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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/16/2007

Friday List: Stars We Hate to Love

By Liz Kelly

A couple weeks back I unwittingly set off a torrent of star-hating when I unburdened myself of a lifelong, and somewhat inexplicable, aversion to Diane Keaton. Three-hundred-plus comments later, an initially tentative response had morphed into a cacophony of contempt by the end of the day. I only can imagine if I had detailed my much deeper abhorrence of Dabney Coleman. The mind reels.

(Aside: In an informal and highly unscientific count Angelina Jolie emerged as the most-hated celebrity for Celebritology readers. She was closely trailed by Oprah Winfrey and the "insouciant" Gwyneth Paltrow.)

Although we offered up varied reasons for our loathing, the common thread was an immediate and visceral dislike. Today, after prompting from Celebritology readers, we turn this mother upside down and -- keeping in mind that this is a (mostly) anonymous forum -- come clean about the stars we hate to love.


Yet again, Liz takes advantage of any opportunity to feature a picture of me, Lindsay Lohan. (AP)

Your hate-to-love should be a star who is generally reviled or dismissed as a talentless hack, yet you can't seem to join in the condemnation and, in fact, you harbor secret admiration/attraction to this person. For instance, you love Tara Reid/Corey Feldman/Jeff Foxworthy even though we all know she/he/it is a skank/loser/unfunny twangy automaton.

The best way to explain this list is probably to start by sharing a few of my very own guilty loves:

1. Lindsay Lohan: I have every reason to dislike this woman. She's the antithesis of the qualities I admire, a shameless paparazzi baiter and her music is some of the worst dreck to ever assualt my ears (which is saying a lot). Still, I find myself pulling for her. Who knows, maybe I see some actual talent peeking out from under all that hype?

2. Simon Cowell: The guy is a first-rate tool and he continually sports the loathed V-neck-sweater-without-a-T-shirt look, but as a newcomer to "Idol" I find myself liking him despite his pompous persona.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger: Arnie is perhaps the hardest for me to admit. He's a big dumb beefcake of an actor who built his career on action-adventure blockbusters (I'm more of an indie girl), but still he's got a certain je ne sais quoi. There's something about "Are you Sarah Conner?" that charges me up and if I happen to run across "Kindergarten Cop" on late-night cable, I'm apt to stay up.

There, I've said it.

Who do you hate to love? Join me in my mortification. After all, what's a Friday without a little humiliation?

By Liz Kelly  | February 16, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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