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Posted Dec 7, 2008 @ 9:12 AM

Pompousity like Will Smith's is going to turn around and bite him in the ass one day. Jada is the same way--can't stand her.

Poor Tom Cruise has been raked over the coals long enough. I would like to see the media try to do that to a Muslim, Buddhist or other famous member of a non-Christian religion and so the uproar.

Tina Fey was really an ugly duckling.

We have not heard the last of Sarah Palin, I am afraid. She, and roaches will be alive in the end.....

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 7:56 AM

Poor Tom Cruise has been raked over the coals long enough. I would like to see the media try to do that to a Muslim, Buddhist or other famous member of a non-Christian religion and so the uproar.


Because Scientology is a cult and pyramid scheme hiding behind the title of religion. Tom Cruise has been extremely close to the leader of this cult for many years now and can no longer claim ignorance to their crimes.

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 12:23 PM

Poor Tom Cruise has been raked over the coals long enough. I would like to see the media try to do that to a Muslim, Buddhist or other famous member of a non-Christian religion and so the uproar.


I didn't think scientology was considered a Christian religion, since they worship aliens or something. Not sure on all the facts, but I'm pretty sure it's not Christianity.

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 2:12 PM

I didn't think scientology was considered a Christian religion, since they worship aliens or something. Not sure on all the facts, but I'm pretty sure it's not Christianity

I know, it's not--that's what I am saying. Buddhism and the Muslim religion are all NON Christian religions, and the media would not allow anyone to make fun of a practitioner of Buddhism or a Muslim but they are allowed to make fun of Cruise's religion, because that's ok. Hell, many see ALL relgions as cults. I understand that Mormons also believe alien-spaceship stuff too (in the afterlife I think) so let's bash them

No, I'm not a Scientologist. I just think this anti-Tom's religion bandwagon has gone way far.

Doesn't anyone want to snerk on smug Will Smith with me?

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 3:16 PM

Apparently you didn't click any of my links. You have to pay cash money to get to certain levels within their "church" in order to achieve whatever salvation they're selling. In other words, if you don't pay for their products, classes, e-meter sessions and a myriad of other things you cannot call yourself a Scientologist. That's not religion, it's business.

At least we can agree that Will Smith is a pompous ass. Even BW, who has interviewed some of the most arrogant assholes on the planet in her long career, had a surprised look on her face when he said he could become president. South Park should do new Smug Alert episode starring Will Smith instead of George Clooney. He was also full of shit when he said he cared about what the audience wants. No he doesn't! We don't want to see your Seven Pounds of dramatic crap. That MF wants an Oscar so bad he can taste it.

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 4:43 PM

I liked Barbara's interview with Rush Limbaugh.

I know some people will say that she was too soft on him, even ingratiating, but I think that's exactly how to handle a guy like that. His fans can't accuse her of attacking him, but he made himself sound like an ass anyway. I can't remember verbatim, but when questioned why he made the comment about Hillary "we don't want to watch a women get old" - he stammered that he was trying to speak on behalf of women against ageism. Ha ha.

It's similar to how Jon Stewart handles Bill Kristol and Bill O'Reilly. Anyway, I thought that was good. Didn't really care about anyone else on that list, except for Tina Fey and Frank Langella. (I'm dying to see Frost/Nixon.)

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 5:38 PM

Why do I have a strange feeling that either Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers will end up on the list?

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 5:52 PM

Barbara is rarely tough on anyone so she certainly wasn't making an exception for Rush. To me, he's an ass and has been for over 25 years. I think people's judgments on Rush are set whether Barbara deems him fascinating or not. She's pretty out of touch with recent developments in entertainment (clearly from this special anyway).

Personally, I am so ready for ABC to pulll the plug on these sad little specials. I know she still gets ratings but I'm guessing it is because she's an institution and not because of her crack interviewing skills. Good Lord. It's like watching paint dry.

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 6:14 PM

Doesn't anyone want to snerk on smug Will Smith with me?

Nope. I think he was spot-on for saying what he said about divorce. If people go into marriage already with the feeling of doom than you have no business getting married. Will has been divorced before and he doesn't want to end up like people such as Jennifer Lopez who think marriage is just a title for "in love at the moment" not that marriage means vows and working hard at a marriage.

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Posted Dec 8, 2008 @ 8:26 PM

Why do I have a strange feeling that either Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers will end up on the list?

Miley Cyrus was on the list. It was a boring interview.

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Posted Dec 9, 2008 @ 8:52 AM

Why do I have a strange feeling that either Miley Cyrus or the Jonas Brothers will end up on the list?
Miley Cyrus was on the list. It was a boring interview

Yup, to quote "The Soup"--"IT'S MILEY!!!" I would have rather seen an interview with her 20 year old underwear model boyfriend Justin who Billy Ray thinks is appropriate for her to date because he wears a cross with his wifebeater so I guess he's a Christian?

Apparently you didn't click any of my links. You have to pay cash money to get to certain levels within their "church" in order to achieve whatever salvation they're selling.

Caananite2, (cute name) I can't click on that link at work and don't expect me to do personal work at home on my own dime? I myself have always thought of Scientology more like a personal growth or seminar organization, like Tony Robbins, not a religion in the true sense of the word.

people such as Jennifer Lopez who think marriage is just a title for "in love at the moment"

Hey, it must be love forever. Have you ever taken a good, close look at Marc Anthony?!

Good Lord. It's like watching paint dry.

WORD. I always spend 75% of the special gazing in awe at her impeccable plastic surgery. She must have the best surgeon in the biz, she looks great--what is she 78??

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Posted Dec 9, 2008 @ 2:42 PM

Hey, it must be love forever. Have you ever taken a good, close look at Marc Anthony?!

I'd rather not. He is horrendously ugly from a distance. Poor kids, they look like him too.

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Posted Dec 9, 2008 @ 8:02 PM

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Posted Dec 16, 2008 @ 11:20 AM

I liked Barbara's interview with Rush Limbaugh.


I did not watch this special, but I did see Rush Limbaugh in some of the commercials. Why was Rush one of the most interesting people?

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Posted Dec 16, 2008 @ 1:31 PM

Does Michael Phelps look like the missing link to anyone else? That's all I could see when watching that interview. What made Tom Cruise so fascinating this year? He didn't go crazy or anything. Most of the list I agreed with. Tina Fey's was probably my favourite. I skipped the pregnant man and Rush Limbaugh. Miley Cyrus'/Cyrus's(whichever's accurate) seemed more like an excuse to hammer it home that she's the newest target for paparazzi, as opposed to an actual interview. I kind of sort of like the kid so I was a little disappointed. She seems pretty unapologetic about who she is(mistakes and all), I guess I find that attractive. Though if I never have to see that Lolita/Greesian portrait/child porn Vanity Fair photo again, I will be very happy.

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Posted Dec 18, 2008 @ 5:52 PM

Doesn't anyone want to snerk on smug Will Smith with me?


Nope. I think he was spot-on for saying what he said about divorce. If people go into marriage already with the feeling of doom than you have no business getting married.


It probably helps a little bit when the marriage also serves as a way to throw people off while you sneak away to see your same sex partner.

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Posted Dec 18, 2008 @ 8:04 PM

I don't get the hoopla with Tina Fey. I really don't. Ok she did Sarah Palin, so what. I get the feeling Tina wishes she never did as she will now be remembered for that. It was bad enough seeing the real Sarah Palin on television without seeing her double everywhere.

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Posted Dec 19, 2008 @ 9:36 AM

Tina is also the mastermind behind 30 Rock, which has a lot of fans and critical acclaim (and she won 3 Emmys for acting in, writing, and co-producing the show). I think she's a lot more fascinating than Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and especially Rush were in 2008.

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Posted Dec 20, 2008 @ 8:10 PM

I don't get the fascination with Tom Cruise either. Rush...interesting? Hardly. I wish Rush would just go away.

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Posted Dec 29, 2008 @ 1:12 AM

Oddly I think Rush was topical this year for his complete LACK of influence. He rallied so hard against McCain,tried to convince his listeners to push Hillary ahead to divide/bankrupt the Dems and tried to convince everyone within the sound of a radio that Obama was evil/Muslim/not really a native US citizen. Basically he failed on all counts. They should have thrown in Ann COulter for a twofer of people who get vast attention and have failed to move the dial politically for a decade.

BTW- I think the Scientology thing gets called a cult because it is. Mormons also got raked over the coals this year for Mitt Romney and his perma-grin & steel hair, the whole Prop * brouhaha and that Archuleta child-robot from AI.

And word on Michale Phelps. I wish he would go away but the absolute funniest TV moment of the year was when they did a fluff piece on his body. He stood there in his mesh bicycle trunks while they did a 360 spin and discussed his long torso, arm span, fingers, feet, narrow hips, etc. The best part was the bit about his 'slight backside.' The entire time he is just being shown spinning around in his bathing suit with the worlds most awkward half grin. When your awkward phase has lasted over a decade, its no longer a phase.

Unfortunately Tina as Sarah palin was literrally the best thing on TV this year- only topped by the 4 minutes of glory that was Amy Poeler delivering a Sarha palin rap while 9 months pregnant and sitting two seats from Sarah Palin. Tina also had a big movie over the summer so she had movie actress/comedian/writer/producer going in two mediums.

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Posted Jan 22, 2009 @ 9:56 PM

Oddly I think Rush was topical this year for his complete LACK of influence. He rallied so hard against McCain,tried to convince his listeners to push Hillary ahead to divide/bankrupt the Dems and tried to convince everyone within the sound of a radio that Obama was evil/Muslim/not really a native US citizen.


Rush DID help push Hillary ahead. And as a regular listener to his show, I can say he never tried to convince anyone that Obama was evil, a Muslim, or not a U.S. citizen. It was another group who was trying to prove that Obama was not born in the U.S., and Rush basically said there was no way and to forget it. I didn't watch the BW interview; I figured it would be boring and irrelevant, and from what I've heard here, I was right.

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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 1:41 AM

Barbara's list for this year: Katy Perry, The Kardashians, Donald Trump, Herman Cain, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (way to pimp ABC programming,) Simon Cowell, Pippa Middleton, and Amanda Knox. #1 went to (the deserving) Steve Jobs. The list was really out of touch this year...not like that's any different from any other year.

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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

It's three years later, and this post still sums up the Baba Wawa People I Know Special:

Personally, I am so ready for ABC to pulll the plug on these sad little specials. I know she still gets ratings but I'm guessing it is because she's an institution and not because of her crack interviewing skills. Good Lord. It's like watching paint dry.


The interview with Donald Twump was especially painful to watch. Baba's double-take on Herman Cain wanting to be Secretary of Defense was put to good use by The Daily Show, though....

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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 10:06 AM

Barbara is no longer relevant. The Kardashians aren't news - they are shock TV. Time for Walters to give up the chair to another journalist.

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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

I agree with David Letterman, somone needs to get Barbara a dictionary so she can learn the definition of fascinating.

Edited by OHNicki, Dec 15, 2011 @ 11:05 AM.


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Posted Dec 15, 2011 @ 2:09 PM

Barbara is no longer relevant. The Kardashians aren't news - they are shock TV. Time for Walters to give up the chair to another journalist.

At least she told them to their face that they have no talent, though. That was worth... something.

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Posted Dec 16, 2011 @ 7:35 AM

The kind of sad thing about these specials is that Barbara Walters probably has a virtual army of producers, researchers and interns who could if they actually made some effort could find some truely intersting people. I mean there has to be thousands of research scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, charity workers and local politicians who are actually doing interesting things and trying to make the world better. I bet that a lot of these people would love the kind of exposure that Barbara Walters could give them. But instead of actually finding those people it seems that someone just scanned through maybe a couple of issues of People Magazine to see who is getting coverage there and used them.

It reminds me of a quote from an episode of The Simpsons where Krusty fakes his own death to avoid going to jail on tax charges. Bart finds him and uses this line to get him to come back and be a celebrity:

"What about being an illiterate TV clown who’s more respected than all the scientists, educators and doctors in the country put together?"

That pretty much sums up the kind of people that Barbara Walters finds intersting.

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Posted Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:28 PM

I agree with David Letterman, somone needs to get Barbara a dictionary so she can learn the definition of fascinating.


I'm late to the discussion, but ITA. To me, this list should have included Seal Team Six, those brave men who rid the world of bin Laden. Their dedication and service is more fascinating than all those on Baba's list combined.

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Posted Dec 20, 2011 @ 7:22 PM

And what about Gabrielle Giffords? Diane Sawyer got the interview, so somehow that makes Rep. Giffords (and her husband) less fascinating? Walters is a strange combination of both petty and out of touch.