow up, Elmo. You’re so immature! And children are learning from you, you co-dependent baby!
Kevin Clash is not annoying. He is something else. He is troubled. He has made horrible choices. He might have been breaking the law and sexually abusing young men.
The reason we can now mock Elmo mercilessly and admit he’s the worst is because he doesn’t exist anymore. His creator isn’t beloved anymore. So now, now is the time to strike down on the Muppet that ruined Sesame Street.
3. Megan Fox
Oh Megan. As usual, she was all up in everything this year and saying all sorts of annoying things while being everywhere.
She was not attractive in high school! She said so in an interview even though her yearbook photo is hot! She is hard-done by, everyone! Sad face!
Oh Megan. Being a 26-year-old bombshell with an abundance of upsetting facial surgery is worth at least 200 annoying points.
First she makes an appearance in the film, Friends With Kids, which was a terrible film, made more terrible by her annoying acting and attempts to join the cool kids like Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd.
Then she shows up in Judd Apatow’s new comedy, This is 40. She shows up on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Comedy issue, as though that’s acceptable.
Megan Fox is not a comedian. Well, she’s not an intentional comedian. The aforementioned annoying things she says are pretty funny. Her attempts to move on from the Transformers action role that made her famous have been annoying because they haven’t worked out. At all.
And yeah, maybe it’s not right to be annoyed by someone for getting knocked up, but damn if that didn’t set me off too.
4. Clint Eastwood
Clint. You’ve been on my radar for years, but sometimes it takes a Super Bowl ad and a US election year to really put annoying at the forefront.
Early in the year he was the star of a Chrysler ad (more of a PSA really) that was completely polarizing and offensive. Detroit is saved, everyone! Don’t worry about how horrible their economic situation is, or about the auto industry. Clint Eastwood has spoken.
Yup, as usual he endorsed Republican presidential jerkface, Mitt Romney.
And then he made a really annoying movie. Yeah, he’s always made annoying movies. His general machismo is pretty annoying.
But this year, he took the otherwise lovely Amy Adams and put her in an annoying movie about the most annoying sport, baseball, and annoyed people so much that they didn’t really want to see his movie. It was pretty much panned. Which is what annoying filmmaking deserves.
And don’t forget that his wife and daughters starred in a really annoying reality show, Mrs Eastwood & Company. That’s his fault too.
5. Justin Timberlake
OMG! Can he just go away for a bit? Like a few days?
Basically it boils down to this: he’s a funny guy, who is great in three-minute sketches, but that is the extent of his acting ability.
Moratorium. No romantic comedies, no action movies and definitely no hard dramas.
But mostly he’s on this list because he married Jessica Biel (also annoying) and their wedding photo is the most annoying thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life.