The heat is on. With shocking ‘crazed sex poodle’ allegations being hurled at Nobel-winning Al Gore and with a $750 million dollar divorce settlement coming down on Tiger Woods and with Mel Gibson— mired in his own messy divorce– allegedly spouting racist rants, the race for Disgraced Celebrity of Summer, 2010, has begun.
The luckless Hayward had his defenders, who pointed out that he is stuck in a tough job, but Tony H’s remarks about wanting ‘my life back’ and his ill-timed decision to attend a summer yacht race overseas may have sealed the deal.
Being CEO, readers pointed out, carries big benefits and big risks. Like it or not, Hayward is the public face of the BP. And BP ‘owned’ disgrace for Spring, 2010. On whether Tony H. himself even qualifies as a ‘celebrity’, blog reader LARZINI weighed in:
Disgrace can breed celebrity status, and such is the case for Tony Hayward. If you’re a nobody and you do something that’s sheer awfulness puts your name in headlines where it’s never been before, you’ve achieved some form of celebrity… No one talked about Bernie Madoff or Kenneth Lay of Enron before their respective disgraces, the disgrace was enough to make them household names, hence, celebrities.
CONGRATS to Golden Girl Betty; ‘CONGRATS’ to BP’s Tony H.; good luck to all. Now let’s start considering contenders for Disgraced Celebrity of Summer, 2010…
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