News / Arts & Entertainment

Americans Desire Less of Kardashians, Lohan in 2013

Americans Hope New Year Brings Less of Some Celebritiesi
X
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 "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson gestures during an interview in her home in McIntyre, Ga, September 10, 2012.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.
x
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.
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.

You May Like

Will Cuba Follow the Southeast Asia Model?

Decision to restore ties between US and Cuba has some debating whether it will lead to an enhancement or regression of democracy on the Communist island nation More

Kenyan Designer Finds Her Niche in Fashion Industry

‘Made in China’ fabrics underlie her success More

Report: CIA, Israel's Mossad Killed Senior Hezbollah Commander

The Washington Post story says Imad Mughniyah was killed instantly by a bomb "triggered remotely" from Tel Aviv by Mossad agents More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Lateri
X
Deborah Block
January 31, 2015 12:12 AM
Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
Video

Video Jefferson's Library Continues to Impress, 200 Years Later

Two hundred years after the U.S. Congress purchased a huge collection of books belonging to former President Thomas Jefferson, it remains one of America’s greatest literal treasures and has become the centerpiece of Washington’s Library of Congress. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.
Video

Video Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest

Egypt plans to expand the Suez Canal, raising hopes that the end of its economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better for everyday Egyptians. VOA's Heather Murdock reports.
Video

Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes 'Patriotic' Propaganda

As Russia's President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia's urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Filmmakers Produce Hand-Painted Documentary on Van Gogh

The troubled life of the famous 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has been told through many books and films, but never in the way a group of filmmakers now intends to do. "Loving Vincent " will be the first ever feature-length film made of animated hand-painted images, done in the style of the late artist. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Issues or Ethnicity? Question Divides Nigeria

As Nigeria goes to the polls next month, many expect the two top presidential contenders to gain much of their support from constituencies organized along ethnic or religious lines. But are faith and regional blocs really what political power in Nigeria is about? Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Rock-Consuming Organisms Alter Views of Life Processes

Scientists thought they knew much about how life works, until a discovery more than two decades ago challenged conventional beliefs. Scientists found that there are organisms that breathe rocks. And it is only recently that the scientific community is accepting that there are organisms that could get energy out of rocks. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Paris Attacks Highlight Global Weapons Black Market

As law enforcement officials piece together how the Paris and Belgian terror cells carried out their recent attacks, questions are being asked about how they obtained military grade assault weapons - which are illegal in the European Union. As VOA's Jeff Swicord reports, experts say there is a very active worldwide black market for these weapons, and criminals and terrorists are buying.
Video

Video Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom

The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. As Ye Fan reports, activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese leader Xi Jinping came to office. Hu Wei narrates.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

In the mid-1980’s, thousands of Sudanese boys escaped the country's civil war by walking for weeks, then months and finally for more than a year, up to 1,500 kilometers across three countries. The so-called Lost Boys of the Sudan had little time for games. But one of them later mastered the game of chess, and now teaches it to children in the New York area. VOA’s Bernard Shusman in New York has his story.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

Singer Leyla McCalla takes up not only the guitar, but the banjo and cello to perform songs from her new disc, “A Tribute to Langston Hughes,” music that mixes the Creole rhythms of Haiti with the French Quarter flavor of New Orleans on this edition of "The Hamilton Live."