Barbara Walters Insults “Most Fascinating Person” Amal Clooney – COMMENTARY
Amal Clooney was wrongly chosen the “Most Fascinating Person” of 2014 by Barbara Walters on Sunday. This isn’t to say she’s not “fascinating.” But the reasons Walters gave were wrong and, for the most part, insulting.
After approximately one hour and 53 minutes, having listed Scarlett Johansson, Neil Patrick Harris, George R.R. Martin, Taylor Swift, David Koch, Michael Strahan, Elon Musk, Chelsea Handler, and Oprah Winfrey, as nine “fascinating” people from the past year, Walters introduced Amal Clooney as the “most fascinating.” So, did the news veteran start off with how Amal is an Oxford-educated, accomplished attorney? No. Did she begin by mentioning the powerful leaders who look to her for counsel? No. Instead, Walters kicked off her explanation of the choice of Amal as the “Most Fascinating,” by saying she’s “known primarily through her spouse” George Clooney.
Walters also wondered, “What does it take to fascinate one of the most fascinating men in the world,” and made a point of saying Amal’s husband has “fascinated many women.” She further insulted Amal (and other high-powered women) by stating that getting Clooney to the altar was “one of the greatest achievements in human history.”
The former “View” host then spent the show’s precious last few minutes focused on George Clooney talking about not wanting to get married, followed by discussing and showing footage of the litany of women he DIDN’T marry over the years. None of which was “fascinating” and more importantly, none of it had to do with Amal, who was chosen the “Most Fascinating Person.” More than half of the entire segment on Amal had passed before Walters listed one attribute about her. And even the first few things the newswoman said were only in relation to her husband. Walters noted that Amal, like her husband, is passionate about human rights issues, and like her husband, is also the child of a journalist.
But it got even more insulting. When finally discussing Amal’s professional career, Walters said the lawyer made a name for herself defending “women’s rights, while looking gorgeous.” Following more short shrift about Amal’s accomplishments, the show’s host returned the focus to the Clooneys’ wedding and the bride’s fabulous clothes.
Walters concluded, what she thankfully said will be her last special, by saying, “It is heartening to think, that no matter how long it may take, the perfect someone is out there for everyone, and that for us makes her the Most Fascinating Person of 2014.” What?! Gossip Cop happens to like Walters, but feels that the only thing that was remotely “fascinating” was how she took a very powerful woman, and degradingly reduced her accomplishments to simply marrying a man, albeit a handsome and fascinating one. Check out the video below, and tell us your thoughts.