I live for this! No one throws stones like I do from my glass house. Here are my nominees for this week's Call of Shame. Vote for your favorite below.
KANYE, I'M GONNA LET YOU BE FINISHED
Kanye West is a talented, fascinating egomaniac who has said a lot of outrageously amusing things. But there was nothing amusing when he bounded onto the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards and ripped the microphone from 19-YEAR-OLD Taylor Swift to tell her, "I'm gonna let you finish." He then declared that Beyonce Knowles "had one of the best videos of all time." This is not the way "Jesus Walks," and Kanye's brand got rapped across the world.
BANK OF UNBELIEVABLE
Another rough week for Bank of America . A judge rejected a $33 million settlement with the SEC over charges the bank wasn't honest with shareholders about Merrill bonuses. The judge thought it was immoral to penalize shareholders with a fine, when shareholders were the original victims. Next, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo subpoenaed five current and former boardmembers to find out what they knew when regarding losses last year. Finally, Warren Buffett took a dig at CEO Ken Lewisby telling Fortune that Lewis is an "ironic hero" of the financial crisis, a man who bumbled his way through and miraculously saved the whole enchilada, like some sort of Wall Street Mr. Magoo.
ACORN GROWS OAK OF TROUBLE
You know the story. Videos show ACORN employees apparently suggesting ways to secure a mortgage to buy a home for teen prostitutes smuggled into this country. There are jokes (I guess) about killing one's husband. Now ACORN, faced with a cutoff of taxpayer dollars, is thinking about getting out of the voter registration business. Perhaps ACORN should just get out of business, period.
BIG BROTHER V. BIG TV
The Los Angeles Times reports that energy officials in California may ban big-screen TVs because they suck up too much energy. The proposed ban would start in 2011. Personally, Big Brother may be doing both of us a favor. The older I get, the less likely you'll want my face stretched across a 103-inch plasma. However, that choice should be yours, not the state's.
AIG'S NO FLY ZONE
New AIG CEO Robert Benmosche is nothing if not aggressive. This week he learned that while he THINKS he's working in the private sector, he's really working for the government. Benmosche reportedly asked to use the company jet for personal use, but the board grounded that idea. If Benmosche wants to fly to his Croatian villa, he's on his own, unless he gets permission from the Treasury Department. Page six of the company's policy manual on luxury expenditures says, "The use of the corporate aircraft for personal matters is strictly prohibited." Too bad others in government (i.e., politicians) don't have the same restrictions.
NO CHICKEN SALAD OUT OF THIS CHICKEN S***
It happens. But when a newscaster accidentally drops an F-bomb on the air, he or she usually realizes the mistake immediately. This week Ernie Anastos, long-time anchor of WNYW in New York, meant to say "plucking a chicken" while engaging in light banter with the weatherman. He said something else. Anastos didn't catch the flub, but he later apologized. Good night and good luck with that. Here's Jon Stewart's take on it--go in about a minute and a half.
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