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Americans Desire Less of Kardashians, Lohan in 2013

Americans Hope New Year Brings Less of Some Celebritiesi
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December 28, 2012 2:21 AM
Movies, music and other forms of celebrity-fueled entertainment are among America's most prominent exports. But even as the U.S. sends the work of its celebrities around the world, a new poll shows that when it comes to some famous folk, Americans just wish they would go away . VOA'S Jeff Seldin has more from Washington.
Americans Hope New Year Brings Less of Some Celebrities
The new year is typically a time when people try to say goodbye to the past and look forward to a bright new future. But for many Americans, a poll shows, it would also be a fine time to say goodbye to some celebrities whose faces have become all too familiar.

The interactive poll of more than 2,000 people was conducted by Harris International, which asked respondents which celebrities they would like to write out of their lives in 2013.

The most commonly offered answer was sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian, the reality TV stars whose lives are chronicled on an almost weekly basis by the celebrity magazines sold at supermarket checkout counters. Fully 70 percent of American adults hope to see less of them in the coming year.

Coming in at number two in the survey was actress Lindsay Lohan, the former teen star whose frequent brushes with the law have lost their novelty. Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they would be happy to see less of her in 2013.

Beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana Beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson gestures during an interview in her home in McIntyre, Ga, September 10, 2012.
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Beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana
Beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson gestures during an interview in her home in McIntyre, Ga, September 10, 2012.
Alana Shannon, the six-year-old reality show starlet and beauty pageant contestant known as 'Honey Boo Boo,' has not been on the scene for as long as the others, but her act already is getting old. Two-thirds of those surveyed say they have had enough of her and her mother, June Shannon.

Others making the list include teen singing sensation Justin Bieber, R&B singer Chris Brown and Twilight movie actress Kristen Stewart, who made headlines for cheating on her boyfriend.

Taking aim at over-exposed celebrities was the idea of Zebra Pen Corporation, which makes pens. Chris Farley, the company's marketing director, spoke to VOA via Skype.

"We thought it would be a fun twist, which celebrities you would like to 'write off,' a play on words with writing. And then which celebrities were stealing all the ink," said Farley.

Not all of the targeted celebrities live in Hollywood. A few have connections in Washington, the nation's capital, including war hero and former CIA director David Petraeus.

Petraeus is still highly regarded for reducing the violence in Iraq during his tenure as U.S. commander there. But now that details of his extramarital affair with his biographer have come to light, though, 20 percent of Americans say they have had enough.

And there also is real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who repeatedly has questioned whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States, a requirement for a president. More than half of those with college degrees told the surveyors they will like 2013 a lot better if they hear a lot less from Trump.

Jeff Seldin

Jeff works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters covering a wide variety of subjects, from the nature of the growing terror threat in Northern Africa to China’s crackdown on Tibet and the struggle over immigration reform in the United States. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @jseldin or on Google Plus.

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by: mhey from: Philippines
December 29, 2012 2:40 AM
just keep your feet on the ground so you wont fade away!

by: Lewis Lauren from: China
December 27, 2012 10:42 PM
You know what is the last thing I want to hear about in the new year? "Syrian Crisis"!!!

by: simplytruth from: Tennessee
December 27, 2012 3:03 PM
Thank goodness someone is actually starting to listen. I have limited watching national news programs because of the nauseating dose of celebrity news about which many people could care less. Does it really impact anyone in their daily life what celebrity is getting married or divorced? Or do news agencies think Americans are that stupid and frivilous that we don't deserve better news stories...

by: NVO from: USA
December 27, 2012 3:00 PM
Vanity, vanity, all is vanity and a chasing of the wind. Your money will profit you NOTHING the rainy night your lifeless body is laid out in a box at a funeral home. All is vanity.

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