Ten on Tuesday, sort of: Celebrity Edition

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Least Favorite Celebrities,” really isn’t doing much for me. I try to stay away from the entertainment-gossip-oriented websites and TV shows (although having said that, TMZ on TV can be hilarious, mostly because of the snarky voiceovers), which helps limit my exposure to so-called celebrities who may have been on a reality-TV show once or twice, but are now mostly famous for being on gossip websites and in tabloids. That means I’m having a hard time thinking of ten celebrities that I’m sick of – that aren’t the same ones that everyone else is sick of too. Also, it bothers me that, for the most part, the celebrities that come to mind are women, but as long as the media keeps spotlighting their foibles more than men’s, this is what we have to work with.

On first thought, a few names came to mind:

and then I stalled. Then I decided it wasn’t worth trying to come up with any more.

Instead, I’m going to go the “Just pick one already” route, via Meg Fowler (who calls it “Choose Ye.”) I’m not sure it’s easier, but it’s a little more positive. The rules are simple, per Meg: No ‘it depends’ or ‘both!’ or ‘neither’โ€ฆ you must choose!My choice in each pair is underlined – and to be honest, some of them are just completely random.

Robert Redford or Paul Newman?
Bill Murray or Steve Martin? (mostly because of Groundhog Day)
Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?
Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?
George Clooney or Brad Pitt? (not as tough as choice as you might think)
Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday?
Garrison Keillor or David Sedaris?
Stevie Wonder or Al Green? (sorry for betraying my Memphis roots on this one)
Sophia Loren or Marilyn Monroe? (Some Like it Hot, my friends)
Lawrence Welk or Percy Faith? (in honor of my great-aunts, who watched him on TV every week)
Miles Davis or John Coltrane?
Tina Fey or Sarah Silverman? (Total no-brainer. Tina Fey is a nerd goddess, and 30 Rock has 17 Emmy nominations!)
Denzel Washington or Russell Crowe?
Ron Popeil (of SET IT AND FORGET IT fame) or Billy Mays (OXY CLEAN!)
John Cusack or Matthew Broderick? (Bueller? Bueller?)
Benicio Del Toro or Javier Bardem?
Robert DeNiro or Al Pacino?
Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn?
Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant? (See The Philadelphia Story, and you get both!)
Bob or Doug?
Julia Roberts or Reese Witherspoon?
Roger Moore or Sean Connery? (Sorry, but he’s the Bond, James Bond I grew up with)
Salma Hayek or Penelope Cruz?
Matt Damon or Ben Affleck?
Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett?

Who do you choose? Tell us in the comments, or post them on your own blog!

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  1. Robert Redford
    Steve Martin – land shark anyone?
    Gene Kelly
    Elvis Costello
    George Clooney
    Billie Holiday
    David Sedaris
    Stevie Wonder
    Marilyn Monroe
    Lawrence Welk or Percy Faith – not crazy about either
    Tina Fey – all hail the nerd goddes!
    Denzel Washington
    Billy Mays
    John Cusack – Say Anything is the most romantic movie!
    Javier Bardem
    Robert DeNiro
    Grace Kelly
    Jimmy Stewart
    Bob or Doug -? you got me – who???
    Julia Roberts
    Roger Moore
    Salma Hayek
    Matt Damon
    Lucille Ball

    That was fun!!

  2. I saw this on her blog. I got the link from one of your posts a while back. I’ll do it now.

    Robert Redford
    Bill Murray
    Fred Astaire (Just picking one)
    Elvis (There is only one!)
    George Clooney
    Stevie Wonder
    Marilyn Monroe
    Lawrence Welk (never heard of the other guy)
    Tina Fey (it was close)
    Denzel Washington
    Ronco guy. No yelling.
    John Cusack (He’s a Chicago guy)
    Benicio Del Toro (see Welk above)
    Audrey Hepburn
    Jimmy Stewart
    Bob, I think. I only know them as Bob AND Doug
    Sean Connery (not because of Bond though)
    Selma Hayek
    Matt Damon
    Carol Burnett (By far)

  3. Bobbi – Bob and (or) Doug are “The McKenzie Brothers” from the old SCTV sketch-comedy show. They do one my favorite versions of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

    And Tina Fey ROCKS!

    Mike – Don’t think I didn’t notice that you copped out on the Elvis one! (Oh, and you skipped a few, but was that by accident?)

    Yeah, I’m not really sure which one’s Bob and which one’s Doug. That was a totally random one for me.

    BTW, do you follow Meg on Twitter? She’s quite the life of the party over there.

  4. I didn’t cop out, there us only one true Elvis. You need to see the velvet painting in my office. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, the ones I skipped were by accident. That’s what happens when I do it at work. No, I don’t follow her on twitter. Maybe I should check it out.

  5. Paul Newman (Coolhand Luke)
    Bill Murray (Groundhog Day)
    Gene Kelly
    Elvis Presley (there would be no Elvis Costello if it werenโ€™t for the King)
    George Clooney
    Billie Holiday
    David Sedaris
    Stevie Wonder
    Marilyn Monroe
    Lawrence Welk
    Miles Davis
    Tina Fey (30 Rock)
    Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
    Ron Popeil (Mays yelling is annoying)
    John Cusack (High Fidelity)
    Javier Bardem
    Robert DeNiro
    Audrey Hepburn
    Jimmy Stewart
    Reese Witherspoon
    Roger Moore
    Penelope Cruz
    Matt Damon
    Lucille Ball

    Oh, and here is an award for you. You deserve it.

  6. ReadingFool – Thank you for the award! I’ll do a post soon to acknowledge it officially and select my nominees.

    What’s with no love for Elvis Costello around here :-)? And High Fidelity was a good movie, but the book’s better.

  7. One of the reasons I enjoy EW so much is that it doesn’t get into all the personal gossip–at least not most of the time. I like pop culture news, but only on a certain level.

    John Cusak, Sean Connery and Penelope Cruz are probably the only three we differ on. I really struggled with the John Cusak and Matthew Broderick. I think I’d have to go with Cusak though. As much as I loved Matthew Broderick as Mouse in Ladyhawk, I’ve liked Matthew Cusak in more movies.

    I’m not sure who Bob and Doug are, but I’ll go with your choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Literary Feline – I agree with you about EW and its emphasis on news and critique more than gossip.

    To be honest, I went with Matthew Broderick over John Cusack because I’ve heard that in person, Cusack’s a prize jerk. I’ve liked him in more movies, though.

    As for the McKenzie Brothers, I think Bob and Doug are pretty interchangeable. You may have to be Canadian to know the difference (SCTV was based in Toronto).